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Ruth: Poverty and Plenty

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Encountering the God who works through the circumstances of life, and can turn our 'poverty' to 'plenty' through Jesus.

Part of the Good Book Guides series.

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This woman from ancient times was no powerful princess - just a young, vulnerable widow, an impoverished outcast. The story records no famous events or places - just a struggling family facing hard times in a small, agricultural community occupied with their livelihoods and customs.

But the hidden hand of God is at work in the lives of these ordinary people, and wonderfully at work in history. God transforms hardship from bitterness to joy; God's word liberates people to become a community filled with loving kindness towards outsiders; God's people reach out to their enemies. And most significantly, God's great plan, to send a promised savior King to redeem people of all nations, is being worked out.

Like those in the story, we may be just ordinary people, unable to see how the events of our lives will turn out. But by encountering the God who works through the circumstances of life, we too can discover the God who can turn our 'poverty' to 'plenty' through Jesus Christ.

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  • Introduction

  • 1. A hidden hand (Ruth 1-2)
    2. A liberating word (Ruth 2)
    3. A welcoming community (Ruth 2-3)
    4. A faithful Redeemer (Ruth 4)

  • Leaders' Guide

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Contributors Tim Chester
ISBN 9781905564910
Format Paperback
Dimensions 5.5" x 8.3" x 0.1"
Weight 2.19 oz
Print size 9.0pt
Case quantity 200
Language English
Pages 40
No. of studies 4
Publisher The Good Book Company

Other information

The Good Book Guides have been developed to ensure that each session not only seeks to uncover the meaning of the passage and see how it fits into the big picture of the Bible, but also leads people to apply what they have learned to their lives. Flexible and practical, the Good Book Guides are ideal for small groups, or individual study.

"The format is very user-friendly and the content is rich and accessible."
- Justin Taylor, Gospel Coalition blogger and Vice-President of Editorial, Crossway

"God-centered, application-oriented, and driven by the text throughout, this resource is a gift to God’s church."
- Matt Smethurst, Gospel Coalition reviewer and Master of Divinity student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Here at Covenant Life Church, we have greatly benefitted from the small group resources from The Good Book Company. Many small groups in our family life ministry have used "Colossians: Confident Christianity" in their study of scripture. Additionally, our youth ministry has used "Romans 1-5: God and You" in their small groups. Both resources were very easy to use, helped the reader engage directly with the scriptures, and had a wonderful pastoral emphasis demonstrated in all the questions.
- Dave Brewer, Youth Pastor at Covenant Life Church, Maryland

Independent reviews

Hard times come again no more

Sally Jones, Evangelicals Now

What sets it apart from others is that each chapter has lots of useful background information. The guide states that the aim in each session is to ‘uncover the meaning of a passage and see how it fits into the big picture of the Bible’. It does that well. It does more than just concentrate on head knowledge and the application questions are pertinent and thought provoking.... continue reading

Customer reviews

Sept. 18, 2022

“An excellent study guide.”

I have yet to be disappointed by this study guide series. This,the latest one that I have used, is proving to be an excellent help in unwrapping this delightful little book ,which is set in such dark and difficult times.I am using it in a housegroup setting where some folk have never encountered Ruth,and the background and info. are extremely helpful.

Feb. 3, 2016

“good introduction to this series”

I am in 2 very different groups.We decided to try Ruth,as the usual church material came only erratically .Ruth would be short,and a good test to see how we got on. We have found it good on all counts, opened up the scriptures - we had no idea Deuteronomy was such a vital book - and also resulted in helpful discussion of personal problems etc, We think we may continue with another book but haven't told the Clergy, they might disapprove of us stepping out of line!

May 24, 2014

“Spot on!”

This was a great book for our group (5 older women). Everyone responded so strongly to the story of Ruth and the book was a great help in getting people to talk and relating the story to people's lives today. I am used to leading bible studies, but I felt the book would allow anyone to lead the bible study whether they'd done it before or not.
I've gone ahead and ordered 4 more bible studies in this series!!

May 1, 2014

“good resource”

good resource

April 8, 2014

“A really great little guide”

Brilliant guide - easy to use and opened up parts of Ruth to me that I'd never thought about before.
We used it at work wiht your Bible study group there and it went down well with everyone and I used it in my quiet ties - worked wonderfully for both!

Would recommend this to everyone - how exciting to see God working in the lives of the weak and needy.

Nov. 27, 2012

“Reading your life from the Bible”

I run a house group consisting of about 15 young adults - 20-30 years of age. Working class, some middle class and a number of refugees. We ran our first bible study on Ruth and it was giving what I hope it would give. We both delved into the Word and into our own lives. Because of the Leader's Guide it is possible to keep the study on track. I took quite some preparation time, but that pays back. The Bible in Animation videos on Ruth proved to be a good introduction. One word of caution: I think the studies on average take too long to fit into an hour - which is with this intensity the maximum I would require of my group, because we also need time to meet, to eat and to pray.

July 12, 2012


This little study guide has worked really well in our homegroup. It is well written, with plenty of Biblical material, insight, background and thoughtful application to work with. It both deepened our understanding of the text, enabled discussion and gave opportunity to apply personally, to the church and to wider society. The notes at the back proved very helpful but not vital (which I think is a how it should be) and we found that different group members could take it in turn to lead a study without any problem or previous experience. The group thoroughly enjoyed the studies and it gave us all a fresh look at the story of Ruth, whether for those of us who have studied it before or for those who were new to it. Many thanks to Tim and also to the Good Book Company for an excellent resource!

March 15, 2012

“Excellent one-to-one study guide”

I have worked through this book on a one-to-one basis with a new Christian. We have both found it very helpful and easy to use. It appears to be quite basic on the surface, but we soon discovered that it helps you delve deeper into the Scriptures and we both loved the way it put the book into context within the Bible itself, especially the references to Deuteronomy. An excellent read and I would highly recommend it to old and new Christians alike.

Feb. 18, 2010


We used this in our older (mainly 55-75) ladies' Bible Study group. Lots said how much they'd got out of it and what relevance it had to us today - hardship, life not going the way you want it to, being a atranger in a foreign land and God being in control and looking after us in spite of us not always being aware of it, etc. A good number of pointers from Boaz (Ruth's kinsman redeemer) to Jesus.

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