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Road Home, The [Hardcover]

By Tommy Tenney (Author) & Mark Andrew Olsen (Author)
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What happens when fate links the destiny of a woman with Mennonite heritage to that of a Las Vegas cocktail waitress? Will these two from different backgrounds and generations, connected only by life's circumstances and losses, find healing for their wounds on The Road Home.

For Naomi Kauffman Yoder, memories of a Pennsylvania Dutch childhood, abandoned roots, lost connections, and shattered dreams have left her with nothing but loneliness and regret. Now wracked with grief, she comes to a momentous decision... .

For Ruth Escalante Yoder, daughter-in-law and friend to Naomi, she concludes that leaving Las Vegas is the only option left to her... .

So begins their odyssey--a cross-country quest in Naomi?s creaky old Impala as she returns to her family farm in Lancaster County, to the values of a life once spurned.

Although never having seen the East before, Ruth too is looking for a place to call home. Will she find it among the slow, quiet rhythms of Pennsylvania farm country?

Far more than a simple road trip, their drive home becomes a journey of the soul.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Bethany House
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2007
ISBN  0764203304  
ISBN13  9780764203305  

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More About Tommy Tenney & Mark Andrew Olsen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tommy Tenney is the author of mega-bestsellers in the GOD CHASERS series, including God's Favorite House, The God Catchers, God's Eye View, and The Prayers of a God Chaser. He and his family live in Pineville, Louisiana. Learn more at

Mark Andrew Olsen, whose novel The Assignment was a Christy Award finalist, also collaborated with Tommy Tenney on the bestseller The Hadassah Covenant. He and his wife, Connie, live in Colorado Springs with their three children.

Tommy Tenney currently resides in the state of Louisiana. Tommy Tenney was born in 1956.

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A Tale for Those on Their Own Tough Road  Jul 1, 2009
Lately I've been reading books about the troubles and travails of others, in part to explore my own, I guess. This book touched me, even tho I'm not a Mom. Read this book - reconnect with your pleasant childhood; pull yourself to a better place. I had a better childhood, then trouble later. I'm getting back to that better place, finally.

Another book in a similar vein is "Kingdom of Simplicity". It's just out. The story revolves around a young Amish boy growing to manhood, and facing the challenge of forgiving himself. Eli, the novel's protagonist, must come to grips with this, and discover what he truly needs to give. It's a Romance, in the truest sense of that term. Emma loves Eli, but he cannot see it, much less accept it, until he can forgive, and learn to love himself in all his human frailty.

Kingdom of Simplicity

I've learned from it. I think others will too. Keep reading all these books - they are wonderful, and also a way to heal.
A Modern Day Ruth?  Jun 10, 2009
I belong to a Christian Women's Book Club. Our first selection was this book. At first, the whole idea of this book, a modern day retelling of Ruth, was hard to get by brain around. Ruth in Las Vegas? Naomi a Mennonite- a fallen Mennonite, at that? It was just too weird. The authors kept true to the story of Ruth, for the most part, though, even using US place names that match the place names in Israel, and character names that arre the same. Through harrowing adventures on the road, and lots of time in a car, the relationship between Naomi and Ruth is solidly and lovingly formed. The beginning is rather laborious, but if you stick with it, the end of the story is so mcuh better, and makes it worth the read.
The Best 'Road" I have ever been down.  Jun 1, 2009
For anyone out there and I mean man or woman who has travled through this
life with thoughts that they were never worthy of anything, please read
this book it was written for you. One of the best books I have ever read.
The world needs more books like this.
A huge disappointment  Feb 22, 2009
I'm surprised by the positive reviews this book garnered.
Fiction based on the Biblical narrative is a powerful draw for me - especially one based on my namesake. The Book of Ruth is rich and deep; It's about jealousy for God, about a woman who turns her back on the worldly influences she grew up in and became beautiful inside. The climax of the story is that this transformation, mostly internal, attracts an upright, Godly man. The Biblical Ruth is a template of the woman we should strive to be - obedient, teachable, loyal, humble, wooed by God and with a servant's heart. None of these elements (except perhaps loyalty) are part of Tenney's book!
In "The Road Home" Ruth is not drawn to God by Naomi's faith walk, she just likes the "comfort" of Naomi's family life (Naomi doesn't even have a recognizable relationship with God through most of the book). While the journey home in the Biblical narrative takes up about 1 verse, Tenney wastes three quarters of the book on a road-trip that does more to ruin the character of Ruth than redeem her. At the end of it, she is perceived as a worldly-wise, self-protective, hard woman instead of one gentled by the love and protection of God. Boaz, instead of being a Godly man in his community, is the once-Mennonite, now who-knows-what owner of a large flea-market called "The Green Dragon" (a detail that Tenney should have avoided - since dragon is an alternate name for Satan in the Bible and no Godly man would choose to call his establishment by such a name). And there is no attempt to draw parallels between the laws God provided (and Boaz honored) to protect the poor in a Godly community to similar provisions in the Amish community.
This plot had some potential but none of it was realized. It should have been about a heart changed by the Love of God. It could have been about a Godly community that wrestles with an outsider. It might have offered hope to those healing from early sexual abuse (instead this sub-plot seemed thrown in simply for shock value). Why Tenney chose to make it a road trip book about an unredeemed woman is beyond me.
Even the writing lacked excellence.
I recommend you read Francine River's book "Unshaken" if you want an excellent fictional adaptation of the Ruth Story.
Thought provoking book!!!   Jan 6, 2009
This fictional account of a modern Ruth, makes the Bible account come alive. Reminded me to see the potential in all people, no matter their background. MJ

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