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A Fragile Hope Paperback – April 4, 2017
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"What a beautiful, thoughtful, contemplative novel! Ruchti's storytelling is incomparable... This is everything readers have come to expect from this author's superlative novels." --RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars & TOP PICK!
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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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Josiah Chamberlain is the marriage guru – the man with all the answers. But one late night phone call makes a mockery of his public persona and sends his personal life into a tailspin.
I couldn't put this down, it was such a fascinating, thought-provoking, and at times even frustrating book. Cynthia Ruchti demonstrated an incredible talent for making me feel so much of what Josiah was feeling as he walked the long road, difficult he was on. It was the tough stuff of life laid bare and it often wasn’t pretty, nor was Josiah always the most likable of men. And yet, it’s dishonest to dismiss him. He is who we all could be, who we all may be on some level, and that's not always an easy thing to confront.
There’s rich symbolism sprinkled throughout this book, particularly with regard to his wife’s job, a beautiful imagery that I’ll leave the reader to discover on their own. The spiritual tenor of this book is equally vivid, woven into the book in a way that is both authentic and holy without ever coming across preachy.
This may not be an easy read, but it's more than worth the effort. I'll be reading more by this talented author.
Dr. Josiah Chamberlain is devastated. "It hadn't taken long for despair to become his 'new normal'." When his wife is critically injured in an automobile accident that raises more questions than answers, Josiah is forced to listen to the still, small voice within. It's not very pleasant to view your life as others must have seen it; selfish, self-absorbed, stingy with appreciation for the woman who obviously loved him deeply, but had arrived at a crossroads; as the hours, days, weeks and months begin to pile up, while Karin's deep brain injury leaves her incapacitated, and her body responsible for another's life and breath.
Karin and Josiah both need the miraculous touch of the Master Healer, for not all injuries lie on the surface, and Josiah too, is brittle and broken.
"When you slide to the edge of 'I can't do this anymore,' open your eyes. A handhold of hope is waiting in front of you." Exquisite!