“What a beautiful book ! So readable, the pages practically turned themselves. Ragged Hope is filled with stories; written for those who are weary, worn and wounded. It offers each of us exactly that—hope that God can do a mighty work even with those of us who carry the ugliest of scars.” — Debbie Macomber, #1 NYT bestselling author
Cynthia Ruchti is a writing friend of mine, and I know her to live a life laced with grace and hope. She’s also a woman who exudes Christ. Her fiction is great (You Must Read When the Morning Glory Blooms), but I’m not the best non-fiction reader. I honestly signed up for the blog tour because I wanted to support her. I should have known I’d be swept into this book that looks at life crises and how to respond, both as the person experiencing the crisis and as a friend who wants to help but doesn’t know how.
Ragged Hope is filled with short vignettes — 26 stories of the way life disappoints, doesn’t live up to expectations — and ways people have found hope in those terrible turns of destiny. Each story is written with an emotion and immediacy that took me deep into its folds. Then each ends with questions to reflect on and best of all suggestions for how to minister to those we may know walking each jagged, ragged journey. As someone who often wants to help, but frequently isn’t sure how to do so meaningfully, this was worth the book on its own.
This is a book that will whisper hope to the broken. It will restore hope to the bruised. It will renew hope in those who long to sip its refreshing waters.
Where do we find hope when it’s clouded by the ashes of other people’s choices?
What do you do when your life is affected by someone else’s choices? Where is God when you are doing everything right yet, because of someone else, everything is wrong? This insightful and hope-giving guide will comfort, support, and encourage you through whatever situation you must face.
Cynthia Ruchti, who has walked this road herself and has spoken to hundreds of people through her radio show, assures readers that God is ever present and offers unwavering love. There is hope, grace, and a future in every situation—even (and especially) those we did not cause but now live. Vetted by professional counselors and caregivers, this is the one guide you need to thrive no matter what you are facing.
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