Saturday, June 3, 2017

In the Field of Grace


GIVEAWAY

AFSHAR, TESSA
IN THE FIELD OF GRACE

Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuilt Naomi's home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left -- a strong back and a willing heart -- to gather grain in a field abandoned after the harvest.

Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.

My Review: 

Published in 2014

I can honestly say that I appreciate Ruth's story with renewed wonder after reading In the Field of Grace. Tessa Afshar has an incredible gift of bringing the bible to life through her exquisite  biblical retellings.

A familiar and much loved bible story becomes so much more thanks to the rich historical detail and intrinsic gospel truths that I eagerly took to heart -- like this beauty: "If God spared us from the piercing shaft of every sorrow," she said, "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." (p38) Profound truths that remain just as relevant today as they were in Old Testament times.

Simply stunning!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of In the Field of Grace, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you put your email address in your comment, please remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please put the title in the subject line to make it easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held anad winner announced on Sunday June 4 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

32 comments:

  1. If you like Ruth and Naomi's story told in Biblical fiction, you should check out Jill Eileen Smith "Redeeming Grace"! Or any of her books really :-) She also has a talented way to bring the Bible to life through her characters and unique writers voice.

    My favorite story myself and I'm anxious to read Tessa account. That line you shared told me this is one not to miss...wow!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the recommend, Trixi. I haven't read anything by Jill Eileen Smith. I've just been toe-dabbling in biblical fiction so I have a ways to go. Good luck!

      Delete
    2. YES, yes, Trixi, Jill is a great writer, and I have read several of her Biblical fiction books!

      Delete
  2. I have always loved the story of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth's love and devotion to her mother-in-law is so very special. I would love to read this book. Thank you for sharing, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And this author brings it all to life in such an inspiring way. Good luck, Melanie.

      Delete
  3. I have never read Biblical Fiction. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm pretty new at it myself. Good luck, Linda.

      Delete
  4. Ruth and Esther seem to be a couple of the most popular Biblical stories to re-imagine in Biblical Fiction. I am not a big reader of Biblical fiction, but I have been wanting to read a book by Tessa Afshar for quite awhile. Kav, You've been reading more Bibilical fiction lately and I'm inspired. :) ------ tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've read all of 4 :-) So I'm cautiously inching my way into the genre. I really loved this book though and Tess Afshar's style. Good luck, Terrill.

      Delete
  5. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance!
    mbaaij at hetnet dot nl

    ReplyDelete
  6. In The Field of Grace is the BEST fictionalized story of Ruth and Naomi ever!

    I agree with you, her writing is simply stunning!

    And in three days her Bread of Angels releases, Lydia's story! I'll be on vacation with my family, but while I'm sitting on the beach, I'll be turning back the clock about two thousand years to read her story!

    Happy Reading Weekend everyone!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the tip about the new release! And I believe it was you who told me to try In the Field of Grace so thanks for that suggestion. My library has a lot of Tessa Afshar's books so I'll be slowly catching up on my fictional bible study. Enjoy your vacation. Nothing like reading on the beach! Or reading anywhere for that matter. :-)

      Delete
  7. KAV, awesome review! I love Biblical fiction. I've not yet had the pleasure of reading one of Tessa Afshar's books. Thank you for the chance.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome, Caryl. Good luck!

      Delete
  8. I've never read Biblical Fiction, but I'll love to give it a try. Thank you for the chance to win!

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This would be a great place to start. Good luck, Melody.

      Delete
  9. I have not read much Biblical fiction but I've always been fond of the Ruth/Naomi/Boaz story. This should be an awesome read. Thanks Kav. Paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. this really brings their story to life. Good luck, Paula.

      Delete
  10. Would love to read this. Biblical fiction is my favorite genre.

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Then you'll certainly love this one, Mindy. Good luck.

      Delete
  11. This looks wonderful!Hoping for a win!!!!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
  12. I know Tessa Afshar is a wonderful author and I actually have Land of Silence in my TBR pile. This one sounds wonderful as well -- who doesn't love Ruth and Naomi's story! Thanks for the review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's one of my favourite bible stories as it is for a lot of people. Good luck, Pam.

      Delete
  13. Ii love the story of Ruth and Naomi. this looks like such a wonderful story.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a fantastic read. Good luck, Lori.

      Delete
  14. I have wanted to read this book for a long time. Would love to win. amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT NET

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love the book of Ruth and would love to read this retelling. Thank you so much for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Woohoo! I'm so excited when Tessa Afshar releases books! Love that Biblical fiction!
    Elly -Indiana-

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ops - am I too late for this one? I love Tessa Afshar's books. I've read a lot of them. She brings the stories of the Bible alive. Keep them coming Tessa!!
    Count me in on this one if still possible.
    becci43 (at) gmail(dot)

    ReplyDelete