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Ruth Mother Of Kings
     

Ruth Mother Of Kings

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by Diana W Taylor
 

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The story of Ruth has captivated Christian believers for centuries, not least of all because she is one of only two women with books of the Bible named after them. Now, Diana Wallis Taylor animates this cherished part of the Old Testament, with its unforgettable cast of characters. Experience Ruth's elation as a young bride and her grief at finding herself a widow far

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The story of Ruth has captivated Christian believers for centuries, not least of all because she is one of only two women with books of the Bible named after them. Now, Diana Wallis Taylor animates this cherished part of the Old Testament, with its unforgettable cast of characters. Experience Ruth's elation as a young bride and her grief at finding herself a widow far before her time. Witness the unspeakable relief of Naomi upon hearing her daughter-in-law promise never to leave her. And celebrate with Boaz when, after years as a widower, he discovers love again, with a woman he first found gleaning in his field. The story of this remarkable woman to whom Jesus Christ traced His lineage comes to life in the pages of this dramatic retelling.

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Publishers Weekly
Taylor, who has dramatized the stories of other biblical women (Martha; Mary Magdalene; and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate), fleshes out the lives of Ruth and her second husband Boaz, the great-grandparents of King David, in her latest novel. While the Bible presents Ruth with hardships, Taylor compounds the difficulties by adding disease, treachery, and betrayal to her circumstances. Ruth’s early story is alternated with an embellished account of Boaz’s life, which includes its share of tragedy and despair prior to meeting Ruth. While Taylor presents a detailed and dramatic tale, some Christian readers may have difficulty with the liberties she has taken with the lives of biblical characters. Most notably, she makes Ruth a Jewish woman, and not a Moabite, as has traditionally been thought. Apparently recognizing the possibility of disagreement with her characterization, Taylor justifies her position both through her storytelling and in the background information at the end of the book. Agent: Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary Agency. (Oct.)
Library Journal
When Naomi's two sons die, she returns home and urges her widowed daughters-in-law to remarry. Ruth refuses, telling Naomi that wherever she goes, Ruth will go with her. In Bethlehem, Naomi marries a widow named Boaz, and they have a son who will become the grandfather of King David. VERDICT This fresh retelling of the Book of Ruth is rich in description and emotion. In Taylor's capable hands, these Old Testament characters come to life. Readers who appreciate stories about strong female characters or who enjoy historical fiction in the tradition of The Red Tent or books by Francine Rivers will want to try Taylor's other acclaimed inspirational novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603749039
Publisher:
Whitaker House
Publication date:
08/15/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,252,742
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Diana Wallis Taylor was first published at the age of twelve, when she sold a poem to a church newsletter. Today, she has an extensive portfolio of published works, including a collection of poetry, contributions to various magazines and compilations, and six award-winning novels, including three biblical fiction stories: Martha; Mary Magdalene; and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. Diana lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. Among them, they have six grown children and ten grandchildren. Readers can learn more by visiting her Web site, www.dianawallistaylor.com.

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Ruth, Mother of Kings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, i love the book of Ruth. This book told a beautiful story on how her life might have been? Did'nt want to put down. Very Nice!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite Ruth: Mother of Kings by Diana Wallis Taylor is a beautifully conceived and rendered recitation of what the life of the Biblical character Ruth might have been like. Taylor has taken the Book of Ruth from the Old Testament, and “filled in the blanks”, so to speak, with day-to-day life details from that period in history. The resulting story is heart-warming and filled with anxious moments of concern for the characters therein. Beginning when Ruth is a mere toddler, the tale takes us through the tragic death of her parents, her subsequent relocation to her grandparents’ farm, her formative years, marriage, death, another long relocation, another marriage, until it ends at just the right place in time. Throughout the tale, the reader accompanies Ruth on her journey through life. It is not at all hard to imagine this fictional life being cobbled together with bits and pieces of numerous real life situations, which adds great believability to the book. Ruth: Mother of Kings, along with several other books by Diana Wallis Taylor, is ideal for helping folks to better understand life at a time before indoor plumbing, electricity, computers, cell phones or even e-readers… or books, for that matter! The graphic descriptions are so real you will smell the hot, dry desert dust, feel the midday sun beating down on your head, and taste that cold drink of water at the end of a day in the field. The author’s vast knowledge of so many believable details of that time in history provides the reader with more than just entertainment. Hidden in the pages is much educational value, as well. Ruth: Mother of Kings by Diana Wallis Taylor is an outstanding story, suitable for all ages and all faiths. I would very favorably recommend this book to anyone, after it undergoes a final edit. It’s a fascinating story.