“In the Field of Grace” Tess Afshar Review

 

“Tess Afshar was voted New Author of the Year by the Family Fiction-sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, lived there for fourteen years, and attended an English boarding school before moving to the United States. Her conversion to  Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has served in Christian work ever since.”

“Love Resurrected from lifeless dreams happens in the arms of a loving God”

Synopsis:

“Without the 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.”

One of the best books that I have read in a long time. The story of Ruth is one of my favorites from the bible and I love how this author was able to portray such a fascinating story into a full-blown novel. She was an amazing woman and this book will have you happy, sad, worried and every other emotion imaginable. I love how Ruth was able to come to pure faith and happiness from nothing. She found and lost love, but was able to carry on with more faith in a God that she didn’t grow up worshiping. She shows us that despite the bad things going on in our lives, God is there in so many ways if we just listen.

The love story between Ruth and Boaz is unlike anything you’ll ever read. It is true, heartfelt love that goes above and beyond. Both of them have been through so much, but despite all things they were brought together. They both have great faith in the Lord. Their faithfulness to him is humbling and makes me personally want to do better. Their strength and their ability to give everything to the Lord is just amazing. I know that this is a bible story, but the way that it reads it is more of romantic love story between the main characters and God. The childbirth of Obed was a very stressful chapter for me! I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen, was she gonna live or die like Judith????? (Boaz’s first wife) (Not a spoiler! I promise its in the prologue).

Then once that amazing story was over, it continues with an intriguing epilogue that really wraps up the whole story. It is fascinating to see how some of the main people in the bible are related to each other! Definitely a book worth reading! Loved it from start to finish! Great opener and a great way to finish!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

I will definitely be recommending this book to friends! I have already done so while reading at the coffee shop the other day! The cover is appealing and the synopsis makes you yearn for more. Great book! I look forward to reading more by this author!!!

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