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An Old Testament Study-Ruth and Esther Be Committed - Doing God's Will Whatever the Cost When You Are Tempted to Compromise or Quit... Think of Ruth and Esther, two Old Testament heroines of the faith. Singled out as the only women to have Bible books named after them, Ruth and Esther lived in very different worlds, one a poor peasant and the other a powerful queen. Yet bo An Old Testament Study-Ruth and Esther Be Committed - Doing God's Will Whatever the Cost When You Are Tempted to Compromise or Quit... Think of Ruth and Esther, two Old Testament heroines of the faith. Singled out as the only women to have Bible books named after them, Ruth and Esther lived in very different worlds, one a poor peasant and the other a powerful queen. Yet both dared to do the right thing when confronted with the easy way out, and God rewarded them for their courage and commitment. As you study the Books of Ruth and Esther, you will appreciate anew the tough choices of faith these women made, and you will be encouraged to do the same as you rely on the God: who accomplishes His purposes through people who trust Him.


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An Old Testament Study-Ruth and Esther Be Committed - Doing God's Will Whatever the Cost When You Are Tempted to Compromise or Quit... Think of Ruth and Esther, two Old Testament heroines of the faith. Singled out as the only women to have Bible books named after them, Ruth and Esther lived in very different worlds, one a poor peasant and the other a powerful queen. Yet bo An Old Testament Study-Ruth and Esther Be Committed - Doing God's Will Whatever the Cost When You Are Tempted to Compromise or Quit... Think of Ruth and Esther, two Old Testament heroines of the faith. Singled out as the only women to have Bible books named after them, Ruth and Esther lived in very different worlds, one a poor peasant and the other a powerful queen. Yet both dared to do the right thing when confronted with the easy way out, and God rewarded them for their courage and commitment. As you study the Books of Ruth and Esther, you will appreciate anew the tough choices of faith these women made, and you will be encouraged to do the same as you rely on the God: who accomplishes His purposes through people who trust Him.

30 review for Be Committed (Ruth & Esther): Doing God's Will Whatever the Cost

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Trautner

    I read this commentary as part of my small group Bible study of Ruth and Esther. We did a chapter per week. The commentary was a helpful supplement, with some nice suggestions for personal application. What I liked most about it was the context it supplied about Persian court life, history and customs, and where in Jewish history these books took place. If it had just stuck to supplying historical context, as well as application suggestions, it may have gotten a higher rating. It was easy and qu I read this commentary as part of my small group Bible study of Ruth and Esther. We did a chapter per week. The commentary was a helpful supplement, with some nice suggestions for personal application. What I liked most about it was the context it supplied about Persian court life, history and customs, and where in Jewish history these books took place. If it had just stuck to supplying historical context, as well as application suggestions, it may have gotten a higher rating. It was easy and quick to read. However I did roll my eyes some whenever the author started "novelizing" the stories, speculating on thoughts and emotions of the central and secondary characters. I understand he was trying to get his readers to relate and get invested, but it seemed a little bit of a reach. Especially since he was presenting these speculations as fact and basing some of his conclusions on what he believed were their thoughts. A savvy reader can ignore it and still get a lot out of the commentary, but I think an immature reader could get confused about what is Biblical fact versus author speculations.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    First of all, this review is only over the Esther portion of this book. I have enjoyed several of Wiersbe's insightful commentaries on Bible books (Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Genesis), but this one broke one of the main rules of inductive Bible study. "Don't read anything into the text that is not clearly there." More than once, Wiersbe surmisess with "perhaps" or "It is possible that..." I was annoyed that he describes motives of various participants in the story that are pure speculation. ("The more First of all, this review is only over the Esther portion of this book. I have enjoyed several of Wiersbe's insightful commentaries on Bible books (Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Genesis), but this one broke one of the main rules of inductive Bible study. "Don't read anything into the text that is not clearly there." More than once, Wiersbe surmisess with "perhaps" or "It is possible that..." I was annoyed that he describes motives of various participants in the story that are pure speculation. ("The more I ponder the character of Haman, the more convinced I am that he wanted the throne for himself." p. 152) In spite of my irritation with these conjectures, I could not fail to appreciate how Wiersbe placed Esther within the context of the whole Bible. He is well-versed in the Scriptures and adds many additional Bible reference to the text to enlarge understanding. I enjoy his little witticisms, his insights, and literary quotes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Seretha

    This was my first time reading a commentary so I wasn't sure what to expect. I will say that it makes me want to read these books of the Bible again but I didn't agree with some of his interpretations of events. Some are backed with research and were really interesting like realizing that Esther didn't participate in a beauty pageant but that the risks were much more extreme when she was taken to the palace. In other places I felt like he was reaching for a romantic angle, especially when it cam This was my first time reading a commentary so I wasn't sure what to expect. I will say that it makes me want to read these books of the Bible again but I didn't agree with some of his interpretations of events. Some are backed with research and were really interesting like realizing that Esther didn't participate in a beauty pageant but that the risks were much more extreme when she was taken to the palace. In other places I felt like he was reaching for a romantic angle, especially when it came to Ruth and Boaz. The commentary definitely felt colored to make the interactions more intense than I perceived them to be. Again, this is my first commentary so I could be taking it wrong but throughout reading this I was just thankful that I had my own knowledge when it comes to the Bible. I really hope others who read these commentaries make sure to read the Word alongside to make sure that things align and don't be afraid to question the author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Seriously refreshing, this book isn't loaded with theory or subjective teaching. It's words are encouraging because they are based entirely on scripture. If you need encouragement to trust God because you have become weary and don't see a way out of your current situation - this book is for you. If you simply need to be reminded that God is faithful and that evil will not prevail in the end, then this book will lift your spirits. If you are looking for a warm narrative that shows how God uses si Seriously refreshing, this book isn't loaded with theory or subjective teaching. It's words are encouraging because they are based entirely on scripture. If you need encouragement to trust God because you have become weary and don't see a way out of your current situation - this book is for you. If you simply need to be reminded that God is faithful and that evil will not prevail in the end, then this book will lift your spirits. If you are looking for a warm narrative that shows how God uses simple and everyday people through the ordinary to accomplish great things, well then, I'd say you need this book. It helps get the attention off of yourself and onto the promises of God and how He moved (and still moves) in the lives of those who trust and obey Him. I'm tickled that I purchased my copy via my e-reader, because now I can always carry this book with me!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lillie

    Ruth and Esther are two of my favorite books and characters in the Bible. I appreciated having the commentaries on both in the same book with one theme. Both women were totally committed to doing God's will, and both were important to the arrival of the Messiah. Ruth was an ancestor of Jesus, and Esther's actions to save the Jews meant God's people was still there for the Messiah to be born. Although I've done several Bible studies on Ruth and read both books many times, I learned some things fro Ruth and Esther are two of my favorite books and characters in the Bible. I appreciated having the commentaries on both in the same book with one theme. Both women were totally committed to doing God's will, and both were important to the arrival of the Messiah. Ruth was an ancestor of Jesus, and Esther's actions to save the Jews meant God's people was still there for the Messiah to be born. Although I've done several Bible studies on Ruth and read both books many times, I learned some things from this commentary. However, in a few places I felt the author went off on a tangent--such as a lengthy discussion of the evils of drinking. I'm not convinced of every point the author made, but the book kept me completely engrossed and made me vow to be as committed to God as these two women of the Bible were.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    I only read the section on Esther. This was a very strange mash-up of commentary, speculation, sermon and devotional. I really did not enjoy the author's moralizing "applications" - like the suggestion that the point of Esther 1 is to warn of the dangers of drinking. Also, there were so many opinions stated as fact - such Mordecai missed Esther's meaning. What she meant was.... As if the author knows more about Esther's intentions than the man who raised her. There were some interesting and help I only read the section on Esther. This was a very strange mash-up of commentary, speculation, sermon and devotional. I really did not enjoy the author's moralizing "applications" - like the suggestion that the point of Esther 1 is to warn of the dangers of drinking. Also, there were so many opinions stated as fact - such Mordecai missed Esther's meaning. What she meant was.... As if the author knows more about Esther's intentions than the man who raised her. There were some interesting and helpful cultural insights, but overall, reading this just made me want to argue.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Clara Roberts

    This was a book I could hardly wait untill I finished my chores, (working at school) so I could get to this book. Wiersebe brought up ideas I had not thought of, i.e., Esther and Mordecai's failure to be obervant Jews was used by God to save the jews from extention. In Ruth and Esther God used apparent disaster for His purpose and for goo.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jan Jonaitis

    Wow Not what I would expect from Wiersbe. Full of personal opinions and totally off the wall remarks. As an example (in Esther) he goes off on a discussion about the evils of drinking. Then he determines what he thinks to be the Lord's teaching about drinking. In Ruth he makes determinations that in my opinion needed more thought and cultural research.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia C Robbins

    God knows your Name This is an excellent Bible study for women. We were not always treated as equals. We often did not have the same rights as men. But God was able to use several women to show us that we too are valued by Him.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Excellent study guide for the books of Ruth and Esther. Helped me to think of these scriptures and the persons represented (Ruth, Boaz, Naomi, Esther, and Mordacai) in a new light...one focused on Christ.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mike Eccles

    It's so helpful to have clear and concise description of the historical context of these devoted women, and of the implications for faith and Jewish history.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emil Bredahl

    Such an informative book that really has helped me a lot to know more about the book of Ruth and the book of Esther. Great great great book

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Loved this study. Lots of good insight. Some of his points made me think.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Compton

    I think of this man's books as classics and I need to start reading them again!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Glenda

    Simple and easy to understand commentary. A nice read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Frans Karlsson

    A good study about Ruth and Esther. It focused more on the story and how it is relevant today. Not so much focus on the historical side.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jolyn

    I am using this commentary as part of a group Bible study on the book of Ruth that has just begun.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J

    Wiersbe is one of my favorite Bible commentators. He has a knack for making each book of the Bible accessible on my level.

  19. 4 out of 5

    John Muriango

  20. 5 out of 5

    Renee Martin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hellard

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Fontenot

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Courter

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hilcia Henderson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jane Wilson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patricia J. Kreiger

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dorine Ledgerwood

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debra

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Vodicka

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