A great Biblical fiction story about a well-known Mama whom God lifts up and redeems.
He is my redeemer. He can redeem even this. and that. Yes!
Melding biblical accuracy with imaginative detail, Wangerin explores themes of love, faith, grief, and community. While the widow Naomi mourns the deaths of her two adult sons and the shocking murder of a beloved adopted daughter, she ponders the plight of her Moabite daughters-in-law—and makes a decision that will change the course of history.
288 pages, hardcover from Zondervan. $10.00 hardback or $9.78 for Kindle.
I found this book so refreshing and delightful. I loved the interwoven stories of Naomi, Milcah, Boaz, and Ruth. The Bible characters were quite brought to life and given vivid personalities that personified their circumstances. Of course, Naomi is the central character and I immediately loved her and sympathized with her all through the book. It’s a mama thing.
The title focuses on Naomi’s relationships with Milcah and Ruth, both adopted daughters who bring Naomi great comfort and joy. I love the title “Hakamah” meaning “singer” that describes Naomi as a teller of the Bible stories so they were learned and passed down orally through generations.
The liberties the author has taken with the events and characters surrounding Boaz and the other kinsman-redeemer are humorous and add such a humanity to a well-known and beloved Bible story.
It certainly makes one think about how these people would have reacted to the events in their lives. I love how the author portrayed them. Makes a great discussion. I plan to have my daughters read this when they’re older. I can’t wait!
I received this for review purposes from Zondervan publishing.