The book of Ruth contains far more about God than its size would suggest; it records experiences of joy and sorrow; it tells a story of home life, romance and marriage, of unexpected conversion and radical consecration.
Here is a vital part of the biblical narrative of redemptive history, focusing like a microscope on part of the detailed preparation God made as he sovereignly directed history towards the coming of the Saviour Jesus Christ. This book helps us to understand Christ himself – and, indeed, the whole Bible – more fully and clearly, and teaches us much about God’s grace and providence.
The book has its origins in a series of memorable addresses given at the English Conference of the Evangelical Movement of Wales in Aberystwyth in August 1996. It includes as a helpful appendix a letter by John Newton on the guidance of God.
‘Breathtaking in its theological sweep . . . a wonderful little book about a wonderful little book.’
‘Packed with good things . . . the layout is excellent . . . application abounds.’
‘This simple story is shown to have matters demanding our serious theological attention, and done in such a sensitive way.’
Peace and Truth
‘Those who turn to this little book for help in understanding and deriving spiritual bene t will not be disappointed.’
Sinclair B. Ferguson is minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina, and also serves Westminster Seminary as a visiting professor of theology.