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About the Author

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 16 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin. Visit her online at CynthiaRuchti.com.
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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: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through award-winning novels, novellas, devotionals, nonfiction, and through speaking events for women and writers. She makes potato corn chowder for her husband of 43 years and loves on her three kids and five grandchildren. Cynthia 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 fifteen already on the shelves. Her books have been honored with two Selah Awards, three Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and awards from CAN Golden Scrolls and AWSA Golden Scrolls, as well as finalist and top honors in awards programs such as ACFW's Carol Awards, ForeWord Book Reviews Book of the Year, RT Reviews Book of the Year, Family Fiction's Book of the Year, Cascade Awards Book of the Year, and Inspirational Readers' Choice, among others. You can connect with her at www.cynthiaruchti.com, at www.facebook.com/cynthiaruchtireaderpage, at www.twitter.com/cynthiaruchti, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.

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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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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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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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About The Book: Cynthia Ruchti Encourages Readers to Cling to Hope, No Matter How Ragged it May Be. Seattle: It's one thing to live with the consequences of your own actions. It's quite another to live with the outcome of someone else's choices. Regardless of what has happened in your life, there is hope. In Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices (Abingdon Press/July 1, 2013/ISBN: 978-1426751172/$15.99), Cynthia Ruchti offers an inspirational look into the lives of those who were dramatically affected by wrong or misguided choices, sins, offenses and crimes others committed. Where is God when you are doing everything right yet, because of someone else's actions, everything is wrong? Where do we find hope when it's clouded by the ashes of other people's choices? Ragged Hope is an insightful and hope-giving guide offering readers comfort and support, as well as encouraging them through whatever situation they may face, including the aftereffects of divorce, disease, drugs, drunk drivers, death, downsizing, disasters and bad decisions. Ruchti, who has walked this road herself, assures readers that God is ever-present and offers unwavering love. There is hope, grace and a future in every circumstance--even (and especially) for those we did not cause but now live through. "How ragged is the hope you're clutching? It's no less valuable or essential than it was when it was new," writes Ruchti. "Hope--true hope--is indestructible. It can be battered, but not extinguished." Ragged Hope's dedication reads: "To the wounded, the worn, the wondering, and to those who let us see their scars so others can discover Hope's hideout." The book was written for survivors and for those who care about, counsel or long to make a difference in their lives.Read more ›
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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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