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Review and Giveaway: In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar July 28, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 5:30 pm
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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 thoughts and giveaway:

I have always loved the story of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth faithfulness, giving up everything to go with Naomi. And then her relationship with Boaz. I never gave much though to how Boaz and Ruth might have spent time together before Ruth went and laid at his feet. But Tessa does a wonderful job of creating a story world that is very believable.

Tessa paints a picture of Ruth with a unloving family, aside from her grandfather, no one else in her family seems to care much for her. This makes it very easy to see why Ruth wouldn’t want to return to her family after the death of her husband.

Naomi’s grief seems so heavy and real and that you will feel the weight of her sadness with the loss of her two sons.

Boaz is depicted as a handsome hero who has had his own share of heartache. He fights the growing desire he feels to be in Ruth’s presence but they tend to find each other in the other’s company over and over.

This is a beautifully written story. If you like Biblical fiction and have found yourself drawn to Ruth and Naomi’s story I am sure you will enjoy this book. Not only is it a great story but you will be reminded that God works all things together for good. This is definitely a Genesis 5020 story. Our Savior is a descendant from this union, it doesn’t get any better than that:)

Leave a comment by August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. for your chance to win a copy. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


30 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar”

  1. IN THE FIELD OF GRACE is at the top of my want-to-read list! After reading your lovely review, I am even more eager to read this special story! Thank you for sharing this giveaway opportunity.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  2. Looks like a great book. Sweet cover too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I would love to win this one! Please drop my name in the hat.

  4. Melanie Backus Says:

    This book sounds wonderful. Count me in, please!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  5. lorlyn63 Says:

    I dearly love the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz. I read the first chapter (thanks for sharing that) and I am hooked! I have never read anything about what Boaz may have gone through before meeting Ruth, but it is beautiful! I have to say the story of Ruth is one of my all time favorite stories in the Bible! Please enter my name in your giveaway and thank you for offering such a beautiful story and I love the cover of this book as well!



  6. I’ve always loved this story and the intricacies of relationship involved.. sounds like a perfect read!
    thanks for offering…
    I’ve pinned it HERE

  7. I have always loved the story of Ruth and would love to read it as told by Tessa.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amber Schamel

  8. craftybooksheeps Says:

    I have yet to read Tessa’s books, but have heard so many great things about her! I appreciate the giveaway and would love to enter! Your review really helped gained my interest!

  9. Found a Christian by His Grace Says:

    Great review… especially the last sentence! 🙂 It doesn’t get any better than that.
    I would love to be entered in this giveaway.

  10. Patty H Says:

    Beautiful cover! I’ve not read a lot of biblical fiction, but have always loved the story of Ruth…

  11. KayM Says:

    Hi Melissa–I really enjoy Biblical fiction and fiction set in ancient times. Your review is excellent and I am sure I’d like reading this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  12. Zekkaina Says:

    The story of Ruth was one of my favorite Bible stories as a girl. I haven’t read “biblical fiction” yet, so this seems like a good place to start. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. karenk Says:

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel 😉


  14. lib1lady Says:

    Our church library readers love Biblical books. We have a few of Tessa’s books in the church library.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  15. I love the story of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth making the unselfish decision to be with Naomi always moved me. I would love to see how Tessa tells this story. Please include me in your giveaway. Thank you so much!

  16. […] I have always loved the book of Ruth. Probably even more so since reading Tessa Afshar’s fictional account of Ruth in her book In the Field of Grace. […]

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