Where do we find hope when it’s clouded by the ashes of other people’s choices?
What do you do when your life is affected by someone else’s choices?
Where is God when you are doing everything right yet, because of someone else, everything is wrong?
This insightful and hope-giving guide will comfort, support, and encourage you through whatever situation you must face.
Cynthia Ruchti, who has walked this road herself and has spoken to hundreds of people through her radio show, assures readers that God is ever present and offers unwavering love. There is hope, grace, and a future in every situation—even (and especially) those we did not cause but now live. Vetted by professional counselors and caregivers, this is the one guide you need to thrive no matter what you are facing.
“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. Vetted by professional counselors and caregivers, this is the one guide everyone needs to thrive, no matter what situation they may be facing.
After each of the 26 stories shared in the book, Ruchti includes reflection questions as well as prompts so readers can consider how to reach out to the survivors they know. Each chapter also ends with a scripture, offering hope and encouragement that God is with us, no matter what.
Other people’s choices don’t always have a life-changing effect on us, sometimes they’re merely annoying or mildly disturbing in the short-term. It doesn’t mean we don’t need grace to cope with their negative consequences. Ruchti gives readers perspective in these cases as well, interjecting humor as a relief valve when appropriate.
“When we stand in a muddle of misery someone else created for us, too weary to be creative, too worn down to embrace a trendy problem-solving technique or follow a seven-step plan to a new, improved life, we need an arm around our shoulder assuring us God hears, God understands, and He is not stingy with Hope.”
PRAISE FOR “RUGGED HOPE”…
“What a beautiful book! So readable, the pages practically turned themselves. Ragged Hope is filled with stories written for those who are weary, worn and wounded. It offers each of us exactly that—hope that God can do a mighty work even with those of us who carry the ugliest of scars.”
~ Debbie Macomber, #1 NYT bestselling author
When I saw the blurb on this book “Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices”, I knew I had to grab up a copy ASAP. In 2012, I learned what it means to survive the fallout of other people’s choices… I’m still learning. Someone very close to me made some decisions that, for me, changed everything. It was a really hard time for my family and we are still struggling to put the pieces back together. I know that things will never go back to the way they were, but we have to find our own new normal. Above all, we are learning forgiveness.
This book was such an encouragement to me. I know that I am not alone in my situation and that God is with me and He is working through this situation for my good and His glory!
So many nights, I cried myself to sleep and agonized over the choices that someone else was making. Ultimately, I had to learn to let go and let God. I had to move when I felt God say move and be still when God said to be still. I think through it all I learned how to really hear God.
I GIVE RAGGED HOPE *****5/5 STARS*****
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, CYNTHIA RUCHTI…
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction projects, speaking events and a history of 33 years of on-air storytelling through The Heartbeat of the Home radio broadcast.
Her books have been recognized by Retailers’ Choice, RT Reviewers’ Choice, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice, ACFW’s Carol Award nomination, and other honors. In addition to Ruchti’s four previously released books, her novel When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Press Fiction) released in April 2013, followed by Ragged Hope, her second non-fiction release in July. Ruchti has also written articles for numerous magazines and industry publications and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.
Ruchti lives in Wisconsin where she spends her days diving into words, worship and wonder. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team and creative arts team. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. Cynthia and her husband have been married for 40-plus years and have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Learn more about Cynthia Ruchti and her books at www.cynthiaruchti.com