Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's ChoicesCynthia Ruchti
It is one thing to live with the consequences of your own choices. But what happens when your life is forever altered because of someone else's toxic actions? Where do we find hope when it’s clouded by the ashes of other people’s choices? With the assurance of a God who ... Read More
With the assurance of a God who hears and understands, Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices from author Cynthia Ruchti reaches out to survivors and those who care about, counsel, or long to make a difference in their lives.
Page Count: 192
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 1, 2013
- UPC: 9781426751172
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- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 210
- Publish Date: Jul 1, 2013
- Language: English
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- BISAC: "REL012070"
- ISBN: 1426751176
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- Hope that glows in the dark by Ramagnes on 3/21/2014
Ragged Hope recounts 25 true stories of individuals and families who have survived the fallout of other people’s choices. Their struggles run counter to the glamorized infotainment that permeates our news. Matching story with scripture Cynthia Ruchti concludes each story with Reflections and If you know…
The Reflections include comments about the story and raise thought-provoking questions. For example, in the “Thousand Bad Decisions” story the author comments and asks:
But many sorrows are a reflection of a much longer history than a single choice. In your own situation, can you trace back to
“So, that’s where it all started”?
The section If you know someone like the person in the story relates follow up information and advice. For example, in the “Thousand Bad Decisions” story Cynthia reports that after 17 years in prison Max found Christ through the visitation and encouragement of a caring Christian, not a jail minister. She asks:
Is someone’s turning point waiting for you to abandon your hesitation?
She concludes the story with this verse:
Follow my example, just like I follow Christ’s. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (Common English Bible)
Ruchti’s counselor-teacher approach (a result of 33 years of leading retreats and hosting a radio program) is applied Christianity. Her book can be an understanding friend for those going through similar struggles. For old and new Christians her book can be an invaluable training tool. For high school and college young people, her book is a window on the real world, a troubled world but with “Hope that glows in the dark”.
And hope does not disappoint. Romans 5:5 (New American Standard Bible)
- Impressive Hope! by Nancee on 7/24/2013
Ragged Hope is a collection of poignant personal stories of survivors who, by the grace of God, have endured and overcome the fallout from other people's destructive choices. The examples in Ragged Hope are lessons in reality. Dishonorable, selfish, inappropriate choices made by others have placed the victims in these stories into chaotic situations. Hope has set them free. Examples of abuse, neglect, abandonment, job loss, infidelity and financial disasters are only a fraction of the representations illustrating how God's steadfast love, mercy and grace helped these victims overcome painful and debilitating circumstances. These stories demonstrate that no matter what life throws our way God's unconditional love can restore peace to our lives. Each life story is followed by reflections for the reader to contemplate and examine, to assist in gleaning hope in spite of despair. An inspirational Bible verse appropriate to the situation regarding those who have survived life's most difficult challenges is a balm for the spirit. For those suffering the fallout of someone else's poor choices, Rugged Hope is exemplary in promoting healing from some of the most painful wounds inflicted on us, through the power and love of God.
Cynthia Ruchti has presented several powerful examples of God's transformation of His children from ashes to beauty. These accounts of victims in despair, whose pain was inflicted on them by those closest to them, are written with sensitivity and compassion. The practical applications provided through these personal accounts are excellent points of reference for those involved in situations similar to the victims described in Ragged Hope. Ms. Ruchti writes with insight, discrimination, credibility and a sophistication that only experience yields. Incredible hope is the ground level approach throughout this book. This author provides impressive insight into the human condition, and the solutions delivered through Hope!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine, and no monetary compensation was received as a result of this review.