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I love the Book of Ruth. It is such a tender-hearted narrative. And I love the way a lot of its perspectives involve two women, walking with God, and the solidarity between them, and their faithfulness.

A lot of the Bible seems quite masculine-slanted in its voice (which is not to imply that God cares any the less about women). In the Book of Ruth though, there is a refreshing account of two women's fidelity in adversity, their feelings, their perspective.

Of course, I also love the good, decent, strong and masculine role of Boaz in the narrative. He demonstrates how a good estate should be run, he shows care, he shows respect for a woman's dignity, he shows faith.

In the way Boaz runs his household and estate, I like to think it reflects the eternal household and good estate of God, to which each of us is invited and called.

The Book resonates with mercy, love and grace.

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