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RAGGED HOPE: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices
by Cynthia Ruchti
Abingdon Press, 978-1-4267-5117-2
PB, 204 pages, $15.99

How do you deal with the pain caused by other people's choices? Cynthia Ruchti explores this question by telling the stories of 26 people who were hurt by choices made by a loved one, and how they turned to God to deal with the pain. In coping with betrayal, dishonesty, slander, rejection, and physical abuse, these courageous folks used prayer, Bible study, Christian outreach, and personal determination to rebuild their lives and go forward for Christ. They are able to share insights and pass along lessons to others who may be experiencing similar disappointments and disillusionments.

Ruchti has more than three decades of experience on the radio with her "Heartbeat of the Home." Some of the speaking techniques used on radio don't translate well into the printed word. The book contains incomplete sentences and frequently repeated words. Also, there is more "telling" than "showing" when describing the pain the people felt. Nevertheless, messages of survival and hope come through, making this an uplifting book for folks in damaged relationships.

Scott H. Phillips is a professional writing major at Taylor University and a freelance writer for WBCL radio, Church Libraries and Christian Book Previews.


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