1. Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores
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    Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores
    Meadow Rue Merrill
    Hendrickson Publishers / 2017 / Hardcover
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  1. Florence, KY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love is a Journey
    January 4, 2019
    simplysherryl
    Florence, KY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is so inspirational, it is the true story about the life of a little girl that was abandoned because of her medical condition.

    Meadow is introduced to Ruth through a group at church that were hosting orphans that had been sent to the States to received medical care. The hope was that some of them would also be adopted by families while being treated. As soon as Meadow and her family meet Ruth, they fall in with her. They start spending more time time with her, and start to learn to care for her needs.

    As the story continues, the struggles both financially and those that come with dealing with governments from both countries. I enjoyed seeing how the challenges and heartbreaks only made Meadow's faith stronger. It would have been so easy for her to just give up and stop the battle. I am so happy she didn't, but I can't imagine the pain and suffering she went through on this journey.

    From the beginning of the book, it is clear that this is going to be a painful journey. It rips the covers off the hidden grief that comes from loving someone so fully. Each chapter is filled with Meadow's dreams and memories. When the facts around Ruth's death are shred, it's just awful. It was so painful to watch the raw grief that Meadow experienced. The despair, the anger, self blame are feelings we understand and share because they are beyond understanding. Knowing how deep the love in Meadow was for Ruth is a testimony to how strong love is; and an example for all of us.

    I recommend this book for those considering adopting and parents of children with special needs.

    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. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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