Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ragged Hope

Once I started reading Ragged Hope, I couldn't stop. 
I wanted to immerse myself in the waterfall of hope that thunders through the stories inside this book: true stories of men and woman who walked through the fire 
that was unleashed in their lives by other's bad choices...
and then found the beauty that God promises in the middle of the ashes. 

As I read this book, I am amazed by the goodness of our God, and the awesomeness of the ways He reassures us that "Hope, even when it's tattered, glows in the dark."
These stories in here are no means light and fluffy. They aren't easy-to-understand circumstances and they don't have simple answers. They are our stories: your story perhaps, or your sister's, brother's, mother's, dad's. Neighbor's. You know somebody with a story like this.

A woman trying to buy a house on a very small budget... and the house cannot be anywhere near a school or in a family neighborhood. Her broken, repentant husband will be released from prison soon as a registered sex offender. In his hours of desperation he begged his wife to leave him, and feared that God had. Instead she and her church family showed God's Love and Light to him.
Did his circumstances, the result of his choices, change? No.
But his heart did...and his wife has hope.

Some of my favorite quotes: "People are breakable. They should come stamped 'Fragile'"

"Was her future different than she had hoped? Without question. Was it a future threaded with hope? Without question. Not a neat-and-tidy hope necessarily. Homespun, but elegant because of
the mark of the Creator on it."

"If we think hope needs to be pristine and unwrinkled to be of any use, we might be missing the point. Fabric doesn't get that soft without life's pummeling.Hope that's endured increases in value.
If the hope you're clinging to is showing signs of wear, consider how much more precious it's become."

Thank you so much Cynthia Rutchi and Litfuse Publicity Group for my copy of Ragged Hope... I already passed it on to my mother!

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Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, speaking for women’s events and retreats, writers’ events and retreats, nonfiction books and devotionals. In 2013, she will have a total of six books on the shelves, with more to come in 2014.
Cynthia spends her days diving into words, worship, and wonder and celebrating 40-plus years of marriage, three grown children, and five outrageously adorable grandchildren. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she served as the assistant director and a faculty member of the Quad Cities Christian Writers Conference, has served as worship and devotions staff for the Write-to-Publish conference, and teaches at other conferences as opportunities arise. She speaks frequently for women’s groups, at mother-daughter banquets, and for women’s refresher days and retreats. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team and Creative Arts team. Rather than “busy,” she likes the term “active.”
In 2012, the radio broadcast Cynthia wrote and produced for 33 years–”The Heartbeat of the Home”–drew to a close. The scripted radio drama/devotional broadcast aired on many radio stations across the country and two cable/digital television stations. Cynthia served as the editor of the ministry’s Backyard Friends magazine, a twenty-page, twice annual publication that reached 5,000 homes, churches, and parachurch outreaches.

1 comment:

  1. I am moved by this review and appreciate the thoughtfulness in these comments. Thank you. The quotes you chose from the book resonate with my own heart, too.