In the Field of Grace is a beautiful adaptation of Ruth by Tessa Afshar. This fictional account brought the story to life in a new way for me, not only because of the author’s giftedness in writing, but because of the Biblical truths she drew out through the characters.
Ruth grew up not feeling loved or wanted by her family, and just tried to stay out of the way. When she meets Naomi and becomes part of her family, that changes. Ruth’s past makes her decision to stay with Naomi easier because Naomi had become her true family. Once in Bethlehem, though, it soon becomes clear that they will not survive without divine intervention.
God led Ruth to Boaz’s field, where she will be protected and well provided for. Both Boaz and Ruth are soon drawn to each other but wait for the Lord’s leading. They both have seen much heartache, but have also seen the Lord’s faithfulness to them through times of heartache. They trust in Him, knowing His way is good and loving.
This book, unlike some historical fiction that I have read, brought forth a lot of depth and Biblical truth. The theme of God’s faithfulness through loss was especially meaningful to me.
from the book: “If God spared us from the piercing shaft of every sorrow, we could never fulfill His best plans for our lives. Sometimes the sweetest things in life rise up out of the worst things in life.”
I loved the writing style, I loved the romance, and I loved the way the author brought the characters to life. Overall, it was a sweet, beautiful book.
I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy Ruth in the Bible, and those who enjoy historical fiction. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
In the Field of Grace was published by Moody Publishers in 2014.
*I recieved a free copy of this in ebook form from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.*