Monday, July 28, 2014

CFBA Review: In The Field of Grace by: Tessa Afshar

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
In The Field of Grace
River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2014)
Tessa Afshar


TESSA AFSHAR was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, 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 co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of In The Field of Grace, go HERE.

My Review:
 *NOTE* Fictional account based on a true story from the Bible. Its the author's retelling of the story.

 Just wanted to clear that up before anyone reading this review would think otherwise especially if you are new to Tessa Afshar's writings. She takes stories from the Bible and she writes a fictional account to go with them. Sometimes she is so great at it that you believe it really happened. I love her books so it is a treat for me when I get to read her material.

 Ruth left her harsh family for the love of a Godly man. He loved her dearly and cared for her greatly but all too soon his amazing love was snatched from her grasp. Ruth, left widowed&hungry, she and her grief stricken mother-in-law, leave Moab and head to Judeah. Upon Ruth's arrival, she was treated very unfairly because she was a Moabite woman. She begins to glean wheat for herself and Naomi to eat and she eventually meets Boaz which will be her future husband.

 The writing centers around the love of the two of them and you get a first hand look at two people that truly care for each other. But Ruth along with her new husband cared for Naomi as well, even though she wasn't her blood relative. It is a beautiful story of love, sacrifice, and obedience to God.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.