Naomi and Her Daughters: A Novel by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Naomi and Her Daughters: A Novel

byWalter Wangerin Jr.

Kobo ebook | August 24, 2010

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From master storyteller Walter Wangerin, Jr. comes this familiar biblical saga told in a fresh, transfixing way. You’ll feel you’ve never heard it before! Melding historical accuracy with imaginative detail, Wangerin uses the biblical books of Judges and Ruth to explore themes of love, faith, grief and community set against a backdrop of war and political instability. The widow Naomi grieves the deaths of her two adult sons after the shocking murder of a beloved adopted daughter, while pondering her responsibilities toward her Moabite daughters-in-law. Ancient Israel is in chaos. When her daughter-in-law, Ruth, begs to return to Israel with Naomi, events are set in motion that will change the course of history. But wait…this isn’t the tame, flannel graph story you heard in Sunday School. In the tradition of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent and Elissa Elliott’s Eve: A Novel of the First Woman, Wangerin imbues his tale with strong female characters and an earthy realism that gives the timeless Old Testament narrative so much power. You’ll find echoes of contemporary issues throughout: deceit, heartbreak, loss, war, and, of course, the power of love. Naomi’s combined strength and tenderness becomes the pivot upon which a nation turns; her decisions ultimately lead to the founding of the family lineage of Jesus Christ. Breathtaking descriptions, shocking violence, and inspirational courage make this spellbinding novel by a beloved award-winning author a story you won’t soon forget. It’s the perfect novel for your book group, and a satisfying read for those who love thoughtful biblical fiction.

Title:Naomi and Her Daughters: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 24, 2010Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310590426

ISBN - 13:9780310590422

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing We have other book from Walter Wangerin Jr and knew of his work. But this book confuses me. I guess I was expecting a novelized version of the famous Ruth story which is indeed in this book. But the story is intertwined with another stories of Milcah and Boaz as well. And while reading it, I got lost – literally unfortunately. I had trouble following the story while going back and forth between the past and the present and somewhere in the book the author lost me. I’m sad that I didn’t connect with this book as much as I would have hoped. Somehow it is not what I was expecting. Mind you other readers would enjoy this book very much but in this time and season in my life, I am not enjoying this book like I thought I would. Maybe one day I will pick it up again and read through it with out problems. Disclaimer: Thanks to Zondervan for sending me the book for review purpose. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.
Date published: 2011-01-08