Monday, February 27, 2017
Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith
From the publisher:
When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech's family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law's homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it.
I found it fascinating that Jill Eileen Smith decided to take a different approach to the story of Ruth than is usually. I think readers will be engaged in this story of redeeming grace.
This book is well researched as the story shares traditions and rituals that believers of God and those of Chemosh. The history here makes the book interesting on one level, but then Jill Eileen Smith creates characters that draw you in. She creates a world where these people come to life and you find yourself thinking of them long after the book has ended.
I received this book free from the publisher, all opinions are my own.
Posted by Beth-Anne