Colliding with Destiny by Sarah Jakes

I was excited about the idea of examining the biblical story of Ruth more closely in Colliding with Destiny: Finding Hope in the Legacy of Ruth by Sarah Jakes. Colliding with Destiny did deliver in part what I hoped.

I liked how each chapter sequentially introduced a part of the story of Ruth. I felt that telling the story of Ruth through multiple biblical translation was effective in creating, a full, powerful story of Ruth. I thought the chapter titles introductory quotes were carefully chosen and matched well the different facets of Ruth’s story. I feel I understand much better the story of Ruth and how her trails apply to my challenges and disappointments.

But, overall I was not impressed or motivated by Colliding with Destiny for several reasons. I was initially confused the with journal and prayer sections that conclude each chapter. A brief reference to those sections in the introduction would have clarified questions of how best to use those sections which are unfamiliar to some readers.

While I enjoyed some of Jakes’ discussion of Ruth, I felt Jakes sometimes stretched the story of Ruth too much to fit her purpose, and added suppositions as part of Ruth’s story. Jakes’ obviously has experiences that have taught her a lot about life and relationships, but all of the chapters seem focused mainly on Jakes’ life experiences. As the book progressed I felt like I was reading the memoirs of Sarah Jakes rather than a discussion of how the story of Ruth applies to everyone.

I so wanted to like this book from the moment I saw the beautiful cover and read the introductory chapter, but it’s not what it could have been. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Colliding with Destiny: Finding Hope in the Legacy of Ruth by Sarah Jakes for my candid review.