***Today, I welcome my friend Carol Peterson to tell us about her new Bible study, I am Ruth from her Bible study series With Faith Like Hers. Don’t miss the party info and the giveaway chances at the end. So, here’s Carol…
My middle name is Ruth. When I tell people that, they almost always say, “Oh! I love the book of Ruth in the Bible. It’s such a beautiful story.” Okay. I get it, but having heard that comment all my life, whenever I turned to those four short chapters, I’d usually yawn and think…whatever.
Then, God led me to write a series of Bible studies for women called With Faith Like Hers. Each book focuses on a woman in Scripture and how her character and circumstances are like ours today.
When God “suggested” (isn’t He such a gentleman?) I write this study series, I knew, of course, I would include Ruth. I wasn’t enthusiastic about it but was silently pleased with myself for not arguing with God this time.
I sat down in obedience and began writing I am Ruth and the lessons we gals could learn, and, suddenly, I stopped yawning and started shaking my head in amazement at the strength and courage of Ruth. She was one amazing gal.
I opened my awareness to the Spirit’s leading and let Him teach me wonders I never expected to find. I discovered a life recorded in Scripture doesn’t have to be filled with battles or sins or mistakes rectified to be an important example for us today. All that is required is our open hearts to learn whatever God has in mind for us to learn.
Scholars believe the book of Ruth to be a foreshadowing of Jesus’ salvation. But it is also the story of courage as Ruth left her homeland to settle in a land of strangers, who despised her as a gentile and a pagan and whose customs and religion were different from hers.
Ruth is the story of a woman armed with new faith, humbling and exhausting herself to physically labor to provide for herself and her mother-in-law Naomi. It tells of a woman who was pleasant, trusting, and companionable through it all. And that can be the way God sees us modern gals, too, when we apply Ruth’s lessons to our lives.
Those lives were recorded for us for a reason. We might as well learn from them.
What about you? Do you love the book of Ruth or have you always thought it boring and inconsequential?
Carol Peterson’s Cyber Party
This post is part of a week-long cyber party, celebrating the launch of my new Bible study series. A party isn’t a party though without friends and gifts. So please, get to know some of my friends by heading to their places and signing up for a drawing. Leave your name and email addie in a comment. At the end of the week, I’ll pick three people who will each receive one of the Bible studies in this new series.
For more fun:
*Monday’s delicious CYBER LAUNCH LUNCH is still going on at my site CarolPetersonAuthor.com. There’s plenty of cyber food left. (Okay, so they’re recipes, but they’re still available for download and still delicious!) Leave a comment with your email address to enter the drawing.
*Also, head over to Chris Vonada’s interview of me from Tuesday on his site. Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the drawing—again.
*Also on my site, I’ll chat a bit about the writing of I am Eve and how I had to rethink the idea that living a life like Eve was a bad thing. Remember to leave a comment to enter the drawing—once more.
*Then Thursday, go to Terrie Thorpe’s blog to glimpse a bit about Queen Esther. Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the drawing—one more time.
*Return to the celebration on Friday on my site again. More gifts and offers await you there; along with my thanks for helping me celebrate this launch.
One more gift to you: if you purchase two of the three print books in this series from Amazon, email me a copy of your receipt and I’ll email a pdf of the third book FREE. All three books are part of Amazon’s “match book” program. If you purchase the print book for a friend, you receive the Kindle version for only 99 cents. That’s a good deal available anytime.