Thursday, February 16, 2017

Redeeming Grace

She stood there, in despair and sorrow, as her husband took his last breath. Her life was now changing, right before her eyes, as she watched his chest slowly stop rising. The feeling of despair, reeking with fear, and uncertainty. I felt her pain as though I was there standing next to her.

I couldn't put this book down. I had to read more about Naomi, her husband Elimelech and their two sons who lived in Bethlehem in 1297 BC. I stumbled along trying to remember who was who in the first few chapters of this book. The further I read, the more I wanted to know.

The author, Jill Eileen Smith had taken me into the streets of Bethlehem, into everyday life around the time of 1297 BC. Their daily life now became a picture in my mind, not just words on a page.

Ruth's daily life, as I imagined, became vivid in my mind thanks to the  words of Ms. Smith. Her ability to describe their life became the story for me.  I knew about the Book of Ruth, a short book in the Old Testament, had been unrelatable other than lessons in church. Now it had been put into a story so riveting and full of descriptions I could easily picture their faces, their emotions, and their daily life.

"believe with the eyes of the soul,
even if the eyes of the body could not see"
page 291

Redeeming Grace will immerse you in nagging doubt, loneliness, uncertainty and the joy of loyalty and faithfulness, finally reaping the reward of eternal love and forgiveness.

I am so glad that I read this book. Ms. Smith is an excellent writer, whose written words have allowed me to see through the pages and into a world I had never imagined before

Redeeming Grace

Ruth's Story
a book by 
Jill Eileen Smith

Disclosure: I enjoy reading!  I always have and always will! My review of this book is just that, my own opinion of how I liked or disliked this book. I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my review. However, all opinions and summaries expressed are my own, without any influence, and are copyright protected.


  1. Sounds like a great book, the type I would enjoy.

    1. Thank you for coming by mamasmercantile! In the beginning, I didn't like it, so many names and places to remember. As I turned more pages, I became enthralled in their daily lives and I wanted to know more. The fact that Ms Smith put it into a timeline was by far the greatest tool.

  2. I to love reading, it has been my place to go in times of stress or unhappiness, to take me out of my self. this book sounds like a good place to go

    1. Hi Sandra, thank you for your comment! I know want to get more of Ms. Smith's books. The Book of Ruth was just a Bible story with so many deep teachings to understand. This book lead me along her daily life and really touched me. I would recommend it!

  3. what a great review, how nice that you enjoyed the book. i am not a reader!!!

  4. Hi Dazee....
    Wow, that sounds like a great book. I love the Ruth story too, so bet
    I would really enjoy that book. Birthday coming soon, maybe a good gift
    I have quite a few unfinished ones tho, so should probably take care of
    those first, but then you can just never
    It was a good review, and thanks for sharing it.
    Have a good rest of the week.
    Blesssings, Nellie

  5. She is an excellent writer. I read one she wrote about about Rahab. It was a hard one because of Rahab's life, but she really immersed me in the story and the culture. I'll bet this one was worth the time spent reading it!


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