After losing her parents at a young age Ruth has been raised by her grandparents in the tribe of Rueben on the Moabite plains. When Elimelech and his family move across the Jordan River to escape the famine devastating the land Ruth is intrigued by them and attracted to the oldest son Mahlon. They eventually marry, but Ruth remains barren which saddens the whole family.
Within ten years of moving all three men of the family are dead, and Ruth’s mother in-law Naomi decides to move back home and Ruth accompanies her. How will she adapt to this new setting and will she ever find love again? Find out in Ruth: Mother of Kings by Diana Wallis Taylor.
I really enjoyed this book! Ruth is one of my favorite Bible heroes and I have read several different versions of her story, but this one is unique. While Ruth being an Israelite contradicts everything I have ever heard about the story, it certainly gives an interesting point of view to the story. While I am not sure if I agree with it, Taylor gives enough evidence in her “Background Information” section to make it at least plausible.
Another interesting element of the book is that the main events of the Biblical book of Ruth only make up a small part of the story. Most of the story takes place before or after, which adds a lot of depth to the story, and makes it more interesting. My one complaint is that there are several minor story lines begun that are cut off before they were completely resolved. I kept expecting Taylor to resolve them but she never does.
Like the Biblical book, Redemption is the major theme of this book. Ruth believes God has cursed her since she was unable to bear children in her first marriage, but God redeems her and she becomes part of the lineage of Christ!
On the whole, this book gives an interesting perspective on the book of Ruth. I give it four out of five stars.
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Soli Deo Gloria!