Redeeming Ruth

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Redeeming Ruth

Photograph by Jacqueline Zimowski

Redeeming Ruth is the award-winning, 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. 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. I pray Ruth’s story will lead you into a closer, sweeter, and more intimate encounter with Jesus than you ever believed possible.
Joni Eareckson Tada

CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

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

Editor in chief, Christianity Today

It’s rare that I can’t put down a book, but Redeeming Ruth held me captive. Evocative writing, a stunning story, and a beautiful girl kept me turning the page. For those who need to know that love is always worth it (even in loss), this book will truly help you embrace all the people God has brought into your life.
Mary DeMuth

Author, Thin Places: A Memoir

Lantern Hill Farm

Celebrate the holidays and build children’s faith with these delightful books written by Meadow Rue Merrill and illustrated by Drew Krevi.

Each book in the Lantern Hill Farm series is available as a board book for younger readers and in hardcover for children ages 3-7.


It’s Christmas Eve at Lantern Hill Farm. Molly can’t wait to help Aunt Jenny get ready for the big party, but when disaster strikes, the party moves from the farmhouse to the barn. Can Molly, cousins Jacob and Sammy and neighbor Rosa get ready for the party in time? While decorating, the children discover the Christmas Cradle–a family tradition in which children give gifts to Jesus by serving others.  

Molly is excited for her cousin Sammy’s birthday at Lantern Hill Farm. Birthdays mean gifts! But Molly wishes the gifts were for her. If only she could have two birthdays. With a list of riddles, Molly joins her cousins and friends on a treasure hunt that reveals God’s love. Even better, she discovers that we can have two birthdays–by choosing to be part of God’s family.


It’s Thanksgiving at Lantern Hill Farm–turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie! Each year, aunties and uncles and grammies and grampies and neighbors and friends all bring something to share for Aunt Jenny’s big feast. But what can Molly bring? Too late to bake. Nothing to make. How can Molly celebrate? A paper scroll tied with ribbon holds the answer and reveals the true meaning of the holiday with a hands-on activity for families to enjoy at home.

Six-year-old Molly can’t wait for Aunt Jenny’s annual 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 Easter eggs! With a special rhyming list, the children embark on a scavenger hunt to fill empty eggs with items that remind them of the Easter story.


“You are invited to Lantern Hill Farm,
The harvest is ready, the hay’s in the barn…”
So reads Molly’s invitation to Aunt Jenny’s harvest party at Lantern Hill Farm. But when the sky grows dark on the day of the party, Molly is scared. Thankfully, she and her friends have each brought something that glows for a special parade. While marching together, they learn about Jesus, the light of the world, who overcomes the dark and helps us be brave.