Start 2 Finish Books provided me with a copy of Bethlehem Road by Michael Whitworth through BookCrash in exchange for an honest review.

The holidays are not bright and shiny for everyone. They come with memories of those we have lost. I just recently passed the anniversary of a friend’s death and am coming up on the anniversary of another. These dates over the years have scattered the calender but the ones at Christmas prove to hold a profound sting.

Some of you reading this have experienced loss I can not even begin to understand… that of a parent, spouse, or child. Many of you I have met through our journey at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. We have walked alongside each other on our own Bethlehem Road as we have asked God the hard questions of “why my child?”

Michael Whitworth is no stranger to this pain or these questions. Weaving in glimpses of his own journey he opens up the story of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz. It is more then a romance, it is something much more beautiful.

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 preperation, small-group study, or personal application.

If you are walking through a difficult season of life read the book of Ruth through the eyes of Naomi, discover God’s providence through the pages, and find comfort in your journey. If you are unable to see it on your own then please pick up Bethlehem Road by Michael Whitworth and let him guide you through the truths found in the pages of Ruth. You are not alone. A mighty God stands in your corner whether you can see Him there or not. He loves you and wants to offer you comfort.

 

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