In the Field of Grace

In the Field of Grace

Book - 2014
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After losing her husband, Ruth leaves her home to follow her beloved mother-in-law, Naomi, to Israel, where she lives a life of hardship until the wealthy and honored owner of the field where she works begins to show her favor.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2014]
Edition: Center Point large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781628991734
1628991739
Characteristics: 416 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Geaney
Apr 22, 2019

Tessa Afshar has taken one of the most beloved stories in the bible and alighted it on my heart once more. In the Field of Grace exemplifies how God delights in using the most unlikely people to fulfill His divine purposes. Through a series of seemingly unrelated events, Tessa Afshar reveals how the Lord begins to weave Ruth into the lineage of Israel. Ultimately He provides hope for the world through the union of Ruth and Boaz.

The opening chapters lay a strong foundation for the remainder of the story by opening a window into the lives of Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi before their lives begin to intertwine. Over the course of the novel additional characters enrich and endear the story to its readers.

Just as I would envision Ruth of the bible, Tessa portrays her character as a humble servant – kind and compassionate. I was drawn to her light hearted humor that seemed to chase away the grief that she had to bear. She extended grace to those who mistreated her and won their affections through her selfless service to Naomi.

I particularly liked how the author created Boaz to be more than just a rescuer or romantic interest in the story. Written as a strong male character, Boaz is not exempt from fear and insecurities. He took interest in the lives of those who worked for him, acted honorably in his pursuit of Ruth, and personified a cheerful giver.

I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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AnaKLM98
Jan 02, 2019

This was the first book I read from this author and I have to say I fell in love with this book and the way Tessa writes!
I love how the book stayed true to the Bible but still managed to add so many amazing scenes that draw you in even more. I also love the progression of the love story between Ruth and Boaz and how beautifully it’s written.

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shofar29
Jan 27, 2017

I enjoy Christian fiction and this book is no exception it is a wonderful read! I found the storyline very insightful and the historical background came to life in this book, I struggled to put it down and finished it within a day. I highly recommend you give this book a go

bibliosara Jan 24, 2017

I've read my share of historical religious novels, but this one hit a new level for me. Tessa Afshar's "In The Field of Grace" is a wonderful retelling of the story of Ruth. I say 'retelling' tentatively, because nothing is really changed in this story-only added. Afshar not only expands upon the courageous story of Ruth- a woman of incredible loyalty, faith, and dedication- but expands upon the lessons that both Ruth and Boaz learned through their experiences. Looking back on the story of Ruth in the Bible, I see things that I hadn't seen before. The risks that Ruth took. The extraordinary kindness Boaz exhibited, in spite of the social norms of the day. The second chance that both individuals had at life, a widow and a widower that suffered tremendous difficulties in life. Afshar also brings the faith of God to life in a way that will inspire you in your own prayers.
I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a story of redemption, faith, love, or the power of ordinary people. Historical and theological fans would also enjoy this novel, as Afshar clearly does her research on mores and cultural stereotypes of the day.

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marissaburt
Jun 27, 2016

I loved this book! I think it was my favorite of Tessa Afshar's thus far. I loved how she explored the cultural aspects of the story of Ruth as well as the emotional arc of the characters. Just lovely.

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6semkereaders
Jul 06, 2015

This book was brilliantly written. Loved it! The character development and the truths of His Word mingled throughout made a story I did not want to put down until the end! Such insight into the book of Ruth that I will not forget this story.

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DreDre
Jun 21, 2015

An amazing story that is emotionally captivating.

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lucyreviews
Apr 21, 2015

A wonderful story, beautifully written. I loved it!

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MARIA J MOORE
Mar 05, 2015

this was a very good book.

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SLT_1
Feb 12, 2015

Loved the Book

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