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In the Field of Grace

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In the Field of Grace

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Reduced to destitution, recently widowed Ruth stakes everything on the love of her mother-in-law Naomi, and follows her to Israel. As she gleans from the fields with the lowest of the low, Ruth is protected by Naomi's wealthy kinsman Boaz. Can God forge love between two such different people?

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Reduced to destitution, recently widowed Ruth stakes everything on the love of her mother-in-law Naomi, and follows her to Israel. As she gleans from the fields with the lowest of the low, Ruth is protected by Naomi's wealthy kinsman Boaz. Can God forge love between two such different people?
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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?


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Meet the Author

Tessa Afshar

Tessa has just been named 'New Author of the Year 2011' in the Readers' Choice Awards(sponsored by Family Fiction).

Tessa was born into a nominally Muslim family in Iran and lived there for the first 14 years of her life. She survived English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her mid-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 twelve years in full and part-time Christian work and currently serves as the leader of Women's and Prayer ministries at a church in New England.

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The story of Ruth Boaz
5 stars By Lisa, May 23 2017
As with other biblical fiction, the story from the bible is told with other plausible details and some extra historical context.  The book of Ruth is a beautiful love story on its own and I felt a bit defensive as I first read this as I did not always agree with some minor literary choices that Tessa Afshar made.  As a whole, I really enjoyed this novel and was impressed with its final focus on biblical truths and the surrender of our lives to God's will (when we so want to control things ourselves).  The Epilogue ties the purpose of the book of Ruth in beautifully.  Wow.
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A beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth
5 stars By Esther J, Dec 08 2016
Although I roughly knew of her story prior, once I started reading in the field of grace I saw Ruth in a whole new light. Her strength and hope were endlessly inspiring. This novel was so hard to put down. A highly recommended biblical tale :)
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"Not just another story written about Ruth and Naomi"
5 stars By Rachel , Dec 04 2016
In this book "In the Field of Grace" Tessa Afshar brings the story of Ruth and Naomi, and the beautiful love story between Ruth and Boaz to life. Tessa Afshar is a writer who through her details of life for these women in the land of Judah transports you to that time, and the reality of the struggles they would have faced. One of those books you just can't put down. Highly recommend.
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Perfect romance novel
4 stars By Tracy , Dec 02 2016
I enjoyed reading Fields of Grace and recommend it, especially for young adult women who are in a relationship or thinking of starting a relationship.  The author has reminded us of what true love, faith and that placing God first in a relationship is important today just as it was so many years ago. The author brings the beautiful story of Boaz and Ruth to life and captures their love and faith in a heartwarming way. I never wanted the story to end. 
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  • Catalogue Code 401822
  • Product Code 9780802410979
  • ISBN 0802410979
  • EAN 9780802410979
  • Pages 304
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher River North
  • Publication Date Jul 2014
  • Sales Rank #6083
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.322kg

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