Saturday, March 4, 2017
Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith
I often shy away from Biblical fiction. I'm not sure why, except I think I often wonder if it really happened like that. To make a story, so much has to be added to the Biblical account and I think I can start questioning if there is any element of truth in it. I guess, like I said, I'm not sure why I steer away from it.
However, I read Jill's story of Ruth and I loved her writing. She is a very interesting author and has a very good way of bringing the story alive and, at the same time, making sure the parts that are in the Bible are true to account.
She brought out things about Ruth that I had never thought of. With Ruth being so willing and determined to go with Naomi back to Bethlehem, could there have been a piece of Ruth that was dissatisfied with the gods of Moab, with what would have waited for her back there? Was Orpah more willing to go embrace the culture and the gods and accept whatever awaited her.
Jill brings Boaz out as a recent widower, which was something I had never thought of, though it would make sense that Boaz would have been married before because of his age.
She also brings out some of Ruth's possible inner struggles with Naomi's bitterness with what life had dealt her and Naomi's refusal to acknowledge that Ruth was any good in her life, at the beginning of their return to Bethlehem. This was something I had wondered about, if Ruth didn't feel a little less than because of Naomi's comments.
And finally, the theme of redemption comes through, giving a chance for Mahlon's lineage to live on, giving Naomi a new lease on life, new birth through Obed, and ultimately our Saviour Jesus through the line of a Moabite woman. Isn't it amazing?
Anyway, I really enjoyed this story and wouldn't mind reading Jill's other Biblical fiction stories that she has written.
I received this book from Revell Books and was not required to write a positive review.
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