Review of In the Field Of Grace by Tessa Afshar

Leah Courtney
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I'm often reluctant to read from the genre of Biblical fiction. Although I think that books written in the genre have the capacity to make Scripture clear and easier to understand, I also think that authors sometimes take liberty with the Scripture, writing a story that is nice from a literary standpoint but isn't Biblically accurate.

In the Field of Grace is Biblical fiction. It's the story of Ruth- one of my favorite Bible characters. So I picked it up with hope but with some trepidation. And I needn't have feared. I was very pleased.

Tessa Afshar relates the tale of Ruth, her mother-in-law Naomi and her husband to be Boaz in such a way that I felt truly connected with the characters and their day to day lives. She does an excellent job in keeping the whole story completely Biblical. There are a few added details or situations that the Bible doesn't refer to but that she spins into the tale to make it more of a full story to which readers can relate. But nothing in the story is ever contrary to either the written words in the Bible or the theme of Ruth's story. At the end of the book there is an author's note that explains in more detail why she chose to include certain elements in her story.

I believe that good Biblical fiction can make us think deeper about the people of the Bible, about their lives, and about the lessons that God wanted to communicate to us by including their stories in His Word. In the Field of Grace does exactly that. Although I'm very familiar with the story, there were things I read that made me really think. And as Ruth and Boaz and Naomi face the trials and testings of their lives and come through them having learned new things about faith in God, I was encouraged and inspired.

I walked away from this read having enjoyed a really good story with compelling characters. And I walked away edified and encouraged in my walk with God and with a new understanding about a favorite Biblical character. I think that is great Biblical fiction.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

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.

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