Winner of the 2021 Christian Book Award® (Bible Study Category)
Enter the Story of Ruth Like Never Before through This 6-Week Bible Study
Ruth was a vulnerable, widowed woman starting over in a foreign land. While Naomi was returning to community, Ruth was setting herself up to be the odd one out her whole life. What gave her the strength to do it? Could it be that she sensed all along that her journey away from Moab was a journey toward home?
The story of Ruth is a remarkable tale of bravery, calling, and God’s provision, and it will come to life in new ways as you dig deep in this 6-week Bible study. Tessa Afshar, author of award-winning biblical and historical fiction, teaches you how to study the text, discern meaning, pray through it, and live it out. She’ll show you how to draw on the same strength and courage that Ruth did and accept God’s invitation to new beginnings in your own life.
This Bible study also includes optional teaching videos that can be purchased separately to enrich your study.
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About the Author
TESSA AFSHAR was born in a nominally Muslim family in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She survived English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her mid-twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDIV from Yale University where she served as co-Chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full and part-time Christian work and currently serves as the leader of Women's and Prayer ministries at a church in New England.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Study 8
A Word from Tessa 12
Week 2 New Beginnings: Avoiding a Wasted Life (Judges) 16
Week 2 A New Way: Unlocking Your Destiny with Love (Ruth 1:1-14) 56
Week 3 A New Heart: Overcoming Offense (Ruth 1:15-22) 100
Week 4 A New Provision: Kinsman Redeemer (Ruth 2) 132
Week 5 A New Life: Open to God's Invitation (Ruth 3) 170
Week 6 A New Future: Fulfilling Your God-Given Purpose (Ruth 4) 202
Listening Guide for Video Teaching 249
What People are Saying About This
Praise for The Way Home
Weaving story with biblical truth is Tessa Afshar’s specialty. In her new Bible study, The Way Home, Tessa invites us to discover truth for ourselves. Finding our story within the timeless story of Ruth, and discovering Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer, afresh and anew. What a beautiful study!—Joanna WeaverBestselling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
The crying need of the church today is for teachers, authors, and preachers to draw God’s people deeper into God’s Word. Tessa Afshar has done exactly that in her highly accessible study of Ruth, The Way Home. Part commentary, part study guide, Afshar invites readers into a profound interaction with arguably the Bible's most beloved book. The six-week plan will enable readers to open themselves in new ways to the book of Ruth, where they will find grace for the deepest recesses of their hearts. Highly recommended. —Bill GiovannnettiPastor, Pathway Church; professor, A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and VeritasSchool.life
How do you pick up the pieces of your life when everything is seemingly ripped away? How do you fit in with others when you're the odd one out? How do you discover your life's meaning and purpose? Tessa Afshar addresses these questions and more in her beautiful study of the book of Ruth, The Way Home. With solid teaching on historical and biblical context, this study will provide life-changing insight with its application of faith principles. I highly recommend it for personal or small group studies.—Janet Holm McHenryBible teacher, speaker, and author of twenty-four books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and the Bible studies Stronger Every Day and Training for Success
The book of Ruth has long been a personal favorite, and Tessa Afshar is one of the most gifted writers I know. In The Way Home, we have the perfect combination of subject matter and teacher. Tessa’s scholarship and mature understanding of Scripture coupled with her unique cultural background enables her to lead us through an in-depth study of Ruth in a way few others can. Just as Ruth found her destiny in companionship, I urge you to journey through this amazing story of redemption in community with others. You could not have a finer guide.—Maggie Wallem RoweAuthor of This Life We Share: 52 Reflections on Journeying Well with God and Others
A page-turner of a Bible study. The Way Home walks you right into the vivid world of Ruth and right up to your own relationship with God, then sends you off on a wave of encouragement as you discover your own part in God’s glorious plan.—Kimberly Hill Television writer, Family Ties, One Day at a Time, The Facts of Life
In a stunning craft of study and reflection, Tessa takes a well-known story and paints it with fresh, new strokes. The timeless encounter of Ruth comes alive as Tessa brings us to points of realization in our own lives. Will we be bitter and waste our lives . . . or will we overcome pain to unlock our destiny? Through the bold rhythm of this study, Tessa authentically shows us how. —Gari MeachamAuthor of Spirit Hunger, Watershed Moments, and Be Free; president of The Vine Uganda
This study is an extraordinary walk through the Book of Ruth. Need a little hope? Do this study! —Vicki HeathNational Director, First Place for Health and author of Don’t Quit Get Fit
The Way Home will change the way you view life’s storms. The author’s love for God and her passion for His Word will guide you into a new understanding of His presence and activity in the hard places. It will instill hope and renew peace as you delve into its pages. —Grace FoxAuthor of Moving fromFear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation, global worker, popular international speaker
Are you currently on a life journey that includes both unknown and new? Then I highly recommend this Bible study by Tessa Afshar. This award-winning storyteller and Bible teacher takes readers deep into God’s Word to mine the treasure that is the story of a woman who risked everything for God’s ultimate plan. Being a word girl, I especially loved the careful teaching from the original biblical languages. But it is the exquisite imagery and historic sense of place—done so beautifully by this novelist—that make the book of Ruth come alive. I look forward to working through this study (including the video) with my own group of sisters and highly recommend you do the same. I’m better equipped for life after reading The Way Home! —Lucinda Secrest McDowellAuthor, Soul Strong and Life-Giving Choices