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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul

About the author:
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories "hemmed in hope." She's the award-winning author of sixteen 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.

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About the book: 
Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul(Abingdon, July 2015)

A crumbling statue. A torn tapestry. A discolored painting. 

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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You'll be blessed by looking through Cynthia's Pinterest board with images and quotes from the book.  Also included are images of sashiko and boro mending stitches used in Japan.

My Thoughts:
Cynthia Ruchti's books earned a permanent place on my "keeper shelf" a few years ago when I read her book "When The Morning Glory Blooms".  Since that time, I have done my best to read everything she writes.  Cynthia has a special gift infusing hope in both her fiction and non-fiction books.

"How would you answer if Jesus asked, 'What do you want me to do for you?' Because Jesus is asking.  It is the Divine Invitation to mend."
In Tattered And Mended, Cynthia delves into the mending and healing ministry of Jesus to the broken.  Through personal story, research and a careful application of scripture, Cynthia offers readers a thoughtful look at the purpose of pain and a beautiful portrait of Jehovah-Rophe, "God your healer."
"Although God could and often did heal physical infirmities, this cherished, hope-giving name catapulted into the world as a result of the kind of mending we often most need - converting soul misery into something we can live with, wholeness where holes once dominated, raw edges sewn together expertly so they can't unravel again."
Cynthia speaks of "holy bandages presoaked in mercy" and the refinement brought about by the mending stitches themselves.  She reminds us of Christ Who "wastes nothing and uses everything".

Cynthia's writing is encouraging, inspiring and full of hope.  "The wounded made whole" is the theme of Tattered And Mended.  The end of the book includes three helpful sections:  Beyond the End, Mending Prayers, and Stretching to Mend.  Each of these sections provides readers with practical ways to lean into the process of mending by embracing The Divine Mender through prayer guidance and sound biblical encouragement.

Simply put...Cynthia offers readers a balm for wounded, broken and weary souls.

Tattered Mended Cynthia Ruchti

*I was given a complimentary copy of the book for the purose of this review.  All opinions are my own.