1. A Fragile Hope
    A Fragile Hope
    Cynthia Ruchti
    Abingdon Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 35 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Beautiful Story of Hope!
    March 14, 2017
    Jewelry Diva
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm struggling with the words right now to describe how much of an impact this book has made on me. I have dogeared and highlighted so many amazing quotes. For example, in chapter 34 "God never says. "Go away." He beckons us nearer, no matter what we've done." I loved this book. The main character is a very successful, high profile psychologist who was a "marriage miracle worker." However, his own marriage was falling apart and he never even realized it. He was a very self centered and pompous man. That is until a tragedy took place. His wife was in a horrible car wreck and in a coma for months. That's when God began to get a hold of him and work in his life. We began to see a change in him. God began a change in him.

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book and how I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend A Fragile Hope. I was given a copy by the author and publisher and the review is my own
  2. Minnesota
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hope Lives!
    March 14, 2017
    Fromtheheart
    Minnesota
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review- A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

    A Fragile Hope is a story of a married couple in crisis. While the underlying crisis is within their marriage, it becomes much more in the midst of a medical crisis. It is also complicated by the fact that the husband is a relationship expert and doesn't even realize his own relationship is in crisis. He only realizes it when he gets the call that his wife is in the hospital from a car accident after trying to leave him. As he tries to unravel where she was going, with whom, and why, he is deeply hurt and confused. The answers lie with his wife who cannot tell him anything. He must wrestle with the pain of his confusion and hurt, but more so with himself. How can he not have a good marriage? How could his wife have been leaving him? Aren't the solutions he provides for everyone else truth for their own marriage, too? He must also face that his wife may not live and how he is going to stand with her through her long hospitalization. What will be his priorities now? He faces some tough questions about himself, his wife and his future. How will he find the answers?

    The characters have real hurts, dilemmas, and pain. We feel it with them. We struggle with them through their crisis. It becomes very real to the reader.

    While the crisis feels real, and oftentimes heavy, there are lessons learned. Past hurts become obstacles to surviving this crisis, but hope comes in many different unexpected ways. Hope becomes the strength that makes survival possible. Faith gives hope its root to grow. We are not left in the crisis, but see forgiveness, faith, and hope transcend it to bring real healing on many levels in many ways.

    A Fragile Hope is a story that will touch your emotions and heart. You will feel with the characters, but your own life will be challenged and inspired by this story.

    I was given this book to review.
  3. WA
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fabulous writing, heartfelt story
    March 8, 2017
    Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fabulous writing draws the reader in to walk alongside a husband's struggle in the midst of a traumatic medical crisis. Watching him be transformed with a front row view to his thoughts and emotions, this heartfelt story touches on deep issues: dealing with grief, anger, bitterness, negative thinking, the need to forgive and be forgiven, and learning how to really love people. A beautiful reminder of God's constant love for us too. The author accurately describes the medical scenes, yet draws attention to the human story in the midst of it. Loved watching Josiah's growth from the beginning to the end; I went from wanting to slap him in the beginning, to wanting to hug him at the end. Great reminder to hang onto hope, with all the lovely quotes from Karin's cards added in. Hope definitely grows here!

    Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a realistic, character driven story with a thread of faith. Solid 5 Stars!

    (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
  4. Erie, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Real Meaning of Married Love
    January 29, 2017
    mcaldwell
    Erie, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Fragile Hope - eBook.
    Josiah Chamberlain's world turns upside down when he's called to the hospital after his wife is in a car accident. Josiah hasn't had much time for his wife in the past 5 or more years. He's too busy writing on how to save marriages and relationships. Ironic that his wife needs his full attention to survive the accident. And, there's a twist as we learn straight away at the hospital that Karin is pregnant. What a struggle for Josiah as he's certain he's not the father.

    There's another twist when we learn who was driving the car in the accident...and that he didn't survive.

    Karin's parents are important in the story as pillars of faith, even when circumstances could easily drag them down.

    This was a fantastic story about God providing an opportunity for self-examination and the bettering of one's self, in the midst of great pain.

    Thanks to Abingdon Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
  5. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    When morning dawns, it holds no promise of smooth seas. But it does promise light by which to navigate!
    January 29, 2017
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Alone. It's a feeling. Not a destination or condition. God is especially near to those who think they're alone." ~ Seedlings and Sentiments from the "Faith" collection.

    Too bad pieces of wisdom like this one came to Josiah Chamberlain a bit too late. One would hardly believe that the writer of such valued books on marriage, would fail to recognize that his own marriage was in trouble. But life can be like that sometimes, passing us by without us realizing it and we wonder why did all the time go. But now, Josiah will have to come to terms with an unknown future and the endless questions that have no answers. The only people who could answer them are either dead or in a coma. Was his wife really having an affair and leaving him?

    Now faced with an uncertain future, not knowing if his wife, Karin would ever gain consciousness, he can only stare at her hopeless and wonder about the few clues left behind. A note left to her business partner Leah apologizing for leaving her and the mess that would come with it. A packed suitcase. Leah's husband Wade, driving her so far from her business and then subsequently losing control of her car and hitting a tree, killing him. What didn't he see? Why would she leave him after all these years?

    Just when he thought things couldn't get any worse, Josiah learns that Karin is pregnant and that the child has managed to survive the accident. The one thing Josiah knows is that the child isn't his. For many years Karin and him had tried unsuccessfully to have children and after all the tests came back, it appears that he is the one to blame. Even after learning of this and still wanting children, Karin was willing to adopt by Josiah was adamant that this wouldn't be an option. If God had wanted them to have children, they would be able. He now was comfortable with them living out their remaining years as a couple. Just how long had this affair with Wade been going on? Where did he go wrong in meeting her needs that she had to look someplace else? Then again, if she has to ask, then I'm doing it wrong.

    I received A Fragile Hope from Cynthia Ruchti compliments of Abingdon Press and Net Galley. The one thing I notice about Cynthia Ruchti's novels is that they take you to those uncomfortable places in life that no one wants to go. In fact people are relieved when it happens to someone else and not them. In this case the issue of infidelity is tossed in the face of a man who is considered an expert in marriage and finds that while he was busy giving his advice to everyone else, he failed to listen to any of it himself. Now face with the uncertainty of a future without his wife and a baby that isn't his, all he can do is struggle with the silence facing him. The only one who can explain things is in a coma that doesn't look like a great outcome and how will he deal with it if those answers remain unknown forever? For me this one was worth 5 out of 5 stars and includes discussion questions that make this perfect for book clubs.
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