In The Field of Grace – Book Review



In the Field of Grace
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: Moody Publishers, June 15, 2014
304 pages
Hardback, paperback, Kindle
Historical Christian Fiction


Book Description from Amazon:

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with
nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide
enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation. But God has other plans for her life.

While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor.  Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her fromh rm, but his heart knows better.

Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that
ultimately changes the course of Israel’s destiny and the future of the whole

My thoughts:

This beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth is different from previous stories I had heard or
read. I reread the book of Ruth in my bible and everything used in this novel is biblical.

I liked this version because it made the characters more real. It was well-written and in the
first half it was well paced. The second half I couldn’t put the book down. This is one of those
books that you need to read a little, chew or meditate on that part and then go on and read a
little more, meditate, etc. I liked how the author wove King David into the story. The research
of the Hebrew customs during this period was amazing. I loved the scriptures written at the
beginning of each chapter. They were so inspiring. The book made such an impact on me I would love to read it again.

It would have been nice to have a study guide added to it. I would highly recommend this book.
I was blessed to receive a copy of this book by Moody Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from Amazon)

Tessa Afshar was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Awards 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. Her book, Harvest of Rubies was nominated for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category and World Magazine chose Harvest of Rubies as one of four notable books of the year. Her novel, Harvest of Gold was nominated for the 2014 Christy Award. Tessa was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim family, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last fifteen years in full-time Christian service in New England.


Pearl in the Sand: A Novel (Rahab)
Harvest of Gold
Harvest of Rubies


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