Francine Rivers’ third novella in her Lineage of Grace series continues with the same simple charm of the previous novellas. Unshaken is the story of Ruth, a Moabite woman, who willingly exiles herself to care for her mother-in-law Naomi. Seen only as a foreigner in Naomi’s home, Ruth is subjected to the malice of her prejudiced neighbors. Although shunned and miserable, Ruth stays with Naomi by choice and is rewarded for her love, devotion and sacrifice.
Francine Rivers’ portrayal of the burgeoning love between Ruth and Boaz is only one of the reasons why Rivers is such an excellent author. Her people are vibrantly alive, with all the strengths and weaknesses that make them so human. Ruth and Boaz are victims of all the same foibles, uncertainties and apprehensions concerning each other as all lovers have been through the ages. These people of so long ago are not just names in a place but living individuals in cultures in which the reader of today is now able to share thanks to Rivers’ pen. And always present is the warm certainty that God knows the essence of his children and repays love, devotion and loyalty in kind.