Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores
Winner of a 2018 Christopher Award for books that inspire
and the 2018 Maine Literary Award for memoir
Meadow Rue Merrill dreamed of the perfect family: two boys and a girl. Then she and her husband, Dana, would adopt. Together they prayed, “Lord, if you have another child for us, you will have to bring that child to us.” Miraculously, God did. Only that child wasn’t what they’d imagined. Born in Uganda and abandoned at birth, Ruth had severe disabilities. Would they adopt her? That was the question God seemed to be asking. The answer would stretch their faith, test their endurance, and bring them more joy than they’d ever imagined. It would also break their hearts and open their eyes to the needs of other abandoned children and people with disabilities in the developing world. All royalties benefit orphans and people with disabilities in Uganda.
Award-winning author Meadow Rue Merrill writes for children and adults from a little house in the big woods of mid-coast Maine. She is the author of the five-part Lantern Hill Farm picture-book series, celebrating the holidays in a way that builds children’s faith, and of the inspirational memoir Redeeming Ruth: about the adoption of her daughter. Merrill spent more than two decades as a journalist writing for publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times and Down East magazine, where she served as a contributing editor–all while raising six children with her devoted husband, Dana. She currently teaches 7th-10th grade English and enjoys sharing with groups of all ages.