Michael Whitworth's newest book, Bethlehem Road: A Guide to Ruth takes the story of a family who has lost everything who journeys down the Bethlehem Road to find true joy and unending hesed (loving-kindness) and brings it into the 21st century.
Many Christians when reading the book of Ruth ask, "what does the story of 3 widows, a relative, and a new marriage have to do with my Christianity?" Good question right? Whitworth helps the reader understand not only the text, but how to apply it to our personal lives. One of the most valuable parts of the book is Whitworth's famous "Talking Points". Here Whitworth gives the reader some practical observations from the section of text he just reviewed. This is great for sermon or class preparation. It's great for even a personal or family Bible study.
Whitworth, much like his other books, writes in a way that captivates the reader. Any reader (preachers, teachers, and the average bible student) will enjoy, understand, learn from, and treasure this book. Whitworth intertwines personal struggles and stories that help keep the attention of the reader. As Whitworth says in the promotional video below "The story of Ruth isn't about Ruth, Naomi, Boaz, or even David. And the story of Ruth really isn't even about grief and suffering, and loss, but rather what God does with our grief, suffering, and loss......The story of Ruth reminds us that God's mysterious hand of providence goes ahead of us and works all things for our good and His glory".
Whitworth's book reminds us the truth that lies within the story of Ruth--No matter how much pain, how much suffering, how much loss we endure(or are enduring), God loves us unconditionally and has never and will never leave us.
I have been blessed to read "Bethlehem Road" and encourage you to buy a copy-you won't regret it.
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