But Ruth encounters a big God. And miraculously, this humble widow ends up as the right person in the right place at the right time. After accompanying her grieving mother-in-law to far-away Bethlehem, Ruth marries a much older man—a relative of her deceased husband. Why? So her mother-in-law can eat. And in the end this selfless act means Ruth’s progeny include Israel’s King David and ultimately the King of Kings Himself. Why? Anything can happen when we choose to follow the one true God and trust in Him. Premium Roast with Ruth, a Coffee Cup Bible Study, considers one of the two great women for whom a book of the Bible is named.

Designed for group or individual study, this Bible study demonstrates how God is in control; how He always keeps His promises; how He can reverse impossible circumstances; and how He blesses the faithful more richly and for longer than they could ever imagine. All the Coffee Cup Bible series books contain Monday-through-Friday study questions, along with devotional thoughts for lighter reading on the weekends.

Wanted: Extraordinary Bible studies for ordinary people, scholarly explanations–but in plain English, history to bring context to biblical stories…Found: Sandra Glahn’s remarkable Coffee Cup Series! Glahn sets theological content into a conversational style for any reader to enjoy. Prepare yourself to be delighted yet challenged as you imbibe the truths of the scriptures addressed in this series.

Kelley Mathews, ThM, coauthor New Doors in Ministry to Women


Visual Art



  • The Book of Ruth in a modern setting: Ebony Moon




  • El Shaddai – The name of God found in Ruth, chapter 1. PlayAmy Grant’s song by that title.
  • El Shaddai is “The Sovereign One,” a truth found in “Blessed Be Your Name“: “You give and take away”

Maps and Genealogies

  • Maps – A particularly useful map for this study.
  • Genealogy – Jim Belote, cultural anthropologist, put together a great genealogy of the Old Testament. You may just want to bookmark this link because the chart is about 43″ long.
  • One-page genealogy – To insert in your books, Erin T. put together a one page PDF of the genealogy from Noah to Solomon.
  • Timeline – Available on WordSight.org, this is a textual timeline from Genesis to Revelation. Bookmark this page and use it to search for specific events and/or people in your browser using “Find in this Page…” under the “Edit” option.
  • Color TimelineSundaySchoolResources has a great color coded time line. You can reference it on-line or send e-mail to request a PDF print version for free.


  • Ruth takes place during the barley harvest, so why not try some Barley Burger Stew:

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped celery
1 1/2 qts. stewed tomatoes (or tomato sauce)
3 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1/2 c. uncooked barley Brown ground beef. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 1-1 1/2 hours.

From a reader:
My Bible study group has been studying Ruth. I would like you to explain your comment on page 96: “Many failed to appreciate the deep intellectual sacrifices their wives were making to raise the kids.” I would imagine that a mother who chooses to not work outside the home might be taken aback by this comment. It seems harsh and frankly, untrue.

I’m so glad you wrote, because in writing what I did, I intended to affirm rather than discount the choices of stay-at-home moms. I simply meant that for a number of years (the child-rearing years) many women lay aside the ability to read a complete book uninterrupted, have a complete conversation uninterrupted, or pursue further education. Instead, they choose to do what they consider of more lasting value. But it’s still a big sacrifice that is often unappreciated. My own mother always longed to return to college and become a teacher. Because of her support of him, my dad got his master’s, but she was never able to earn the degree she wanted. Why? Because she did such a great job raising five kids. Her dream got sacrificed on the altar of excellent mothering. Still, instead of teaching in a formal setting, in the end she taught a musician, an artist, a home-schooling expert, an author, and a teacher.

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