Monday, January 30, 2012

CFBA Book Review: Ruth's Redemption

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Ruth's Redemption
Moody Publishers/Lift Every Voice (February 1, 2012)
Marlene Banks


Marlene Banks has worked 30+ years combined in nursing and the business arena. Her goal as a writer is to create inspiring, gripping and realistic stories with an emphasis on African American literature. She believes her gift and desire to write is from God and desires to use it to fulfill His purposes. Marlene lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church.


Set in the 1800s, Ruth's Redemption, is an unusual depiction of the lives of slaves and free blacks in pre-Civil War America. Bo, a main character, was educated while a slave. He was given his freedom and now owns a farm buying slaves for the sole purpose of giving them their freedom.

Bo is also a man of God and widower whose life is destined to change when he meets the proud and hard-hearted slave girl, Ruth. Ruth has known nothing but servitude and brutality since being separated from her mother at age thirteen. Purchased and sold primarily for breeding, Ruth struggles to adjust to life outside of bondage. She wants no part of Bo's Godly devotion. Yet Bo is unlike any man she's known and her experiences with him will leave her forever changed.

A gripping slave era novel, Ruth's Redemption is a story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Set against the backdrop of the Nat Turner Rebellion in Tidewater, Virginia, this novel shines the light of God's unconditional love in the darkness of a culture's cruel socially accepted inhumanity.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Ruth's Redemption, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS excellent book, I loved the story line, it was really quite refreshing.  There is quite a bit of graphic detail and it tends to be a bit preachy, but for me, it was a very good read.  This is a story filled with deep bitterness, a great love for God, forgiveness and a whole lot more thrown in for good measure.  There are some characters you just have to love and others that leave you feeling hatred, which makes the story quite believable and makes you understand how the slaves would have felt.  The fear, the loss of hope.  Towards the end you also feel the fear of the white people as Nat Turner leads his rebellion.

This is a story that will make you laugh, cry and FEEL.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA



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