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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781501816369
ISBN-13: 9781501816369

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Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they’re committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. While Charlie retired early, Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.

Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith’s song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.

When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.

Author Bio

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 16 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin. Visit her online at CynthiaRuchti.com.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Silent no longer
    May 9, 2016
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Song of Silence.
    I have read almost all of the books by Cynthia Ruchti and I think her books are getting better with each book she writes. I love how deeply she makes her reader connect to the characters and the details she goes into when giving her characters personalities. I could feel the pain Lucy was experiencing all throughout the book and the pain Charlie felt because he couldn't relieve hers by making her dream of teaching music hang on just a bit longer. I forgot how much she infuses humor into situations and I enjoy that about her. The passion that she gave Charlie had me laughing each time as I envisioned him passionately describing his new adventure.

    Being a music therapist, I easily related to this book and loved reading it. It was beautiful and raw. It is what is happening to so many music and arts problems around the country. I don't know if she meant to or not, but she definitely is using this book to raise awareness about why the schools need these programs. However, being a therapist, I loved the opening chapter.

    Song of Silence is a story about a dream that has become silent after so many years. It's about passion and music and pouring into the lives of children. That is, until plans are made and the music seems to stop in Lucy's life. She has to figure out her next step, her new passion, but doesn't want to bury the music. I love that in the end, her dreams is bigger and better than she would have ever imagined at the beginning!

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    I received this book free from Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.

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  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Song of Silence raises a melody that won't be silent
    May 3, 2016
    Just Commonly
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Song of Silence.
    Cynthia Ruchti is a master of extracting emotions when it comes to her writing. How she can relate to each of her readers, well at least to me, just amazes me. Song of Silence, her latest release is beautiful to say the least. As the music of her life's passion abruptly and premeditatively taken from her, Lucy Tuttle must find peace without letting her faith fade as well. The message of hope and faith amidst trials and changes in life just resonated with me on a very personal level - as a wife and a fellow Christian.

    Cynthia's choice to write about and focus on a different maturity level of love gave readers a different take on life and expectations. A little of marriage advice as bonus, you can say. Lucy and Charlie, her husband are happily married with grown children, not typical romantic couples in their twenties to late thirties. I find it refreshing and all the more authentic. It's not about romance, even though it is, but something deeper in your soul. It's the heart. I can't express how Song of Silence hit me to my core, and so profoundly raised in me a song that is silent yet loud.

    As I was reading this, I couldn't help but remember times of body worship of praise songs that didn't required us to sing, but using a combination of sign language and dance to express our worship. And throughout Song of Silence, I couldn't stop the melody of this one song on a repeat mode in my head.

    I'm sure many of you have heard of or even sung "Heart of Worship" by Matt Redman in the past. There are renditions from many popular Christian artists. Song of Silence reminded me the meaning in the Heart of Worship, as well as a musical piece that brings to the forefront love in relationships, from marriage to friendship to parentage, and all this includes love in God. All the characters round out the notes perfectly, and as a romantic at heart, might I add, Charlie's wit, simplicity and support of Lucy reinforces his "good man" status. The multiple arcs that play on in this musical score makes it interesting, and as the composer, Cynthia Ruchti gave us a masterpiece.

    This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.

    NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A moving read
    April 30, 2016
    Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Song of Silence.
    I've read several books by Cynthia Ruchti and always connect right away with her Wisconsin/Great Lakes settings, but my connections to this story went way beyond the setting. I can count on one hand how many times I've found a really good book with a main character who is facing the issues common to the 55+ crowd. And Ruchti handles these problems in a story that is realistic, at times humorous, at times profound, and often just a step away from a nonstop cry. Lucy, 57, is the victim of RIF (reduction in force); in other words, her music program at a private school system has been eliminated. For Lucy, teaching was not a career; it was a passion that filled her life. Her husband, who has already taken early retirement, sees her job loss as an opportunity to begin again a life together. Lucy feels numb and almost unable to breathe. As the story progresses, Lucy begins to see her new life as the "rest stops" or silences in a piece of music. As she had always told her students those moments of silence are as critical to the whole song as the played notes; now, it is a period of life, seemingly without instruments and singing -- a kind of silence, that Lucy must find meaning in. This is not easy, and Lucy must reach outside herself to find answers.

    There was so much I could relate to in this book. First there is the connection to one's career that goes beyond mere job satisfaction. Even though I've been retired five years and I chose my retirement date, I still sometimes feel a type of disconnect. I'm no longer a school librarian and English teacher, and that work defined who I was in part. Am I less because I no longer do that?

    Then there is the whole disappointment in her community for letting the elimination of the music program happen. A year or so before I retired, I read about a school in Northern Wisconsin (near where we have a vacation cabin) had made the decision to eliminate their elementary library. They were going to disperse the books among the classrooms and then use the big empty space for a place where kids could do presentations. Excuse me, how often do kids do presentations? A couple times a year, maybe??? A library can be used everyday, all day -- if you staff it!! Now, this wasn't even my school, and it certainly did not threaten my job, but it still felt like a blow to the gut. I wanted to dig out every article about the value of staffed libraries in schools-- the increase in reading schools and other factors in success. I disgress, but let's say from a career stand point, I could empathize with Lucy.

    Next was Lucy's relationship with her husband Charlie, a man whom she loves dearly, but whose cheerful presence at the moment is extremely taxing. My hubby and I have been married just 6 weeks shy of 45 years, and when Lucy was biting back sarcastic words, I was chuckling out loud. Any couple who has adjusted to both people being home every day has got to connect with Ruchti's portrayal of Lucy and Charlie. I always tell people that R. and I built a bi-level home as our retirement home on purpose. We each get one floor, and if we need to switch, we can, but we always have space away from each other!! Ruchti has gotten that couple dynamic right on; they love each other deeply, never want to hurt each other, but they definitely approach life differently, even after so many years together.

    As I read the book, I found myself stopping to mark passages about marriage, silence, and more. At times it seemed like I was reading a marriage or retirement advice book. but never in a boring way. Lucy and her family's story always took the forefront, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't want to give too much away but I encourage you to find out what HHATT, the name of her new book club means, and what little boy enters Lucy's life and how he and her mom help Lucy find a place and reason to be. I received a copy of this title from Litfuse for my honest review.

  4. upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    inspiring read
    April 28, 2016
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Song of Silence.
    Cynthia's latest novel is a masterpiece that will tug at your heart and soul and remain with you long after you finish reading. "Song of Silence" shares the story of Lucy and the loss of her job, her career, her passion, her heartbeat in life. This is a realistic part of life, sometimes things like this happen and cannot be avoided and each person handles situations and grief in different ways. Lucy struggles with this change in her life and believes that her husband just doesn't understand, how could he as he has retired and is content with how life is. Cynthia addresses moments and situations that can be difficult to cope with and different to handle with grace. What I love about this book and really all of Cynthia's books that I have read is that the stories are filled with hope, and characters whom struggle with things that the readers do, and that is an encouragement. I highly recommend this book to read.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Song of Silence
    April 26, 2016
    Helen
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    This review was written for Song of Silence.
    Cynthia has captured the heart of the main character's struggle to redirect her focus through more challenging events than she could ever have dreamed. Song of Silence spoke to me personally as I seek God's direction in a new phase of my own life. When the dream of what we expect the future to be becomes a nightmare of emotions and disappointments, what comes next? The canvas of the future is blank. However, God in his creativity and I think, sense of humor, begins painting an unexpectedly delightful scene full of bright hopes and dreams. I might have liked to see a stronger initial bond between Lucy and her husband but that is not always reality. I highly recommend this good read!
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