Redeeming Ruth

What happens when your dreams turn out differently than you had planned? In this award-winning memoir, author Meadow Rue Merrill takes readers on her family’s journey to adopt an abandoned child with profound disabilities from Uganda. Winner of a 2018 Christopher Award and the 2018 Maine Literary Award for memoir.

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The Christmas Cradle

Every Christmas Eve, Molly and her cousins help set up for a party at Lantern Hill Farm. But when something goes wrong, the children work together and discover the joy of sharing God’s love with others. 

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The Backward Easter Egg Hunt

Molly can’t wait for Aunt Jenny’s Easter egg hunt at Lantern Hill Farm. But something’s different this year. Instead of hiding eggs filled with prizes, Aunt Jenny gives the children empty eggs to fill along with a rhyming list that reveals the traditional meaning of Easter.

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The Best Birthday

Cousin Sammy is having a birthday at Lantern Hill Farm, but Molly wishes the gifts were for her. By following a treasure hunt that reveals God’s love, Molly discovers the best gift of all–becoming part of God’s family.

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The Lantern Hill Light Parade

Molly is invited to Aunt Jenny’s harvest party at Lantern Hill Farm. But when the sky grows dark, Molly is scared. She and her friends hold a special parade and learn about Jesus, the light of the world, who helps them to be brave.

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The Thanksgiving Blessing

Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie! Each year,  neighbors and friends all bring something to share for Aunt Jenny’s feast at Lantern Hill Farm. But what can Molly bring? A paper scroll holds the answer with a hands-on activity that families can enjoy at home.

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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.

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