Ruth: How an Outsider Gained God’s Favor by Harry L. Brewer is a study of the book of Ruth that can be used individually or with a group. Brewer went back to the Hebrew writings on this book to get the nuances of the culture at that time, and the true effect of the decisions made by each person in the story.
The study is divided into nine chapters. He starts with the consequences of Elimelech’s decision to leave Israel and go to a heathen nation and closes with the blessings that Ruth received when she decided to leave her country and religion behind to follow Naomi and her God.
Mr. Brewer ends each chapter with a Spiritual Pearl, such as: "Following God often requires waiting with God in prayer," or, "Following God requires character, making the right moral choices in the circumstances of life."
Ruth was a Moabitess, an outsider, who followed her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to Israel after both of their husbands died. Her devotion to Naomi and Naomi’s God lead her to the fields of a man named Boaz. Boaz turned out to be a distant relative of Naomi and a man who could redeem Naomi’s property—including Ruth.
In God’s providence, Boaz fell in love with Ruth. When she let Boaz know her desire to marry him, Boaz negotiated the situation and was able to do so.
God redeemed Naomi by giving her a grandson to continue her line. He redeemed Ruth by putting her in the direct line of King David and ultimately, our Savior, Jesus. Her faithfulness and devotion should be a challenge to each of us today to adopt spiritual values and practice godly living. Ruth is beautiful character study that will challenge and uplift any who read it. – Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
"Is God an exclusivist? Does He show Himself to a few special people, or is He interested in anyone who tries to find Him?"
Ruth was born outside “the people of God,” yet she pressed in to become one of His followers. Despite early tragedy, she gained God’s acceptance and received unusual recognition. Among her descendants are King David and Israel’s Messiah.
Ruth: How an Outsider Gained God’s Favor, expresses the reward that comes from following God, no matter what the cost. No longer worry about being an “outsider” as you feel acceptance as a child of God. Trace the poignant story of Ruth’s life and gain practical spiritual values that form the foundation of your relationship with the Lord."