An old roommate (that is, we were roommates long ago, not that he is old now, well, we are older) sent me this link. I don’t know anything about Carolyn James and it appears to be very much a Christian devotional work, but if Zondervan is making it available for free who am I to not download it? The link is at the bottom of the blurb.
This isnt the Ruth, the Naomi, or the Boaz we thought we knew. Carolyn James has unearthed startling new insights from this well-worn story … insights that have life-changing implications for you. Naomi is no longer regarded as a bitter, complaining woman, but as a courageous overcomer. A Female Job. Ruth typically admired for her devotion to Naomi and her deference to Boaz turns out to be a gutsy risk-taker and a powerful agent for change among Gods people. She lives outside the box, and her love for Yahweh and Naomi compels her to break the rules of social and religious convention at nearly every turn. Boaz, the Kinsman Redeemer, is repeatedly caught off-guard by Ruths initiatives. His partnership with her models the kind of male/female relationships that the gospel intends for all who follow Jesus. Carolyn James drills down deeper into the story where she uncovers in the Old Testament the same passionate, counter-cultural, rule-breaking gospel that Jesus modeled and taught his followers to pursue. Within this age-old story is a map to radical levels of love and sacrifice, combined with the message that God is counting on his daughters to build his kingdom.The Gospel of Ruth vests every womans life with kingdom purposes and frees us to embrace wholeheartedly Gods calling, regardless of our circumstances or season of life. This story of two women who have lost everything contains a profound message: God created women not to live in the shadowy margins of men or of the past, but to emerge as courageous activists for his kingdom.