Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

About the book:

Hope grows when seeds are planted-even in the muddy middle of life.

Josiah Chamberlain's life's work revolves around repairing other people's marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife's unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she's unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what's left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

My Thoughts:

A Fragile Hope completely took me by surprise in its storytelling and the way the author wove spiritual truths into it.  The back synopsis didn’t really give me any clue as to what I would be stepping into.  I was immensely surprised and turned page after page wondering what was to become of married couple Josiah and Karin.

The story is told through Josiah’s eyes and we get to really see the world as Josiah sees it. He is not really likable as he is a self-absorbed, neglectful husband who really needs to get a clue and realize his wife needs him and she has needs.   As we walk on this journey with him, he realizes some very important truths about Jesus, himself, his marriage, love, and forgiveness.  It was a heartrending and an emotional read. It also really made me pause and take a good look in the mirror and wonder, am I as clueless and self-absorbed as Josiah is?  This was a powerful read and I encourage thoughtful readers to pick up this soul stirring novel.

I received a copy of this book for free through Litfuse Publicity.  I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.  

About the Author:

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her novels, novellas, nonfiction books, articles and devotionals, drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry. Ruchti has written more than 20 award-winning novels, novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals. Her books have received numerous awards and nominations, including the RT Reviewers' Choice, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year nominations, two Selah Awards, Christian Retailing's BEST, was an ACFW Carol Award finalist and a Christy finalist, among other honors. Her latest release is the novel A Fragile Hope.

One of Ruchti's greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she has served as worship and devotions staff and faculty for the Write-to-Publish conference and teaches at other writers' conferences across the country and internationally as opportunities arise. She also serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.

Ruchti speaks frequently for women's groups and serves on her church's worship team. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

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