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The Gospel of Ruth

Kris read Carolyn Custis James’ new book, The Gospel of Ruth , recently, gave it to our daughter, Laura, and both loved it. It is an imaginative Bible study of the book of Ruth and it can serve well for personal devotional time as well as for Bible studies. During the time that Kris was reading the book, she would share with me that she enjoyed studying Ruth (along with James’ book) and felt that she learned much from Ruth.
I haven’t had a chance to read the book because Kris and Laura snarfed it up before I had a chance.
Many of you know that I have a book coming out this Fall from Zondervan, called The Blue Parakeet. That book is about rethinking how we read the Bible. What I haven’t said much about is that the last 3d of the book is about women in ministry, and one thing I think we need to do a lot more of is to teach and preach about women in the Bible. It was not possible for me to delve into each woman in the Bible, and there are far more women in the Bible than most of us know (!), and I didn’t cover Ruth at all. So, I am very happy to hear about this book.
I’m wondering who has read it and what you think of it?

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posted June 30, 2008 at 7:39 am

I read her book Lost Women of the Bible and really enjoyed it. She has an perspective on women who are generally overlooked seen in “supporting roles” that brings them out of the shadows. Glad to hear her new book is out. I’ll have to order it.

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Rachel H. Evans

posted June 30, 2008 at 9:09 am

Looking forward to the release of The Blue Parakeet!

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posted June 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Carolyn Custis James can be heard on the Moody Broadcasting Network’s Midday Connection at 12 CST. She will be discussing her Lost Women of the Bible book on Thursday, July 24th. You can hear a repeat broadcast with Nancy Ortberg on Monday, July 14th.
CCJ also has talks archived Hannah -June 26th, & Tamar -May 30th.

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Carolyn Custis James

posted July 1, 2008 at 1:21 pm

As a frequent reader of this blog, I must say it?s nice to see my book mentioned, and even nicer to learn that both your wife and daughter read it and ?loved it.? If I may, I?d like to add a few words of my own about my book.
The Gospel of Ruth is not the same old Ruth, Naomi or Boaz we?ve always known. This is no longer a Hallmark card tucked in among the more manly stories of the Bible?a fairytale where the down-on-her-luck maiden marries the handsome prince, Naomi becomes a doting grandmother, and ?they all live happily ever after.? I?ve always loved the Book of Ruth, but honestly have found it hard to relate that story to life in the real world.
When I started reading OT scholars (like your colleague, Robert Hubbard), the Book of Ruth was recharged for me with an earthshaking message about God, his heart for his daughters, his transforming power in male/female relationships, and how utterly radical gospel living truly is (even in the OT). It completely rocked my world. I?m a P.K. I grew up in church. I earned a seminary degree. Yet, I?d never heard a message like this.
Here are a few of the questions my book addresses and the Book of Ruth tackles head-on: Is God good for women? Do women hold second place in his heart? Does God prefer to do kingdom work through men? Is a woman?s best (only) hope of finding a place in God?s story to arrive on the arm of a man? Who is the true hero of this story anyway? What happens when a man of advantage, power, and wealth encounters a disadvantaged, powerless, impoverished woman? How does Jesus’ gospel radically transform male/female relationships?
Scott, when Kris finishes reading The Gospel of Ruth, I hope you?ll snarf it back. I?d be interested to know what you think about it.

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