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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 (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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On a blog I follow regularly, several of the comments referenced Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices by Cynthia Ruchti. Since that’s the very topic our family is dealing with just now, I zipped over to Amazon and purchased it for my Kindle.

Each chapter begins with a personal story from someone whose life was ripped apart through no fault of their own. The woman whose husband gambled away their life and embezzled to cover it up. The monogamous woman who contracted AIDS from her husband. The family who lost their home to arson. And many more. The author then follows the story with what she’s learned from that person’s journey, and finishes the chapter with questions for reflection and journaling.

I read the book in just a few hours and each story captivated me immediately. Ruchti is an excellent writer. This is the kind of book that could easily come across as preachy but Ruchti avoids that trap while making it look easy.

If your life has been disrupted by someone else’s action or if you know someone struggling in that situation, this book is an excellent resource. It won’t solve everything. Actually, it alone won’t solve anything, but it is one more tool in the hope chest of the sojourner.

I recommend it.
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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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Cynthia has written a book that is hard to put down to make dinner or do the laundry. The images that her words evoke linger in my mind, causing me to think, cry, or pray. Each vignette brings another heart wrenching example of how our broken spirits can be "swaddled in God's embrace." The use of metaphors and similes are fresh and original, sliding into the emotions like a fish knife through scales. This is a book that will invade my spiritual apathy again and again. Well written. Life changing.
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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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