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Marriage counselor Josiah Chamberlain has a high success rate repairing other couples' relationships. But when it comes to his own wife, things aren't what they not perfect. As she becomes unreachable, he feels betrayed. Now that love seems to have failed him, will his faith sear through the wall that separates them?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will whats left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Fragile HopeJuly 20, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5For much of this book, I read through tear filled eyes. This is not an easy book to read, but it is filled with thought-provoking wisdom and such beautiful writing. Josiah struggles to learn what it means to really love his wife after she is in a catastrophic car accident. In the eyes of some of his wife's friends, and even in his self-talk, he is a jerk, an oblivious self-centered man so caught up in his own greatness as a marriage counselor, author, and speaker he has lost touch with his wife's needs. As Josiah worked through all this, and reacquainted himself with Jesus, I had compassion for him. It touched me deeply to see his progress. Even when he was still operating under wrong assumptions, he managed to make the right choices to love. His father-in-law, Stan, and Nancy, the mother of a long-term care son, as well as feisty Dr. Moore, were catalysts along his journey of hope. This is a book that needs to be savored and the wisdom pondered. Much of what Josiah learned can help us too.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Exquisite!July 19, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Some storms pass and leave the earth refreshed. Others leave devastation in their path. Either way, you will go on."
Dr. Josiah Chamberlain is devastated. "It hadn't taken long for despair to become his 'new normal'." When his wife is critically injured in an automobile accident that raises more questions than answers, Josiah is forced to listen to the still, small voice within. It's not very pleasant to view your life as others must have seen it; selfish, self-absorbed, stingy with appreciation for the woman who obviously loved him deeply, but had arrived at a crossroads; as the hours, days, weeks and months begin to pile up, while Karin's deep brain injury leaves her incapacitated, and her body responsible for another's life and breath.
Karin and Josiah both need the miraculous touch of the Master Healer, for not all injuries lie on the surface, and Josiah too, is brittle and broken.
"When you slide to the edge of 'I can't do this anymore,' open your eyes. A handhold of hope is waiting in front of you." Exquisite!
Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming StoryMay 30, 2017Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Fragile Hope is an emotionally gripping story of a man who is so wrapped up in his successful career that he doesnt realize his own failure in his marriage. It takes his wifes serious car accident for him to wake up to what is happening. Through trauma and lifes difficulties, lessons are learned regarding faith, hope, and love. This is another excellent story by Cynthia Ruchti, woven with life application for every reader.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5An honest story of a marriage that needs restorationMay 6, 2017Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was first introduced to Cynthia Ruchti a few years ago and I have eagerly looked for her new releases ever since. Each story I read leaves me wanting to read more and more of her books. As always, I was instantly swept away into the story from the first pages. One of the biggest reasons I love the books by Ruchti is because she writes raw and honest stories. She's not afraid to open up the emotions of her readers and take them on a journey they never really expected to take.
A Fragile Hope tells the story of a marriage that is facing a disaster. Josiah doesn't think his marriage could possibly be in jeopardy. He was a fixer of other marriages. His own marriage was okay. Except it wasn't. His wife was not happy and found many reasons as to why her marriage needed help. It isn't until his wife is in an accident that he is forced to take a hard look at his own marriage and his own wife, and even his own life.
I found Josiah really hard to like in the beginning. He was annoying and it bugged me that he just couldn't truly see his wife and acknowledge her feelings and thoughts. As the story kept unfolding, though, I began to grow a soft spot for Josiah. I think if readers are honest with themselves, they may see a little bit of Josiah in them, too. I appreciate fiction books that make me think about living a godly life and shows me some sin in my heart that I need to deal with.
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5OutstandingMay 2, 2017IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5One of my 'rules' for reading and reviewing is that I have to like the main character. It's hard to like a book (especially a romance) if you can't stand the hero.
A Fragile Hope is the exception to that rule.
Josiah Chamberlain is one of the most self-absorbed men you could ever hope to meet. He's a Christian relationship counsellor who has given up counselling in favour of writing best-selling self-help books while his wife dabbles in some little hobby business, selling home-made greeting cards.
But he's forced to re-evaluate his life when Karin is involved in a fatal car accident, and ends up in ICU, unconscious. And she's apparently pregnant - after they've been told Josiah can't have children. This is the slightly frustrating cause of the Big Misundertanding, something that could have been sorted out early in the novel. But Josiah is the man who always has the right answer so it never occurs to him that he hasn't.
I didn't like Josiah, but I kept reading out of some kind of macabre fascination. Would Mr Intelligent get a clue? And when?
The other reason I kept reading was because of the writing. There were so much great writing, so many great lines. I appreciated the way the Christian themes were woven in, strong but not overwhelming or out of place. Overall, recommended for the outstanding writing, thought-provoking Christian themes, and a great character-driven story.
Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.