In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar

Monday, July 28, 2014

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
In The Field of Grace
River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2014)
Tessa Afshar


TESSA AFSHAR was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.


Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.

But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor. Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi's chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.

Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel's destiny and the future of the whole world.

If you would like to read the first chapter of In The Field of Grace, go HERE.

My Thoughts:

In Tessa Afshar’s new book, In the Field of Grace, we are given a front row seat to the story of Ruth. Ruth was a Moabite who refused to leave Naomi’s side after the death of her sons, one of which was Ruth’s husband. They leave Moab and travel to Bethlehem, the land of Naomi’s family. Being a Moabite, Ruth is not welcome, and she experiences some dislike at the hands of Dinah, one of Boaz’s workers, yet Ruth’s kindness wins every time.
The title of this book couldn’t be more perfect, as we see God’s grace through every page. It is definitely a comfort read that will inspire your soul.
Highly recommended! Grab a copy and enjoy!

Interview with Sarah Sundin and Giveaway of In Perfect Time

If you could have chosen your own name, what would it be?

I’ve always liked my first name. When I was little, I was the only Sarah in my school. My name was unique, but known enough that people could pronounce it. Sarah didn’t become a popular baby name until I was in high school (yes, that dates me).

What was your first pet’s name?

We had a cat named Felix. Hardly original, but I believe he came with the name attached.

What was your best friend’s name in elementary school?

I was blessed to live in a neighborhood with several girls the same age as my sister and me—Kristin and Anne and Anne-Marie. We’ve found each other again now, thanks to Facebook!

Did you have a special toy that went everywhere with you when you were young?

Lambie. A stuffed lamb. I carried him by his leg, and wore through the fabric. So I patched it. I still have him, but I’m afraid his stuffing has turned to powder, and it’s leaking through the fabric. He needs more patching.

What's your favorite movie?

I don’t know if it really qualifies as a movie, but the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favorite.

What's the bravest thing you've ever done?

When I started seventh grade, my biggest fear was taking a shower in the locker room. I was horribly shy, extremely unpopular, small for my age, and flat as a board. The thought of taking off my towel almost made me ill. Then that first day of gym class, we all stood in our towels in front of the showers—and every single girl looked as terrified as I did! The popular girls, the bold girls, the curvy girls—all terrified. And no one moved. I have no idea how long we stood there. Finally, I just got annoyed. For heaven’s sake, someone had to go first. So I flung off my towel and strode in. That was all people could talk about for the rest of the week. “Sarah went in first? Sarah?” I earned a bit of respect that day.

If you were stranded on a desert island what would you take with you, besides your Bible?

Pen and paper. Any one book (other than the Bible) would get boring after a while, but I could keep making up stories!
If you could meet a famous person, who would it be?

This question is always hard for me, because I’m not a celebrity watcher, and I’ve already met most of my author heroes (yay!).

If you could live in one era what would you choose?

I really should say World War II, but the wimpy part of me would probably choose the nice safe 1950s, the peaceful era the WWII generation fought to usher in. But of course, I’d love to witness so much in the 1940s also. From a safe distance.

When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

Depending on my age, a ballerina, a mommy, and a protozoologist. That’s a scientist who studies protozoa, the one-celled animals in the sea. I was an odd child.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Perhaps it’s cliché, but I adore Jane Austen. The romance, the dialogue, the spot-on characterization, and the wicked humor. And I also like how she doesn’t glorify “bad boys” in her novels. In Austen’s stories, the rogues end up being rogues, and the heroes are the unassuming men, the quiet men, the men with poor social skills—who have integrity.

How did you get interested in writing WWII era books?

When I had the initial story idea for A Distant Melody, I knew it couldn’t work in a contemporary setting but had to be historical. I gravitated to WWII for several reasons. First, it’s always fascinated me. Second, it was recent enough that I knew people who had lived through it. And third, I thought I wouldn’t have to do too much research because I’d talked to my grandparents and read a few books. Yeah. I was stupid. But I’m glad I was, because if I’d known how much research I had to do, I wouldn’t have started.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

My mom. Both my parents are huge readers, and our home had gobs of books, so I grew up with a love of story. Then when I started writing novels, my mom was so enthusiastic and even connected me with a published author she knew. Now she’s my biggest publicist. She chats up my books and passes out dozens of bookmarks. She even arranged my last speaking engagement for me. No, I won’t share her.

What gift have you received that you will always treasure?

I have a ring that’s been in my family for generations.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

With both a deadline and a book release this week, I’m not reading anything. That makes me sad. The most recent novel I read was Julianna Deering’s Murder at the Mikado, which is a lot of fun—reminiscent of Agatha Christie but with a modern feel.

What was your most embarrassing moment in High School?

Must we go there? I’m not even sure which one to choose, because high school itself was kind of my most embarrassing era. What about the time I tripped and fell on my face during a ballet audition for the school musical? Or the time I had an “accident” on the volleyball courts? Or the time I sang out during the grand pause at the end of the Hallelujah Chorus? Or the time I…? Are you getting the picture?

How did your husband propose to you?

Reading all this, are you surprised anyone proposed to me? I still am! Anyway, my sweet husband sent me on a scavenger hunt in his apartment, using clues to send me from location to location—and the last spot held an engagement ring. He likes to say I never said yes. When he asked me, I just nodded and cried and kissed him over and over. I think that’s yes enough, don’t you?

Sarah's Bio:

Sarah Sundin is the author of six historical novels, including In Perfect Time (Revell, August 2014). Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. You can find her at

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