Ruth: A Refugee Story

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Ruth: A Refugee Story

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

“I know how you left behind your mother and father, your relatives and your homeland, and came here to live among strangers… You have come to Yahweh, the God of Israel, seeking refuge.” (GSV)

I often hear people (especially women) refer to the biblical book of Ruth as a love story. That makes sense, not only in regard to Ruth’s relationship and marriage to Boaz but also in light of Ruth’s devotion to her mother-in-law, Naomi.

However, Ruth the Moabite wasn’t only a daughter-in-law and a widow seeking a new husband. The thought of her as a foreigner in Bethlehem, in need of refuge, was what drew me to read Ruth: A Refugee Story, the book of Ruth as retold by Matt Mikalatos.

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read this book in different versions of the Bible. While reading the Good Story Version this time around, I did a little extra pondering on Ruth as an immigrant. And as it was when I read Jonah: A Comedy, another GSV retelling, I found the storyteller’s notes at the end to be of particular interest.

Worth checking out for readers and studiers of biblical themes—the story and its corresponding notes in the back.

No one wants to be a refugee.
Leaving your home because of famine, or violence, or war, is a painful decision.


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