Yes, it is MONDAY, and yes, that typically brings a Coffee with Paula Marie post with and author interview…but today we are going out of the box, so hold on to your hats I am actually posting a REVIEW today on a fantastic work of Biblical non fiction!
Copyrighted and reprinted with author’s permission:
Naomi had a lot to be bitter about. Moved from her home to God’s “scrub bucket,” she lived for years in a foreign and idolatrous land. She experienced several devastating losses before she made the first of a number of huge decisions.
Join Shirley as she eases Naomi out from the shadow of her daughter-in-law, Ruth. If you’ve faced tragedy, felt afraid for the future, or been faced with decisions that seemed overpowering, this is the book for you.
Written in creative non-fiction, the story stays close to the biblical story, but is brought alive in a way that will help you identify with Naomi. Just as this lady of old faced life-changing decisions, so we too can face threatening situations trusting in Naomi’s God.
Reflections after each short chapter will enable you to walk in Naomi’s sandals as well as your own.
my point of view
Okay, yes – I know this book technically does not fall in to the “Fiction” part of this ‘Fiction Full of Faith’ blog, but it certainly hits on every other aspect! I cannot thank Marion Ueckermann enough for putting me in touch with Shirley Corder, and I fully intend to read all of her “Out of the Shadow” books. No one has ever been able to bring the individual Bible character to life to me as much as this book has.
I must have read the Book of Ruth at least a dozen times, if not more, and I always felt like I was missing something, like there should be more to Naomi’s story. What she felt, how was she so close to Ruth, why did she go back, etc, etc. Shirley has filled in those blanks for me in a big way! Not only do you get the feeling you are truly reading a woman’s life story, but Shirley includes the Bible passages to follow along with the story, and the creative narrative as well. I read it through the first time (yes, I said first time) as if it were a fictional novel and enjoyed every moment of it.
For the second go round I read all the chapters from the very beginning, and then all of the follow up Bible verses and reflections that the author provides. Shirley’s ministry and insight is so heartfelt to me, and women of truly any age can relate to the journey of Naomi! I found myself honestly reflecting on how Naomi’s story could be viewed in today’s world, and what all of it means to me and my life in the here and now.
I feel as though I can highly recommend this book to any woman I know, and honestly, I think it would make for an amazing women’s Bible study!
You can your own copy right here:
In her previous life, Shirley Corder was a registered nurse and busy minister’s wife and mother. Following a confrontation with aggressive cancer in 1997, she turned her hobby of writing into a life-style, and has been writing for publication ever since. She has currently five books published on Amazon.
“Strength Renewed: Meditations for your Journey through Breast Cancer,” is available in paperback format, or as an eBook.
“Naomi ~ Beloved Mother-in-law” is also available as a paper-back and as an eBook. It is the first of a four-book series titled, “Out of the Shadows”. In this series, Shirley brings lesser-known Biblical women out of the shadow that hovers over them and reveals them as real flesh-and-blood women. The remaining three books are currently only available as eBooks, but they will be coming out as paper-backs in the foreseeable future.
Shirley is contributing author to thirteen books to date including four Guideposts anthologies and some Chicken Soup books. She has published hundreds of devotional and inspirational articles internationally. She is also group director of CWOSA, an internet writers’ support group for Christian writers of Southern Africa.
Shirley and her husband of over 50 years live a few blocks from the sea in beautiful Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She has a daughter and two sons, all happily married, and is the proud grandmother to four boys and two girls, covering an age span of 21 years. When she’s not working, she and her husband enjoy long walks on the beach. She plays several musical instruments and is co-director of a local choir.
For more information about her writing, visit her writing website at www.shirleycorder.com. If you or a loved one is at any stage of the cancer journey, please visit her cancer website, http://riseandsoar.com, for inspiration and encouragement.
Shirley has GENEROUSLY offered to have a free ~*Giveaway*~ to one of our blog members!! Simply comment on this post to be entered to receive the ebook of Naomi! Giveaway is open for seven days from today and winner will be notified via email!