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The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules By Carolyn Custis James The Gospel of Ruth Loving God Enough to Break the Rules This isn t the Ruth the Naomi or the Boaz we thought we knew Carolyn James has unearthed startling new insights from this well worn story insights that have life changing implications for you Naomi
  • Title: The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules
  • Author: Carolyn Custis James
  • ISBN: 9780310263913
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules By Carolyn Custis James This isn t the Ruth, the Naomi, or the Boaz we thought we knew Carolyn James has unearthed startling new insights from this well worn story insights that have life changing implications for you Naomi is no longer regarded as a bitter, complaining woman, but as a courageous overcomer A Female Job Ruth typically admired for her devotion to Naomi and her deference toThis isn t the Ruth, the Naomi, or the Boaz we thought we knew Carolyn James has unearthed startling new insights from this well worn story insights that have life changing implications for you Naomi is no longer regarded as a bitter, complaining woman, but as a courageous overcomer A Female Job Ruth typically admired for her devotion to Naomi and her deference to Boaz turns out to be a gutsy risk taker and a powerful agent for change among God s people She lives outside the box, and her love for Yahweh and Naomi compels her to break the rules of social and religious convention at nearly every turn Boaz, the Kinsman Redeemer, is repeatedly caught off guard by Ruth s initiatives His partnership with her models the kind of male female relationships that the gospel intends for all who follow Jesus Carolyn James drills down deeper into the story where she uncovers in the Old Testament the same passionate, counter cultural, rule breaking gospel that Jesus modeled and taught his followers to pursue Within this age old story is a map to radical levels of love and sacrifice, combined with the message that God is counting on his daughters to build his kingdom.The Gospel of Ruth vests every woman s life with kingdom purposes and frees us to embrace wholeheartedly God s calling, regardless of our circumstances or season of life This story of two women who have lost everything contains a profound message God created women not to live in the shadowy margins of men or of the past, but to emerge as courageous activists for his kingdom.
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    1. Carolyn Custis James

      Carolyn Custis James M.A in Biblical Studies is an evangelical thinker who loves God enough to break the rules rules of cultural convention which attempt to domesticate the gospel message of the Bible Carolyn is president of WhitbyForum, a ministry dedicated to addressing the deeper needs which confront both women and men as they endeavor to extend God s kingdom together in a messy and complicated world She is the founder of the Synergy Women s Network an exciting new ministry for women in ministry leadership synergytodayHer books have been described as provocative , honest , and deeply moving.

    191 thoughts on “The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules”

    1. I am a missionary with a degree in intercultural studies and 20 years of walking with the Lord, and this book literally took the legs out from beneath me as the author looked at the book of Ruth from a cultural standpoint my favorite point she made was that Boaz must have been either married or a widower with sons to have the kind of standing in the community that he had That changes things, doesn t it Wow Why haven t I heard this stuff before I checked out the bibliography page, and this author [...]

    2. Carolyn Custis James provides her perspective on the book of Ruth with insights beyond the typical Cinderella view of Boaz as the Handsome Prince or a Knight in Shining Armor who comes to the rescue of Ruth and her mother in law, Naomi I appreciated the author s view of the villagers in a patriarchal culture who link Ruth to some of the brightest female luminaries in Israel s constellation As a nation builder, Ruth portrays the important role of women s calling in His kingdom Naomi, Ruth, and Bo [...]

    3. This is by far the best book study I have ever done It s not a long book, but there is so much meat to pull from the bones of the story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz that goes way beyond just a cursory reading The author does a good job of awakening the reader to seeing the reality of a widow s life in ancient Israel, and the nuances of the law that Ruth s and her compatriots actions challenge.I cannot recommend enough.

    4. One of her key points is that Naomi and Ruth s suffering is equivalent, or likely much worse, than Job s And by imposing Western romantic ideas on this story, we largely miss the point This is a story about God In the aftermath of loss and grief, Naomi s questions came to me as I struggled to put God s hesed for our family alongside such a tragic outcome Then I asked myself who I would rather hear from in my struggle with God Someone whose life is picture perfect and doesn t have a scratch Or a [...]

    5. Carolyn Custis James approaches many of the familiar themes of the book of Ruth from a new angle I loved her exploration of Naomi s experiences and struggles with God This book challenged me to think about this beautiful story from a different perspective something I always appreciate from a Bible study Her feminist viewpoint seemed to drive her interpretation at times many of the conclusions she drew did not seem to be supported by the text itself, but rather from conjecture drawn from historic [...]

    6. Carolyn Custis James has incredible things to say about the Book of Ruth First she starts out by explaining that the hero of the story isn t Boaz, Naomi, or even Ruth It is hesed a Hebrew word for the incredible, self sacrificing love God has for his people James says, Whenever we study God s Word, our main quest is always to discover what He is telling us about himself Through the Book of Ruth, she says, God is telling us of his ovewhelming love for women Not only that, she says, but he is illu [...]

    7. When I heard Carolyn Custis James speak about Ruth five years ago, she emphasized how Ruth, Naomi and Boaz show sacrificial covenant love and partner with God s work She then asked us to evaluate our relationships with God and the opposite sex Although I had been a committed Christian for years, it was during that reflection time that God first revealed what his grace really meant So The Gospel of Ruth truly spoke the gospel to me James constantly demonstrates that Ruth is no fairy tale romance [...]

    8. I loved her approach and study of the two principal characters of the Book of Ruth Old Testament book of the Bible she addresses the sensitive topics of widowhood, infertility, poverty and social dependence unabashedly and with great insight It was refreshing to read a take on Ruth that didn t smack of Cinderella in fact, it was much like Job.However, Custis James writing style didn t suit my taste I felt that she spent too many words chapters, even telling me WHAT she was GOING to tell me, ins [...]

    9. I was prepared to love this book The idea of taking the story from the perspective of Ruth s mother in law Naomi was one that intrigued me I was hoping to pre read this and pass it on as a book for a group at our church.The beginning showed much promise and had me hooked Unfortunately I found the chapters which talked about the plight of widows and barren women to be wordy Once the original thought was brought home it was repeated and repeated and repeated without much new insight, which caused [...]

    10. I read this book, The Gospel of Ruth Loving God Enough to Break the Rules, by Carolyn Custis James, because our son who is attending Moody bought it to support the speaker at the 2017 Mission Conference Week It was a quick read I thought the author took a lot of liberty when interpreting the the book of Ruth She did a through job in her research and I appreciate her work and passion about her interpretation of the book A few things I can agree with, her belief that we are God s image bearers mal [...]

    11. I highly recommend this book to women and men interested in understanding the book of Ruth where the perspective is from the historical context culture This is not just a love story The text spoke to me in a fresh way as I find myself in a difficult transition Naomi is described as a female Job, and this book gives plenty of opportunity to wrestle with the question, is God good to women I will leave it at that In addition the author s writing style is beautiful.

    12. The author definitely makes you think outside the box You are forced to look at Naomi and Ruth through different eyes Not everyone would agree with how Carolyn James looks at these women but I loved how it was different, unique but not unbiblical The book of Ruth was opened up for me and gave me some insight into my role as a woman A great read and worth it.

    13. I know we ve all been taught that the Book of Ruth is a story of love and loyalty However, the author shows us through a different perspective, we can learn deeper even with those stories we think we know by heart When it is said that the Word is alive, the author is a master at reminding us just how true that is.

    14. Does God Care Anyone who wonders should read this book The author brings to life all the depth and impact of this short story that we modern readers skim over In her deft hands all three main characters, Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz shed the shallow stereotypes often assigned them and become mighty heroes of faith Highly recommended.

    15. Scholarship and story with contemporary relevance and insights that heighten suspense and resolve riddles An excellent book Highly recommend it.

    16. Having studied Ruth under my friend, Carolyn, in 1997, and having just looked at Ruth again via Nancy Guthrie s study, The Son of David, I decided to revisit Carolyn s writing by listening to her book I was not disappointed God IS good for women and men and He is working out His plan of redemption through the courage, sacrifice, and belief of women of old and today.

    17. I really enjoyed this book about the story of Ruth from the Old Testament The author James brought out some very different ideas and conclusions about this well loved story that seem to be well researched and documented, looking at the story in its true context, not an American fairy tale with a happy ending I hadn t realized that the story is told from the point of view of Naomi, whom James paints not as a whining woman, but as a female Job I hadn t realized the full implications of their predi [...]

    18. In this book, author Carolyn James answered the question about whether God is good for women or not through the gospel of Ruth She gave very engaging commentary about how God used Ruth and Naomi for his redemption purposes This is a very entertaining book for both women and men, as men can learn a lot from Boaz s valor character This is definitely a page turner It s also very insightful, because I really learned a lot about God s character, his heart for widows and the barren women, his power of [...]

    19. A friend and my pastor read this book and strongly urged me to read it I agree with the reviewer that she spent a lot of time telling the reader what she was going to tell us I already knew about the plight of barren women and widows in the Old Testament although she did add a few insights It was interesting at first and soon became VERY LONG My husband was out of town and it was too easy to identify with how lost and alone a widow is, even in this day and age I appreciated that she explained t [...]

    20. I ve never paid much attention to the book of Ruth Yeah, yeah, love story, David s grandfather, Jesus great great something grandfather, four pages, okay Next But we chose to read it in women s small group, so I got to spend some time with it using this book as a guide.James spends a lot of time on Ruth, unpacking cultural traditions of the day, and analyzing each character s motives and actions very very carefully Her most interesting ideas are 1 seeing Naomi as a female Job figure, whose suff [...]

    21. Often, we think of Ruth as a nice romantic story with Boaz as the hero, Ruth as the heroine, and Naomi as the matchmaker In The Gospel of Ruth, Carolyn Custis James shows that God is the hero and that this book is a powerful example of the Gospel Though readers tend to think of Naomi as an old, complaining woman, Custis James compares her to Job In fact, she says, Naomi lost even than Job Though she didn t have the material possessions that Job did, she lost not only all her possessions but als [...]

    22. In The Gospel of Ruth Loving God Enough to Break the Rules, Carolyn Custis James studies the theology of the book of Ruth, drawing from the work of numerous Old Testament scholars, and finds than a fairy tale love story She finds instead a version of the ultimate love story of God for His people even, or perhaps especially, for those who are outcasts, strangers, poor, and downtrodden As in all of Scripture, the book of Ruth is about the good news of God s plan for redemption we can find the Gos [...]

    23. The Old Testament book of Ruth is often reduced to an sentimental love story in which Ruth, a helpless widow, shamelessly pursues a wealthy older man who spares her a life of countless sorrows , and provides her mother in law with a grandson End of story On we go to the book of 1 Samuel.To read Carolyn Custis James perspective, The Gospel of Ruth, is to have that shallow interpretation shattered Wonderfully shattered And then reconstructed from the ground up You won t recognize this version from [...]

    24. Here I was, reading the book of Ruth at face value and seeing it s a typical damsel in distress saved by a dashing man romantic comedy until now I m so glad I was able to digest this book a chapter at a time and process each chapter with a group of ladies that helped me really dive into the questions I had and the meaning behind it all The author took us a level deeper and helped us see the context, the stakes, the riskiness and above all the faith that Ruth and Naomi possessed I also saw Boaz i [...]

    25. Is God good for women James found a strong positive answer during her research of the book of Ruth Many view it as a simple love story She views it as a vital turning point in history And she convinced me Naomi s suffering due to the loss of her husband and sons was greater than anything Job suffered He still had his wife such as she was and even important he was still a man in a culture where men routinely prayed, Thanks, God, for not making me a woman Women only had value with a man, as wives [...]

    26. Some books are just not for you This one was not for me I found myself rolling my eyes quite a few times, and just desperate to get to the end At first I thought that my problem with it was that I just could not relate, couldn t walk in Naomi s and Ruth s widowed shoes, but no My real problem is that I don t like how much the book dwells on the tragic life of a widow and a barren woman Yes, I get it it was awful, they were ostracized, cast aside, thought to be of no value, had no rights or futur [...]

    27. I loved this book on the Gospel of Ruth from the Bible If I were naming a sub title, I would call it, Ruth Not a Cinderella Story In reading this book, I realized that so often we read it as a happily ever after story, with Ruth getting the guy and the baby in the end I love how Carolyn Custis James so wonderfully describes the story of Ruth as a story of a fight for preservation, a fight for a family, a fight for the eternal souls of men and women Ruth had the guts to do what was unthinkable in [...]

    28. I finished this book last week as a small group study for church The book of Ruth is one of the shortest in the Bible, taking up 4 chapters in less than 2 pages However, the author expands her analysis in 10 chapters I felt that many chapters were a repeat of what was said in previous chapters so I became easily bored I understand James objective in emphasizing the role of women in God s kingdom as being unique and powerful but then she constantly compares Ruth to Job and Abraham, thus, contradi [...]

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