In the Field of Grace
By Tessa Afshar
Moody Publishers, 2014, 290 pages
I’ve mentioned before that Ruth is one of my favorite books of the Bible. Very briefly, Ruth, a Moabite widow, travels to Bethlehem with her Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi. She works in the fields of Boaz, a family relative. Boaz takes notice of Ruth and assists and protects her. After a period of time, at Naomi’s instruction, Ruth claims Boaz as her kinsman-redeemer. Boaz is more than happy that Ruth has claimed him and sets about to resolve all the details. The couple is married and has a son, the grandfather of King David.
This is such a sweet, sweet story. It brings me to tears every time I read it. It’s such a wonderful typology of sinners coming to Christ and accepting Him as their Savior and Redeemer.
My wife and I are currently studying through the Book of Ruth. As in all my Bible studies, I’m using MacArthur’s one-volume Bible commentary, McGee’s Thru-the-Bible commentary, Unger’s Bible dictionary, and Zondervan’s Strongest concordance for additional reference. These tools are a great help in studying the Bible.
I had bought “In the Field of Grace,” a novelization of Ruth, several months ago and I thought it would be a great time to read it while we were studying the Bible book. Afshar does a nice job of following the story of Ruth and Boaz and filling in with some fictional characters and story elements here and there. Some work better than others. Overall, I was pleased. It turned out to be a nice supplement to our Bible study. The past week has definitely been a Ruth-a-thon at our house!
I get the impression that not too many Christian men are reading these Bible romance novelizations. But I don’t have any qualms about it. Throw pride out the window and enjoy my brothers!