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Daughters of the Promised Land, is a biblical fiction series about four women who make a choice when the odds are against them.
Redeeming Grace is the story of Ruth, a Moabite widow during the times of famines in Bethlehem. At first, the family was blessed with happiness. It did not take long before happiness came to an end and the mother and daughter in-law in were left alone in a foreign land. After hearing news that the famine had ended, the women were forced to make a choice whether to return to the Bethlehem or stay and live a life of poverty.
Number of Pages: 368
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Daughters of the Promised Land
Combining meticulous research with her endless imagination, Jill Eileen Smith gorgeously renders one of the most beautiful stories in Scripture. Readers will adore this third installment of the inspiring Daughters of the Promised Land series.
Lori5 Stars Out Of 5Redeeming GraceFebruary 24, 2017LoriQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5ne of favorite stories of the Bible and one of my favorite biblical authors.
I love Bible stories because I enjoy watching our God work at changing people whether they want to not.
I admire Ruth and most especially Boaz.
Boaz more since he's lost so much and remained kind and even kept his faith through all of his tragedy.
Someone asked if this is,Ruth's story or Naomi's. I think it would be both because without Naomi, Ruth wouldn't be where she is now.
God has a plan for each and every one of us. When He closes the door like he did with Boaz sometimes whether we realize it or not there's better things waiting for us
I admire Ruth. Ruth is a special lady. I admire how she just up and left just like that.
How I wish I could just do that sometimes. I haven't because I believe something is keeping me here in good ol Lexington, Kentucky.
Grief has no time for ending. For Naomi it was a while. I couldn't imagine a great loss.
Grief does get better as time goes by even though we miss our loved ones. I can relate with Naomi. I still miss my people. I'm the soul survived of my mom and dad's family. It does get lonesome at times. It's why I'm grateful for my son and husband.
God has blessed me and continues to open my eyes with these wonderful biblical stories that His redeeming Grace is sufficient. All we have to do is ask
Leona J. Atkinson--Leonas Lines5 Stars Out Of 5Redeeming GraceFebruary 23, 2017Leona J. Atkinson--Leonas LinesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith is Book #3 in the Daughters of the Promised Land series.
It is a fictional, yet historically, biblically based story of Ruth, the Moabite woman who is redeemed into a Hebrew family.
There are so many wonderful things I would like to say about this book, yet I know I must limit my words in this review to just a few.
The book creates a very believable story regarding the events written in the bible's account of the book of Ruth. It offers historical facts regarding the cultures of the people of that time period.
It brings the biblical account to life by adding a believable true to life story based on historical facts done by Jil Eileen Smith. The way the author weaves fact and imagination together throughout this
book makes it something that is not easily put aside, and as much as this book compelled me to keep reading it to the finish, it also made me not want it to end when I came to the final page.
Although I have read the book of Ruth many times in the bible, this book, Redeeming Grace, held my attention fast with each page and made me wonder what would happen next, even though I knew
the outcome of each event from reading the bible. It also made me aware of historical facts that I had not known regarding people, places, customs, and cultures.
As I read the book I experienced the sadness, fear, and confusion of Ruth, a Moabite who was unhappy with her pagan life and wondered if there could be a better way to live. I shared in her confusion and awkwardness as she chose a new path for her life which led her away from her family and into a new land and new relationship with a God she didn't know, but chose to trust and believe in.
I felt the sadness and sorrow of Naomi at the loss of her home in Bethlehem and then the loss of her husband and sons in a foreign country. Yet, I also felt her strength and her faith in her God, whom she
loved in spite of all her grief and how she was faithful in her love for Him no matter what misfortune beheld her. I also felt the grief of Boaz as he dealt with his adverse life experiences, yet kept an unwavering
faith in God through them all.
The story shows the reader Redemption, Renewal and Restoration for those who believe. It is also a glimpse into the second coming of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, our Bridegroom who will soon be coming
for His Bride, the true believers who have chosen to believe and receive Him. It shows how God works all things together for good for those who love Him as it says in Romans 8:28.
I hightly recommend this book. It is an excellent read and one which will enrich your love for Adonai, the Lord God, and make you aware of his plans and purposes in your life as you believe, trust, and love Him.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but a positive review was not required. My opinions are entirely my own.
--Leona J. Atkinson--www.leonajatkinson.com
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderful biblical fictionFebruary 23, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a wonderful biblical fiction story. I did not want to put this book down. I loved Naomi and Ruth. Naomi and Ruth had many trials to overcome in their lives. Jill Eileen Smith put true life to these people from the Bible. Can Ruth be redeemed? I received this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
KingofkingsPrincess4 Stars Out Of 5Hope & Redemption for allFebruary 22, 2017KingofkingsPrincessQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Hope - that was the feeling that remained throughout Redeeming Grace. The hope of another child, less hunger, safety and a brighter future traveled among the hearts of Boaz, Naomi & Ruth.
The supporting role of Ezra was used well to remind the reader of customs of the Israelites. My favorite part was at the beginning of the book as the relationship between Boaz & Adi and Elimelech & Naomi was developed. This created a realistic connection for their later relationship when Naomi & Ruth returned to Bethlehem.
I would have enjoyed reading a bit more fiction about the fictional bond between Boaz & Ruth. Boaz was established as a wise & knowledgeable man of God. His humanness was revealed in a way that created empathy. Ruth was an excellent example of a sweet & tender person who was hurt by the actions of others but not emotionally injured beyond healing. I wonder if their marriage was as sweet as I like to imagine.
Enough history of pagan practices around Chemosh was given to create an understanding of why Naomi was reluctant to move to Moab as well as why she would return to Bethlehem and want to change her name to Mara. The evil intent of men certainly was evident in the leaders & priests of Moab to cause Ruth to desperately flee and take a chance at life with Naomi.
The Hebrew meaning of the name Obed means servant or to serve. I believe like all parents that Boaz & Naomi were hopeful that their son would be a servant to the Lord. I was unable to believe that Boaz would proclaim that because he was from the line of Judah that his son would redeem his family and all Israel. For Boaz to continue to say that he will be in the line of the true Redeemer was far beyond what I could envision.
Redeeming Grace inspired me to go back to the Old Testament to read Ruth again for myself. I also read parts of Genesis that Ezra referred to when trying to convince Boaz to consider marrying again. The Bible is the best foundation for creating Biblical Fiction. When an author can use the Scriptures to weave a story that helps me picture what isnt told in the Bible, I consider that a blessing.
Sally M5 Stars Out Of 5Brings the Story of Ruth to Brilliant LifeFebruary 22, 2017Sally MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Once again, Jill Eileen Smith has taken a well-known Bible story and brought it to life. The story of Ruth begins with her future mother-in-law assisting Boaz's wife in childbirth. It establishes Naomi as a woman who is familiar with Boaz and his family, placing Boaz as her husband's cousin and creating a brother-in-law as well to act as the relative closer to Naomi than Boaz.
After reading Redeeming Grace I had to review Ruth's story for a Bible study. Thanks to this novel, I saw the story with new eyes. We don't know why she was so willing to leave her home and everything that she knew to go with Naomi. Here, Smith has given her a realistic reason, as well as an interesting theory on how and why Naomi's sons might've died. It was refreshing to see Ruth portrayed as a Moabite, as some authors I've read have gone out of their way to ignore this aspect of her character. Ruth was a foreigner, although it's acknowledged that her people were descended from Abraham's nephew, Lot.
I found Redeeming Grace difficult to put down. As well as being entertaining, it was also thought provoking. For example, why did God let Naomi's husband and sons? Was it punishment for moving away from the Kingdom of Judah? The final paragraphs hint, however, of what was to come from Bethlehem and the line of Boaz and Ruth: the Messiah Himself.
Thank you to Revell and the author for my complimentary copy of Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story, which I received in exchange for my honest review.