Kathleen Evenhouse paints a rich picture of the traditions and trials of ancient womanhood as she skillfully brings new life into the ageless account of the biblical Ruth. As the 3000-year-old story unfolds, it becomes clear that today’s women are still affected by many of the same issues. In the patriarchal culture of the ancient Middle East, Ruth was a social castoff—a widow without legal rights. As the title reveals, her inability to conceive a child brought her even lower, to a point where her very existence wasted the limited resources of her people. Deeply affecting, Less than a Widow combines rich historical storytelling with a contemporary voice.
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“I didn’t know it, but I’ve been waiting for a book like this for a long time. “Less Than a Widow” made history real for me. For the first time in a long time a Bible story caused me to truly cry, laugh, and sit on the edge of my seat as I turned page after page devouring this intriguing story. There is nothing contrived, preachy or whitewashed in the writing. Highly recommend.”
~ Jacalyn Wood, Model/Actor
“My husband and I took your book on our trip so I could read it out loud as we drove. We really enjoyed it, and it made for some great conversations as we traveled! I loved the way you introduced the story and then went back to fill in the history. Hope book sales go great, so others will get a chance to read it also!”
~Phyllis Zylstra, Co-author of Dutch Costumes–A Look Into the Past
“Built on the biblical story of Ruth, Evenhouse paints a tapestry of Hebrew culture that makes the story come alive! You will feel the hopelessness of Ruth, a widow without a child, a foreigner without a future. You will grow to love her determination, her loyalty, her beauty, and her faith. Be prepared for pain, this is not a sanitized version, but be prepared for passion, courage, and triumph. Less Than a Widow will instruct, entice, and inspire!”
~B.J. Huizenga, Superintendent of Kalamazoo (MI) Christian Schools
“Kathleen Evenhouse’s tight plotting and exciting action in Less Than a Widow helps readers understand that the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz is more than a love story. Instead, victims coping with loss morph into warriors whose weapons are determination, courage, and faith. All readers, whatever their views, will find much to stimulate their thinking and perhaps prompt them to return to the four short chapters of the Bible’s Book of Ruth with eyes and ears open for what it has to say to them in their lives today.”
Executive Director of Ministry at Third Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa
“Kathleen Evenhouse has breathed life into the stories of these women and infused them with warmth and strength and zest. Less than a Widow took me into their homes to share in their burdens and joys.”
~ Wendy Street, Library Director, Pella, Iowa