The unique Book of Ruth provides the stage for this outstanding study of God's redemption and unfailing love. Here's how Andrea puts it:
It’s unlike any book of the Bible that you’ve ever read. In Ruth, words like love story, theatrical, and screenplay are accurate descriptors alongside historical, and gospel-centered. Despite its small size, this book is profound enough to explode hope and redemption into your darkest pain and everyday frustrations. It’s a book that’s for everyday people like you and me – longing to be known and yet fully loved anyway, to experience joy even though we are goof-ups more than we ought to be.
Ruth’s message is not presented as a five-point sermon, but as a spectacular, on-stage, romantic drama that woos us into relationship with its characters and storyline. Its message brings grace where we’ve sinned, peace in our devastation, and hope despite impossibilities.
Its love story is not just one between a man and a woman, but between us and Christ - the ultimate lover of our souls. Ruth conveys the love story of Christ coming to redeem His people. Christ is coming for YOU. He’s the only One we can trust to offer real hope and redemption for our eternal future and everyday realities. We can know and love all the Bible words without loving Jesus, but we can’t love Christ without loving His Word. Experiencing Jesus alive and at work in us is essential, possible and awesome!
The host has ripped your ticket for Ruth’s next performance and you’re sitting front row center as His guest of honor. Come expectantly and settle into your seat prayerfully— God has set the stage for you to experience this drama together with Him at this precise time of your life. So let’s bring the real you and me to meet the living Jesus in Ruth so that He can move in honest places like yours and mine. The orchestra is cued, and the curtain is pulling back for Act 1. Ready?
The holidays, with the delight of friends and family, various parties and gatherings, sales and promotions, decisions on gifts and food and events and people and so on and so on ...
There's no doubt they create amazing memories of fun and building relationships. But they can also add to stress and frustration. Take care of yourself as you face the holiday season with 50 notes of inspiration and devotion focused on the days of November and December.
And you can purchase GLIMPSES OF THE SAVIOR on its launch day for only 99¢.
Editor's Note: My grandmother once told me about living through the stock market crash and the subsequent depression. Most political and social issues trickle down into Texas, having an effect long after the actual event. But not the crash. Already reeling from an intense drought, Dallas reacted almost immediately with banks closing, homes going into foreclosure, and businesses shutting down all over the area. My grandmother recalled the breadlines and how, a few years later, her husband left her and her newborn to work on the roads of a national park because that was the only job he could get. Even into her old age, Grandmother hid money in coffee cans and the pockets of old clothes she never wore. We even found a wad of cash in the hem of one of her coats after she passed away. CARLOTTA'S LEGACY makes this time period all-to-real, all over again. MLC
CARLOTTA'S LEGACY is available beginning Sunday, August 5, for only 99¢. And watch for the release of the final book of the series, REBECCA'S LEGACY, on Tuesday, August 7. It will be only 99¢ too, that day only!
What if life changed in a day’s time, you had to pack up and leave your home to start over in a foreign country? Well maybe, if that foreign country was Umbria, right next door to Tuscany in Italy, it wouldn’t be so bad.
In October of 1929, the stock market crashed, and Rebecca Lewis lost her job at a local bank. Within days, another tragedy struck, and she had to rush to New York City. Her entire world turned upside-down. She had no recourse, but to finalize a proposal and marry that guy in Italy.
Did she love him? She wasn’t sure. But, he had a villa. Actually, he had two. One in Umbria, and another on the coast of Italy. And he was a conte—a count. She’d be a contessa. A contessa, living in the middle of nowhere with a man she admired and respected. And a smile that warmed her heart. He was quite handsome and had that oh-so-sophisticated accent.
He lived far away, and she had no money, so Rebecca called her dearest friend, Nancy Emerson. Robert and Nancy lived in New England, where Robert ran a large, and quite prosperous corporation. He’d offered her a job numerous times, but her pride kept her from taking his charity. Now she had no pride left, so she took a temporary position with Sanderson Industries to make enough money for the trip to Europe.
In the spring of 1930, Rebecca and her mother boarded a ship to sail to Italy.
About the Book
Her life is in a downhill plunge.
Rebecca Lewis is a reluctant bride-to-be. Marrying Riccardo Alverá, a young Italian count, may seem like a dream come true on the surface, but churning underneath is nothing but trouble, questions, and doubt. Especially since the marriage means leaving the only home she's ever known, possibly for the rest of her life.
The death of her globe-trotting father cements her fate, however. She and her mother have no choice but to set sail for Italy and the virtual stranger who awaits her.
The beauty and tranquility of the Alverá estate fails to ease Rebecca's heart as political unrest shakes the core of Italian society and despair entwines itself around her heart.
Will marrying an Italian count bring Rebecca the love she’s dreamed of, or doom her to relive her past mistakes?
About the Author
Betty Thomason Owens loves being outdoors. Her favorite season is spring, when she can work in the yard or take long walks, while thinking through a troublesome scene in one of her stories.
She is a multi-published, award-winning author of historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she leads a critique group, and serves as vice-president/secretary of the Louisville Area group. She’s a mentor, assisting other writers, and a co-founder of Inspired Prompt, a blog dedicated to inspiring writers. She also serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference.
Learn more about the author and her books on her author page at Write Integrity Press.
Elizabeth's e-book, IMPERFECT BONDS, is on sale this week for only 99¢ at Amazon. Buy it here.
Inspiration comes in the oddest and funniest ways.
While working on Imperfect Bonds, the third book in The Imperfect Series, I hit a snag. The story needed a scene that would show the attraction and antagonism smoldering between my two main (volatile) characters, but all I could come up with was blah-bland. I needed zip, zest, something snappy, sassy, and maybe even a tiny bit spicy.
I often keep music on in the background while I write, something soft and unobtrusive, typically classical or easy listening. On this particular morning while I struggled with the problematic scene, for whatever reason I had turned the TV to a classic country music channel. The twangy voice of Buck Owens started up in one of his number one hits—I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail.
The catchy tune captured my attention and before long I found myself belting out the lyrics along with Buck and his Buckaroos. All the while a new scene began to percolate in the back of my mind—feisty former calf-roping rodeo champion butts heads with supremely confident Navy SEAL-turned-deputy, or How to Hogtie a Deputy: 101.
The scene didn’t unfold as easily as you might imagine, though. Sometimes what you envision in your mind doesn’t translate into reality. Imagine me, a senior citizen, lying on the floor, contorting through some of scene’s antics to see if they could really work. Yeah, I laughed, too. Now, imagine my honey walking in with a worried look on his face and asking, “Do I need to call 911?”
That scene remains one of my all-time faves from the Imperfect archives. I had such a blast writing it!
About the Author
Elizabeth Noyes—professional writer, aspiring author, dedicated dreamer—lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and best friend, Paul, who listens tirelessly while she regales him with all the tales in her head of damaged, but very human characters clamoring to be heard.
A native of the Deep South, she claims to still “speak the language,” even after traveling around the world for most of her adult life. Recently retired from a career as a professional business writer and editor, she now fills her days editing, critiquing, reading, playing with the grandkids, learning more about Social Media than she ever wanted, and putting her stories into words to share with others.