This book was amazing. Absolutely amazing. The message that is woven into this book, that Gods grace is sufficient through all times, good and bad, is powerful and incredible. It is just what I needed to read. Ms. Afshar is superbly talented and knew just what this reader need to read.
Boaz and Ruth, along with Naomi, are created perfectly. I felt like I had taken a trip right to the heart of the Bible and followed their story. Both suffered tragedies beyond compare, both seeking happiness, both reaching out to each other. The way they were portrayed, the way they interacted and fell in love, made me fall in love with the whole story. It was perfect!
Ms. Afshars book is high on my recommendations list. From start to finish, I was lost in the pages of this book, and I had it done in less than a day. It was that good. This book is powerful and worth so much more than simple 5 stars. It is worthy of 5 million stars. When it comes to Biblical fiction this is the kind of book I seek and I am so incredibly pleased to have read it.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi's home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she has left-a strong back and a willing heart-to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.
Ruth is the youngest daughter in her family and is not favored like her sisters. One day while shopping for her mother, Naomi approaches her and they become friends. Naomi is a widow with 2 grown sons. She invited Ruth over and introduces her to her sons. Mahlon and Ruth get married and after several years they have not had children. Mahlon and his brother get sick and pass away. Naomi is left alone with her 2 daughter-in-laws and decides she wants to go home. She tries to convince her daughter-in-laws to return to their families, but Ruth refuses. She travels with Naomi to Israel. When they get to Israel they have no money and very little food. Ruth goes to glean from the fields that are being harvested. She ends up in Boaz's field. Boaz is a relative of Naomi's husband and takes favor upon Ruth. He feeds her while she is working and tells his workers to leaves extra grain for her to pick up.
When the harvest season is coming to an end, Naomi convinces Ruth to dress up and go to where Boaz is. When he goes to sleep Ruth is to sleep at his feet. If Boaz responds as Naomi suspects, Ruth and Boaz will marry. If they marry, their first child will be considered Mahlon's child, Naomi's grandchild.
In the Field of Grace written by Tessa Afshar is a Biblical Historical Fiction based on the Bible accounting of Ruth and Naomi. When reading the story in the Bible I do not think of the conditions of the time and this story brings that to life. It is written so well, it feels like you are there in the field with Ruth. The writing is so realistic it is easy to feel the heat they must have worked in and the pain of the long days work. It is very easy to see how the Israelite could accept Ruth, with her loving and caring personality. It is fun to read a story that tells us how people like Naomi and Ruth were able to care for themselves. The little things that a farmer could do, that would benefit those in need so much. I like that the author has given us some incite into Ruth and Boaz's past as well as a look into their decedents. If you like Biblical Fiction, you will love this story.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishing and I have written an honest review.
"Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace." (Ruth 2:2 KJV)
In the Field of Grace, by Tessa Afshar, is a fictional retelling of the story-before-the-story of Ruth and Boaz in the Bible.
I recently read Tessa Afshars, Land of Silence, which tells a fictional account of the Biblical woman who, in faith, touched the hem of Jesuss garment. I was so enamored by Ms. Afshars writing, that I sought out another of her books. In the Field of Grace, is another account of a Biblical woman, Ruth, and tells a fictional account of what took place prior to the Bible story account we all know and love.
As I stated in my previous review, Ms. Afshars writing style is wonderful, moving the story forward elegantly and with purpose. I really enjoyed delving into the (fictional) lives of Ruth and Boaz. Through lifes hardships and sufferings, we all (hopefully) learn that those are the times we are drawn closest to God, and Ruth and Boaz are no exception.
Let go, and let God and We are all part of Gods plan are the basic themes in this novel. I experienced so many emotions while reading this love story and learning about the time long ago that this story took placethe customs, beliefs, etc.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Biblical retellings. Although the novel is a work of fiction, it doesnt contradict the Bible, or get into muddy waters, but gives the people in the Bible a depth and realness in a respectful and honorable way.
Publisher: River North
First Lines (prologue): Death squatted at Boazs door, waiting like a vulture, bidding its time. He could sense its presenceinexorable, hungry, patient.
Beautifully written!! Although I already knew this story, Tessa's writing told the story in such a beautiful way it felt as if I read the Book of Ruth for the first time. I felt as if I were right there experiencing it with the characters. Simply lovely! I would read anything she writes. She is very talented.
What I Liked...
The feelings that she conveys of each character as their story is being told was so perfect. Although these emotions aren't conveyed in the bible's telling, but the up and down emotions Tessa describes for each character is so genuine. I went back and reread the Book of Ruth after finishing this novel and I felt more connected to it. I KNOW that this is a work of fiction and Tessa's imagination but she made these biblical heroes come alive in a way I have never thought of.
In The Field of Grace is a work of fiction and should never replace the bible's version. However I thoroughly enjoyed this book that I can best describe it as simple lovely. I recommend reading the Book of Ruth in bible FIRST before reading this novel, it will help you appreciate both much more.
The cover is absolutely stunning and a perfect fit.
This is a must have book!
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The opinion of this book is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.
Tessa Afshar is probably my all-time favorite Biblical fiction author. Mainly because she doesnt avoid depicting biblical characters and culture honestly. This can be uncomfortable for some of us, especially if you struggle with biblical societys attitudes toward women, or the harsh realities that permeated their lives. She doesnt pull any punches in these areas and her portrayals of women and the ancient societies they lived in are stronger for it. Tessa Afshar reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Francine Rivers. In her Lineage of Grace series, Rivers tells the stories of the women in the lineage of Christ and highlights the theme of redemption that flows through these Old Testament stories. (Great series, I highly recommend it!)Tessa Afshar does this as well, or maybe even better than Francine Rivers. I know thats high praise, but she deserves it. It can be hard to give readers a fresh take on well-known biblical characters, but Tessa Afshar does this spectacularly with Ruth in In the Field of Grace.