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03/06/08
A very good example of a silver lining!! I love how you brought these women to life with great details. Great!!
03/06/08
I love the story of Ruth and Noami, and now I feel like I know them. You brought the characters to life. A great choice for the topic, too. Excellent!
03/09/08
So tender and beautiful. Perfect for the topic. Also a great reminder for us today of our responsibility and privilege of ministering to those who are hurting and grieving. We can be their silver lining.
03/10/08
Excellent retelling of this story.
03/11/08
I can't resist a Ruth story. Good choice for the topic. Everything looked bleak--but God had other, greater plans.
03/12/08
ANother superb retelling of a Bible account that is still relevant today. I like the way you added dimensions to the characters and brought them alive for us to hear and see. Great work. God bless.
03/12/08
You fit this wonderful Bibilical account into the topic in a very touching way! Loevely story and great writing.
03/12/08
Great retelling. You did, indeed, bring these women to life for me. Lots of biblical fiction this week, which I'm enjoying. Yours truly stands out. Nicely done!
This is a beautiful rendition of Naomi and Ruth's story. You just get better and better with the retelling of the Bible stories. I can see you adding to this to enter for publication
03/12/08
I loved it...wonderful Bible retelling.
03/12/08
Beautitul re-telling of one of my favorite Bible stories. Thank you!
03/12/08
Oh I do like this version of Ruth's story! It's new and I love to read how Naomi's sadness is always turned to joy at the end. This was so good! ^_^
03/12/08
I have a weak spot for a Ruth and Naomi story! Thanks for this beautiful piece, Joanne
03/12/08
Great narrative. It's funny you asked about the gap. I used the same device in my story this week and hoped it didn't confuse anyone. Keep up the great work.
03/12/08
Well done, Joanne. I like the gap, and it works, ironically, because the story stands perfectly well without the missing details. Oaky, that probably didn't make sense in the least. But I really liked this re-telling of a favorite story.
Masterfully told! I love the title because of the emphasis it places on the story.
One of my favorite Bible storys and you retold it beautifully. Excellent writing as always!
03/12/08
Great story. I love the names in this Biblial account. Some of my favorites. I see why you're in Masters.
03/13/08
Wow, 2 weeks in a row, right? Congratulations, Joanne! Awesome, inspiring writing! ^_^
Joanne, I don't know how I missed reading this. It is SO well written. I could see everything so clearly. It doesn't hurt that I love the book of Ruth, either.
Congratulations on your win.
Congratulations on EC for this wonderful story!
03/13/08
I absolutely love the Book of Ruth. You breathed exciting new life into this already wonderful Bible story.

I can't believe that I overlooked this one when commenting this week! That would have been a tragedy to miss it.

I love how Ruth stayed by Naomi's side, and how God blessed her for doing so.

Wonderful writing Joanne.
03/13/08
WOW! You did it again. Congratulations. Ruth and Naomi are so dear to me, considering my precious relationship with my Mom-in-law, and you brought their story to life like I was there! Beautiful.
03/13/08
Congratulations on your EC, Joanne. You did a beautiful job retelling one of my favorite Bible stories. And a very good story for the topic.
03/13/08
The personal touches are beautiful and gave me chills. As usual, your attention to detail is flawless. This is wonderful. Congrats on your EC!!
03/13/08
Wonderful, Joanne! You have such a gift for making these familiar stories come alive. And I love what you did in terms of the "empty space". To be honest, while reading through it, until I got to your comment at the end, I was thinking...very nice, but it seems a bit choppy or disjointed. Then, when I saw the note at the end, I "got" it...and loved your purpose! Congrats on your well deserved EC!!!
I admit it...I envy your gift for bringing Biblical stories back to life and relating them to the assigned topic so well. Keep up the great writing!
03/13/08
This is lovely. I would never have thought of approaching the topic from this angle. Well done on your EC.