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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Christian / Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:300
  • eBook ISBN:9781682222027
  • Paperback ISBN:9780988410756

Ruth - Woman of Valor

A Virtuous Woman in an Immoral Land

by Jim Baumgardner

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When Ruth the Moabitess turns her back on her family, country, and gods, she begins a new life as a woman of valor in the midst of an immoral land.
It began with a man not content with the land God had given him. Elimelech saw the fruitful soil to the east, in the idol worshipping country of Moab, and against all advice he moved to the greener pastures. Now, ten years have passed, and his wife, Naomi, is left a widow. In addition, both of her sons have died, leaving her with two idol worshipping daughters-in-law. She belongs to no one, the future is bleak, and the path home beckons. Naomi is willing to strike out alone on the dangerous road to Bethlehem, but Ruth refuses to remain in Moab. This daughter-in-law vows to go with her, give up Chemosh, the filth god, and her other gods, the Baals, and remain with Naomi until death. Making the vow is one thing, fulfilling it will take time and a special love that only few possess. However, Ruth, the Moabitess, personifies this unselfish love. Leaving family, gods, and country behind, she clings to her embittered mother-in-law, refusing to remain in Moab. After arriving in Bethlehem, Ruth places her trust in a new God and meets a new man. Now, with a bitter old woman in her life, a God far different from her previous gods, and warm feelings for a wealthy man, will she measure up to all of these challenges? Author Jim Baumgardner invites the reader to enter the ancient world of the Moabites, Canaanites, and Israelites and witness this extraordinary woman become Ruth, Woman of Valor.
About the author
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Jim Baumgardner grew up in a Christian home. The author’s mother gave her life to the Lord in her late teens, and she brought his dad to Christ after they were married in 1939. April 30, 2015 marked Jim’s 58th year as a Christian. The author continues to reside in Wichita with his wife Linda. They have three children and nine grandchildren. All of Jim’s books are primarily written for his grandchildren’s benefit. He also makes them available to all others who wish to read and enjoy the stories.
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