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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426751176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426751172
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author and speaker Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark, drawing from 33 years of experience writing and producing a 15-minute drama/devotional radio broadcast. She’s the author of nine books that have received recognition from several awards programs including RT Reviewers’ Choice, Christian Retailing’s Best, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice, ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Awards, the Golden Scroll Awards, and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year program. She is the author of They Almost Always Come Home, When the Morning Glory Blooms, Ragged Hope, and All My Belongings. Cynthia serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. Visit her online at CynthiaRuchti.com.

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Taking multi-tasking to new heights (or depths, depending on your perspective), Cynthia Ruchti is the award-winning author of recent releases "All My Belongings" (novel), "When the Morning Glory Blooms" (novel), and "Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices" (nonfiction). She makes potato corn chowder for her husband of 42 years, loves on her three kids and five grandchildren, recently retired from 33 years of writing and producing a daily radio broadcast called THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME, is past president of the 2,700-member American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves as ACFW's Professional Relations Liaison, all while working on more book projects in addition to the eight already on the shelves. The year 2010 saw the release of her debut novel--"They Almost Always Come Home" by Abingdon Press (a Carol Award finalist)--and a Christmas collection novella, "The Heart's Harbor" in A Door County Christmas, a Family Fiction Reader's Choice, by Barbour Publishing. "His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not," released Nov 1, 2011. Another novella collection--"Cedar Creek Seasons" (Barbour) released in spring of 2012. "When the Morning Glory Blooms" (April 2013) was followed by "All My Belongings" (2014, also from Abingdon Press). Her books have recently been honored with two Selah Awards, two Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and awards from CAN Golden Scrolls and AWSA Golden Scrolls. She tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through writing and speaking, but she gave up knitting, counted cross-stitch, sewing her own clothes, naps, and dusting baseboards a long time ago. You can find her at www.cynthiaruchti.com, at www.facebook.com/cynthiaruchtireaderpage, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.

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His story could have easily been in this book.
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Readers will be able to go through this book and realize the power of taking advantage of forgiveness, choosing to live in it as they move forward in life.
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Cynthia Ruchti's book Ragged Hope addresses moments like this.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M.Fields on August 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
I devour books like chocolate but this one I savored as long as I could both times I read it.
Are you ready for a HOPE filled book?
I can not rave about this book enough. This was an on time book for me.
This is a book that will have you running into Gods arms. You truly will find yourself reading your Bible more as you are reading this book! Now that is a good thing. As well as praying more. You will also find yourself forgiving those that need forgiving from your past. You feel Gods arms wrapped around you while reading this book.
We all need to read a book of hope, and I am so blessed that I got to read this book of hope.
Cynthia has penned a book that most of us can see our self in every page of.
Are you living a life of unhappiness because of someone else's poor choices? This is a book written just for you.
This is a must read book! I gave this book 5 stars.
I HIGHLY recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by another book reviewer to read and review. I am so thankful to her for sharing it with me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By (Sunshine) Judy K Burgi on August 19, 2013
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I ordered this book because of high praises from a friend. In her words it was a must read. I'm happy that I did. I could relate to several stories in this book. Some took me back to places I didn't want to go. Some touched me deep in my heart. Some had me tearing up.

By the author telling these stories it gives the reader who may be going through one of these circumstances right now, Hope. The Hope that God never leaves us during our trials and tribulations. We can cling to Him to carry us through. During a certain situation in my life I literally clung to God's promises. I lived one of the stories. The panic and devastation was real. I had the choice to go it on my own or put my life in God's hands. I chose God's hands!

I urge anyone reading this review to pick up a copy of Ragged Hope. It just might help you through a trial you are facing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikeylynn on August 8, 2013
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Ragged Hope by Cynthia Ruchti is a very encouraging realistic read. I was not expecting much out of this book simply because I thought I had read many books similar. I was impressed with the set up of the book and the encouragement. Ragged Hope made me think a lot about my own life. She writes multiple short stories of different people and their life experiences and how they react to them. These people in unthinkable situations, suicide, divorce, gambling, etc, stay positive and create hope for themselves. Each chapter has a story then ends with questions that you can parallel with your own life, a verse, and a quote. This could easily be read as a devotional or some type of daily reading. I really enjoyed how Cynthia wrote and will be looking for more books from her. This book could be for anyone, even those who still have hope. This is a great reminder for everyone.

I highly recommend, I give it five stars!

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M on July 23, 2013
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While each story in this book offers hope and has inspiring points, it is a difficult book to read. More than likely, each one of us has our own story of survival in the midst of other peoples choices and consequences that storm our lives. But, pushing past the shock and the tactics of survival, we have a choice to make. Choosing to live in the midst of the fallout from other people's choices is possible by refusing bitterness, by looking up. Because, "the fallout of other people's destructive choices becomes more toxic, more suffocating, when our response is equally caustic. We don't climb out of an ash heap by piling more ash."

Each chapter of this book highlights a lifegiving response to the trauma created by the actions of others. A few questions follow each chapter, which I found helpful as I think how I can be a better friend to others going through particular tough times. And loud and clear is a reminder of the importance of not allowing any bitterness to take root. More than "hope in the midst of trial" reading, I recommend this book as a tool to glean from for ministering others.

Thank you Litfuse Publicity, for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SuzE on September 3, 2013
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A gurney lumbered down the neighbor's sidewalk with a body bag. Though my brain screamed at me to cross the street, feet remained frozen on the hardwood floor by the living room window. Fear of not knowing what to say to lend comfort and support immobilized me.

Cynthia Ruchti's book Ragged Hope addresses moments like this. Cynthia listened to and recorded the stories of lives forever changed in a instant of time. Each story, interesting enough to stand alone as a book, tells about the ripple effect of choices other people make on the lives of those around them.

This book stands as a banner of hope rising to wave above shattering circumstances. At the end of each story Cynthia invites the reader into a time of reflection and decision of how to respond to the needs of those around us or even make a personal application if we have similar circumstances in our lives. Each chapter concludes with scriptural wisdom to meditate on.

Eventually I overcame the fear that kept me from crossing the street to listen and offer a hand to hold as my neighbor took her first wobbly steps into the world of widowhood. I've never regretted being there for her. I applaud this book for encouraging and giving direction to readers as to why it is important to step forward and offer understanding as well as hope to those on a difficult journey.
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