Ruth: More than a Love Story

Helen ClarkSKU: RMLS 0781 ISBN: 9781846250781



Never dismiss Ruth as just a love story. It is a story of a woman who had to deal with the deaths of her husband and two sons. It is the story of a young bereaved wife who left her home, her family and her religion to follow the Lord and support her mother-in-law in her time of need. But most of all it is a story of a stronger divine power than you or I could ever imagine.

It is the story of the God who loved Ruth and had a plan for her life. He led her through the hardest of times, to a most wonderful conclusion, for although Ruth never realized it, she was destined to be the great grandmother of the most famous king of Israel, King David, and later through her line, Christ Jesus would be born! 

This little book will guide you through the book of Ruth step by step and find out for yourself that it is far more than just a love story.

About the Author

Helen Clark was brought up in a Christian home in England and became a Christian at the age of 16. She became a nurse, was involved in youth work and married Stuart in 2006. They now live in Durban, South Africa. She is the author of further books in the 'Pocket Bible People' series.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Peter Murcott

Sacrificial love is central to the Christian Gospel, which is why Wesley urged that the foundation of preaching should be Christ dying for us & Christ reigning in is. Sacrificial love is central to the story. This book seeks to explain the story to those who have, perhaps, lacked systematic religious instruction. There is a map of the relevant area and “A Message for Today”, followed by the reason why Elimelech and his family left Bethlehem for Moab – because there was a famine. The background of the respective societies is given, together with a query as to whether the journey to Moab was wise, given the history of the relations between the Moabites and the Israelites. This is followed by “A Message for Today” about the temptation to run away from problems, followed by some questions, under the heading of “Think Tank”. The style of writing is chatty and informal. For instance, Chapter 10, with reference to the town gate, says that it was more than a passageway, it was a meeting place if “you wanted to sit and pass the time of day, having a good old chinwag”. One had reservations about a statement (p.13) before Chapter One: “…God’s people continually disobey but are forgiven and forgiven!” On the other hand, the “Think Tank” says that “it is no good telling people you have faith in God if you don’t show it by trying to obey his commands…” One would wholeheartedly agree.
What more can be said? This book concludes with puzzles: crossword, word searches & spot the difference.

"tool guide"

The funky cover is an indicator that this is a tool guide for those in charge of guiding young people towards Jesus - youth workers, pastors, priests, religious teachers etc. Each section explores Ruth's adventures in depth. There is a 'think tank' at the end of each chapter with pertinent questions for discussion. At the book's close is a selection of crossword puzzles, crosswords and cartons to be coloured in. The pull of this guide's charming illustrations draws in those like me who are not involved in a pastoral/teaching profession. Every reader will gain personal titbits of information they didn't know about Ruth. I didn't know that when Ruth's first husband had passed away, she took the advice of her matchmaking mother (who the author describes as 'wise' rather than overbearing!) when she ensnared the love of her future husband. The way she went about making herself available is almost unheard of in Biblical times and labelled as forward even by today's standards. Unspoken is that the guidebook will only be used at its best when used in conjunction with reading the book of Ruth itself. GoodBookStall Review - 02/07/2008 - Alice Collins

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