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Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other Peoples Choices Paperback – June 22, 2013
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About the Author
- Paperback : 208 pages
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1426751176
- ISBN-13 : 978-1426751172
- Publisher : Abingdon Press (June 22, 2013)
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.52 x 8.5 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #904,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 sheâ€™s learned from that personâ€™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 elseâ€™s action or if you know someone struggling in that situation, this book is an excellent resource. It wonâ€™t solve everything. Actually, it alone wonâ€™t solve anything, but it is one more tool in the hope chest of the sojourner.
I recommend it.
By Cynthia Ruchti
When I purchased Ragged Hope, I assumed that I'd be reading stories that might help me as I am challenged by the pitfalls from the poor choices of the people around me. I've been there. Most likely, we all have. Instead, I learned how to better serve others who are in emotional, physical, and spiritual pain from the consequences of other people's choices. The part of the book that I appreciated the most and prayed about even more, is the section after each story where she says, "If you know...", where the author shares tips on ministering to those who need hope. I've never read a book like this that offers such good ideas on how to reach out to the hurting. Because her words brought the realities to life, I found myself praying for the people in the chapters.
Cynthia shares stories of tragedy, pain, and rebellion. More than that she reaches into the heart and examines how the person survived. I love how she reckoned hope to a baby's blanket, where the satin edges were worn and tattered, yet the blanket brought comfort and hope. Some stories brought tears while others called up empathy. But most of the testimonies sounded familiar. In fifty-six years, I've seen many of the same struggles and lived the same desperate cry for Jesus' hope.
This is a must read for anyone who ministers to others and wants to offer the hope of Jesus to a hurting world. Every church and public library should have this book on the shelf.
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!