Redeeming Grace tells the biblical story of Ruth the Moabite who married one of the sons of Naomi and Elimelech and became a true believer and a staunch and loyal daughter to Naomi. This is book three in Smith’s series, Daughters of the Promised Land, following The Crimson Cord, and The Prophetess.
I’ve always loved the brief story of Ruth in the Bible — how she was so supportive of Naomi and promised to stay with her and that she would follow the ways of her God. Smith’s retelling of the story with so much depth of emotion and richness of the customs and landscape of the time makes it an even more poignant tale: the drought that caused Elimelech and Naomi with their two sons to leave Bethlehem looking for a more secure life in Moab, the festivals and more exciting lifestyle of the Moabites that drew Naomi’s men into the city at night, the women her sons married who were childhood friends but when their husbands were inexplicably stricken dead, one would return to the city but Ruth would go to a new land and tie her future to that of her mother-in-law.
I loved the story of Boaz — his devotion to his first wife and his caring of the less fortunate people of Bethlehem and all the customs of the betrothal and wedding, the celebrations of first fruits, and Ruth’s first experience in the temple at Shiloh. Smith really brings the story alive in a truly compelling way. It not only makes the time come alive but tells a beautiful story of love and devotion. * * * * *