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Unshaken: Ruth (Lineage of Grace #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  7,469 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
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, 185 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published February 12th 2001)
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K.M. Montemayor
3.5/5 stars
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

A few months ago I read the novella of Bathsheeba's story and I loved it. I decided to try another novella in the series--Ruth. While it was for the most part an entertaining read, some of the plot was too implausible for me.

What I liked: Francine Rivers is a great writer. She pulls you into the story and before long you are invested in the characters and their outcomes. Anytime
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Natacha Ramos
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Can we all for one moment just think of what it would take to go from a life of riches to a life of rags? Many of us wouldn't even think about doing such a thing, but Ruth did it with duty and respect without complaint. The love she had for the God of Israel was unshaken and she followed Naomi even though she knew everyone would be against her. This wonderful tale proves that God can take even the most dire situations and turn it into something beautiful.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!!!!
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful retelling of Ruth. While the book of Ruth is in itself a good narrative, Francine Rivers has managed to bring the story to life even more. I found it beautiful how faith in God or lack thereof was so well portrayed in the story. This is a great encouragement to faith and a rather realistic view on Biblical characters.
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I normally love Francine Rivers and this series has been great so far. But this one bugged me for some reason. In fact I quit reading it in the last chapter because I was so annoyed with the way she wrote Ruth's character.
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.

Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jules Q
Nov 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Rev. Linda
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 (perfictionist_tiff)
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.
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I love Francine Rivers. Her research of history is great. I did have a hard time swallowing some of this story. I did not like how Ruth was naive dealing with Boaz. While I was reading I just kept thinking really?! It did not settle right with me.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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!
Kimberly Rae
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Loved the cultural understanding, and how she brings the Bible alive.
Jill Quesnoy wilson
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this story from the Bible. Francine Rivers does a great job bringing it to life.
Natasha Polak
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story of Ruth as told by Francine Rivers is yet another good read I enjoyed. Having watched a few movie portrayals of Ruth, the dutiful daughter-in-law to Naomi, I was eager to see what the novella would include. Not only did it have a backstory on the lives of Naomi and Ruth, it added more depth to their characters than I would have thought about, making it a believable account. The only thing I would have changed were the brief commentaries by the rest of the onlookers who were observing ...more
The Wanderer
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this episode in the series. So far, Unveiled is still my favourite of the set, but the characters in this one were less uni-dimensional than in Unashamed, and I swallowed it as a romance, however unconventional it would be by modern standards. I particularly liked the parts of the story that described aspects of life in ancient times, like gleaning, or cooking, or the wedding, or that it was perfectly normal for them to be living in a rock crevice. I didn't quite understand how the leg ...more
Marla Stanton
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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