Redeeming Grace (Daughters of the Promised Land Book #3): Ruth's Story

Redeeming Grace (Daughters of the Promised Land Book #3): Ruth's Story

by Jill Eileen Smith

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When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech's family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law's homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it.

Combining meticulous research with her endless imagination, Jill Eileen Smith gorgeously renders one of the most beautiful stories in Scripture. Readers will adore this third installment of the inspiring Daughters of the Promised Land series.

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ISBN-13: 9781493405923
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Series: Daughters of the Promised Land Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 73,566
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of The Crimson Cord, The Prophetess, The Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and the ebook novellas The Desert Princess, The Shepherdess, and Daughter of the Nile. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of The Wives of King David, the Wives of the Patriarchs, The Loves of King Solomon, and The Daughters of the Promised Land series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.

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Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous 13 days ago
awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was greater than awesome ! I felt like I was there , feeling the emotions of everyone and a part of everything going on. I loved it , can't wait to read another one of her books.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure this book really needs a description: It is the classic, Biblical story of Ruth. Naomi, her husband, and her two sons flee the famine in Bethlehem to live in Moab. There, the brothers marry Ruth and Orpah, and then the three men of the family die. The three women are unprotected and poor, and two decide to make the trek back to Bethlehem to start afresh. And then there's Boaz, a recent widower who takes a special interest in Ruth as she works in his fields... It is a beautiful story. The romance between Ruth and Boaz, the redemption from all the pain the characters have suffered, the new hope. This is why I have read three different retellings as well as the original several times. It's a story that never gets old. I loved this version of it, Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith. It pulled my emotions and made me teary at the end. Watching the characters experience so much grief was hard. But the end was so beautiful and hopeful, a redemption that made everything worth it. The historical details were interesting too. The sexism was spot on for the culture; sad, but true. And Moab, well, I appreciated the historical context. Israel had recently won a war with Moab, a fact which created tension in the characters because the Moabites were not too interested in befriending the Israelite new neighbors. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to fans of Biblical retellings. I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I have read other fiction books based on Ruth and Naomi’s story and really enjoyed them. So it always makes we wonder when I am getting ready to read a new book based on the same story if I will be bored if I could like it as much. I should have known because it was Jill writing the book I would be reading something brand new. She put twists in this story I never saw coming. She looked at things in a way I had never imagined them happening to our cast of characters before. The relationships each character has with the others is something new and fresh. If you enjoy the story of Ruth and Naomi I think you will find this retelling quite interesting and moving as well. A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Redeeming Grace: The story of Ruth review: Ruth; a Moabite woman who wants to leave Moab and the Moabite lifestyle for something better. But where will she find it and how? Will she be accepted? A devastating famine in Bethlehem forces one family to pack up and move to Moab for a better life or so Elimelek thought. Shortly after arriving in Moab, Elimelek dies leaving his widowed wife Naomi to take care of their two sons on her own. Mahlon and his brother marry Moabite women. (Ruth and her friend Orpah. Orpah continued to follow the Moabite customs while Ruth learned the ways of Naomi and ways of their God. Ten years pass and both Naomi's sons perish just as Naomi finds out the famine that struck Bethlehem was over. She vows to return. Naomi packs up what she had as Orpah and Ruth follow. A short distance later Naomi encourages her daughters in law to return to Moab but only Ruth remained. "Where you go, I go. Where you live, I will live.Your ways are my ways. Your God will be my God." So, Ruth and Naomi returned to Bethlehem together. Ruth continues to take care of her Mother in Law and goes gleaning in the fields. Boaz and Ruth meet and he vows to help her and his relative Naomi. Naomi realizes Ruth needs a husband so she tells Ruth to go to the flushing floor to Boaz. Ruth obeys. After negotiating Boaz is able to be Ruth's Kingsmen Redeemer. Ruth found her way out of Moab and their lifestyle and conformed to the ways of God. The Lord works in mysterious ways and on his own timing. God chooses a famine to relocate one family but not just any family it was Elimelek and Naomi. God sent them to Moab where Ruth happened to be. I believe God put it on Elimelek's heart to go to Moab, find Ruth to prepare her and at the right time return to Bethlehem and meet Boaz. Ruth: A Missional mother from the beginning from taking care of Naomi to caring for her own child in Obed. I love how God uses the unexpected, undeserving and lowest of these for HIS Kingdom. Read Redeeming Grace the story of Ruth by Jill Eileen Smith for a fresh take on one of God's Missional Mother of Biblical History.
TLPPA More than 1 year ago
She's done it again. I have read books from several of Jill Eileen Smith's different series now, and she just gets better and better! Perhaps her greatest strength is the obvious amount of research she does before writing her stories. Redeeming Grace is a fictional retelling of the biblical story of Ruth. Anyone who is even remotely familiar with Ruth's story knows that there isn't much in the biblical account of Naomi and Ruth's life before returning to Bethlehem. In fact, Naomi, Elimelek, Mahlon, and Kilion leave Bethlehem, travel to Moab, and live in Moab for 10 years (plus some other stuff which I won't mention for spoilers sake) all within the first 5 verses of the Book of Ruth!!! Naomi and her daughters-in-law are already traveling back to Bethlehem by Chapter 1, Verse 6!   Haven't you ever wondered what it was like in Moab? What Naomi's life was like there? What happened to Mahlon and Kilion? Who Ruth and Orpah really were? Why Naomi's sons married Moabites? I have! Of course, we don't really know. God gives us in the Bible everything we need to know, but not everything there IS to know, and that is how it should be. Jill Eileen Smith does not have a crystal ball or some secret historical document. She does not know the answers to any of these questions. But she does have an imagination and a great deal of knowledge through research. With those two things combined, she has managed to write a fictional account of what COULD be a POSSIBLE scenario that answers some of our questions. That's what biblical fiction is. And Jill Eileen Smith is the master craftsman. Just to give you an idea, Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah don't set out for Bethlehem until CHAPTER 21. Chapter 21 people!!   This book will keep your attention for hours, and you will be just spellbound by the story Jill Eileen Smith tells about these flawed people, in a story whose main character ends up being in the lineage of Jesus Christ. I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go...your people shall be my people, and your God my God." (174) - Ruth 1:16 The book of Ruth, and the story of Ruth and Naomi had always been one of my favorites in the Bible. Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith brings this story to life as we encounter the customs and the realities of life during this time in Bethlehem and Moab. There is a stark contrast between the pagan customs of Moabites to the truth in trust of Adonai (God) for the Israelites. I thought setting the story before the famine, and before Naomi and her family's move to Moab was interesting. It definitely provided the backstory that allows a better understanding of Naomi's character and mindset, and appreciation of the bond her and Ruth builds in time. "God blessed me more than I deserved the day He gave me you." (270) The story is narrated through Naomi's, Ruth's and Boaz' perspectives, and it gives insight to the times and relates to readers on a personal level. I enjoyed the overall retelling of this story, and love the fact that actual Biblical verses were shared at the beginning of each section. In retrospect, Redeeming Grace can be a love story, between Boaz and Ruth, or between Naomi and Ruth, but one can also take it as a love story between Adonai and His people. The amount of faith that resounds throughout, even when characters were skeptical, they trust in His plan. One can also see the amount of research the author had done to create this story, from customs to timeline to meaning of the message. As this is the first book by Jill Eileen Smith that I've read, I am in awe with how thoroughly fascinating it is to refer to the Book of Ruth as I read Redeeming Grace. I need to add the rest of her novels to my TBR for sure, especially this collection! If you love Biblical fiction with great research and brings the biblical times to life, you'll enjoy Redeeming Grace. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story by Jill Eileen Smith is a fictional account of one of my favorite Old Testament books of the Bible. Filled with rich detail, the author's impeccable research is evident in every chapter. I loved the characters and as I always do when reading one of Jill's books, learned things that give me greater understanding of Bible times. Themes of redemption, mercy, forgiveness and grace are woven throughout and remind the reader of God's plan of redemption for the human race. This is the third book in the Daughters of the Promised Land series. It can be read as a stand-alone novel. I highly recommend this book and give it a 5 star rating. I received a copy of this book from the author and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Redeeming Grace is the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz from the time before Naomi and her family left Bethlehem to the birth of Obed. We are given all three of their viewpoints throughout the story, and I would say that for the most part the story follows along the Biblical records. The author does take some artistic license during the years before Moab and during the time Naomi and Ruth lived in Moab. I found the author’s take very interesting and could see the meticulous research shining through. We know, according to Scripture, why Naomi and her family left their home, but why did they not return sooner? Why were Ruth and Naomi so destitute? Why were there no children in 10 years of marriage and was Boaz married before or a bachelor? The author attempts to answer these questions and gives us a believable sequence of events from her imagination and research. What really stood out to me was how the culture of Moab was described; their gods, festivals, and evil sacrifices. We see how the culture around us can corrupt and seem pleasing even to those chosen of God. How careful we need to be to not be drawn in lest we lose not only our lives, but our souls. I liked again how Jill shows a searching Ruth, (like Rahab) who believed there was something more, a better way then what she grew up in. Hence her faithfulness to Naomi to set forth as a foreigner to a land that may not have been friendly to a foreigner from a hostile nation. The comparisons between Bethlehem and Moab the land, people, and festivals were thought provoking and interesting as well. The love Ruth has for Naomi shines bright and her willingness to obey and put her Mother-in-law’s needs above her own. The romance and genuine love between Ruth and Boaz ultimately resulting in the birth of their son Obed, the grandfather of King David and in the ancestral line of Jesus was a treat to watch unfold. This story does not sugar coat the trials that were faced and shows how even God’s people dealt with depression and questioned a God who was good yet allowed bad things to happen. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Wilani More than 1 year ago
What a great Biblical fiction story of Ruth and Naomi. I loved the way it started in Bethlehem just at the beginning of the drought and famine, Then when they moved to Moab and we see a glimpse of life in Moab. I loved learning about the life there and then the festivals and then after the move back to Bethlehem the comparison of the pagan festivals and the Jewish festivals. I loved the portrayal of Ruth's faith in Naomi's God. This book was well researched and I loved the way it is written. Can't wait to read the next book in this series
KingofkingsPrincess More than 1 year ago
Hope – that was the feeling that remained throughout Redeeming Grace. The hope of another child, less hunger, safety and a brighter future traveled among the hearts of Boaz, Naomi & Ruth. The supporting role of Ezra was used well to remind the reader of customs of the Israelites. My favorite part was at the beginning of the book as the relationship between Boaz & Adi and Elimelech & Naomi was developed. This created a realistic connection for their later relationship when Naomi & Ruth returned to Bethlehem. I would have enjoyed reading a bit more fiction about the fictional bond between Boaz & Ruth. Boaz was established as a wise & knowledgeable man of God. His humanness was revealed in a way that created empathy. Ruth was an excellent example of a sweet & tender person who was hurt by the actions of others but not emotionally injured beyond healing. I wonder if their marriage was as sweet as I like to imagine. Enough history of pagan practices around Chemosh was given to create an understanding of why Naomi was reluctant to move to Moab as well as why she would return to Bethlehem and want to change her name to Mara. The evil intent of men certainly was evident in the leaders & priests of Moab to cause Ruth to desperately flee and take a chance at life with Naomi. The Hebrew meaning of the name Obed means servant or to serve. I believe like all parents that Boaz & Naomi were hopeful that their son would be a servant to the Lord. I was unable to believe that Boaz would proclaim that because he was from the line of Judah that his son would redeem his family and all Israel. For Boaz to continue to say that “he will be in the line of the true Redeemer” was far beyond what I could envision. Redeeming Grace inspired me to go back to the Old Testament to read Ruth again for myself. I also read parts of Genesis that Ezra referred to when trying to convince Boaz to consider marrying again. The Bible is the best foundation for creating Biblical Fiction. When an author can use the Scriptures to weave a story that helps me picture what isn’t told in the Bible, I consider that a blessing.
Halee23417 More than 1 year ago
Redeeming Grace (Daughters Of The Promised Land series #3) Soooooo, this book. It seems to me like Biblical fiction is one of those genres that takes a few chapters to get into, then the story picks up and you’re swept away into the plot…..Except this book just never seemed to get better. I’m in no way trying to be ugly towards the HARD work the author put into this (or any book to get published) but I just didn’t get it. I thought it was somewhat interesting…But to be completely honest it just did not catch my attention and I had to force myself to read it in time for this review. Now, this is not to say that all her books are boring, I personally did not care for it. I was really wanting to spend my little reading time on a different book. As for the biblical and historical aspect of the story, I think it was lined up well. It seemed well researched to me. The last thing I want to touch on is the romance…..I didn’t care for it either. It felt strange to me. I can’t put my finger on it, but I thought it was forced and real at the same time….Not to mention the wedding night scene….Too much. :/ Overall this book was 2 stars-it was just okay. Would I recommend it…Eh, probably not….Would I discourage you from reading it? No, it was neutral. *Thanks to Revell Publishing for providing a free copy in exchange for my honest review.* ~By His Grace, Halee
MysM More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from Revell Reads publishing in exchange for an honest review. Redeeming Grace tells the biblical story of Ruth the Moabite who married one of the sons of Naomi and Elimelech and became a true believer and a staunch and loyal daughter to Naomi. This is book three in Smith's series, Daughters of the Promised Land, following The Crimson Cord, and The Prophetess. I've always loved the brief story of Ruth in the Bible — how she was so supportive of Naomi and promised to stay with her and that she would follow the ways of her God. Smith's retelling of the story with so much depth of emotion and richness of the customs and landscape of the time makes it an even more poignant tale: the drought that caused Elimelech and Naomi with their two sons to leave Bethlehem looking for a more secure life in Moab, the festivals and more exciting lifestyle of the Moabites that drew Naomi's men into the city at night, the women her sons married who were childhood friends but when their husbands were inexplicably stricken dead, one would return to the city but Ruth would go to a new land and tie her future to that of her mother-in-law. I loved the story of Boaz — his devotion to his first wife and his caring of the less fortunate people of Bethlehem and all the customs of the betrothal and wedding, the celebrations of first fruits, and Ruth's first experience in the temple at Shiloh. Smith really brings the story alive in a truly compelling way. It not only makes the time come alive but tells a beautiful story of love and devotion.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
Oh, friends. Redeeming Grace is such a sweet story. The title so aptly portrays it.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
The biblical account of Ruth is roughly three pages long yet through research and imagination, Jill Eileen Smith has crafted an intriguing and engaging novel that honors the scriptures while entertaining and encouraging readers. This rich story is told from the perspectives of Naomi, Boaz, and Ruth. The detailed descriptions of historical customs and cultures in Israel and Moab provide a vivid backdrop and give readers a deeper understanding of the struggles endured during that time. Redeeming Grace delivers both entertainment and spiritual depth. I look forward to reading more titles from Jill Eileen Smith! I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through Revell Reads. The opinions expressed are my own.
ceciliadlynn More than 1 year ago
Redeeming Grace is the retelling of one of my favorite Bible stories, the story of Ruth. The author does a great job researching the many aspects of life during the time of Ruth, Boaz, and Naomi lived and brings those to life in this book. It is always a treat to read these books so that one can get an inside look at what might have been occurring simultaneously as the Biblical story was unfolding. She did a wonderful job developing the relationship between Naomi and Ruth. It was as I imagine it when I read the book of Ruth with only Smith bringing them to life in a bigger way in her book. I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
llparrish782 More than 1 year ago
ne of favorite stories of the Bible and one of my favorite biblical authors. I love Bible stories because I enjoy watching our God work at changing people whether they want to not. I admire Ruth and most especially Boaz. Boaz more since he's lost so much and remained kind and even kept his faith through all of his tragedy. Someone asked if this is,Ruth's story or Naomi's. I think it would be both because without Naomi, Ruth wouldn't be where she is now. God has a plan for each and every one of us. When He closes the door like he did with Boaz sometimes whether we realize it or not there's better things waiting for us I admire Ruth. Ruth is a special lady. I admire how she just up and left just like that. How I wish I could just do that sometimes. I haven't because I believe something is keeping me here in good ol Lexington, Kentucky. Grief has no time for ending. For Naomi it was a while. I couldn't imagine a great loss. Grief does get better as time goes by even though we miss our loved ones. I can relate with Naomi. I still miss my people. I'm the soul survived of my mom and dad's family. It does get lonesome at times. It's why I'm grateful for my son and husband. God has blessed me and continues to open my eyes with these wonderful biblical stories that His redeeming Grace is sufficient. All we have to do is ask
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith is the amazing story of hope and second chances—Ruth’s Story. This Bible-based story is a well-crafted, well-researched novel. All of Jill Eileen Smith’s stories about women of the Bible are very believable fictional works that rely on solid Bible foundation. Redeeming Grace is one of the series, The Daughters of the Promised Land. I enjoyed this story as much as the one, The Crimson Cord. As with all of this author’s stories, the reader becomes immersed in the culture and times of the characters. The setting and the way of life of Naomi and Ruth are presented in such a skillful way that one feels connected to their experiences and plight. Beautiful descriptions and authentic characterization bring this story to life. Essential scriptures lead into the story and close the story. The Moabite, Ruth, attracts the attention of Naomi’s son, soon after his family move from Bethlehem to Dibon to escape the drought and famine in their home. Both of Naomi’s sons find the Moabite women attractive, and each marries into that people and culture. After the death of Naomi’s husband, she sinks into despair; yet, she still has her two sons and their wives, even though the family struggles to make their way. The sons slowly respond to the influences of their new culture and to the festivals and rituals of the god, Chemosh. As one misfortune after another occurs, Naomi is left destitute except for Ruth, her faithful daughter-in-law. The two return to Naomi’s people, and as Ruth accepts more fully Naomi’s God, His love and mercy reach down to them. Instead of cursings and despair, they encounter redemption and grace. I highly recommend this book, as well as other works by this author. If readers enjoy Biblical fiction and Bible stories that come to life, these novels will not disappoint. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Leonas_Lines More than 1 year ago
Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith is Book #3 in the Daughters of the Promised Land series. It is a fictional, yet historically, biblically based story of Ruth, the Moabite woman who is redeemed into a Hebrew family. There are so many wonderful things I would like to say about this book, yet I know I must limit my words in this review to just a few. The book creates a very believable story regarding the events written in the bible's account of the book of Ruth. It offers historical facts regarding the cultures of the people of that time period. It brings the biblical account to life by adding a believable true to life story based on historical facts done by Jil Eileen Smith. The way the author weaves fact and imagination together throughout this book makes it something that is not easily put aside, and as much as this book compelled me to keep reading it to the finish, it also made me not want it to end when I came to the final page. Although I have read the book of Ruth many times in the bible, this book, Redeeming Grace, held my attention fast with each page and made me wonder what would happen next, even though I knew the outcome of each event from reading the bible. It also made me aware of historical facts that I had not known regarding people, places, customs, and cultures. As I read the book I experienced the sadness, fear, and confusion of Ruth, a Moabite who was unhappy with her pagan life and wondered if there could be a better way to live. I shared in her confusion and awkwardness as she chose a new path for her life which led her away from her family and into a new land and new relationship with a God she didn't know, but chose to trust and believe in. I felt the sadness and sorrow of Naomi at the loss of her home in Bethlehem and then the loss of her husband and sons in a foreign country. Yet, I also felt her strength and her faith in her God, whom she loved in spite of all her grief and how she was faithful in her love for Him no matter what misfortune beheld her. I also felt the grief of Boaz as he dealt with his adverse life experiences, yet kept an unwavering faith in God through them all. The story shows the reader Redemption, Renewal and Restoration for those who believe. It is also a glimpse into the second coming of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, our Bridegroom who will soon be coming for His Bride, the true believers who have chosen to believe and receive Him. It shows how God works all things together for good for those who love Him as it says in Romans 8:28. I hightly recommend this book. It is an excellent read and one which will enrich your love for Adonai, the Lord God, and make you aware of his plans and purposes in your life as you believe, trust, and love Him. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but a positive review was not required. My opinions are entirely my own. --Leona J. Atkinson--www.leonajatkinson.com
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful biblical fiction story. I did not want to put this book down. I loved Naomi and Ruth. Naomi and Ruth had many trials to overcome in their lives. Jill Eileen Smith put true life to these people from the Bible. Can Ruth be redeemed? I received this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
slm76 More than 1 year ago
Once again, Jill Eileen Smith has taken a well-known Bible story and brought it to life. The story of Ruth begins with her future mother-in-law assisting Boaz’s wife in childbirth. It establishes Naomi as a woman who is familiar with Boaz and his family, placing Boaz as her husband’s cousin and creating a brother-in-law as well to act as the relative closer to Naomi than Boaz. After reading Redeeming Grace I had to review Ruth’s story for a Bible study. Thanks to this novel, I saw the story with new eyes. We don’t know why she was so willing to leave her home and everything that she knew to go with Naomi. Here, Smith has given her a realistic reason, as well as an interesting theory on how and why Naomi’s sons might’ve died. It was refreshing to see Ruth portrayed as a Moabite, as some authors I’ve read have gone out of their way to ignore this aspect of her character. Ruth was a foreigner, although it’s acknowledged that her people were descended from Abraham’s nephew, Lot. I found Redeeming Grace difficult to put down. As well as being entertaining, it was also thought provoking. For example, why did God let Naomi’s husband and sons? Was it punishment for moving away from the Kingdom of Judah? The final paragraphs hint, however, of what was to come from Bethlehem and the line of Boaz and Ruth: the Messiah Himself. Thank you to Revell and the author for my complimentary copy of Redeeming Grace: Ruth’s Story, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
wileysmSM More than 1 year ago
Redeeming Grace: Ruth's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #3) by Jill Eileen Smith (Goodreads Author) F 50x66 Sharon Miller's review Feb 20, 2017 · edit it was amazing An excellent historical fiction story on the Biblical character Ruth. The story retells the story of Naomi and Elimelech, daughters-in-law Orpha and Ruth and their husbands, Mahlon and Chilion. The story speaks of great loss, great love, forgiveness, redemption and hopelessness turned into joy. Ruth's character is my favorite because of her unconditional love, decision making skills, and discerner of others' characters. She also aligns herself to Naomi with incredible loyalty, obedience and trust. Very admirable. Ruth remains positive even when Naomi's moods go up and down with her circumstances. I also admired Boaz for his treatment of Ruth from her days as a gleaner to their marriage. I highly recommend this novel. The culture of the time is beautifully described in Israel and in Moab. The differences in worship of the true God in Israel to the many false gods of Moab. The roles of women in both places are also well described. I was asked for this review in exchange for this book by the publisher.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Author Jill Eileen Smith’s books and she does not disappoint. Her research is meticulous. The story of Ruth from the Bible is one of my favorites, and Redeeming Grace breathes life into the struggles Naomi, Ruth, Boaz and their families experience. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres. It doesn’t add to scripture, it simply helps the reader understand the times, traditions and everyday struggles of very real people. As a widow, Ruth assumes the care of her mother-in-law and adjusts to her new life in Bethlehem, will she find happiness and the answer to her question “does God accept me?” A charming story that never grows old. The Daughters of the Promised Land series are stand-alone offering faith, hope and forgiveness. A definite addition to your to-be-read stash! I was given a complimentary copy from the author and publisher.
iStudyScripture More than 1 year ago
Jill Eileen Smith brings a fresh perspective to the book of Ruth through her latest work, Redeeming Grace. We learn from the Bible (Ruth 1:1-5) that Naomi, her husband, and their two sons sojourned in Moab during a famine in Israel. Smith’s decision to expand and dwell in this 10-11 year period is what sets Redeeming Grace apart from other stories written about Ruth. The first half the book is set in Moab, allowing the author to draw a stark contrast between Israel’s God and the false god Molek, portray how Elimelech and his sons may have been seduced by the depravity of the Moabites, and extol the benefits of living in biblical community. In the second half, set in Bethlehem, Smith’s depth of knowledge about Old Testament law shines through Naomi’s conversations with her daughter-in-law. My current reading plan has me in Leviticus, so reading detailed explanations about ritual cleansing, the Sabbath, kinsman redeemers, and the Passover Feast in a narrative format has been both interesting and rewarding. I could see where it may weigh the story down for some, but I got a lot out of it! To have an author as skilled as Smith pen flesh, bones, and heart to Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz was a delight. I felt she remained true to the character they display in scripture and by the end of the book I felt as if I’d walked a mile in their shoes. As it is biblical fiction, there are some characters who come from the authors imagination, of them Hamul is my favorite! His story is artfully interwoven with the overarching theme of redemption. If you haven’t read the first two books in the Daughters of the Promised Land series, don’t fret. Due to the gaps in time between each book, this book and the others can stand alone. Redeeming Grace released February 14th from Revell which means you can start reading today! Many thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.
AlyssaRossBlog More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. It made the story of Ruth and Naomi more personal and relatable. It was heartbreaking to really think about the pain they experienced. Even though it is a story we all know, it was very different when we put it in a different context and give more thought to what their lives were like before. It is easy to just read through the Bible and just move on, but I think we owe it to ourselves to really think about these people, and this was a fabulous way to do it. Though this is a work of fiction, it seemed really well researched.. Even though we don’t know Ruth or Naomi’s background or the history of the family from the Bible, this seems to be a reasonable scenario. I was actually hooked on this from the beginning. Knowing what was going to happen didn’t take away the suspense at all for me. I couldn’t put it down and now I have to go back and read the Book of Ruth to compare and contrast! I recommend this book to anyone! I think especially Christian women would enjoy this book. *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*