Friday, August 16, 2013

Ragged Hope

I found Cynthia Ruchti's latest book, Ragged Hope, Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices, true to its name: hopeful. I believe the book can give people a new perspective regardless of their struggle.

The book is full of stories, 25 of them, about people in messy situations. For example, you will meet grandparents raising grandchildren, troubled teens, a wife who contracts AIDS from her unfaithful husband, and an abused wife, trying to stay one step ahead of her ex-husband. Through all the fear and turmoil, there is the underlying story that there is hope for a new beginning. Those involved decide they shall not cower and be defeated by the actions beyond their control.

The stories are about real people, some friends or family of Cynthia and many she has met from her 33 years as host for The Heartbeat of the Home radio broadcast. The names and some unessential details have been changed to protect those caught up in the situations.

I will use Cynthia's words from the introduction that aptly describes how some may feel: "When we stand in a muddle of misery someone else created for us, too weary to be creative, too worn down to embrace a trendy problem-solving technique or follow a seven-step plan to a new, improved life, we need an arm around our shoulder assuring us god hears, God understands, and God is not stingy with hope."

You can read more about Cynthia, her other books and speaking ministry at

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, Retailers’ Choice, and Family Fiction Readers’ Choice, among others. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a board member of the Deliver Hope ministry. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

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