In the Field of Grace

  • by Tessa Afshar
  • Narrated by Laural Merlington
  • 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Love resurrected from lifeless arms happens in the arms of a loving God. Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi’s home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left - a strong back and a willing heart - to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest. Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.


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New insights about Old Testament Ruth

Have you ever wondered why Ruth, from the Old Testament story, left her homeland of Moab to go to a new home in Israel? Did she know what was in store for her there? The scriptures imply that Ruth's decision came from her virtuous character; her loyalty to Naomi. After listening to this book, I would add that it is likely Ruth's decision also came from courage that rested on a foundation of faith in God.

This book extended and enhanced my understanding of Ruth, adding fictional details that helped me consider all that she really would have had to face... including the challenges that could have come her way. In watching Ruth face those fictional challenges, this book emphasizes a truth, and gives a strong message of hope to the listener: that God can transform tragedy into triumph! Also, He can use any one of us to bless the lives of others. All He requires is a willing and trusting heart.

I very much enjoyed the author's take on the story; it is very much in keeping with the impression I get about Ruth when I read the Bible.
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- Laurette

Absolutely Totally Beautiful

What made the experience of listening to In the Field of Grace the most enjoyable?

Everything. A book worthy of its title, for it is full of grace and beauty.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Field of Grace?

There were many such moments. The wisdom and the prayers are seamlessly woven into the reality of every day life in a way that felt like blessings my soul soaked up like parched soil.

Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

Ruth, of course, but she did a wonderful job with all of them.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. I wept. I was there. I feel like I truly met Ruth, and Boaz, and Naomi, they felt like kin, and I miss them.

Any additional comments?

This is an absolutely beautiful novel. As a novelist myself, I feel humbled, at a loss for words. At first I felt the Epilogue was an intrusion, but I came to love Ruth so much, it all fell into place and I cried, again, this time because the Book of Ruth, so passionately and gracefully told by Tessa Afshar, had ended.

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- Maria

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2014
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio