Hope grows when seeds are planted—even in the muddy middle of life.
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 his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a 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 fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?
“That word. Vile and slightly salty.” (p. 96)
“Where would we be if we hadn’t discovered that seeds of hope can grow in mud? (p. 315)
The journey between the observation on page 96 and the one settled upon on page 315 is difficult and profound. It is a journey of loss and self-discovery, of spiritual battles between self and submission and, ultimately learning that God can and will redeem every single circumstance if we trust entrust it completely to Him.
Cynthia Ruchti is an author who is not afraid to dive into the deep end of the pool relationally, emotionally or spiritually. To read her work is sometimes painful, because it forces the reader to take a long hard look into the mirror and ask difficult questions. In her latest novel, a fragile hope, she hits some very hard topics square in the face. These are situations and issues that challenge our hearts and minds to examine the covenant of marriage at a gut-wrenching level. Whether you are married or not, this novel will take you on an emotional roller-coaster that will leave you weeping at times, but will also redefine hope in a way you have never considered before.
This is a powerful, life-changing book that, for me at least, has helped me heal from wounds at a deeper and more personal level than I ever dreamed possible. How I praise God for allowing Cynthia Ruchti to commit this story to paper. What a gift!!
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 17 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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