June 4, 2016

In the Field of Grace


Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. (Ruth 2:2 KJV)


In the Field of Grace, by Tessa Afshar, is a fictional retelling of the story-before-the-story of Ruth and Boaz in the Bible.

I recently read Tessa Afshar’s, Land of Silence, which tells a fictional account of the Biblical woman who, in faith, touched the hem of Jesus’s garment. I was so enamored by Ms. Afshar’s writing, that I sought out another of her books. In the Field of Grace, is another account of a Biblical woman, Ruth, and tells a fictional account of what took place prior to the Bible story account we all know and love.

As I stated in my previous review, Ms. Afshar’s writing style is wonderful, moving the story forward elegantly and with purpose. I really enjoyed delving into the (fictional) lives of Ruth and Boaz. Through life’s hardships and sufferings, we all (hopefully) learn that those are the times we are drawn closest to God, and Ruth and Boaz are no exception.

‘Let go, and let God’ and ‘We are all part of God’s plan’ are the basic themes in this novel. I experienced so many emotions while reading this love story and learning about the time long ago that this story took place—the customs, beliefs, etc.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Biblical retellings. Although the novel is a work of fiction, it doesn’t contradict the Bible, or get into ‘muddy waters’, but gives the people in the Bible a depth and realness in a respectful and honorable way.

5 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Publisher: River North
Pages: 300
Pace: Steady
First Lines (prologue): Death squatted at Boaz’s door, waiting like a vulture, bidding its time. He could sense its presence—inexorable, hungry, patient.

I received a Review Copy from MPNewsroom.