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Eine Frau der Liebe - Ruth (Lineage of Grace #3)

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A beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz by award-winning author Francine Rivers. Readers will be encouraged by the truth that God will faithfully provide for His children even when all hope seems lost.
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by St.-Johannis-Druckerei (first published February 12th 2001)
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Natacha Ramos
This is biblical fiction based on the life of Ruth and Boaz, ancestors of Jesus.

The book belongs to the series "Linage of grace" and It's about 150 pages, the rest is a short study to go deeper in the story.

What I like about reading biblical fiction is that my interest for the real story in the Bible goes up.

Usually, reading the original version is what I want to do next, which I think is one the purposes of authors in this particular genre.

It also helps you understand hebrew culture a bit more
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Donna
Nov 03, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved loved this love story between Ruth and Boaz! I loved also how she brought out some of the trials and prejudices that may have taken place in Boaz's life because of Rahab being his mother, a Canaanite woman and ex-harlot. I had never thought of the effect that may have had on him growing up and getting a wife in a very strict culture. Good book!
Lori
Dec 12, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, audiobook
What an amazing story of unshakeable faith in God. I enjoyed listening to Rivers historical fiction based on the story of Ruth. All the woman in this series were "grafted in". What an amazing God we have!!!!
Adrienna
Unshaken: Ruth's story and her change of heart after losing her husband. She was encouraged to go back to her mother's land and have a fresh start to remarry since she was young. Her sister-in-law, lost her husband a year prior and stayed around until all their husband's died and Naomi would go back to her homeland. She left to go back to her former homeland and gods, but Ruth was determined and adamant about going with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Naomi warned her about their customs and religion ...more
Bt
May 31, 2012 Bt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you're trying to read the whole series, I guess
Recommended to Bt by: Liked Rivers's Other Books
I had thought that Francine Rivers could not fail me. I absolutely loved the other books of hers I've read - A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, and Redeeming Love. The prose and stories were beautiful and alive, and I cared deeply about the characters. But somehow this fell completely flat. I didn't really sympathize with any of the characters, and the relationship between Ruth and Boaz was just kind of uncomfortable. Ruth was pretty much just perfect, and she didn't seem real to me.

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Rachel
May 30, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading UNSHAKEN today.

I love anything and everything Francine Rivers. Her writing style is so readable, flowing and beautiful.

Unshaken is the story of Ruth. I hadn't read the story of Ruth in quite some time so I wasn't sure how accurate the portryal actually was. I came to the conclusion that in order for me to give this book a good review, I would need to read Ruth first. It's a quickie! As far as I can tell, Francine River's, Unshaken, is very accurate. In fact, much of what
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Ellen
Jul 25, 2011 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Francine Rivers does it again-- another great retelling of the classic Bible history account of Ruth. As I read this story, I realized I had never given much thought to what happened prior to Naomi and her family's move to Moab and what that meant. Her husband was forsaking the Lord to live in a heathen nation, and Naomi followed. As with every choice that runs against God's instruction, she and her family faced consequences. Her son's grew up and married women outside their faith; Naomi was cut ...more
Rhonda
Jul 08, 2008 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book one can see how Ruth is an amazing inspiration. She is wonderfully portrayed as a virtuous woman who sacrifices all to care for her widowed mother-in-law. The care she gives Naomi is a true example of someone who loves faithfully and is committed to doing what is right, even when it could cost everything.

Francine Rivers pulls out things from scripture that are not typically considered, such as the cost to leave home and dangerous journey back to Naomi's homeland. Since R
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Jules Q
Jul 09, 2008 Jules Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been intending to read this series of novellas for several years now, but as I read them this summer I realize that I may not have been ready earlier for all God is now teaching me. I have been learning much in recent years about the times of the patriarchs, and these small books focusing on the five women noted in the genealogy of Christ have given me greater insight than I ever imagined. From Tamar’s desperate attempts to awaken Judah’s sense of obligation, to Rahab’s great faith in the ...more
Jennybug
Aug 11, 2009 Jennybug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the historical fiction story of Ruth from the Bible. I have really enjoyed reading this authors books on the women of the Bible. Reading these books is a great way to understand the customs and traditions that existed during this time period. It helps you to understand the characters better.


Pg 16 "Naomi's sorrow was so deep that she felt paralyzed by it. All she could do is wait for the sun to rise so she could go on sitting in this dusty,dank corner and listening to the rush of people g
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Deborah
Wonderfully written version of the story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz. What a delight to have the opportunity to read the story of Ruth as imagined by various authors. This is a story that never gets old, and it seems that I am to glean a new truth with each retelling. Highly recommended.
Robin
Jul 08, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unshaken: Ruth (Lineage of Grace #3)
Francine Rivers

Book Summary: A beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz. Ruth gave up everything, expected nothing, and God honored her. Readers will be encouraged by the truth that God will faithfully provide for His children even when all hope seems lost.

Review: My favorite of the series. It is a magnificent retelling of the story of Ruth & Boaz. Ms. Rivers does a reverent writing of this story with details that are fiction but believabl
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Alana
Of the Lineage of Grace that I've read so far, this is the best one. I really related to Ruth as she left her familiar home to go somewhere with a woman she respects simply because it's the right thing to do, even if it's scary. I love that a completely broken family situation could be redeemed so completely, as it gives me hope for my own future. It's not overly preachy like the first two stories, but rather heartfelt and realistic. It's a beautiful, allegorical picture of the true Kinsman-Rede ...more
Wren
Nov 04, 2015 Wren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I love Francine Rivers’ writing with all my heart.

She is so on FIRE for Christ and you can see that buried in her words.

This series is an interesting one that I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about the Bible and those stories about women. She puts her own twist on her versions on this story, but she doesn’t take out any truth to the story. What I mean by that is even though we don’t know it happened the way she wrote it, doesn’t mean it didn’t actually happen the way
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Helen
Dec 17, 2015 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Ruth's husband, Mahlon dies, Naomi is alone with her daughter in laws, Orpha and Ruth. Her husband and other son had past on. Naomi makes the decision to leave Kir-hareseth and return to Bethlehem. Ruth stays with Naomi, turning her back on her family, country and religion. The walk is hard on Naomi and when they get to Bethlehem they are forced to live in a cave and Ruth goes to the fields gleening the edges of fields for them to survive. After being treated badly at one field she ends up ...more
L
Sep 15, 2014 L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the five in the Lineage of Grace series, this novel is about one of my favorite women in the Bible, Ruth. Ruth and her Boaz had such a special love story, with a few twists along the way. Francine Rivers did an excellent job of building a story about Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, particularly the part about Ruth leaving behind her family and friends because she loved Naomi so much, and come to love Naomi's God as well. A very sweet read.
Carol
I have read scriptures on Ruth, Boaz and Naomi, but Rivers writing it truly wonderful. I did not know that Ruth's first child, Obed, was for Naomi's son, Elimelech such a gift for both Ruth and Naomi. I loved the marriage procession with them walking in the streets with their beautiful garments and perfume and music. And I love the relationship between Ruth and Boaz in the fields cleaning. Loved it!
Tiffany Huffman
Aug 11, 2015 Tiffany Huffman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read in the Lineage of Grace series. Rivers has brought the biblical times back to life, and I am grateful that I read this book because it takes seemingly boring accounts of history and makes it more interesting. And with it being more interesting, it makes the book of Ruth more memorable.
Emily
Ruth is my favorite woman in the Bible so it was kind of "scary" to pick this up, expecting it to be either really good or really bad. It turned out to be good with some alternations I would include. With that said, I have mixed feelings about this book. It was well written and really brings the book to life. Without the additional love life between two characters where it strongly seems there wouldn't have been (if you read the book you'll know what I mean) I would rate it at 4, however with it ...more
Karen
Aug 13, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really love this author. Always learn something historically/religiously from her (obviously), she makes you want to pick back up your bible to learn more about the characters. Looking forward to my next read by her!
Stacy
Really enjoying the Lineage of Grace series, about 5 women in the lineage of Christ. This one was about Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, always good to read about their story and see Ruth's unshaken faith and devotion.
Kamber
Nov 05, 2014 Kamber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT!

I have been doing a study on Ruth and this book totally summed up my study. Francine has an amazing gift of capturing the reader's heart! Very good book!
Jill Quesnoy wilson
Love this story from the Bible. Francine Rivers does a great job bringing it to life.
Kimberly Rae
May 07, 2014 Kimberly Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Loved the cultural understanding, and how she brings the Bible alive.
Charity Murigi
Feb 08, 2016 Charity Murigi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this gave me much insight in matters of decision making, honor and trusting God. Francine writes simply but with distinct ability to make readers empathise with characters and more so draw parallels with the lives we live today. The story of Naomi and Ruth well told in context of the culture and traditions of their time to make one truly understand the hardships, the faith and the love the women went through. The story as told shows the character of Ruth, the integrity of Boaz and the lo ...more
Edie
Jul 22, 2014 Edie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the story of Ruth in the bible and read others from her series. Rivers tells the story using the biblical facts, but fills in her own interpretation too. She suggests that Boaz initially proposed to Naomi years ago, but Naomi preferred Elimalech. I am not sure I found that very believable or necessary. Also when Obed is born, as a kinsman redeemer, Naomi raises him as her own. It seems Ruth & Boaz have very little parental rights. I haven't researched this in Jewish history, but it ma ...more
Evelynn
4.5 stars. I think this is the best of the Lineage of Grace series yet.

For some reason, the way Rivers described Ruth and Boaz's hopes, fears and feelings made the story more alive for me. And their love for one another was so sweet.

Lack of five star rating? Well...to tell you the truth, I'm not sure. Perhaps some of the wording chosen? or maybe the speed of the story? or lack of extra plot twists that keep you guessing? I don't know, but I guess I'm just a tad bit picky with the reconstructing
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Lois
Apr 06, 2016 Lois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading the prayers of the characters, the gossip of the villagers, and more.
One thing that irked me a little was the naivite of Ruth. She is wise and faithful, but she can't see a man's attraction for her and is (view spoiler)
In this version of the tale, Boaz has never married. This may have been decided in an effort to reduce unpleasantness of a polygamous marriage, b
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Kym
Jun 06, 2014 Kym rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-books
I like reading the Old Testament stories as novellas, however, it does cause me to make some stretches where the original Bible story is concerned. Although the strength and grace of Ruth comes out in this book, it is hard to accept some of the circumstances. It was an enjoyable read and I appreciate how Rivers includes the text from the Bible in the study section.
Allan67
Another book read to my little wife. This one is, as advertised, a biblical fictional depiction of the book of Ruth from the Old Testament. The actual story is about half of the book, a study guide to the Book of Ruth makes up the remainder of the book. It is not a bad story, but at times seemed a bit over baked. Maybe I expected too much, give it a read and see what you think.
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New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lineage of Grace (5 books)
  • Unveiled: Tamar (Lineage of Grace #1)
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