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She was "the least of these," yet the little Ugandan orphan suffering from cerebral palsy captured the affections of an American family. With heart-tugging honesty, Merrill shares the story of how their unlikely adoption of Ruth transformed and blessed their lives---and taught them about the power of love, faith, and family. Includes reader's guide. 200 pages, hardcover from Hendrickson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1619709074
ISBN-13: 9781619709072

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Author Bio

Meadow Rue Merrill is an award-winning journalist with two decades of published writing experience. She also regularly contributed to "Motherlode," a popular column of the New York Times. She began reporting for The Times Record, a daily newspaper in Brunswick, Maine, and spent the following eight years corresponding for The Boston Globe. Most recently she has written for Harvard University. She has regular columns with The Portland Press Herald, Maine's largest newspaper and Down East magazine.

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"Some stories warm your heart; others break it. Redeeming Ruth does both. She was the littlest, the last, and the least of all, but God used this exceptional child to change not only a family, but an entire community--and, Lord willing, you too. God said, 'A little child shall lead them,' and I pray Ruth's story will lead you into a closer, sweeter, and more intimate encounter with Jesus than you dreamed possible. I have the deepest admiration and respect for the Merrill family, and it's with great joy I recommend this book to you!"
--Joni Eareckson Tada, CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center

 

"Meadow Rue Merrill is a great storyteller, and she's gifted us with the story of her beautiful Ruth. You'll be glad you picked it up and won't want to put it down."
--Margot Starbuck, author of The Girl in the Orange Dress

 

"Honest, painful, and full of hard-won wisdom, Redeeming Ruth tells the story of one family's adoption of a medically fragile daughter and how opening their home and hearts to her would forever a ect their notion of who are the blessed ones in our world."
--Jennifer Grant, author of Love You More

 

"In this riveting, beautifully written book, Meadow Rue Merrill takes us through the story of her daughter Ruth--from her unlikely adoption from Africa to her inclusion in the Merrill family to her growth and beauty as a thriving little girl…. It is ultimately a story about family, about faith, and about coming home. I highly recommend this book."
--Amy Julia Becker, author of A Good and Perfect Gift

 

“In all my years of journalism, I've read few accounts so well told, so powerfully written, so deeply moving. Merrilll eloquently describes the suffering that comes with love, and the love that blossoms in suffering. Be prepared to have your heart gripped--and strangely warmed.”
--Mark Galli, editor in chief of Christianity Today.

 

“Sure to inspire an outbreak of deepened hearts, larger families, greater love. Isn't this the kind of life Jesus has called us all to?”
--Leslie Leyland Fields, author of Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas

Publisher's Description

Redeeming Ruth is the inspirational, true story of an abandoned baby, a devastating diagnosis, and the way God loves broken, hurting people through us--even though we may be broken and hurt, too.

When Meadow met her, Ruth was a sixteen-month-old child that some church friends were hosting from an orphanage in Uganda. She had cerebral palsy and was so weak she couldn't lift her head. Meadow had always felt a call to adopt, but was this what God meant? Part family drama, part travel adventure, and part memoir, Redeeming Ruth is a heartwarming, against-all-odds story about the most unlikely pairing of a typical American family and a physically challenged orphaned girl from Uganda. Much more than an adoption story, this book explores what happens when we sacrificially reach out and share God's love with others.

Ruth's story will inspire families considering adoption, people raising or teaching children with special needs, caregivers, and those grieving the loss of a loved one, ministering to people with disabilities, or striving to serve God despite their own wounded hearts and broken dreams.

Features:

  • Includes a Reader's Guide at the end of the book for each chapter for group discussion or personal reflection.
  • An eight-page insert with personal photos will be included.
  • All personal proceeds from this book benefit orphans and people with disabilities in Uganda.

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  1. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    When God Says "Yes"
    November 20, 2017
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    From her earliest days, Meadow Rue Merrill dreamed of adopting a child, and she longed to travel to Africa, even wrestling a promise from her husband that if she promised to marry him, he would not stand in the way of her going. Redeeming Ruth is Meadows record of Gods yes to her dreams and it stands as powerful evidence that the unfolding of our dreams may not look exactly as we imagined.

    International adoption is complicated even without a large family and economic limitations. The Merrill family had both, but when they met tiny Ruth, she captured their hearts. Ruth had traveled from Uganda through Welcome Home Ministries, Africa, to stay with a family in Maine (friends of the Merrils) where she could receive physical therapy. When Meadow and her husband Dana held Ruths limp body for the first time, they were astonished at her level of disability from cerebral palsy and at the way their hearts responded to her.

    Desire warred against ambivalence as Meadow and Dana weighed the wisdom of bringing a profoundly disabled African child into their already-full-and-busy home located in the whitest state in America. Yielding to what Meadow described as Danas annoying habit of believing that God will take care of us, (22) they took one tentative step after another, weathered countless setbacks, and put thousands of miles on their vehicle until one momentous day, Meadow and Ruth boarded a plane for Uganda to finalize Ruths adoption.

    Time to Walk

    In the spirit of leaving the 99 to save one, Meadow spent nearly a month in Uganda chasing paperwork, caring for Ruth in primitive surroundings, living among the other orphans and workers at Welcome Home. There, she gained insight to the hopelessness of Ruths future, forever trapped in a body with the skill set of a two-month-old infant, if she did not gain entrance to the United States and the privilege of hope that comes with education, health care, and rehabilitation.

    Together, the Merrill family prayed for healing and trusted for progress, but what would healing look like? Her big brothers and sister prayed specifically that Ruth would walk and talk. Would a cochlear implant restore Ruths hearing? Meadow pondered theological implications of her daughters fragility:

    [P]erhaps Gods purpose was higher than ours. Perhaps instead of healing Ruth, he intended to heal us of our selfishness and pride. Wouldnt that be a miracle?

    A Faith Journey into Gods Yes

    Redeeming Ruth reminded me of why memoir is my favorite genre. Not everyone who reads Meadows descriptive prose will be able to appreciate her references to Brunswick area landmarks or have memories of sunny days at Popham Beach and walks around the trails of Mackworth Island that heightened my appreciation for the setting. However, it will be a rare reader who does not identify with the struggle to hold onto a dream that keeps slipping away or to continue in faith when sight is alarmingly out of sync with expected outcomes.

    The Merrill familys unique story is a valuable resource for anyone who is learning to trust Gods motives and struggling to live well in the tension of pursuing a dream while holding it loosely, for within the flow of story, priceless principles emerge:

    Close the door on worries.

    I can believe what my mind is telling me, which is Panic! Or I can believe what the Bible tells me, which is that children are a blessing. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I close my eyes and picture myself physically putting my trust in God the way Id put something in a cupboard. I give my worries to him. Then I close the door. (149)

    Love like a fool.

    Even if you love and lose, keep sharing Gods love anyway. Love in the face of suffering and grief and heartache and loss. Love beyond racial and religious and physical borders and barriers. . . You wont have to look far to find someone who is hurting, someone without a voice, someone waiting to know they are loved. (203)

    There is nothing of value that may be lost here that will not be redeemed in heaven.

    Everything life takes, love restores. Everything. Broken bodies. Broken hearts. Broken dreams. No matter how painful. No matter how devastating. God can transform even our greatest sorrow into something good. (201)

    The unfolding of Ruths story rebukes the notion that God is made visible only in happy endings. Loving and caring for Ruth became Meadows offering to God, one small piece of this broken, pain-pierced world that [she] could redeem. It will surprise no one who has read the New Testament that redemption is a costly process. In the midst of grinding fatigue and great joy, discouragement and soaring faith, mourning and soul-deep comfort, the Merrill family continues to live their way into Gods high purpose for bringing Ruth into their family.

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    This book was provided by Hendrickson Publishers in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Blessings N Bloggings
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Family Journey
    August 12, 2017
    Blessings N Bloggings
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Has God ever put a calling in your heart? He did for Meadow Merrill, He put a desire in her heart to help African orphans and in Redeeming Ruth, you will see the lengths she and her family will go to make this a reality.

    Meadow and her husband Dana are a typical American family. They have two boys, Judah and Gabriel and one on the way, a baby girl they will name Lydia. They had put their desire of helping out African children on the back burner for a time, with Meadow even telling God that if He wants them to help, He will need to bring the child to them.

    Wouldnt you know, God would answer that request? One day they learn about a baby girl, Ruth, who is in America to see if she can get treatment for her cerebral palsy. She is from Uganda, she is orphaned and currently staying in a foster care/sponsor family while she gets treatment. Meadow and Dana meet Ruth when their friend Theresa, brings Ruth to church one Sunday.

    From there you will go on a journey with the Merrill family as they first begin as foster parents, to becoming adoptive parents. The journey is slow and sometimes very painful but you see how they come together as a family, with even Judah and Gabriel donating their savings towards the adoption fees.

    You will also see how faithful God is when you are in His will. He moved people and obstacles to help get Ruth the family she needed. Her medical needs were draining on the family emotionally as well as financially but God always provided and the family stuck together.

    The Merrills story is one of obedience, dedication and pure heart. I found it completely heartbreaking to know that a simple one dollar test could have prevented the development of cerebral palsy in Ruth. Im sorry to say the story does not end in a happily ever after, and I shed many tears at thought of the heartbreak this family has had to endure but they seem hopefully and from the book you gather that they have grown as Christians, grown as a family and are better off for their experience of knowing Ruth.

    I received this book from, Hendrickson Publishers for my honest review.

  3. Dikkon Eberhart
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovingkindness 101 -- no, 1,001
    April 29, 2017
    Dikkon Eberhart
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Meadow Merrill's account of her family's improbable adoption of an orphan Ugandan girl with cerebral palsy is beautifully written, vulnerably insightful, heart rending, and very difficult to put down. I was moved by what the Merrill family did for Ruth. I was profoundly moved by what Ruth did for the Merrill family. If your heart breaks for broken children, yet your heart is filled with joy for what the Lord does for those who follow His will, you will adore this book. The Merrill's calling was not easy--there is nothing sentimental or precious about this tale. It is true life...true life in the Lord. Highest recommendation.
  4. Christina
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful story
    April 29, 2017
    Christina
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is one of the most powerful, moving books I've ever read. Meadow beautifully tells the story of the adoption and life of her daughter, Ruth. The honesty with which she writes is both gut-wrenching and inspiring. I highly recommend this book.
  5. StephCReeves
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Redeeming Ruth Does Not Disappoint
    April 25, 2017
    StephCReeves
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Meadow Rue Merrill's "Redeeming Ruth" was one of the most heartwarming yet heartbreaking stories I have read in a long time. Meadow Rue Merrill bravely and openly shares the story of her adopted Ugandan daughter and what her life meant to so many. Her descriptions of her strife-filled trip to Uganda made my heart race and her poignant retelling of her own struggles to open her heart to this amazing little girl put her readers right in the center of the drama.

    For anyone raising a special-needs child, especially one adopted from overseas, Meadow's story will bring you hope and broaden your perspective of what love and redemption really mean.

    But even for those readers who don't face those particular situations, the Merrill family's story will touch your heart.

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