Beloved author, Cynthia Ruchti writes and produces the daily 15-minute radio broadcast, The Heartbeat of the Home, and is editor of the broadcast’s Backyard Friends magazine. She served as past president of ACFW and the current professional relations liaison. With warmth and passion, she speaks for women’s events and writers’ conferences. Cynthia and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin where she creates stories of “hope that glows in the dark."
Favorite Verse: Psalm 37:4. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” At one time in my life, I read it too fast and flippantly. Now I know that the first five words of that verse are written in BOLD. The rest of the verse is dessert, not the main meal. Yes, I love dessert, but the main meal—the entrée—is what sustains life.
New! On the Horizon
Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured that he could never be a mother and put him in prison, giving their relationship a court mandated five year time out. On a self imposed exile to beautiful but remote Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, Emmalyn has just a few months left to figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again.
Nudged along by the exuberant owner of the Wild Iris Inn and Cafe', a circle of misfit people in their small town, and a young girl who desperately needs someone to love her, Emmalyn restores an island cottage that could become a home and begins to restore her heart by learning what it means to love unconditionally. Yet even as hope begins to find a place within the cottage walls, Emmalyn still wonders is she's ready for Max's release. She may be able to rebuild a cottage, but can she rebuild a marriage?
Jayne Dennagee has spent her life running from the "doctor death" legacy of her father. His Kervorkian-copycat methods of euthanasia ruined her childhood, covering it in shame. She won't let him steal her future, too. After changing her name to Becka, she assumes a new life and new job caring for the ailing mother of a handsome, young businessman, Isaac Hughes. Becka struggles to sort out her feelings for her new boss just as her patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage make Becka look like a murder suspect. Worse, all sense of home and all hope for love vanish. Even if she could clear her name, a phone call from prison wraps a suffocating shroud around her heart. Her father is out--and he needs her help. Can Becka open her life to the man who has prematurely taken so many? Or will her father's legacy make it impossible to open her heart at all?
Hope for So Many!
Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's ChoicesCynthia RuchtiAbingdon Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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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 after effects of divorce, disease, drugs, drunk drivers, death, downsizing, disasters and bad decisions.
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.