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FRANCINE RIVERS
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Feb. 20 2009 LINEAGE OF GRACE (Book 3)
The Lineage of Grace Series - Book 3 A beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz by award-winning author Francine Rivers. Readers will be encouraged by the truth that God will faithfully provide for His children even when all hope seems lost. Caselot - 40

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Writing in the trademark style that has won her countless fans, award-winning author Francine Rivers explores the courageous life of Ruth, a biblical ancestor of Jesus, in Unshaken, the third novel in her Lineage of Grace series. Empathy for the characters kicks in immediately. Naomi's life is in ruins. Her husband and sons are dead, and she is left with only her beloved daughter-in-laws, Ruth and Orpah. Ruth turns her back on her own family and risks everything to care for Naomi, insisting "I will go wherever you go! I will live wherever you live! Your God will be my God."

Things get worse before they get better. Desperately poor, Ruth and Naomi arrive in Bethlehem and eke out an impoverished existence until Ruth's beauty and character turn the head of Boaz, a few decades older and the wealthiest man in town. Soon Ruth's desire to obey God is put to the test as she takes the biggest risk of all. In the endearing manner that has made her one of the top writers of Christian fiction, Rivers portrays how Ruth's unshaken commitment to God had a profound impact on biblical history. Her poignant account of Ruth's life will give modern readers a benchmark by which to measure their own levels of faith and obedience. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Third in Rivers's Lineage of Grace series, this novella based on the biblical story of Ruth adds characters, dialogue and motivation to the biblical account. An accomplished romance novelist, Rivers capably balances faithfulness to Scripture and historical accuracy. In particular, she deserves kudos for imagining the emotional and erotic dimensions of Ruth and Boaz's courtship and marriage -- evangelical explorations of Ruth, such as Men Are from Israel, Women Are from Moab, too often gloss over these realities. The pivotal scene of the biblical account and the novel plays out on the threshing floor when Ruth lies at Boaz's feet as part of a Hebrew courtship ritual; Rivers skillfully captures the heart-stopping nervousness and sexual tension any man and woman would feel in such circumstances. Ruth's relationship with Naomi, however, is less artfully rendered. In virtually every exchange, the two seem overwrought about one thing or another; tears spill continually throughout the novella, losing their meaning all too early. Written at a reading level accessible even to preadolescents, this novella, with its six-part Bible study, will probably serve primarily as a devotional tool as opposed to a stand-alone work of fiction. Rivers and her biblical source celebrate Ruth's self-abnegation in a manner deeply at odds with contemporary feminism, but considering the target audience, that may be of little consequence. As part of a larger project to spur evangelical Christian women on to lives of obedience, Rivers's novella achieves its goals admirably.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So far, this is my fav in the lineage March 14 2004
Format:Hardcover
Well, so far I have already read Unveiled and Unashamed, and was a bit anxious to read unshaken. As good as Tamar and Rahab's stories were, I can honestly say that Ruth's story is my favorite. Unshaken is about Ruth, who leaves her comfort zone and security level of a daughter of a semi rich family who worship gods to go to bethleham with her mother inlaw, naomi. Ruth is a strong woman who leaves everything she ever knew to follow the one true God. In bethleham, she meets Boaz (who, ironically is Rahab's son) Boaz is a slightly unattractive middle age man who is about 30 yrs older than Ruth. However, across a field, Boaz secretly takes notice Ruth's character and begins to fall in love with her, but doesnt want to take action, thinking that hes too old for her. However, secretly, Ruth likes Boaz as well, and Naomi persuades her to let him know and marry him. Unshaken is a love story featuring a girl that leaves everything, expects nothing, and seeks the one true God. Ruth is great! She is strong, faithful,hopeful and caring. I am so happy that she married Boaz, although old, he is a perfect match!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars When faith brings grace... April 14 2003
Format:Hardcover
When I first picked up this book, I began to read it with my safety net of doubt firmly in place. Most of the biblical fiction I've encountered over the years have been full of stiff dialog or narrowly researched story lines that lose the readers interest in it's quest to drive home a moral or spiritual point. This one is different.
Rivers tossed that bad habit of stiff dialog out the window when she wove together this partly fictional account of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz. As one of my favorite stories since I was a little girl, it was so warming to read more about Ruth, and I was delighted that Rivers kept her character true to her original, biblical presentation. She didn't try to remind us that Ruth was a girl like any of the rest of us, by pointing out her flaws or catching her in her weak moments. Instead she portrays her as a strong, faithful, trusting woman whose faith in God matures as she makes her new life with her mother-in-law after her husband dies. Rivers understanding and research of biblical culture and customs more fully explains the impact of Ruth leaving her family to move back to Naomi's home town, this enlightenment brings even more meaning to a story I assumed I already completely grasped.
Rivers also adds a great deal of humor in her character's dialog and actions. She gives the reader a great visua,l which is especially important when we already know the basic outline and outcome of the story.
I fully recommend this book to anyone who has read the story of Ruth and Boaz a hundred times and still finds themselves thinking about the details we might never know the full truth of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Storytelling March 30 2001
By SJ
Format:Hardcover
There are only two authors whose books I buy just because their name is on them, and Francine Rivers is one of those two. _Unshaken_, the latest in her Lineage of Grace series, simply reinforces my opinion. Her greatest gift is in realistic portrayal of characters. Ruth isn't a far-off character, but a woman with struggles, hopes, difficult emotions, and dreams just like I am. I can empathize with multiple characters in the book and learn more about myself through each of them. In the process of the book, I am given a better understanding of my relationship with God and am challenged to be a woman as Ruth was. _This_ is what I consider a true romance: nothing frothy, but deep, true, and pure throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful, inspiring story July 30 2002
Format:Hardcover
I know Ruth's story well, but this book was a wonderful "fleshing" out of the biblical version. It answers the questions of who Ruth was before she married Naomi's son, and why she felt it necessary to go with Naomi, even after Orpah turned back.
The situation Ruth & Naomi were in during their stay in Bethlehem could not be any worse. Gradually, the people of Bethlehem realized that although Ruth was a foreigner, she was a good and humble person who only wanted to provide for Naomi. The love story between Boaz and Ruth is romantic, in a way. How lucky they were to have Naomi as an intermediary.
Enjoy this book. I am going to continue reading the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed!! Feb. 27 2001
Format:Hardcover
Francine Rivers has become my favorite author. The story of Ruth has made me long to be an example of a Godly woman ,of this century. I can only struggle to put my feelings into words..when Francine Rivers paints beautiful word pictures in our minds as we read her work. Ruth and her devotion,I want to be like her!! As i look into my young daughters eyes..i am in wonder on how to raise a child to have such passion for God like Ruth. May the story of Ruth make everyone who reads of her, be inspired to continue on in their lifes journey with a new perspective.. Thank you Francine Rivers, for giving us deep soul searching books that challenge us women to go on...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The faithfulness of Ruth Sept. 26 2001
Format:Hardcover
Francine Rivers continues her excellent Lineage of Grace series with the story of Ruth. She follows the familiar narrative in the Bible as Ruth's husband and father-in-law die and she accompanies her mother-in-law Naomi back to her native Bethlehem. Throughout the book we see Ruth's courage and the faith she had adopted during her marriage to Naomi's son. She never stops believing that God will guide her to a better life and does not give in to the temptation of the false gods which surround her. Rivers has a way of remaining true to the Bible and yet fleshing out the stories so that they remain vivid in the reader's mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book as usual
Another excellent story by Francine Rivers. Fast read...I always wish her stories were longer.
Published on June 13 2004 by Ann Fields
5.0 out of 5 stars a great series
What else can I say? Francine Rivers is awesome and so is this entire series. Easy reading that you can't put down until you are finished.
Published on March 1 2003 by Rena
5.0 out of 5 stars a great series
What else can I say? Francine Rivers is awesome and so is this entire series. Easy reading that you can't put down until you are finished.
Published on March 1 2003 by Rena
5.0 out of 5 stars a great series
Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors, but the Lineage of Grace series is awesome. It is a history lesson in contemporary language.
You won't be disappointed.
Published on March 1 2003 by Rena
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Humble Ruth
She had so many factors againist her journeing to the promised land but she overlooked them and kept an eye on God. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2002 by Sparkles.nu
5.0 out of 5 stars You NEED this book!!
Such an incredible book....do doubt....Just wonderful. Reading this book just brought Ruth to life for me. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars remarkable
I had just started to read the Mark of The Lion Series when my beloved brother became criticaly ill. I could not stop with that series and just finished Unshaken. Read more
Published on July 14 2001 by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars BIBLICALLY SOUND
I FULLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT RUTH WAS ALL ABOUT HER ROLE IN THE BIBLE TEACHING THAT IS...WHAT A VIRTUOUS WOMAN I REALLY LEARNED ALOT I HOPE ONE DAY I WILL FIND THE HUMBLENESS AND... Read more
Published on May 17 2001 by "exoticdoll1"
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
The story of Ruth is one of my all time favorites, and I looked forward to reading Ms. River's adaptation with some anticipation. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on April 9 2001 by thesavvybamalady
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