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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426741375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426741371
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adam Thomas was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 2008 at the age of twenty-five, making him one of the first priests from the millennial generation. His unique voice in the faith community emanates from a combination of his youth, honesty, humor, and tech-savvy nature. Adam is the author of the novel Letters from Ruby, the Converge Bible study Who is Jesus?, and Digital Disciple: Real Christianity in a Virtual World. Check out years worth of content on his website, wherethewind.com. Adam lives with his wife Leah in Mystic, Connecticut, where he serves as rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

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On a scale of one to five I would easily give this book a six because it's just that good!
Brenda Casto
Also, Ruby`s character was such a blessing in her godly, peacemaking attitude in dealing with others, and her great faith and courage in dealing with her own trials.
It is also the deeply moving love story been Ruby and her husband as told thought some truly wonderful letters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheophilusFarrell4 on August 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
Letters from Ruby is a book that hit me right in the heart.

The descriptions left me *tasting* the story: the town of Victory, St. Jacks Across the Tracks Church, and the parishioners, especially the dear ladies, who are members of the Church.

When Calvin entered the Church for Morning Prayer, he never expected to meet four ladies who would shape his life. Recognizing them at first as Pearls, Brooch, and The Two Purses, Calvin soon learned that they are Ruby, Esther Rose, Mary and Avis... and each one will touch his heart and help him grow in a different way.

The young Reverend Calvin is a character for sure. His first moments after his arrival involve him attempting to break into his new Church's locked door with a long bladed chef's knife which he retrieved from the kitchen set his parents had given him as a going-away present.
Little did Calvin imagine he would end up in the backseat of a police cruiser
because he was wielding the knife in that unorthodox manner!
Yes, the Reverend is nearly arrested on his first day in town.

Letters from Ruby receives its title from the letters that Ruby sends Calvin after he is sent to a new Church in Boston, three years after his arrival in Victory. In those three years he and Ruby bonded so well, through happiness and sadness.
Her letters to him are full of sweet reminiscence and sober reflections about loved ones, her youth, how quickly time passes. Her wisdom is imparted in Calvin's soul as he reads her words to him. There are lines that made me cry as I thought about them.
I was delighted by the letters interspersed through the chapters: I love letters.
Over the years I have had the privilege of writing and receiving handwritten letters,
there is something special about them. St.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renee on November 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
I recently fell hard for a fictional character: Ruby Redding, the star of Adam Thomas’s novel, Letters from Ruby. Ruby is a feisty octogenarian who ministers to others with her pep talks, her prayers, her piano playing . . . and her pen.

Ruby reminds me of some of the older folks I’ve treasured in my life. I love how her legacy of wise words influences all those around her. Here’s how her story goes . . .

When Calvin Harper arrives at Victory, West Virginia’s St. John’s Episcopal Church—St. Jacks-across-the-tracks—he’s a scared 25-year-old with a bad haircut and a brand new seminary degree. He knows little of life. And most of what he knows about God comes from his books. Fortunately, God sends an expert to take Calvin under her wing—80-something Ruby Redding.

In her pearls and cardigan sweater, Ruby may look like she just stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting, but there’s nothing posed about her joyful nature and her deep love for God. Ruby’s faith sort of rubs off on people. All who meet her find themselves changed, including Calvin.

This novel begins with an older Calvin being prompted to reminisce about his time at St. John’s when he discovers a stash of Ruby’s letters in the midst of moving into a new home . . .

“Calvin traced the loops and lines of Ruby’s signature. It was graceful and beautiful without being ostentatious. Like its owner, thought Calvin. He ran his finger along the signature a second time. Wishing you all good things, too. He looked at the stacks of letters in his lap and then looked at the living room where all the pictures still needed hanging. ‘They can wait.’ As Calvin pulled out Ruby’s letter, he thought back to those days in Victory. ‘Dear, dear, Ruby,’ he said again. ‘All of them dear to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Casto on October 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Twenty-six year old Calvin Harper is fresh out of seminary school when he gets an assignment in a tiny town called Victory WV. His first encounter in the town doesn't go so great when he almost gets arrested for breaking into the church. Unsure what to expect as he meets the parishioners after all only twelve shows up for his first service, he can only hope that he can turn things around. One of the parishioners, Ruby Redding becomes his champion, always trying to build him up, and even allows him to move into her house with her husband Whit until he can get his living arrangements sorted out. After eighteen months in Victory he is assigned to Boston, and while his stay in Victory is short his life will be forever changed by the people he encounters while staying there.

What I presumed would be a simple story really turned out to be so much more. Sure the story had a cozy, down home feel,but it was the author's ability to allow me to feel the emotions of the story that touched me. I found myself laughing a few times especially as I imagined the characters. After all I am certain that Esther Rose actually goes to my church, but honestly as I was pulled into the story I felt as if I knew these people because they seemed so realistic.Ruby Redding was such an outstanding character, I loved her sunny outlook, but I also found my heart aching as the author allowed me to feel her grief and sadness when she loses someone near and dear to her heart. She became the type of character that makes a person feel richer for even having known her, and the author captures that perfectly. I loved reading the letters she sent, they were so informative allowing us to experience glimpses into the past. The author's descriptive writing really allowed me to imagine the church and the people.
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