In the Field of Grace   -     By: Tessa Afshar
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In the Field of Grace

Moody Publishers / 2014 / Paperback

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Recently widowed, Ruth is left with a broken heart, a barren womb, and an empty future. Yet she's determined not to let her "chosen mother," Naomi, starve---so accompanies her to Israel. When Ruth meets Boaz---a wealthy landowner---she expects no special treatment. But will Boaz lose his heart to this foreign woman with haunted eyes?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.8 (inches)
ISBN: 0802410979
ISBN-13: 9780802410979
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Two women. Alone. With no provision. Can a woman who has lost everything, except her beloved mother, find hope in a foreign land?

Ruth leaves her home with  a barren womb and an empty future, after losing her husband. She forsakes her abusive parents and follows the woman she has grown to love as a true parent, her husband's mother, Naomi.

Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. She is destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation. She is reduced to gathering leftovers once the harvesters have finished collecting grain from the field. A job only for the lowest of the low.

But God has other plans for her life.

While everyone considers Ruth an unworthy outsider, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field-one of the wealthiest and most honored men of Judah-is showing her favor.  Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz finds himself irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the dark, 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.

Obstacles. Heartache. Withered dreams. How can God forge love, passion, and new hope between two such different people?

Author Bio

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, lived there for the first fourteen years of her life, and attended an English boarding school for girls 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 cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full- and part-time Christian work.

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I had a long business trip and planned to scan In the Field of Grace while on the road.  Well, forget that - I was hooked from teh first page! This is an amazing narravtive. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of Ruth and Boaz's story. The biblical account came alive as the love story of Ruth and Boaz unfolded. I feel blessed to have read this book. I devoured it, reading late into the night. - Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author

Packed with spiritual truth, impeccable research, and well-placed humor, In the Field of Grace takes your heart on a journey of love, loss, and triumph. This powerful retelling of Ruth and Boaz's story is my favorite novel this year.
- Mesu Andrews, author and ECPA Christian Book Award winner

Tessa Afshar is a brilliant writer and a beautiful soul. With a strong, poetic voice, Tessa brings biblical stories to life in a way that makes me want to kneel, pray, shout, and sing, all at the same time. In Tessa's lates novel, In the Field of Grace, she explores the story of Ruth and Boaz, their hardships and their breakthroughs. I finished the book feeling grateful again for God's intimate goodness and grace, and I remembered afresh how He sees us, loves us, and cares about every detail of our lives. Tessa crafts such beautiful books; I never want the stories to end! And the beautiful thing is these stories have the power to shape us and change us when we give God access to our own stories. I can't wait for the next book! - Susie Larson, national radio host, speaker, and author of Your Beautiful Purpose and The Uncommon Woman

Tessa Afshar offers readers one of the most cherished love stories from the Scriptures! Wonderfully researched, In the Field of Grace brings to life the tenderhearted and vulnverable Ruth, who is sure to captivate biblical fiction lovers!
- Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, author of The Genesis Trilogy and Dawnlight

The love story between Ruth and Boaz is reimagined with truths as timely today as they were thousands of years ago; reminders of faith, love, and the sovereignty of God. - Tracy L. Higley, author of The Queen's Handmaid

A beautifully told story that will truly capture your heart. A must read for biblical fiction fans! - Ginger Garrett, author of Chosen, Reign, and Desired

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  1. Haverhill MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Beautiful Story Lovingly Retold
    November 19, 2014
    Ellie
    Haverhill MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Tessa Afshar has captured the beauty and drama of the biblical story of Ruth the Moabitess, who chooses to cast her lot with her mother-in-law Naomi, the widow from Bethlehem. When Ruth herself becomes a widow, she accompanies Naomi back to her homeland and helps them survive by gleaning in the fields owned by a wealthy landowner, Boaz. The love story that grows out of this odd relationship is summarized in the books title, In the Field of Grace. Grace, the essence of the story of Ruth and Boaz, is recognized and felt on both sides.

    Boazs words to Ruth when they first meet come straight from the Bible. May the Lord repay you for what you have done [for your mother-in-law]. May the God of Israel, under whose wings you have some to take refuge, give you a full reward.

    Some fine writing shows up in this book. The first two sentences: Death squatted at Boazs door. He could sense its presenceinexorable, hungry, patient.

    When Naomi lines out her plan for Ruth to lay at Boazs feet on the threshing floor, she tells her daughter-in-law, You must be courageous, Ruth. There is a hazard to this plan. I dont deny it. You must risk exposure, perhaps even rejection. But Boaz is worth it. What was it you told Adin? Bear the cost of your love. It is your turn to do that for Boaz. . . .

    Picking up on Ruths well-known words to Naomi, Where you go, I will go. Your people will be my people, Naomi reminds Ruth. Another thing. You should understand that the Lord speaks these words to you. He is not sending you to Boazs presence alone. With every step you take toward that threshing floor, the Father of our people makes a promise to you. Where you go, I will go. He will not abandon you to go to Boaz by yourself. He will go with you. . . . He will give you His strength to do what you must. Do you understand?

    We know how the story ends. Ruth tells Boaz, You are my home. You and the Lord. Ive never been so happy, All I ever wanted was to belong. Naomi and her family gave me that. When death ripped it away, I thought I was done with joy. I thought the best I could do was to survive. Live another day. Then you came into my life and I learned to love in a deeper way. I thought death was the end of my dreams. But death led me to you.

    So much that is good in this book, but some of the action and dialogue felt contrived and lacked smooth, natural flow. The authors heart is in this story, however, and I believe readers will be caught up in the drama of this classic love story.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Awesome Biblical Fiction Novel by Tessa Afshar!!
    November 15, 2014
    Virginia
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had been anticipating this book ever since I'd heard that Tessa Afshar was in the process of writing it. I'm a pretty big fan of Tessa Afshar's writing so I try to read all of her books as soon as possible! Ruth is also one of my favorite heroines in the Bible so to have a novelization of her story is like so AWESOME!!

    I do love,love the book cover. It is absolutely stunning!!

    At first, I couldn't really get into the story because it seemed to me that it did have a slow start in my opinion. I was starting to believe that I wouldn't enjoy the story as much as I did because of a sort of the slow beginning. I STRONGLY believe and love to see a gripping first chapter because then I know I will enjoy the book.

    The story of Ruth is all about redemption and it's one of the greatest love stories in the Bible. I think that the author did a very good job of portraying the story of Ruth and Naomi's redemption and the love at first sight between Ruth and Boaz. I also love how the author gave Boaz a background story. His story in the novel was so heart wrenching and heart-gripping that it really drew me in. I was really amazed at how the author gave life to Ruth's story from when she came to work in Boaz' field to when she asked Boaz to be the kinsman redeemer. It was perfect!

    I'm also a big fan of the 1960's movie,"The Story of Ruth" and this novel was almost a reminisce of the movie in some parts as well.

    Aside from the seemly slow start to this novel,I really enjoyed reading this! This is another Biblical fiction novel well done by Tessa Afshar! I also enjoyed reading about the other characters such as Dinah and Adin in this novel as well.

    This story was fantastic read! It was a very moving and powerful story. I highly recommend "In the Field of Grace" over all of the novelizations of Ruth's story that I've read. As soon as I had the time to settle down and read this story, I had finished it in about one night. I couldn't put it down! I truly enjoyed it and I'm in high anticipation of Tessa Afshar's next novel.

    *I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Moody Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review*

  3. Ohio
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful
    November 8, 2014
    gcwfarmgirl
    Ohio
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There's nothing like a good biblical fiction that makes you open your bible to read what's really written.

    A beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth, (fictionally) filling in the gaps and giving you a better picture of how it may of played out. The author did a wonderful job writing all the characters in this book-they were well thought out.

    Tessa did an amazing job writing biblical and historical facts into the book. I was pulled into the story right from the start, though it was a slower read (filled with details), and even though I obviously know how the story ends, this book held my interest to the very last page.

    So in summery; this is a beautifully written story, with well rounded characters. I would definitely recommend this book. 5 out of 5.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    New Insights into the Story of Ruth
    October 19, 2014
    KGD history teacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In the Field of Grace is the retelling of the Old Testament story of Ruth, but it is so much more. It is a tale of hope, faith when all hope is gone, releasing and trusting, and a lovely love story.

    Anyone familiar with the Old Testament knows the story of Ruth a Moabite who marries into a Jewish family who has sought refuge in Moab to escape the famine in their land. When he husband dies, Ruth accompanies her widowed and now motherless mother-in-law back to Israel where she eventually finds a home for both herself and her mother-in-law. In the process of this, she finds love, acceptance, and a place in the lineage of Christ. Ruths loyalty and Naomis faith are held up as standards in the Christian faith.

    Initially, I was only interested in reading this because it was written by Tessa Afshar. I have read all of her books and she has a unique storytelling ability. Many books have been written using Ruths story even some done in modern settings. But, because of Tessa Afshars Middle Eastern background, she has infused new life in this story. She portrays Ruth as a young woman who never knew love until she met Naomi and her family. Ruth never felt worthy until she accepted Gods view of her. Her loyalty and hard work to take care of Naomi really stand out as does her growing love for God. Naomi becomes so relatable as the grieving mother and wife who in her losses questions Gods care for her. Boaz becomes a very wise and godly man who uses his personal prosperity to minister to and care for many. It is no wonder that they are part of the heritage of Christ.

    I received a copy of this from NetGalley for my honest review.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Historical Romance with Prevalent Spiritual Themes
    October 12, 2014
    Jolene
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Disregarded by her birth family, Ruth's desire to belong is satisfied in her marriage to Mahlon, a kind man whose mother, Naomi, treats Ruth as her own daughter. When Mahlon and his brother die, Ruth and Naomi journey to Bethlehem, Naomi's former homeland. Desperate for food and income, Ruth gleans, picking up the pieces left behind by the field reapers employed by Boaz. As the camaraderie between Ruth and Boaz transforms into romantic inklings, both are convinced that they can never be together. Will love find a way? Read more in Tessa Afshar's In the Field of Grace.

    In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar is a Biblical retelling of the Book of Ruth. The author used plenty of literary license to add story details and character motives, but also inserted quotes from the Book of Ruth. Throughout the story, various characters are taught spiritual lessons which became the themes of the book. At times, I felt like characters learned certain lessons too easily. Without enough internal struggle or tension, the development seemed a bit inauthentic. Still, themes such as surrendering what one wants most into God's care and accepting God's will with joy even when circumstances are hard are primary messages in the book that will resonate with Christian readers. I enjoyed the storyline and interspersed humor. In the Field of Grace is a keeper that I'm likely to re-read.

    Those who liked Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar will enjoy In the Field of Grace as there are substantial similarities in characters and plot. I recommend In the Field of Grace to Christian readers looking for a historical romance combined with prevalent spiritual themes.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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