CFBA Tour Ruth’s Redemption by Marlene Banks

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingRuth’s RedemptionMoody Publishers/Lift Every Voice (February 1, 2012)byMarlene BanksABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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 on this book!

 I have read several books lately about slavery, and I am glad to have the honor to read this one too. The Northern and Southern states had differences of opinions about owning slaves.

In this story of slavery, Bo trusted God would take care of him and would bring justice to all men and free them, even free slavery.  Using the land his master left for him, Bo was able to help free other salves and start them on a life of freedom.

Ruth wasn’t as forgiving as Bo and lived a life of hatred and bitterness toward everyone. Ruth had seen so much cruelty and unforgivable things done to her that it would take a lifetime for her to forgive these people.

 Ruth’s Redemption is very well written with characters that are believable and true to life. My heart went out to Ruth for the things she had to deal with. It is difficult to imagine that these things truly did happen in real life. I appreciate the wonderful research and awesome details the author wrote into this story, giving an insight to everyone of just what did happen back in the days of slavery.

 This book was provided by CFBA for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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