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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (231 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Custis James Narrator: Ruth Bloomquist Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This isn’t the Ruth, the Naomi, or the Boaz we thought we knew. Carolyn Custis James has unearthed startling new insights from this well-worn story—insights that have life-changing implications for you.

Naomi is no longer regarded as a bitter, complaining woman but as a courageous overcomer. A female Job. Ruth (typically admired for her devotion to Naomi and her deference to Boaz) turns out to be a gutsy risk-taker and a powerful agent for change among God’s people. She lives outside the box, and her love for Yahweh and Naomi compels her to break the rules of social and religious convention at nearly every turn. Boaz, the Kinsman Redeemer, is repeatedly caught off-guard by Ruth’s initiatives. His partnership with her models the kind of male-female relationships that the gospel intends for all who follow Jesus.

James drills down deeper into the story, where she uncovers in the Old Testament the same passionate, counter-cultural, rule-breaking gospel that Jesus modeled and taught his followers to pursue. Within this age-old story is a map to radical levels of love and sacrifice, combined with the message that God is counting on his daughters to build his kingdom. The Gospel of Ruth vests every woman’s life with kingdom purposes and frees us to embrace wholeheartedly God’s calling, regardless of our circumstances or season of life. This story of two women who have lost everything contains a profound message: God created women not to live in the shadowy margins of men or of the past but to emerge as courageous activists for his kingdom.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Staci | 1/23/2014

    " A must read for women! This book will change the way you see the story of Ruth. When darkness has overtaken your life, find out that God is seeking you to be a risk-taker in the story of Christ. Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beckimoody Moody | 1/1/2014

    " I was surprised at how good this was, and how much I learned. Ruth has always been one of those books of the Bible that I kind of skimmed through, assuming I already knew the story. There was a LOT in there I missed, and much of it explained the historical/cultural context in a way that made it much more relevant. This would be a wonderful book for a small group Bible study -- especially a women's group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 12/25/2013

    " My mom loaned my this book and at first I was not excited to read it because I expected the normal sappy romance story of Ruth that I have always heard. Custis over turns that story with a closer look at what really happened and how God used people with no power to do his work in the world. I could hardly put the book down. Custis doesn't shy away from hard questions; I loved this book and look forward to rereading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Celine Parker | 11/23/2013

    " I absolutely loved this study of the Book of Ruth. It healed my feelings towards a woman's "place" in patriarchal society. Definitely recommend to any woman or man who wants to explore God's view and the value He places on women. Ms. James' examination and thought-provoking study definitely gave this already beautiful story much deeper meaning for me and my life...especially my feelings about voicing a different opinion, the possibilities of being championed by God and my male counterparts, and the benefits of strong faithful females' spirit in male/female relationships when balanced with God's loving-kindness. "

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