Love resurrected from lifeless arms happens in the arms of a loving God. 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 had left - a strong back and a willing heart - to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest. Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.
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A book a day....
Yes. I was unable to put it down - or stop listening. It is very detailed and it is if you are there in person. The storyline - although based on a story from the Bible - is very well written.
Tessa Afshar's other books are very good too. Pearl in the Sand, Harvest of Gold, Harvest of Rubies.
I have not yet listened to any other Laurel Merlington performance. Her performance in this book is absolutely brilliant. She draws you in right from the beginning.
I had a range of emotional reactions to 'In the Field of Grace'. There was laughing, crying and moments of upset and moments of elation for each of the characters.
Please read it. You will enjoy it from the very first sentence.
"New insights about Old Testament Ruth"
Have you ever wondered why Ruth, from the Old Testament story, left her homeland of Moab to go to a new home in Israel? Did she know what was in store for her there? The scriptures imply that Ruth's decision came from her virtuous character; her loyalty to Naomi. After listening to this book, I would add that it is likely Ruth's decision also came from courage that rested on a foundation of faith in God.
This book extended and enhanced my understanding of Ruth, adding fictional details that helped me consider all that she really would have had to face... including the challenges that could have come her way. In watching Ruth face those fictional challenges, this book emphasizes a truth, and gives a strong message of hope to the listener: that God can transform tragedy into triumph! Also, He can use any one of us to bless the lives of others. All He requires is a willing and trusting heart.
I very much enjoyed the author's take on the story; it is very much in keeping with the impression I get about Ruth when I read the Bible.
"Absolutely Totally Beautiful"
Everything. A book worthy of its title, for it is full of grace and beauty.
There were many such moments. The wisdom and the prayers are seamlessly woven into the reality of every day life in a way that felt like blessings my soul soaked up like parched soil.
Ruth, of course, but she did a wonderful job with all of them.
Yes. I wept. I was there. I feel like I truly met Ruth, and Boaz, and Naomi, they felt like kin, and I miss them.
This is an absolutely beautiful novel. As a novelist myself, I feel humbled, at a loss for words. At first I felt the Epilogue was an intrusion, but I came to love Ruth so much, it all fell into place and I cried, again, this time because the Book of Ruth, so passionately and gracefully told by Tessa Afshar, had ended.
"Field of Grace"
I really enjoyed the book, however there were placed in the story that was to long and drawn out.
It was similar to the story Rahab, but the book on Rahab was far better.
She's an excellent narrator.
The care that Boaz took to keep Ruth safe all the way through his marriage to her. :D
"Another great story"
absolutely loved it. Tessa has a great talent of writing biblical fiction. I did not want the story to end. Please write another book as soon as possible:-D
"Great Fictional Story Of Ruth"
The story of Ruth is quickly becoming one of my favorite Old Testament stories. Make sure to listen to the prologue and the author's note at the end.
It was nice to hear a beloved bible story turned into a great work of fiction which allowed the listener to imagine all the added details of these characters lives. Wow, I always listen to the same inspirational authors and stumbled across a new author whom I really enjoy! 😃
"A Great Story that brings the Book of Ruth to life"
Tessa Afshar has such a beautiful talent for taking people from the Bible and presenting them in a way that is both personal and compeling. This book is a must read.
Great narration. Very intriguing and truly enjoyable. I was pulled in at various points in the story.
My favorite aspects were how remarkable an individual Ruth becomes despite her up-bringing. Although fictional, it's adaptation from scripture transforms the reader into another place -- one of empathy, excitement, and at times wonder at how much God cares.
"A Familiar Old Bible Story Brought to Life"
The author and the narrater made this familiar Bible story into a believable story of love and faith. It touched my heart and made the connections in scripture come alive.
"Deeply satisfying read"
A magnificent story. Inspirational and educational. The details of every day life in the Middle East add realism. Ms. Afshar sensitively weaves the Biblical narrative with supporting fictional details to bring the characters to colorful life. The story held my attention completely from beginning to end and I felt a little bereft when I had to say goodbye to the characters at the end of the book. I am looking forward to listening to Pearl in the Sand.
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