In the Field of Grace
By Tessa Afshar
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 from harm, 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 world.
Through the pages of this story we find that there are no outsiders in the Kingdom of God, no losers, no worthless outcasts. In God's gracious hands, everyone finds enormous value. Shattered lives are restored. The impossible comes to pass.
Why the author wrote this book:
The book of Ruth reveals the power of God at work in the daily life and toil of ordinary human beings. To me, this is one of Old Testament's most moving stories, demonstrating the sovereignty of God in the midst of sorrow and loss. The first word in my novel is death. The last word is Christ. God has the last word - even over death. I wrote this story because we all need to be reminded that although we may not understand why God allows suffering, He never leaves or forsakes us in the midst of our sorrows. And ultimately, His Kingdom plans shall succeed through weak and fragile human beings.