Writing & Speaking

Meadow Rue Merrill enjoys speaking about writing, family, and faith at schools, churches, and conferences. To schedule, send her an email.

My favorite speaker was Meadow Rue Merrill. Out of all of the guest speakers, her story had me sitting on the edge of my seat.


A student at the University of Maine at Augusta.

Meadow Rue Merrill is the real deal. She is transparent about her struggles and broken dreams, but what comes through as she speaks is her deep-rooted faith in God, who gets her through each day’s challenges. Meadow brings a gentle yet powerful reminder that we are not alone, and inspires us to keep moving forward… no matter what.

Vicki Corrington

professional certified coach and conference speaker

Meadow is an amazing speaker who will keep you engaged from the first word to the last. Leaves you wanting more.

Jennifer Boguhn

Celebrate Recovery Minister North East

Selected Essays

“Letting Ruth go: when a disabled child dies,” The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, Dec. 9, 2011

“God’s love and forgiveness can overcome the deepest divisions,” Portland Press Herald, Oct. 22, 2016

“Longing for home,” Jen Pollock Michel blog, September 16, 2016

“Heaven sent lessons,” Portland Press Herald, July 30, 2016

“No matter what happens, only love is guaranteed to last,” Portland Press Herald, April 30, 2016

“No need to have a blue Christmas without her,” Portland Press Herald, Jan. 2, 2016

“Remembering a Christmas when love, and neighbors, came through,” Motherlode, The New York Times, Dec. 24, 2015

“In Maine house, the way life should be,” The Boston Globe, Dec. 9, 2015

“Reflections: An elementary lesson of acceptance stands test of time,” Portland Press Herald, June 6, 2015

“Remembering Mr. D,” Stillpoint, April 2015

“There are more important things than saving for college,” Motherlode, The New York Times, Oct. 20, 2014

“Instead of investing in college, we invested in our kids,” Motherlode, The New York Times, April 29, 2014

“Playgrounds for kids who can’t run and jump,” Motherlode, The New York Times, July 17, 2014

“Facing the skepticism in adoption, in the U.S. and Qatar,” Motherlode, The New York Times, April 2, 2014

“Perfectly human: how a little girl with cerebral palsy shared her gifts,” Thin Places, Christianity Today, March 25, 2014

“So, do you want to adopt her?” Chicago Now, Portrait of Adoption, Nov. 7, 2013

Our backyard forest,” Down East, July 2012

“The love between sisters,” Katie Ganshert blog, May 4, 2012


Maine Homes & Gardens

“The Christmas Farm,” Down East, Dec. 2015

“Christmas trains in Maine,” Down East, Dec. 2015

 “Midcoast Gothic,” Down East, Nov. 2015

“Cottage living all year long,” Down East, May 2015

“Still in love with York,” The Boston Sunday Globe, July 13, 2014

“Inside Out,” Down East, July 2014

“Little big house,” Down East, June 2014

“Ocean,” Down East, March 2014

“A popping success,Down East, Feb. 2014

“Rooted in history, a garden design for the ages in Maine,” The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, April 2013

“A ride to remember,” Down East, October 2012

More Down East house stories: “Stylish steel,” July 2013; “Shipshape,” May 2013; “Prefab style,” March 2013; “The winter house,” January 2013; “Beauty on a budget,” December 2012; “A peaks paradise,” November 2012; and “A camp for all ages,” October 2012


Television & Radio

“Mainer’s invention could prevent newborn brain damage, cerebral palsy” WMTW Chanel 8 News, April 30, 2014, Meadow Rue Merrill shares about raising Ruth

PBS’s History Detectives features Meadow Merrill, an old coin, and a family mystery!









Meadow Rue Merrill covered Maine as a reporter for The Times Record, corresponded for The Boston Globe, and has written for regional and national publications, including The New York Times, Family Circle, and Down East magazine, where she is a contributing editor. She co-authored “The Insiders’ Guide to Maine’s Southern Coast” and a forthcoming history of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine–all while raising a house full of kids who love a good book almost as much as she does. Her memoir, “Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores,” releases in May 2017. A graduate of Gordon College, Merrill is a proud member of SCBWI, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Redbud Writers Guild, and the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers.