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Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores Hardcover – May 1, 2017
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In all my years of journalism, I've read few accounts so well told, so powerfully written, so deeply moving. Merrill eloquently describes the suffering that comes with love, and the love that blossoms in suffering. Be prepared to have your heart gripped--and strangely warmed. --Mark Galli, editor in chief Christianity Today
Some stories warm your heart; others break it. Redeeming Ruth does both. She was the littlest, the last, and the least of all, but God used this exceptional child to change not only a family, but an entire community, and Lord willing, you too. God said, 'A little child shall lead them,' and I pray Ruth's story will lead you into a closer, sweeter, and more intimate encounter with Jesus than you dreamed possible. I have the deepest admiration and respect for the Merrill family, and it's with great joy I recommend this book to you! --Joni Eareckson Tada, CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center
Meadow Rue Merrill is a great storyteller, and she's gifted us with the story of her beautiful Ruth. You'll be glad you picked it up and won't want to put it down. --Margot Starbuck, author of The Girl in the Orange Dress
Sure to inspire an outbreak of deepened hearts, larger families, greater love. Isn't this the kind of life Jesus has called us all to? --Leslie Leyland Fields, author of Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas
It's rare that I can't put down a book, but Redeeming Ruth held me captive. Evocative writing, a stunning story, and a beautiful girl kept me turning the page. For those who need to know that love is always worth it (even in loss), this book will truly help you embrace all the people God has brought into your life. --Mary Demuth, author of Thin Places: A Memoir
Meadow captivates us with a mighty work of love the Lord called her whole family to perform. She is a powerful writer, and unashamedly vulnerable storyteller, a woman of deep motherliness, a Christian of commitment sometimes battered by doubt, and one fierce fighter to protect her family. She's also a realist and, as Ruth's redemptive story comes to its climax, she is willing to show us her sudden understanding of 'pain so deep you'd swallow razor blades to kill it.'" --Dikkon Eberhart, author of The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told
In all my years of journalism, I've read few accounts so well told, so powerfully written, so deeply moving. Merrill eloquently describes the suffering that comes with love, and the love that blossoms in suffering. Be prepared to have your heart gripped--and strangely warmed. --Mark Galli, editor in chief Christianity Today</div><div><div> <div></div><div><div>
Some stories warm your heart; others break it. Redeeming Ruth does both. She was the littlest, the last, and the least of all, but God used this exceptional child to change not only a family, but an entire community, and Lord willing, you too. God said, 'A little child shall lead them,' and I pray Ruth's story will lead you into a closer, sweeter, and more intimate encounter with Jesus than you dreamed possible. I have the deepest admiration and respect for the Merrill family, and it's with great joy I recommend this book to you! --Joni Eareckson Tada, CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center< --Margot Starbuck, author of The Girl in the Orange Dress
-Honest, painful, and full of hard-won wisdom, Redeeming Ruth tells the story of one family's adoption of a medically fragile daughter and how opening their home and hearts to her would forever a ect their notion of who are the blessed ones in our world.-
--Jennifer Grant, author of Love You More
In this riveting, beautifully written book, Meadow Rue Merrill takes us through the story of her daughter Ruth--from her unlikely adoption from Africa to her inclusion in the Merrill family to her growth and beauty as a thriving little girl. It is ultimately a story about family, about faith, and about coming home. I highly recommend this book.----Amy Julia Becker, author of A Good and Perfect Gift
From the Author
When I began writing about Ruth, she was one. Our other children were two boys, ages seven and four, and a daughter who was just acouple of weeks older than Ruth. Crazy! Never did I imagine how Ruth's story would unfold, the challenges we would face, or the lives it would touch. I didn't imagine it taking a full decade to complete either! Thankfully, God blessed me with a supportive family and friends.
Ruth's story centers on an adoption but includes a whole group of people whose needs I'd never considered: people with disabilities, particularly in the developing world. It also deals with the very real struggles of parenting a child with additional needs. And it reveals the questions and doubts surrounding a devastating diagnosis and loss. But most of all Ruth's story is about love--God's love for us and his desire to love other people through us.
It is about saying yes even when it is crazy scary. It is about following God, even when it is hard. And it is about giving, even when the cost seems too high. Indeed, the cost has been high. But that is the crazy thing about love, because given the chance, I would say yes all over again. I hope and pray that you will be blessed and inspired by Ruth's story. There are still plenty of people waiting to know that they are loved.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a person, I loved this book because of its honesty, amazing story, and powerful insight.
Highly, highly recommended if you want to read a story of profound love that comes to life because of trust and devotion.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Merrill’s is a deeply human story, written with such clarity, honesty, fullness, and attractiveness that any reader will feel he or she deeply knows its author Meadow, her husband Dana, and all of their children at their various ages during the years Ruth was with them.
If your heart beats for broken children, your heart will be flooded with joy while you witness what the Merrill family did for Ruth and, more deeply, witness what Ruth did for them. As a family, they were deeply affected by their years together. The whole family was led toward a variety of lovingkindness that shines.
And it was not easy. There is nothing sentimental or precious about Meadow’s tale. The events were hard sometimes, the questions difficult, some of the solutions incomplete, as solutions can be in the real world. But the Merrills pressed on nonetheless.
The Merrill family is Christian. Meadow does not slam the reader with God language, but the sense of the deity shaping her family like clay on a wheel is palpable as one reads through to the end. There are other books out there—but this one is truly fine. Buy it; read it; you'll go quickly to your friends and say, "You've gotta read this, and right now!"
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
One day a beautiful toddler with cerebral palsy is put into Ruth’s arms at church. This orphan was sent to the States for medical treatment, and hopefully might even be adopted. Meadow and her family fall in love with Ruth, long to spend more time with her, begin to take care of her, and then begin a lengthy, costly, adventure (including a long, perilous trip to Uganda) to finally adopt her. Doors close and open. Financial gifts come at just the right time. Favor is granted. Ruth learns to hear and communicate. It’s beautiful and victorious, over and over again. As a devoted adoption advocate I was cheering the Merrill Family every step of the way. I wanted the love and courage they poured out.
From the beginning, though, we know Redeeming Ruth is going to be a hard story. The subtitle “Everything Life Takes, Love Restores” makes that clear. We see clearly in the prologue that Ruth is gone, and Meadow is grieving. We know we'll be getting the whole story of her joy, memories, and suffering.
In Redeeming Ruth, we are shown the full reality of the kind of grief that comes from loving so fully. We get glimpses of Meadow's deep sorrow at the beginning of every chapter through dreams, memories, and songs. When we later read the story of Ruth’s death it's awful. We witness Meadow's raw and real grief--the anger, second-guessing, self-blame, and despair. We understand, and we join in, because we've fallen in love with Ruth now, too.
I strongly recommend this book for adoptive family, adoption advocates, grieving mothers, parents of children with special needs, and book clubs.
[I contrast Redeeming Ruth with the 2016 movie, Arrival here: familycompassionfocus.com ]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is well written by Meadow who gives accurate details of Ruth's journey of life.Read more