The Road Home

The Road Home

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For Las Vegas widow Naomi, memories of a Pennsylvania Dutch childhood are an ache from the distant past, a painful memory of abandoned roots and lost connections. She has long since reconciled herself to the shattered dreams that had enticed her from her heritage and now simply lives in a tiny apartment, thick with loneliness and regret. Her sole consolation is her daughter-in-law Ruth.

But when hard living claims both of her boys, the two women turn Naomi's creaky Impala eastward in a desperate, last-chance bid for hope and meaning. Thus begins a cross-country odyssey that brings her home to her old farm in Lancaster County--and to the values and rhythms of a life once spurned. Although the East is foreign territory, Ruth also finds a home here among the slow and authentic cadences of Pennsylvania farm country. And she finds love...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441211729
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 684,637
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tommy Tenney, a prolific author with more than three million books sold, wrote the mega-bestseller The God Chasers. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have been nominated for many awards, including the Gold Medallion Award and Retailers' Book of the Year. A former pastor and highly acclaimed speaker, he shares his heart with many thousands in over 150 venues around the world each year. He and his family live in Pineville, Louisiana.

Mark Andrew Olsen is a full-time writer who collaborated on bestsellers Hadassah and The Hadassah Covenant. His novel The Assignment was a Christy Award finalist. He grew up in France, the son of missionaries, and is a Professional Writing graduate of Baylor University. He and his wife, Connie, and their three children make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Tommy Tenney ( is the author of the bestselling God Chasers series, including God's Favorite House, The God Catchers, God's Eye View, and The Prayers of a God Chaser. A prolific author, he has more than three million books in print in three dozen languages. He spent ten years pastoring and has spent over twenty years in itinerant ministry, traveling to more than forty nations. is a ministry organized to assist pastors globally and distribute Tommy's teachings through various media. Tommy and his wife, Jeannie, and their family live in Louisiana.
Mark Andrew Olsen, whose novel The Assignment was a Christy Award finalist, also collaborated with Tommy Tenney on bestsellers Hadassah and The Hadassah Covenant. The son of missionaries to France, Mark is a graduate of Baylor University. He and his wife, Connie, live in Texas with their three children.

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Road Home 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in almost a week. This was the best book I had read in a long time. I'm not a big reader, but this one, I just couldnt put it down. At the end of each chapter, I'd tell myself, 'Go on to bed', but I couldnt put it down. It kept me longing for what was abou to happen next! Its definatly a MUST READ!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this story about family friends and faith!!! Really shows we are all put here for a reason.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life ain't always good...that's a given...but when life hits as hard as it did for Ruth and Naomi you begin to wonder, 'what is it that really keeps us moving on?' I would read this book again and I'd definitely pay my $9.50 to watch this book on the big screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tommy Tenney's ability to translate this wonderful story into modern day is incredible. Read it, get encouraged.
Bella-816 More than 1 year ago
This is an fictionalized, embellishment of the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi. Tommy Tenney does an excellent job of bringing this story to life and make digestible to today's readers. I love that it made me pick up my bible and see where the stories are crossed and paralleled. It made me think a lot about redemption and God's grace and his promises. It's a good read. I highly recommend it, even to non-beleivers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creative modern-day approach to the story of Ruth from the Bible. It unfolded so differently than I imagined it might, although it made sense in the end. I didn't know how the author would pull it together and modernize this story, but I found it interesting and a fun read even though I don't read much Christian fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really nice story. No cliffhangers, easy to put down.
HelenRN More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I'd like a retelling of the story of Ruth from the Bible, but once I started reading, there was nothing cut and dried about this version. I can almost recommend this book to every one of my reading pals. There is a little mystery, a lot of excitement, and a wonderful love story-and not just romantic love, either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Road Home is a wonderful modern adaptation of the Bible story of Naomi and Ruth. From the Old Testament book of Ruth, Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen have given new life to this Sunday school story. I have had the pleasure of reading an advance reader¿s copy given to me by Tommy Tenney. The novel is set in present-day Las Vegas, Nevada where Naomi and her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, are all widowed. As part of their grieving, the three pile into Naomi¿s 1976 Impala make a stop at a place called Dead Horse Point near Moab, Utah. Here, Naomi recalls precious family memories as Ruth and Orpah spread the ashes of their beloved husbands. With not much of life to return to in Las Vegas, Naomi decides to leave the shimmering Sin City and pilgrimage back to her humble hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Naomi, planning to make the trip cross-country alone, drops Ruth and Orpah off at a bus station in Moab. Ruth, refusing to let her mother-in-law make the trip alone, jumps off the bus and joins Naomi for what will be a life changing journey for both. The Road Home is full of adventure, emotions and hope. If anyone is looking for a book to read this Fall season, this is the one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I never read the prolouge of books and for some reason I decided to on this book, and it had me hooked from the very first sentence and never let me go. There were parts of this book that were so goo it actually irritated me that I had to take the time to read what was happening because I just wanted to know. This book has taken the spot of my favorite book of all times. It is inspirational, it helped me to deal with some of the pain from my past through the situations these caracters go through, it is an amazing book that everyone should put at the top of their reading list and doing anything they can to get this book into their hands, I would alsp recommend getting a few extra copies to hand out, cause once you start reading it you will tell your friends how good it is, and won't want them to have to wait until you are done to start reading it for themselves. Tommy Tenney is a genious when it comes to writting.
bigorangemichael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
modern re-telling of the Biblical story of Ruth that has its moments when it absolutely works and its moments when you feel like the authors are trying too hard. It does have some slow spots, but the timeless story of redemption is well done. It did make me yearn for the orignal story in the Bible, which I went back and read.
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Wavelength More than 1 year ago
I found the book too long and the characters and dialogue too idealized and storified... but an overall sweet quick read. It takes the bibical story of Ruth and Naomi and gives it a modern twist.
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bigsisof3 More than 1 year ago
Its supposed to be the modern retelling of ruth's ancient story. Names and situations are not changed and so the entire book I kept yelling "If you, (Naomi), are supposed to have come from this strict church background why have you not seen the similarities in the stories" also "Aunt Ruth" is the narrator of this book and she, as now an old woman in the church, is telling her family about her history. how does she never question the exact similarities in the stories! This book has been praised by publishers, bible book stores, and yet I can't get into the story because I'm so mad that no one has noticed. Just because its a weird coincidence that there is a Moab, Utah and a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania although cool in theory, doesn't mean that this is the best christian fiction to walk the planet.
Connie-J More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be fascinating, but different. I found myself questioning some of the extreme situations encountered, but overall really liked the book.
BlackandProud94 More than 1 year ago
This book is another great christian read. Which follows the story of a hispanic woman named ruth and her Omish mother in law named naomi on a cross country adventure. Full of car chases, angry biker mobs and the Las vegas life. Then Eventually Ruth falls in love with naomis cousin who is considerably older and they get married. This book also has courthouse brawls and bar fights it gets better and better as you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not a book I would read again. It spent way too much time on this road trip - to the point where I was wondering if it would ever end. I read this as part of a book club, and when talking with some of the others in the group, I found that some of them got so bored with the road trip, that they lost interest in the book completely. Some skipped ahead, others just didn't finish the book. When the characters finally get to their destination, everything felt rushed and underdeveloped. The plot just didn't flow very well, and there were some really cheesy parts of the book on a whole.
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