“In the Fields of Grace” book review by Tessa Asshar

“In the Fields of Grace” book review by Tessa Asshar

This book is a new telling of the story of Ruth.  While we are all familiar with the story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, the author really made these characters become more alive.  She did not take anything away from the Biblical account, but added some details before and after that were  quite interesting.

This fictional account of the story was very interesting and made me think more about how women lived during the Biblical times.  In the male dominated society, women without a husband or father can be without leadership or a breadwinner.  Naomi and Ruth were in quite a difficult position when Naomi’s husband and sons died.  Finally, they decided to return to Naomi’s home from Moab.  While Naomi was “coming home” she did not feel like accepted.  But for Ruth, this was a foreign land, and she had much to learn.  But Naomi loved Ruth and taught her to love God and learn the customs.

I enjoyed this book and learning more about Ruth.  This book is good for any age.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the publisher, RiverNorth.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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<span style=”color: #006600; font-size: 130%;”><a href=”http://www.tessaafshar.com/”>Tessa Afshar</a></span></center>
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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.<br />
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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.
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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.
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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.

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“Heaven Sent Rain” by Lauraine Snelling, book review

Dinah is living her dream, CEO of her own company making medical suppliments that help people have a more healthy and productive live.  Her staff love and respect her, and they work as a team!  She has her own apartment which is her refuge from the outside world and she has it decorated just the way she wants it, all in white.

Then one morning her whole world is rocked.  The little boy she often sees at the corner on her way to work, seems hungry, and his dog too.  She buys her a breakfast sandwich.  Then heads to the office and carries on with her day.

But Jonah needs her!  His mother is dying and he has no one.  When his dog, Mutt, is injured in a fight, Jonah calls Dinah and she takes the boy and dog to the Vet Urgent Care.  There they meet Dr. G, who is able to help Mutt recover, and also becomes a friend.

This story was heart warming when an adult cares enough to invest in a child’s life and go beyond what most would do.  I enjoyed the story and all personal interactions of the characters.  I did think it ended rather abruptly.  I would have liked to see a little more of the story before the end.

Disclaimer:  I received an e-book from the author to read and review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Dial Coconut water body wash, product review and Give away!

Dial Coconut water body wash- product review and giveaway!

Summer is in full swing here in Tennessee, and with it brings high temps and high humidity.  This means I am covered in sweat just walking outside the door, and more sweat working or exercising outside.  But this new Dial Coconut body wash is refreshing and cleans well.

I found the light scent refreshing and left me clean feeling.  Not perfumey or too sweet, just refreshing.  And this formula hydrates the skin, which is helpful after a hard day of farm work.

Ready to try some for your self?  Dial and Purex have provided me with 3 coupons to give away to my readers.  Entry is simple:  just leave a comment here and share your favorite summer activity.  I will draw 3 winners August 4, 2014.

Disclaimer:  I received a sample bottle of Dial body wash from Purex/ Dial to try.  All opinions expressed are my own.



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“The River Palace” by Gilbert Morris, book review

“The River Palace” A Water Wheel Novel, by Gilbert Morris, book review

After the Civil War ended the soldiers from both sides were released from duty and slowly made their way home, many on foot.  Yankee Captain Dennis Wainwright and Confederate Sergeant Gage Kennon cross paths and encounter a band of Gypsies.  And so begins an adventure for all.  Kennon helps Wainwright recover from a gun shot wound and later measles.  And in the process, is able to help a Gypsy grandmother whose leg is caught in an old hunting trap.  These all join together to help each other.

When Wainwright heals, he joins his uncle in running the riverboat, “Queen of Bohemia” and invites the Gypsies to come aboard the river boat as entertainers.  This partnership works well and they enjoy several trips up and down the river.

Gage also joins the riverboat team and really enjoys getting to know the Gypsies, especially Nadyha, the granddaughter of the women he helped heal after the trap accident.  As they both try to live true to their own heritage but also explore joining another.

This is the third book in the River Boat series.  As all Morris novels, there is great detail in the characters and plot.  It is well written and enjoyable.  I took this book on vacation and it was great to read by the pool as well as the plane.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from B and H Fiction.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Woman of Courage” by Wanda Brunstetter, book review

“Woman of Courage” by Wanda Brunstetter, book review

After being left at the alter, Amanda and her father set out for the Nez Pierce Indian tribe to work at the Quaker mission. But the trip proves to be to much for her father, who dies from a heart attack near the beginning. And her guide is tragically killed by a falling tree during a storm. Amanda quickly finds herself alone in the wilderness with few provisions and no guide.

God provides Buck, a mountain man, to guide her to the home of Jake and Mary, who nurse her to health. Amanda holds out hope that someone, maybe Buck, will take her to the Indian mission as soon as the weather permits. She encounters many of the hardships of wilderness living including bear attacks, illness, and weather. But God is faithful and protects her.

This is a fascinating book of adventure and courage. There is a fair amount of heart ache, but also forgiveness. I enjoyed the story and hope that there is a continuation of the story.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book from the publisher from the Handlebar group. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Knitting Reimagined” by Nicky Epstein, book review

“Knitting Reimagined” by Nicky Epstein, book review

Knitting is not just for Grandmothers any more!  And while many knitted articles are clothing, they are not just the boring knit and pearl pattern sweaters from Red Heart yarn with large plastic buttons down the front.

This book is full of wonderful patterns and beautiful pictures to inspire the novice to experienced knitter to pick up those needles.  None of these project are for beginning knitters, they are not too complicated that someone with a moderate amount of experience can complete, especially if she has access to an accomplished knitter.

Several of the patterns were quite contemporary, and may not appeal to all, but there is something for everyone!

This book would make a wonderful gift for your knitting friend or to donate at a craft auction.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher as a member of the blogging for books club.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Dixie Belle” by Debby Mayne, book review

“Dixie Belle” by Debby Mayne, book review

Cissy Hillwood really needs to leave her small Alabama town.  After the conviction of her boyfriend for domestic violence, she was shunned by the residents.  She takes this opportunity to work for her uncle in New York City.  Uncle Forest owns Zippers Plus, a wholesale sewing notions company and he offers her a sales position.

While Cissy adapts to the New York City life quickly, she is challenged by her relationship with Tom, the owner of Uncle Forest’s competitor.  She keeps this budding friendship a secret from her uncle, as there are bad feelings between them.

Tom is learning how to be a Christian at work as well as at church on the weekend.  He has recently come out of the Wall Street work force, which is very cut throat, and he has found it difficult to be a Christian, for fear of losing money or business.

This book was easy to read!  This book would be especially interesting for any one who has experience in sewing or sales.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Realms.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible” Book Review

“NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible” Book Review

This new Bible has 52 weeks of lessons from the Bible relating to gardening, growing plants and working with plants.  The lessons are outlined in the introduction, then spread through out the book as they appear in the text.  Each lesson includes Bible reading, and then an explanation of some gardening/ horticulture aspect of the reading.

For those who are interested in plants, gardening, farming or horticulture, this Bible with the lessons will bring more meaning to your Biblical understanding.  As a culture we are often very removed from where our food and fiber are grown, and so do not understand the lessons or hardships detailed in the Bible.

I with there were color pictures to illustrate the plants, maps and vegetables described in the book, but the white and green color scheme is pleasant.

This would make a great gift a gardening friend or relative.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the publisher, Zondervan.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Mom’s Day on the Farm- Register now!


Are you interested in touring a working cattle farm?  This is your chance!!!  The National Cattle Women are sponsoring a series of farm tours just for moms.  Best of all, it is free!!

Check out all the details here


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