In "In the Field of Grace" Ms. Afshar tackles the story of Ruth and Boaz from the book of Ruth, one of the greatest love stories of all time. But it is so much more than a romance novel. It is a story of extreme heartache, loss, death, barrenness, grace, and redemption.
Ruth is a complex heroine who has placed herself in servitude and pledged allegiance to her mother-in-law, Naomi, after her husband dies. When Naomi decides to move back to her homeland of Bethlehem Ruth is given the option to stay with her people in Moab, or travel to Bethlehem and live amongst the Hebrews whose God she is learning to trust.
Tessa Afshar has a way of taking biblical characters out of the genre of the cardboard cut out and wraps their burlap covered flesh in prose like cashmere.
For me, well written biblical fiction can activate healing and peace to my frazzled contemporary soul. I would love for everyone to read "In the Field of Grace".
Please read on for more about this lovely book.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
TESSA 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, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. 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 spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.
But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor. Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi's chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.
Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel's destiny and the future of the whole world.