Mothers-in-law get a bad rap. They get complained about and dreaded to boot. They are the brunt of jokes. But what if there was another way for daughters-in-law to interact with mothers-in-law? (there is) What if the Bible provides a case study into a relationship between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law in the book of Ruth? (there is)
Jaime Farkas wrote a Bible Study book called "A Bond of Blessing: Insights from the book of Ruth for Mothers-in-law and Daughters-in-law" which is available here for kindles for $3.99 at <www.amazon.com>.
This book uses the story of Ruth and Naomi to outline positive ways to interact with one's daughter/mother-in-law. Both sides are addressed. Daughters-in-laws and mothers-in-law have discussion questions at the ends of chapters, and both sides of the proverbial equation are addressed.
Potential problem areas are also addressed, including how a son's relationship changes with his mother after he gets married, the impact a mother has on her son's life before and after marriage, the value of a grandmother's experience when it comes to children, how the parents make the final decision in child-rearing tactics, and the importance of forgiveness.
Chapter 1: The Man
Chapter 2: The Grandchildren
Chapter 3: Naomi & Ruth: Real Women
Chapter 4: Naomi-The Perfect Mother-in-Law?
(I'm really not sure why there isn't a chapter 5)
Chapter 6: Ruth-The Daughter-in-Law
Chapter 7: Forgiveness-The Key to Success
Chapter 8: More than Meets the Eye
Chapter 9: A Modern Day Example
Chapter 10: The Blessing-A Legacy of Love
I highly recommend this book for all mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law out there. This book Biblically-based and a great book.