Ruth: From Bitter to Sweet (Welwyn Commentary)
by John Currid
John Currid’s commentary, Ruth: From Bitter to Sweet, helped me to understand so much more about what’s often called the Biblical Cinderella story. My small group has been reading through the Bible this year together and when we covered the book Ruth, many women felt it was a lovely story, sweet and romantic, but fluffy and lacking in doctrinal importance or lessons for our faith.
In his commentary, though, Currid walks you through both the amazing story of God’s providence and the underlying lessons of loyalty, links to the Messianic lineage and God’s promise-keeping, trusting God in difficult times, and the development of a Godly character and reputation for kindness, unselfishness, and self-sacrifice. Currid includes in each chapter quotes from Christian leaders like Charles Spurgeon and John Newton, which add insight and thoughtfulness along the way.
As someone who loves God’s word, but who is neither a seminary student nor a Biblical scholar, I was a little afraid, perhaps even intimidated, at first by the thought of reading a “dry” Scripture commentary. I’m glad I put aside my fears and gave this book a try. It is anything but dry and remained easy to understand, practical and truly helpful in understanding the book of Ruth and how it fits in to the larger context of Scripture and God’s plan for humanity.
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