Finding God in the Margins
The Book of Ruth
Carolyn Custis James Craig G. Barthomoew
The ancient book of Ruth speaks into today's world with astonishing relevance.
In four short episodes, readers encounter refugees, undocumented immigrants, poverty, hunger, women's rights, male power and privilege, discrimination, and injustice.
In Finding God in the Margins, Carolyn Custis James reveals how the book of Ruth is about God, the questions that surface when life falls apart, and how God reaches into the margins and chooses two totally marginalized women who, in the eyes of the patriarchal culture, are zeros.
Against the backdrop of disturbing issues in today's world, this bracing narrative puts on display a radical gospel way of living together as human beings that shouts the Kingdom of God, foreshadows Jesus' gospel, and raises the bar for men and women, then and now.
Carolyn Custis James holds a B.A. in sociology and an M.A. in biblical studies. She travels extensively as a popular speaker for women's conferences, churches, colleges, seminaries, and other Christian organizations. She is the president and founder of the Synergy Women's Network, part of Missio Alliance, and is an adjunct faculty member at Biblical Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. Custis James is also a consulting editor for Zondervan's Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament, a contributing editor of Leadership Journal, and the author of several books, including The Gospel of Ruth and Lost Women of the Bible.