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Book Review: Restored! God's Salvage Plan for Broken Lives by Dan Schaeffer

The Old Testament story of Naomi and Ruth is brought fresh again and made applicable to our lives!

Link for the book @ Amazon:
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Paperback $10.19

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Paperback $8.79

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http://www.dhp.org/Products/Restored-%E2%80%94-Gods-Salvage-Plan-for-Broken-Lives__M5496.aspx
Paperback 10.75

Published by Discovery House Publisher March 1, 2011
160 pages/Non-fiction/Old Testament/Growth/Trust/Naomi and Ruth

I appreciated it that in the introduction the author stated that this is not a feel good type book, not a "trouble makes us stronger" theme.
He states in the introduction that distress in life has value and purpose. We may not "feel" that any good thing can come from distress, but God has a plan and a purpose for us.
"Distress is unchangeable, immutable; and pain blurs perspective."

Naomi was a sad, lonely, bitter woman. Her husband and sons had all died and she was left with only grief. She had 2 daughter in-law's that both loved her, yet she was adamant in turning away from them, she encouraged them to go back to their families. Instead Ruth told Naomi she would not go back to her previous family and she would continue to make her home with Naomi.
"Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you." Ruth 1:16-17 ESV
"The process of becoming godly requires being fired in the furnace."
Naomi was being fired in the furnace. Ruth too had grief. But, it was Ruth that was the picture of godly character for Naomi. Ruth showed Naomi selflessness, trust and kindness. She loved Naomi extravagantly!
Her love for Naomi was a fragrant perfume.

I loved this book!
Several times during the course of reading it I paused to think back on my own life. The distresses that have happened over my 47 years.
The author breaks down several key elements that he believes Ruth modeled in character for Naomi.
He also wrote a chapter on Elimelech's bad decision, as well as a chapter on Boaz's character.
In each of these characters there are applications for us in our lives.
The author stated that we can turn away from the distress and towards an escape, or we can allow God to transform us in to the person He wants us to be.
God wants us to have authentic character! Not hide behind a word---Christian, but live that word in our lives.
My favorite question was at the end of the book,
"What are you rehearsing for? We are all being prepared for great moments in our lives. When that moment comes will your character reveal itself as authentic?"
This book is full of meaningful, thought provoking, heart stirring quotes.
Discussion questions are at the end of the book.

Thank you to Discovery House Publisher for my free copy for reading/review.

Blissful Reading!
Annette

Comments

Becky said…
Sounds like a good book! John Piper has also written a really great book about Ruth, by the way!
Annette said…
I am reading a book by John Piper now, What Jesus Demands from the World.
Thanks for stopping by Becky!