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3.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 5 3.66 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tommy Tenney, Mark Andrew Olsen Narrator: Aimee Lilly Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781608143658
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What happens when fate links the destiny of a woman with Mennonite heritage to that of a Las Vegas cocktail waitress? Can two women from different backgrounds and generations, overwhelmed with life and loss, find healing for wounds once thought too deep to heal? Can modern paths, after leaving all that was good and true, ever truly lead home?

For Las Vegas widow Naomi, memories of a Pennsylvania Dutch childhood are an ache from the distant past, a painful memory of abandoned roots and lost connections. She has long since reconciled herself to the shattered dream of what had once enticed her from her heritage—a tiny apartment thick with loneliness and regret, the sad lives of her two sons, and her sole consolation: the friendship with her daughter-in-law Ruth. But when hard living claims both of Naomi’s boys, she and Ruth turn Naomi’s creaky Impala eastward in a desperate last-chance bid for hope and meaning. Thus begins the cross-country odyssey that brings Naomi home to her old farm in Lancaster County, and to the values and rhythms of a life once spurned. Having never seen the East before, can Ruth find a home here too, among the slow and authentic cadences of Pennsylvania farm country?

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  • “Paralleling the biblical tale of Naomi and her faithful daughter-in-law Ruth, this book’s message and spiritual journey are realistic and heartwarming.”

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  • “Aimee Lilly shows a remarkable ability to deliver this story as if she’s engaged in conversation with the listener. Her narration, often dramatic and filled with pathos as well as humor, draws one right into the plot…This is a fascinating story of romance and faith. Lilly’s narration is outstanding.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy Newman | 2/4/2014

    " A fantastic modern telling of Ruth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Minor | 1/30/2014

    " This is a modern day retelling of the book of Ruth from the Bible. Naomi and Ruth travel from Las Vegas, Nevada back to Naomi's hometown in Pennsylvania back to her Pennsylvania Dutch roots. The names of the characters that are mentioned in the Bible are either the same names are close to the same names, even Boaz. Both Ruth and Naomi find their way to God in this book. This is a good modernization of the Book of Ruth. There is even mention of Boaz's parents in the book which is similar to the story of Rahab in the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Brandt | 1/27/2014

    " Great book. This modern day version of the Bible story of Ruth was wonderfully written. This was a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/11/2014

    " All in all , pretty good . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/6/2014

    " I read this while listening to a Krystal Meyers Cd so now when i re read it thats what i think of and when i here those songs this is what i think of. I love retellings of bible stories, it seems to make them more real! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dyana | 12/31/2013

    " This was an interesting modern version of the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi. They live in Las Vegas, and Naomi's two sons (Mel & Lonnie) die on the same day (one to cancer and the other in a car wreck). Naomi (widow), Ruth (cocktail waitress), and Orpah (taxi dancer) travel to Moab, Utah to scatter the ashes of the two brothers at Dead Horse Point. Naomi feels the pull to go back to her Mennonite roots in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and refuses to return to Vegas. Orpah returns to Vegas, but Ruth (who had a horror of a childhood) decides to go with Naomi as she is looking for a place to call home. The first half of the book is the harrowing road trip they experience with very little money and in a beat-up old Impala on "its last legs". They finally arrive in Bethlehem with no money and a dead car. They take up residence in Naomi's vacant old homestead, and Ruth finds work in a farmer's market owned by Bo (Boaz) a man twice her age. There is an instant attraction between the two. Naomi is in jeopardy of losing the homestead to owed back taxes and to a dishonest uncle who is trying to acquire the land to sell to a conglomerate who wants to build a housing development. Can you tell by the synopsis why I gave it three stars? I must admit that, altho the plot sounds "interesting", the writing was descriptive and the road trip scenery well researched. But don't use this story to find biblical truth - it's not there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 12/31/2013

    " This book is hard to put down. I hope to one day have my own story to share traveling cross-country! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 12/22/2013

    " Loved loved loved this telling of Ruth!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 12/20/2013

    " What a delightful read! I would love to see this book made into a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/16/2013

    " Ruth is my favorite story from the Bible, and this modern retelling did not meet my expectations. It is worth reading for anyone interested in Christianity but do not use it as a staple for real Biblical truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 12/11/2013

    " One of my favorite books. A modern re-telling of the story of Ruth and Naomi. They live in Las Vegas and travel to Pennsylvania Dutch country. You will laugh, and cry and learn lessons about what is important. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jules | 12/2/2013

    " I am reading this book for my mother's book club, and quite honestly, struggling to get through it. I love my mother though, so I keep turning pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/14/2013

    " It was okay. Ruth & Naomi are on a road trip for most of the book - & i felt like it dragged just like a road trip does! But once they got where they were going, it got a lot better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Waleah | 11/12/2013

    " From the pit to the palace. A lovely read for GPs, a tale reminiscent of the things God has prepared for them that love Him, no matter what the origin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beckie | 7/20/2013

    " Interesting, modern take on the Old Testament story of Ruth and Naomi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/30/2013

    " I learned more about the Mennonite and Amish religion that I hadn't been aware of before. Very good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha J. | 11/23/2012

    " I think the story itself is sweet, although the writing is kind of slow. I felt like it could have been more vivid and probing, but given the characters, I can see how the authors didn't want to go to excess. It took me a long while to get "into" the storyline, but I was glad I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nori | 10/3/2012

    " A modern day Ruth and Naomi story. It makes you think what life would be like if you would translate some biblical stories into today's world. Very interesting but sometimes difficult as it deals with some harsh realities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylynn | 8/26/2012

    " This book grew onme. By the end I was glad I had read it and would recommend it. Itis a modern day telling of the Bible story of Ruth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara Ann | 7/23/2012

    " I must admit that I had to set this one down twice before I was able to finish it. It started a little slow but it did turn out as a nice retelling of the story of Ruth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 7/20/2012

    " THis is a remake of the book of Ruth from the Bible. Interesting take on the story in a modern setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meaghan | 2/5/2012

    " I couldnt take my eye's away from this book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri *Wannabe Rock Chick* | 2/1/2012

    " I loved this. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/5/2012

    " I grew up New Order Mennonite. Very obvious that Tenney did not bother to research the Mennonites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/10/2011

    " A little slow to start but by the end I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mum | 6/20/2011

    " I loved this book. What a wonderful tale. Let's have a movie too. I did not want it to end. Many of you will also enjoy this, especially if you are from PA and have traveled the I-70. ENJOY!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy Jost | 5/24/2011

    " It was a good story, but at times, the connection to the Biblical account made it a little less believable (i.e. all the same names). Overall, I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 11/14/2010

    " A tender little story. I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars but decided on 4 because it had a sweet message, but at the same time was predictable. It wasn't one of those "I couldn't put it down" books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 9/27/2010

    " All in all , pretty good . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara Ann | 9/26/2010

    " I must admit that I had to set this one down twice before I was able to finish it. It started a little slow but it did turn out as a nice retelling of the story of Ruth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meaghan | 6/19/2010

    " I couldnt take my eye's away from this book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/28/2009

    " Ruth is my favorite story from the Bible, and this modern retelling did not meet my expectations. It is worth reading for anyone interested in Christianity but do not use it as a staple for real Biblical truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/13/2009

    " It was okay. Ruth & Naomi are on a road trip for most of the book - & i felt like it dragged just like a road trip does! But once they got where they were going, it got a lot better! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebekah | 11/12/2009

    " I grew up New Order Mennonite. Very obvious that Tenney did not bother to research the Mennonites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mum | 10/5/2009

    " I loved this book. What a wonderful tale. Let's have a movie too. I did not want it to end. Many of you will also enjoy this, especially if you are from PA and have traveled the I-70. ENJOY!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 9/17/2009

    " What a delightful read! I would love to see this book made into a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 9/12/2009

    " Great book. This modern day version of the Bible story of Ruth was wonderfully written. This was a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/14/2009

    " This book is hard to put down. I hope to one day have my own story to share traveling cross-country! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Waleah | 5/14/2009

    " From the pit to the palace. A lovely read for GPs, a tale reminiscent of the things God has prepared for them that love Him, no matter what the origin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 4/8/2009

    " I learned more about the Mennonite and Amish religion that I hadn't been aware of before. Very good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cherie | 3/13/2009

    " The only interesting aspect of this book were the geographical ties to the Biblical Story of Ruth. The characters were hollow and the story was, at times, ridiculous. "

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About the Author

Tommy Tenney is a third generation pastor and author of numerous books, including the popular God Chasers series. He is the founder of GodChasers.net, a ministry network designed to spread his mission globally. Tommy himself has ministered in seventy-two countries and has books in over forty languages. He and his wife Jeannie reside in Louisiana with their three daughters, four grandchildren, and two Yorkshire terriers.

About the Narrator

Aimee Lilly is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been involved in the broadcasting and radio drama field since 1989. She has read audiobooks by many bestselling authors, including Elizabeth George, Janette Oke, and Francine Rivers.