Bethlehem Road: A Guide to Ruth

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Author: Michael Whitworth
Foreword: Paul O'Rear
Published: Sept. 2, 2014

4 chapters, 118 pages


“Sometimes blaming God for our problems only blinds us to his providence.”

We’re often told that life is a journey, one with many forks in the road. But no matter what path we choose, somewhere along the way every road becomes broken. The smooth pavement eventually gives way to a twisted path of bad decisions and broken plans easy street becomes a boulevard of broken dreams.

Out of the immense moral darkness of the Judges period comes a story of romance, redemption, and hope. The tale of Ruth has inspired countless generations. But Ruth isn’t the star in this romantic drama; center stage belongs to God and his providence. Naomi and Ruth traveled the Bethlehem Road one of famine, abandonment, grief, and loss unaware that the Lord had gone before them to redeem their heartache.

If you’ve been living with a broken heart if bitterness and disappointment have been your travel companions on life s road, then Ruth’s story will inspire and strengthen you for the journey ahead. More than that, it will bring you to your knees in worship of your Redeemer and King.

profileAbout the Author: Michael Whitworth is the founder of Start2Finish and preaches in Bowie, Texas. He is the author of several works, including two award-winning books, The Epic of God and The Derision of Heaven. He is an avid landscape photographer, considers M&Ms his brain food, and is fond of large Mason jars. In his spare time, Michael loves reading and drinking coffee, watching sports, and spending time with his family and furry golden retriever.

Every Guide to God’s Word from Start2Finish Books…

  • Employs an engaging, easy-to-read style
  • Discusses key terms and ideas
  • Explains cultural & historical details
  • Contains points of application to close out each chapter
  • Possesses a balanced, reverent view of Scripture
  • Is based on the English Standard Version (ESV)

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Thompson

    This book surprised me, for I always thought of the book of Ruth as a genealogical love story. Now, Whitworth shows me that it is more about God’s providence in our lives (even though we may not be aware of His presence).
    I recommend this book to those who are having a struggle while journeying down their own Bethlehem road.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hope N. Griffin

    The book of Ruth opens as a tragedy where Naomi has lost everything — her husband and her sons. She is destitute and in her grief believes she will only spread her curse to her daughters-in-law. Ruth will not be dissuaded. Forsaking all she has ever known she attaches herself to Naomi beyond death.
    Whitworth is able to bring the story to life, enhancing details through word study and scholarly interjections. His “Talking Points” located at the end of each chapter are the highlights. They give application that allow the book to be an easy resource for sermon preparation, small-group study, or personal application.
    Weaving personal stories of his own journey, scholarly study, scripture throughout the Old and New Testaments, and application Whitworth is able to make the story of Ruth come to life. It is more than an ancient romance, it is a story of encouragement to us today. It is a story of God’s love and care for his people.
    If you are in ministry this book will help you relate the book of Ruth to the current struggles of those you minister to. If you are reading it because you feel your heart breaking and bitterness taking over, it will help you see God’s love through tragedy more clearly. My heart resonated with Whitworth as he shared his own loss. Though our stories are very different our questions to God were the same. He does a beautiful job interweaving the raw truth of emotions with the scholarly truths of Scripture.
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