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Monday, April 3, 2017

A Fragile Hope

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope.  She's the award-winning author of 16 books and a frequent speaker for women's ministry events.  Cynthia serves as the ProfessionalRelations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. Ruchti lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

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Where does a relationship expert turn when his wife leaves him and he can't explain why?

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 that his expertise, quick wit, and clever quips mean nothing for his 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 fails him too?  Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

My Thoughts:
Every once in a while there comes along an author that absolutely slays you every single time with every single book.  Cynthia Ruchti is that author for me.  Her newest book, A Fragile Hope that releases TODAY, is a story about a man who learns to truly love and encounters the "Grace Giver" in the most unlikely of places and circumstances.  Josiah's story is truly "hemmed in hope" as Cynthia's author byline states.  And, he learns that "Hope doesn't have an expiration date."
Told primarily from Josiah's perspective, A Fragile Hope grabs you from the very first page.  I was quickly invested in the characters who are complex and a storyline that is emotional, heartwrenching, but hopeful, so very hopeful.  Ruchti doesn't shy away from tackling the hard stuff of life and never fails to weave gospel grace into her stories.  I appreciate that Ruchti doesn't tidy things up but writes genuine characters on real journeys of faith learning to trust and rely on God.
So many times books like A Fragile Hope are told from the female perspective.  I appreciated that Cynthia broke away from that mold and told this story from the husband's point of view.  Readers will learn so much right along with Josiah in this story.  How do we extend grace, mercy, and forgiveness like our Savior did "on the night He was betrayed?"  Josiah walks this journey and he learned how. Read A Fragile Hope and be blessed.

*I received a complimentary Advanced Reader's Copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading Ya'll,