Author: Frank G.
Publisher: Doubleday& Company,
Genre: Fiction, Theological/ Political/
Page Count: 317
Author: Frank G. Slaughter
Publisher: Doubleday& Company, 1954
Genre: Fiction, Theological/ Political/ Historical
Page Count: 317
Overview: This book was generally a good book based on a true story from the Bible, the book of Ruth. However, it is somewhat loosely based on the Bible. I realize that it would be hard to follow the Bible perfectly while writing a book or a movie because when the Bible doesn’t say exactly what happened, an author has to make up what could have happened. However, at least one part of this book tells something that is told in the Bible as happening a different way (Revelation 22:18-19). That was highly disappointing because the book said a sin was committed, but it was okay!
This book shows what Christians who turn their back on God can cause them to do. In this
book, when the family went down to Moab they thought they were doing something God-honoring. However, they did many things that God would not approve of. They took their God-given talent and offered it the Moabite people who were God’s chosen people, Israel’s enemy. One member of the family was easily lured into a trap set by a Moabite, but an Israelite living in Bethlehem didn’t so easily fall for the trap. One of Naomi’s sons felt justified in taking a Moabite wife since there were no Israelite women. Living in Moab
caused the family to become closet Christians, they were told they couldn’t share their faith with anyone. While living in Moab for 10 years, the only person who was told of the
Israelite faith was Ruth.
Ruth wanted to come to Bethlehem, leaving her own country Moab. But when she got there, she faced a lot of ridicule for not being an Israelite. A slave, who was also a concubine was mean to Ruth and called her horrible names. One of the other poor people, who was called a maiden of Boaz (Ruth 2:8,23) treated Ruth the worst. She had to work with this woman and was seemingly the same as Ruth, both being poor and made to glean after the reapers. Even though one of the maidens was nice to Ruth, she looked at being her friend as a duty and
couldn’t wait to be relieved of it. There were very few people in this book who were actually nice to Ruth, the Moabitess. Ruth was able to often hide her pagan heritage, but once in the book when the small circular tattoo on her forehead showed, she was driven away from the dinner gathering she had attended. Without Naomi as her friend, Ruth would have lived a solitary life in Bethlehem until Boaz had accepted her as his wife and told the people they also needed to accept her.
Positives: This was a good Bible story to read. Most of what the author said was true, or could have possibly been true. However, this book would not have been good for someone to read who does not know the Bible.
Negatives: There is some sensuality in this book during the time the family lives in the wicked city of Moab. (The author dedicates living in Moab to over half of the book.) Another negative is that Ruth and Naomi seemed to have odd beliefs for Christian
people. They believed the spirits of their loved ones were still with them even after death.
At one point, Ruth and Naomi said they didn’t know where their loved ones had gone after death. A final negative was that adultery was justified for a particular reason as being in the Laws of God. I thought it was sad that so much negativity was cast on such a great woman (& people) of the Bible.
Other Books by this Author: “The Galileans”; “The Road to Bithynia”; “The Stubborn Heart”; “Sangaree”; “In a Dark Garden”; “Battle Surgeon”; “A Touch of Glory”; “The Golden Isle”; “Storm Haven”
Final Words: My pastor (Michael Wilder) posted the following on facebook today which I thought was relevant to the review of this book:
We hear so much about "racism" today. Racism stems from the minds of
evolutionists. The so called educators in the public school arena have been
successful in perpetuating this falsehood.
God created one race, the human race.
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... So God
created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male
and female created he them." Genesis 1:26,27
In the Old Testament, God divided humanity into two groups: Jews and Gentiles. God’s intent was for the Jews to be a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Gentile nations.
Instead, for the most part, the Jews became proud of their status and despised the Gentiles. Jesus Christ put an end to this, destroying the dividing wall of hostility as stated in Ephesians 2:14.
Today, some people believe our God is not for foreigners, or people who are different from us. They believe we should keep Him for ourselves and these other people don’t deserve salvation like we do. However, I reminded of what Paul said in the New Testament. Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:9-12 “What then? are we better [than they]? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of
the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”