Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores
releases in May 2017 with Hendrickson Publishers. Pre-order now.
Redeeming Ruth is the inspirational, true story of an abandoned baby, a devastating diagnosis, and the way God loves broken, hurting people through us—even though we may be broken and hurt, too.
When Meadow met her, Ruth was a sixteen-month-old child that some church friends were hosting from an orphanage in Uganda. She had cerebral palsy and was so weak she couldn’t lift her head. Meadow had always felt a call to adopt, but was this what God meant? Part family drama, part travel adventure, and part spiritual memoir, Redeeming Ruth is a heartwarming, against-all-odds story about the most unlikely pairing of a typical American family and a physically challenged orphan from Uganda. Much more than an adoption story, this book explores what happens when we sacrificially reach out and share God’s love with others.
Ruth’s story will encourage families considering adoption, people raising or teaching children with special needs, caregivers, and those grieving the loss of a loved one, ministering to people with disabilities, or striving to serve God despite their own wounded hearts and broken dreams.
“Some stories warm your heart; others break it. Redeeming Ruth does both. She was the littlest, the last, and the least of all, but God used this exceptional child to change not only a family, but an entire community—and, Lord willing, you too. God said, ‘A little child shall lead them,’ and I pray Ruth’s story will lead you into a closer, sweeter, and more intimate encounter with Jesus than you dreamed possible. I have the deepest admiration and respect for the Merrill family, and it’s with great joy I recommend this book to you!”Joni Eareckson Tada
In all my years of journalism, I’ve read few accounts so well told, so powerfully written, so deeply moving. Merrill eloquently describes the suffering that comes with love, and the love that blossoms in suffering. Be prepared to have your heart gripped–and strangely warmed.Mark Galli
Sure to inspire an outbreak of deepened hearts, larger families, greater love. Isn’t this the kind of life Jesus has called us all to?Leslie Leyland Fields
“Meadow Rue Merrill is a great storyteller, and she’s gifted us with the story of her beautiful Ruth. You’ll be glad you picked it up and won’t want to put it down.”Margot Starbuck
The Possum Catcher
Delilah Jean Blossom and her mom move to a remote northern Australian mission the summer she turns thirteen. Living among some of the deadliest animals on the planet, “Del” is afraid of her new surroundings. Then she meets Tate, the most amazing boy in the world, who grew up in the outback, climbing trees and catching possums.
But even more dangerous than poisonous snakes and spiders is being friends with the wrong boy. Can Del keep her growing feelings for Tate a secret while helping him raise an orphaned joey?
Themes include: friendship, faith, forgiveness, and the preservation of endangered languages.
Available for review to publishing professionals through Karen Hardin at Priority PR.