Ruth: More than a Love Story

Saint Louis, MO—God’s spoken word through Ruth is at the heart of the latest women’s Bible study from Concordia Publishing House, Ruth: More than a Love Story.

For author Elizabeth Ahlman, the Book of Ruth is much more than a guide for how to be a “good Christian woman.” When asked why she chose Ruth as the focus of her work, she said, “Because it has so much more to say than you or I may have thought. Because Yahweh has so much more to say through Ruth. Ruth isn’t about you. It isn’t about me. It isn’t about how to be a better woman or about marriage relationships.”

The book is about God’s relationship with Ruth and how he spoke through her, she said, adding, “I hope that as you read this book, you will also be formed, renewed, enlightened, and evangelized, no matter how many times you’ve read the Book of Ruth in the past.”

In 256 pages, the author takes readers on a verse-by-verse journey of discovery as to how God uses people in the narrative to unveil His plan of salvation.

Ahlman, a deaconess who has led Bible studies on Ruth numerous times, said each time she explores the book she has a new revelation or insight. She aspires to share her passion with other women and bolster profound reflection on Ruth and her relationship with God.

“Hopefully, this Bible study will point you to the deeper truths embedded in the historical narrative of Ruth’s life, truths that reveal how God in Christ loves you and cares for you,” Ahlman said.

Ruth: More than a Love Story is available for pre-order today at, or purchase at your local and online Christian bookstores starting June 4. For more information, to set up a book review, or to request an interview with the author, contact Beth Behrhorst, Public Relations, 314-268-1294, or send an email to

About Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For nearly 145 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers more than 8,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at