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Friday, Ruth has a story to tell…

A Black Cat Book Review

The Girl’s Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs

This well researched verse by verse study of the book of Ruth is a refreshing new look at the story.  The story is well-known and often quoted and because it is so familiar we may think there is nothing new we can learn from it.  In her down to earth style Higgs takes this ancient story and with insight and vision  gives today’s reader not only a look at life then but gives her a contemporary understanding of it.

In this study we learn that there is more to love than good feelings; there is sacrifice, loss, hard work, determination, obedience,  trust, and a lot of humility.  We learn about how Ruth’s love for Naomi takes Naomi from bitterness to gratitude and hope.  We learn about selflessness and the need to not only  hold on but to let go.  Boaz teaches us about patience, respect, and prudence.

Two things that I especially liked about this book were the  word studies and the use of many bible translations.  By delving deeper into the Hebrew words the text became clearer and gave better comprehension to the meaning.  Using many bible translations helps in the understanding of the significance and intent of the verses.  These two tools certainly gave me a clearer picture of the story and its lessons.

At the end of each chapter there is a short comment by a  “Ruth In Real Life”.  They are interesting and give  perspective about the chapter  from women today.  There are Discussion Questions and a  Study Guide included.  Both are thought provoking.

And not to be missed at the very back of the book...

Righteous Ruth Rap. 

I received this book free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this review.

4 thoughts on “Friday, Ruth has a story to tell…

  1. Great review – I’ll put this one on my list. My Uncle have me a McArther (sp?) Study Bible, and it has made a big difference in my understanding by explaining the words/references in context to the time.

    1. Study bibles are a great help–I have a couple in different translations. Do read the book. It is so rich. I thought it was only about the kinsman-redeemer but there is so much more.

    1. It was very interesting. I read ir rather quickly so I could do the review in a timely manner but I am going to go back and do the in depth study. Four short chapters and so much wisdom…

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