Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Series: Daughters of the Promised Land #3
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Another well-known story of redemption told beautifully.
Many people know the story of Ruth, or at least they think they do. But is it really Ruth’s story? Or Naomi’s story? When Elimelech and Naomi leave Bethlehem with their two sons to find relief from the famine, they come to the land of Moab. Moab is land that worships gods made of stone and wood, which the people offer human sacrifices to. But Elimelech isn’t worried as the land he is harvesting is very plenty and bountiful. But when he is suddenly mauled by a bear on his way home from the town, things begin to change in Naomi’s life. Suddenly both her sons plan to take Moabite women as their wives rather than from their own people. These two women are Orpah and Ruth. As the years go own, Naomi’s sons become more engrossed in the culture and working the land rather than returning home until they suddenly become ill and die on the same day. Now in grief, Naomi plans to return home, but releases the holds of her two daughters-in-law so that they may return to their families. Orpah leaves and returns, but Ruth journeys back with Naomi to Bethlehem, but will she be welcome?
I end the synopsis here because if you do not know the story of Ruth, I want you to read this fantastic fictional account. I have always loved the history that Jill Eileen Smith brings to her stories and how the details always seem to fall into place. The book of Ruth in the Bible is very short and may appear vague when you read it. It may leave you with questions as to why was Ruth so loyal to Naomi? But I believe it is really more about the change in culture over time with regard to the Bible. When the Israelites would have heard the story of Ruth recited, they would have known the importance of land possession and the kinsman redeemer. Today, the common person probably doesn’t have the same biblical knowledge as they did at the time. Thankfully, this book really takes on the story and tells it in such a way that makes it extremely understandable. This is one of my favorite stories and this book just makes it that much better.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.