God in Everyday Life: The Book of Ruth for Expositors and Biblical Counselors


God in Everyday Life combines a few of the varied elements and styles of different types of study aids into one resource, in order to facilitate the biblical exposition and application of the book of Ruth. This is an expositional commentary, along with tools to help apply the biblical text.

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Endorsement 1: “The book of Ruth follows upon the dark chapters of Judges like the rising sun. And the Moabitess’ radiant example shines ever bright today. How grateful I am that Rick Kress’ searching expositions have been coupled with the trenchant analysis and wisdom of Brad Brandt. God in Everyday Life will grace the church both in the pulpit and personal use.”––R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church in Wheaton

Endorsement 2: “Unique! That’s what it is. A book on counseling from Ruth. Moreover, it’s really two books in one, by two authors. Those who look for several commentaries rather than one can begin here with two. There are many helpful ideas in this double-barreled volume. You’ll want to get it to find out how to counsel from Ruth—won’t you?”––Jay Adams, Founder of NANC, The Institute for Nouthetic Studies, author, and pastor

Endorsement 3: How often do you run into a biblical commentary that takes you through hermeneutics, homiletics, counseling, and pastoral care—all in one volume? More than a commentary, God in Everyday Life is a manual on pastoral ministry. Brandt and Kress expound Ruth thoroughly, clearly, and helpfully— without taking the thrill out of it. That’s a genuine compliment and a major achievement.—D. Ralph Davis Pastor of Woodland Presbyterian (PCA) in Hattiesburg, MS and former professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary

Endorsement 4: Brad and Rick give you a “2-for-1” bargain. These two pastors compliment each other as they give interpretation, presentation, and practical application. Highly recommended for pastors, counselors, and serious Bible students.—Robert Gromacki Distinguished Professor of Bible and Greek, Cedarville University

Endorsement 5: Biblical counselors like clear explanation of the Scriptures with practical application to the issues of life and living. Readers will get both in this helpful book.—Randy Patten Executive Director, National Association of Nouthetic Counselors

Endorsement 6: You will find this practical commentary provides a faithful synthesis of the original text and concrete theological application that will be an asset to every Christian and pastor. While highlighting the broader theological significance, the authors have captured the essence of the book of Ruth so well that it will become a favorite among pastoral counselors.—John D. Street Chair, MABC Graduate Program, The Master’s College and Seminary


The lessons that the book of Ruth was inspired to teach are set against a back- drop of national turmoil within Israel. Apostasy, sin and covenant unfaithfulness were rampant. Perversion and heinous, sickening depravity marked the territory where the narrative would take place. The personal compromise and covenant faithlessness of Elimelech as he led his family was implied—even though his name meant “my God is King”. This is the pitch-black curtain against which the light of God’s sovereign grace, loyal love, and the faith of a remnant would shine. The remnant of believers throughout Israel’s history must have wondered if God could overcome all of Israel’s sin and apostasy. They must have wondered if they had lost their place in His plan and program for redemption. Ruth would teach that God’s plan and purposes can never be thwarted in an ultimate sense. His grace shines even in the bleakest of circumstances. Elimelech and his family are more like us than we may think. How often have we acted prudently according to so-called logical standards, or the current culture’s standards, but not consulted God and His Word? He was likely just trying to provide for his family. He intended to be a sojourner, but ended up being buried in Moab. Then his sons took wives from the Moabites. Many of us have taken worldly shortcuts and have found ourselves suffering the painful consequences. But Ruth was written to remind us that for those who will return to God, His grace and loyal love can shine beautifully and brightly in spite of the darkness of our sin and failure—and not only in spite of our sin, but amazingly—even through it. He can cause even our sin to somehow turn out for the greater good and advance His glorious and good plan and purposes in the world (cf. Rom. 8:28).

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