The book of Ruth has all the elements of a romance novel. Tragedy, loss, despair, triumph, hope, loyalty and romance all leading up to climactic conclusion as surprising as it is satisfying. But it's more than a love story between a woman and the only man who could provide for her and her family. It's a story within a story, for in the lives of the characters involved in this drama, God is weaving together His plan to redeem His people for His glory. And in the end, it's a story that reminds us that each of our lives—no matter how ordinary they may sometimes seem and no matter how difficult they may sometimes be—is indeed a part of a plan much larger than ourselves and much more thrilling than we could ever imagine.