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Song of Silence Paperback – April 5, 2016
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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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Top Customer Reviews
But when her son's fiancé, Sasha, enters the scene, the young woman's navigation through a soundless world brings newness to Lucy's stilted heart. Told from a place of deep intuition and honesty, Song of Silence is a story that I highly recommend for any reader searching for her own song.
This story's message is a melody that will stay with me long after the last page had been turned.
I love the characters so much, they were so real to me.
I finished this book as soon as I opened it up and started reading it. This would make a fantastic book club read.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.
Again, as I mentioned in my two previous reviews referenced above, I find myself resonating strongly with both the characters and the situations. This story begins as Lucy, a music teacher in a small K-8 school, is riffed from her position (along with the art teacher) because of “budget cuts”. Lucy is angry and crushed; the music program was originally established by her father, and she believes she has “failed” him by being unable to sustain it. Her stress level is increased because her husband Charlie has retired from a “job”, not a “career”, and apparently can’t understand how very much this loss affects his wife. The plot continues to thicken as their two adult children encounter life and relationship challenges of their own, and the retirees’ “empty nest” suddenly fills up again in less than ideal circumstances.
My empathy comes from the fact that I was a teacher during the upheaval in American education that has led to the elimination of many music and art programs and the destruction of other meaningful educational endeavors due to “No Child Left Behind” and other testing-mania programs. Although as it happened my “field” was high school chemistry, I taught at a school which during the ‘80’s and ‘90’s was the “Performing Arts Magnet School” for our county. Inevitably, the performing arts students were the ones who did best in other academic areas. After that program folded as the millennium arrived, the entire educational atmosphere went from invigorating to unbearable. Not having as much personally invested in teaching as Ruchti’s character, I was frankly delighted to be able to retire at that point. However, I can easily understand how very differently I might have felt if my second great passion – art – had been the area where I had chosen to teach, and if the teaching itself had been my real calling.
This book is more an excursion into Lucy’s psychological and spiritual landscape than fraught with real drama. Those who have not had the personal experience of being committed to a deep “passion” in terms of a career calling might get the feeling Lucy is being a bit too self-centered in her grief, anger and introspection. Indeed, Lucy herself recognizes, after she experiences a real physical crisis, that things could have been a lot worse. However, one of the things I’ve learned in my life is that a crisis is a crisis, and grief is grief. When Jesus cautioned us “do not judge”, he made it clear we DON’T see things from all angles, but feelings are real, and must be honored. Pain is also pain, and whether it’s from a blister on the heel or an amputated limb, when one is experiencing it, the reality tends to be overwhelming. For me, this novel, like the previous books by Ruchti I’ve read, was deeply engaging and extremely worthwhile, with some touching and very lovely moments.
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The power of words, the power of music and when the music stops, you have the power of silence.Read more