The Book of Ruth is not the longest of the books of the Bible—it contains only four chapters of text. Yet its significance is immense. Ruth was a young woman from Moab, who came to be part of the covenant community of God’s people. Consequently, she is one of only a handful of women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ: she begins as a stranger to God’s people, and ends up as a mother of God’s Messiah.
This remarkable story is both an example and an illustration of how sinners like us can become partakers of God’s covenant salvation. In Ruth’s story, God’s grace worked in her life, bringing her from a place where she was far away from God, into an inheritance of covenant blessing. And just as she found her rest and satisfaction in her marriage to her redeemer, Boaz, so we find ours through union with the great Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Read the story of Ruth—and let the power of God’s amazing grace grip your soul!
Rev Dr Iain D Campbell is pastor of a church on the Isle of Lewis. He trained for the ministry at the University of Glasgow and at the Free Church College Edinburgh. He is married to Anne, a teacher, and they have three children: Iain, Stephen and Emily. Iain is author of several other books published by Day One: On the first day of the week—God, the Christian and the Sabbath, The gospel according to Ruth, Opening up Exodus, Opening up Matthew and Seven wonders of the world.
‘Iain Campbell demonstrates in a masterful way that the story of Ruth is the Old Testament in a miniature. Another useful commentary that should be found in our bookcase—after it has been thoroughly enjoyed.’ —Grapevine
This little volume manages to combine the depth of a theologian, the clarity of a true expositor, the wisdom of a pastor and the warmth of an evangelist in a way that belies its size. Iain D. Campbell opens up Ruth in a manner that makes it accessible and stimulating for readers from almost any background. Most of all, he shows us the gospel in the romance of Ruth and leads us to the greatest romance of all: our romance with Jesus!
—Mark Johnston, Grove Chapel, Camberwell
This book gets to the very heart of the book of Ruth. It provides us with a beautiful portrait of God’s love, faithfulness, and redemption for a woman and for a people unworthy of a love so excelling and divine. The Gospel in the book of Ruth comes alive through the pages of this book, providing the church of Christ with a much-needed resource for believers of all ages who desire to more fully know the height and depth of the love of Christ. The church desperately needs to know the depths and the riches of the book of Ruth. This book rouses our hearts and lifts our eyes to look upon the faithful and loyal love of God for us His people.
—Burk Parsons, Associate pastor of Saint Andrew’s and editor of Tabletalk magazine