Jul 162013

I recieved Ragged Hope by Cynthia Ruchti through LitFuse to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, I wasn’t expected to give a favorable review, and no other compensation was received….

Cynthia Ruchti  is celebrating the release of Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices (Abingdon Press) with a $200 Visa Cash Card “Hope” Giveaway and Facebook Party!


One winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa Cash Card
  • Ragged Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced at the Ragged Hope Author Chat Part on August 1st. Connect with Cynthia for an evening of encouragement, laughter, and more! Cynthia will also share an exclusive look at her next project and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Ragged Hope and join Cynthia on the evening of August 1st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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I did not have the ideal life growing up. To say that my family at home wasn’t the family they portrayed in public is an understatement. However, somehow through it all, I found a way to triumph despite the start in life I was given. To say perhaps that I clung to Hope is a fairly good statement for my life for the most part (that and tenacious clinging on to the chance I would get to escape that environment someday.)

So, I was excited to get chosen to participate in the blog tour for Cynthia Ruchti’s Ragged Hope. I had hoped that this book would examine the scriptures pertaining to hope, overcoming life’s many trials and would be a good resource to pass on to others who have survived the trials like I have and to help them come through them with more faith and hope than before.

Instead, Ragged Hope is a collection of stories of the tragedies that have befallen people and explains that throughout each of the stories, the main character in them clung to hope through it all. At the end of each chapter, there are discussion questions for you to think through or use in perhaps a book discussion group.

I was dismayed over the fact that there wasn’t quite as much scripture referenced in the book as there could have been. I also would have liked an explanation on where one’s Hope truly stems from. Yes, this book discusses a bit and has Christian overtones, it wasn’t very overt. I wouldn’t necessarily use this book as a tool for witnessing to a friend who is going through a hard time unless I knew they knew that true Hope is found in Christ. Though, this might be a good foot in the door for a neighbor who is having a rough time of it perhaps, provided you do follow up with them.

After having come through some very tough trials ourselves (my upbringing, losing several family members, our miscarriage eight years ago) reading about

I would use this book as a supplement to a good inductive study on hope and overcoming life’s trials. This could be the start of a series of studies and personal application guides, which would be a great resource for our pain filled society. However, as a stand alone book, it wouldn’t have been my first choice to read on the subject, personally.

  One Response to “Ragged Hope by Cynthia Ruchti; A Liffuse Review, FB Author Chat and a Chance for a Prize”

  1. I so much appreciated your comment about “a foot in the door” regarding Ragged Hope. My heart goes out to you over the trials you’ve had to bear. And I commend you for the way you have stood strong in the Hope Christ offers. There is no other. Thank you for your thought-provoking review. I’m grateful.

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