Monday, June 29, 2015

Tattered and Mended by Cynthia Ruchti

From the very first page, Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the wounded soul by Cynthia Ruchti, reaches out to the reader as a modern day parable. The tightly knit theme of textile repair: the arts, home decor, fashion, quilting and recycling are analogies that will reach every reader far and wide.  This highly readable book is just what a hurting, offended or grieving soul needs. As the author mentions in her introduction- this down to earth book is not for the theologian or seminary student- its easy to digest message is for the overworked and overburdened, in order to give hope. "People are tattered. Some say, 'Then let's make tattered fashionable.' But god invites us to mend". (Ruchti, 2015 p. 1)

Cynthia Ruchti brings scripture to life relating it to the modern day reader.  Her vivid writing reaches out to the reader without, allowing the reader to relate to biblical truths.  She invites the reader behind the scenes of the gospel stories that are used to relate how God heals those who are in pain and broken-hearted. She is a gifted writer offering inspiration to those in need.  And readers in need will not be disappointed. Ruchti delivers hope, purpose and empowerment with her words.   The Holy Spirit has used this woman, through her book, to reach out to those who are burdened and hurting as "The tattered and wounded line roadways, courtrooms. break rooms at work, family rooms, churches, hospital corridors. You may be one of them." (Ruchti, 2015 p. 7).  Her entire book as if it was written personally for the reader- in a conversational tone- simple, yet vibrant and real.  Her gift of writing is reminiscent of one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado.  I beliebve anyone who enjoys Lucado's works will enjoy Ruchti.  This is a book worthy of the bedside, to be read and re-read and to be passed to a grieving friend or family member.  I hope more readers will discover Cynthia Ruchti and benefit from her inspiration.  As a blogger for Litfuse publicity I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.  This book is published by Abingdon Press.

No comments:

Post a Comment