Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Boook Review ~ In the Fields of Grace

***    Week 2 of our July GIVEAWAYS!    ***

Book: In the Field of Grace
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: River North (Moody)
Publishing Date: July 1, 2014

I received this book from for an honest review. 

My interest in this book: I adore the story of Ruth and have read other novel-interpretations of the book so I wanted to give this one a try.

Ideas / message / plot: There are so many ideas that Tessa shares through this story of Ruth; all truths from the Bible woven with intricate and beautiful threads through this story.

Favorite characters, quotes / lines: I fell in love with Ruth and Boaz even more than before as I read this enchanting story.

"There is only one measure of true success, child. How close you remain by His side. Does the dust of His feet get on your cloak because you follow so close? Does the sound of His whisper reverberate in your ear because you have drawn so near?"

When I finished this book I felt: #thankful #bliss #joy #worship #GodisSOgood #blessed

Overall: Tessa Afshar retells this story with the beauty and grace that Mozart and the greats wrote symphonies. One section comes in--the strings--followed by the soft but powerful entrance of the woodwinds. Soon, every instrument is playing in a way that whisks you away into a world that moves and carries you on the back of God's glory, majesty and love.

A quick bit about Tessa Afshar for those who have not yet "met" her:
Tessa was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim family, 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 cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last fifteen years in full-time Christian service in New England.

If you love historical novels and friends that live between the pages of a book, Tessa's critically acclaimed stories are for you. Her Middle Eastern background helps her capture the mystery that was the world of the Bible and make it come alive...

Bookshelf Worthy? Yes! This is a book that belongs on every Christian's bookshelf to either reread or share with others. 5 stars. Thank you, Tessa, for sharing your gift with us.

One winner will receive one copy of In the Field of Grace (or other Tessa Afshar novel) in his/her choosing of paperback or Kindle.*
*International winners Kindle option only

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  1. Hello, Joleen! I have visited your blog and find this lovely giveaway, I hope you don´t mind :)

    I must say that i really love your reviewing system - very logical and very capable to describe the soul of the book as well!

    And I love the story of Ruth as well. So delicate and special, so full of faith! I would love to be more like her. Sigh...

    Thanks for this possibility, Joleen!

  2. Janka, good to have you back again! You won a Kindle of one of MaryLu's books, right?

    Best of luck winning; this book is fantastic! Tessa's analogies are so fantastic and the story itself is beautiful.

  3. Ruth is one of my favorite stories, especially since Ruth is my middle name. :) Thank you for the giveaway and God bless!

  4. I loved this book!! I am so happy I found your blog. We share very similar tastes in reading. I look forward to reading your reviews.

    Christian Fiction Addict

    1. Cyntia, I'm so glad to virtually meet you! Thank you for stopping by. I apologize for not responding sooner as I was moving and have had no internet. The first thing I unpacked (after the kitchen items)? My books! There's an Amazon giftcard giveaway starting tomorrow so be sure to swing by again!

      What has been one of your favorite reads this summer? And I'm curious how you found me. :)

      Happy Reading!


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