Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores

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Redeeming Ruth

Photograph by Jacqueline Zimowski

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. 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 this riveting, beautifully written book, Meadow Rue Merrill takes us through the story of her daughter Ruth–from her unlikely adoption from Africa to her inclusion in the Merrill family to her growth and beauty as a thriving little girl… It is ultimately a story about family, about faith, and about coming home. I highly recommend this book.

Amy Julia Becker

Author, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny

“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

Author, The Girl in the Orange Dress

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

Meadow captivates us with a mighty work of love the Lord called her whole family to perform. She is a powerful writer, an unashamedly vulnerable storyteller, a woman of deep motherliness, a Christian of commitment sometimes battered by doubt, and one fierce fighter to protect her family. She’s also a realist and, as Ruth’s redemptive story comes to its climax, she willing to show us her sudden understanding of “pain so deep, you’d swallow razor blades to kill it.”

Dikkon Eberhart

Author, The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told

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

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

Author, Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas

Honest, painful, and full of hard-won wisdom, Redeeming Ruth tells the story of one family’s adoption of a medically fragile daughter and how opening their home and hearts to her would forever affect their notion of who are the blessed ones in our world.

Jennifer Grant

Author, Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter

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possum oilDelilah 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.