Bible Study Review: The Way Home

About the Book

Title: The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings 
Genre: Bible Study 
Author: Tessa Afshar 
Publisher: Moody Publishers 

Publisher's Description

"Enter the Story of Ruth Like Never Before through This 6-Week Bible Study.
 Ruth was a vulnerable, widowed woman starting over in a foreign land. While Naomi was returning to community, Ruth was setting herself up to be the odd one out her whole life. What gave her the strength to do it? Could it be that she sensed all along that her journey away from Moab was a journey toward home? 
 The story of Ruth is a remarkable tale of bravery, calling, and God’s provision, and it will come to life in new ways as you dig deep in this 6-week Bible study. Tessa Afshar, author of award-winning biblical and historical fiction, teaches you how to study the text, discern meaning, pray through it, and live it out. She’ll show you how to draw on the same strength and courage that Ruth did and accept God’s invitation to new beginnings in your own life. 
This Bible study also includes optional teaching videos that can be purchased separately to enrich your study."

My Review

The Way Home: God's Invitation to New Beginnings, by Tessa Afshar, is an in-depth Bible study on the book of Ruth. Designed for 6 weeks of study, this well-written, well-researched book contains 30 lessons that closely examine all 4 chapters of Ruth by exploring the cultural, historical, linguistic, and spiritual significances of the story, the characters, and the setting. With obvious skill and conviction, Ms. Afshar draws attention to the beauty and importance of Ruth's story and shows how it plays a prominent role in the Lord's plan of redemption for his creation.  
Relying heavily on scripture and Ms. Afshar's thoughtful insight, this study provides ample space for the reader to interact with the Biblical text and to record his/her own thoughts, ideas, reflections, and prayers. As it nurtures and enhances the reader's understanding of the book of Ruth, it encourages the reader to connect personally with the book of Ruth and apply its themes and teachings to his/her daily life.   
Over the course of a month, I completed this Bible study on my own during my daily devotional time. I found it to be thoughtfully written with careful discernment. I learned much from this study and the depth of meaning Ms. Afshar highlighted as she explored Ruth verse by verse. This is a study I will certainly revisit in the future, and I am eager to encourage my friends to complete this study as well. It might possibly be one of the best Bible studies I have ever completed. 

Perfect for individual or group study, The Way Home is rich with meaning, full of wisdom, and brimming with encouragement. Offering genuine hope for all people, the book of Ruth is certainly worthy of sincere study, and Ms. Afshar has crafted an excellent source that offers the reader an opportunity to do just that. I highly recommend it.  
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Tessa Afshar

"TESSA AFSHAR is the award-winning author of many biblical and inspirational historical fiction books, including Harvest of Gold which won a Christy Award and In the Field of Grace, a biblical fiction on the life of Ruth. Born in the Middle East, Tessa spent her teen years in England and later moved to the United States. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life. She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale, where she was co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship. She served in women and prayer ministry for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker." --Biography from Tessa Afshar's author page on

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