Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul - eBook
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781630888008
ISBN-13: 9781630888008

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Artisans can reclaim exquisite beauty from the broken, frayed, and hopefully shattered—perhaps once thought beyond repair. But what about us? What of the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live?

In Tattered and Mended, readers walk through a gallery of reclaimed and restored art as well as broken and restored lives of those who have gone before us. With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, Cynthia Ruchti shows how even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.

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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. Daughterofthe1King
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    There is an art form to mending a tattered soul
    October 29, 2015
    Daughterofthe1King
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "It's counterproductive for us to wait until we're ready to heal. We'll never be ready for the mending process. God invites us to heal anyway." Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul

    I received this book as an incentive for volunteering on the publicity street team. I love adding books to my collection and this one will definitely go on my favorites book shelf.

    I have a pretty high pain tolerance. At least physically. When it comes to soul wounds, I am tender as a newborn baby, shrinking away from the harsh lights and screaming out my shock at the rude awakening I've just received. My world, which started out as warm and inviting and comforting, gets shattered by the curve balls life throws at me. The death of a grandparent that ripped my family to shreds. Growing up with a father who maintained a cold, emotional distance to hide his own wounded soul, never realizing the shattered heart of his daughter lay bleeding in his hands. A friend whose world rapidly shrinks as his severe fears and depression destroy whatever semblance of a relationship we had.

    After facing these brutal attacks on my heart and soul, I'm left feeling broken and unfixable. Wondering how God can make art out of the messes in my life.

    Reading Tattered and Mended, I realized a few things. Oh, the truths are not new concepts. But Cynthia Ruchti's words are hemmed in hope and shine new light on the age old truths. She writes in such a way that just goes against the culture of this day and age to prod us out of our numbed stupor. Sometimes I think that we, nowadays, do not realize all the pain we hide in our souls because we have been taught to shove the unpleasant, uncomfortable parts of our existence in to the darkest, deepest corner of our hearts and forget about it.

    Tattered and Mended evokes a sense of poetry and a healing, soothing wave of words that breathe into that dark, deep corner and bring forth our desperate longing to be healed and restored. Heavily laden with scripture and real life examples, Cynthia Ruchti pulls on the artistic threads throughout history to show and affirm a solid truth.

    God never promised a painless, butterflies and rainbows existence. We live for a few brief decades, a mere whisper of time in the grand scheme of things, but we experience SO much in those short moments. Pain is part and parcel of our experience. Hurt and wounds happen in so many ways on so many different levels. What matters is what God is doing in the midst of our breaking to not only restore, but to create something beautiful and new. It doesn't mean we lose those scars and wounds or forget about the pain. But as she states in a chapter on tapestry restoration,

    "No scar is inherently beautiful. But it can be perceived as beautiful because of what it represents."

    The beauty of restoration is not in a scar-free, wound-free existence. That would be cold, brittle, and lacking the Divine Artist's signature. It's when the Divine Artist takes our broken, fractured pieces and creates a new story, interwoven with the blood-red threads of His Son's triumph on the cross.

    We live in a sin-laden world. Pain and suffering and soul-deep wounding is inevitable. The stories in Tattered and Mended offer the hope only given by a God whose tender hand creates, restores, and redeems us for His glory and purpose.

    My copy of Tattered and Mended is already soaked through with tears. However, they are healing tears that remind me of the Artist's healing hands.
  2. Author Rachael
    Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not Just Restoration, But Re-creation for the Hurting
    October 14, 2015
    Author Rachael
    Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Cynthia Ruchti's newest nonfiction takes yet another fresh approach to the theme that colors all her wonderful writings: hope that glows in the dark. Tattered and Mended: the Art of Healing the Wounded Soul, recognizes that damaged people are trashed in our disposable-obsessed culture. Yet Christ the Healer takes exquisite care in mending and honoring them in new, glorious ways. Ruchti's artistic metaphors, including Japanese boro, (the artistic mending of aged fabric), painting restoration, and transforming "unfixable but mendable" jewelry, among other illustrations, affirm that God gladly gives His children a "crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair" (Isaiah 61:3). Readers with hurting family and friends will find Ruchti's book invaluable in helping point their way to wholeness and creative joy.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review, but was not required to give a positive review. The opinion expressed above is my own.
  3. Susan Osborn
    Fullerton, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Tapestry for healing the wounded soul
    July 31, 2015
    Susan Osborn
    Fullerton, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Each of us has broken places that we hide inside ourselves. In Tattered and Mended, Cynthia Ruchti offers hope and restoration for our souls through Gods Word and promises. Through the vehicle of restoring works of art and recycling castoff materials into works of art, Cynthia weaves a tapestry that shows how God can restore our souls in the midst of chaos. She states, As God mended what had been broken in me both in body and spirit I begin to see that he wasnt merely replacing faded material or restitching seams that had loosened. He was embroidering a design that would forever remind me of the story of what Id been through and how near he drew. I highly recommend this book for anyone whose tattered soul needs mended.
  4. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God Will Restore Us To Be His Masterpiece
    July 27, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Cynthia Ruchti, in her new book, Tattered and Mended published by Abingdon Press gives us The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul.

    From the back cover: A crumbling statue. A torn tapestry. A discolored painting.

    Artisans can reclaim exquisite beauty from the broken, frayed, and hopelessly shatteredperhaps once thought beyond repair. But what about us? What of the scars and broken places we hide inside? What of the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live? Can our tattered souls ever be mended?

    In Tattered and Mended, author Cynthia Ruchti offers and invitation to think about soul-mending as a divine art form, to show us that God doesnt just heal wounded souls, He heals artfully.

    With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, Ruchti offers hope for your own broken places. She opens the door to a gallery of the reclaimed and restored, reflects on a tapestry of stories not unlike your own, and helps you discover that even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.

    If a statue gets damaged there is a special artist that is called to repair it. If a painting gets damaged there is a different special artist who will repair it. How about a damaged tapestry or stained glass? You guessed it special artists to repair and restore. I never thought about it before however if we have special artists to bring back to full glory art that once was believed to be beyond repair then how much more can we believe God to do? Each one of us is a work of art, His art. And that means He is the only artist that can repair and restore us back to the masterpiece He created us to be. Ms. Ruchti has given us eleven chapters that give us hope and confidence that God will take our tattered and broken lives and, will not only heal you, but make you better than you were before. This is a wonderful book that you might refer back to again when you feel damaged. Ms. Ruchti has given us lots to think about. This will also make a wonderful gift for family and friends so that they can be healed and restored as well.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.
  5. debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Tattered and Minded ~ Cynthia Ruchti
    July 24, 2015
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is for those that are going through a difficult time, it teaches you how to mend your brokenness. Each chapter Cynthia tells of a true story in her life, gives bible verses to back up the mending, provides the story of someone in the bible dealing with the same and then gives a real life story of someone else going through the same things. You can read it cover to cover or read each chapter separately at your leisure.

    I recommend this book to those that have some type of trial they are going through. It would be a good small bible study book or a few friends group study. It is written well and very easy to read. It encourages you to have more faith and teaches how GOD uses us all for his plan.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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
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