In the Field of Grace

In the Field of GraceIn the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar
Genres: Biblical Fiction
Published by River North on July 1, 2014
Pages: 290
Also by this author: Land of Silence

 

After the death of her husband and with little to hold her to birth home in Canaan, Ruth the Moabite followed her beloved mother-in-law, Naomi, home to Bethlehem. Ruth was a recent proselyte who understood that both her faith and her fortitude would be tested in Israel, but she couldn’t bear to leave Naomi behind as they both grieved the loss of their loved ones. Her simplistic attitude towards toward the torment she received at the hands of the Israelites is replayed with kindness by the master of the field—Naomi’s cousin, Boaz, and the family’s kinsman redeemer. While Ruth’s will and optimism for the future strengthened her as she gleans Boaz’s field, her kindness won Boaz’s heart. Only God knew, however, if love could breach the differences between their different backgrounds and places in life.

Ashfar brilliantly weaves Ruth’s story into a fictional account through vivid descriptions and realistic characters who demonstrate that the fears, hopes, and dreams of our Biblical ancestors were just as real as those we experience today.

In the Field of Grace, written by beloved Biblical fiction author Tessa Ashfar, explores the themes of love, acceptance, surrender, and faith through one of the most endearing stories of the Bible. Ashfar brilliantly weaves Ruth’s story into a fictional account through vivid descriptions and realistic characters who demonstrate that the fears, hopes, and dreams of our Biblical ancestors were just as real as those we experience today. Already on my list as one of my favorite novels read in 2015, I recommend In the Field of Grace solely for its ability to take an already cherished Biblical story into the realm of beautifully written fiction.

Readers well-versed in the Bible will be familiar with Ruth and Boaz upon beginning this book, but even the most seasoned Bible readers will appreciate how these two characters come to life upon In the Field of Grace.

Ashfar’s novel utilizes strong characters and deep themes to convey messages of hope of faith to readers. Readers well-versed in the Bible will be familiar with Ruth and Boaz upon beginning this book, but even the most seasoned Bible readers will appreciate how these two characters come to life upon In the Field of Grace. Ruth, always kind and compassionate, emanates the best of all people—especially Christians. Her unending devotion to Naomi could not remind readers more the golden rule than if Jesus himself returned to Earth to teach the lesson himself. Ashfar’s leading lady’s light humor during times of trial makes Ruth an enjoyable female protagonist. A man worthy of comparison to literary heroes such as Mr. Darcy or Mr. Rochester, Boaz is the leading male all women should set their hearts and eyes upon. Ashfar’s ability to portray Boaz’s emotions with both grace and strength as he battles his insecurities and wins Ruth’s heart brings In the Field of Grace to life. Whereas Ruth’s scenes reminded me of the Christian life I want to lead, Boaz’s scenes drew me directly into the novel—I could not ask an author for more.

For its Biblically based lessons that reach far into the soul, ability to bring the Bible to life, and beautiful writing I give high praise to In the Field of Grace.

In the Field of Grace is a novel that I recommend every reader of Christian fiction and novel read. Fiction lovers will devour this book for its delightful and relatable characters while non-fiction readers will appreciate its delivery of historical life. For its Biblically based lessons that reach far into the soul, ability to bring the Bible to life, and beautiful writing I give high praise to In the Field of Grace.

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