The Secret Hero

Who is the hero of the book of Ruth? Ruth? Boaz?
Well, I think Naomi is the secret hero of the book of Ruth. The story opens with her losing everything – no home, no husband, no sons. She doesn’t react well. “Call me bitter!” She says. “The Lord has brought me back empty!”
Yet at the end of the book the cry goes up, “Naomi has a son!” Naomi’s hands are full again. God blesses bitter Naomi. Ruth was the devout outsider, Naomi the rebellious insider, and God was kind to both.
  1. Which one are you: a devout outsider or a rebellious insider?
  2. What do you think Naomi was feeling throughout this story?

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Written & spoken by Tanya Marlow
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Edited by Jim Kast-Keat

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Tanya Marlow was formerly a lecturer in Biblical Theology, and now an author, broadcaster and campaigner. She loves writing honestly at her blog, Thorns And Gold, about the messy edges of life, and finding God in hard places. Her first book, Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty, offers a path back to God after disappointment and loss and can be downloaded for FREE from