Writing & Speaking

 Upcoming Events:

Saturday, May 13, 2023, Meadow Rue Merrill will be the guest speaker at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene’s Spring Tea for moms. Please contact her for the time or to schedule her to speak with your group.

June 22-25, 2023, Meadow is hosting the Art & Joy of Words writers retreat at the Cold Stream Inn in Enfield, Maine. This gathering  is designed to give Christian/Catholic women a quiet time to write, share their work, and connect with other writers. For more information, please contact Meadow.

Saturday, June 24th, join Meadow, nature writer Emily Leonard, devotional writer Elaine Starner, and several others for a book signing at Possabilities, a floral studio and design store in Lincoln, Maine. Time to be determined.

Join Meadow and more than two dozen other children’s authors and illustrators at the 4th annual  Bath Book Bash, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Patten Free Library park in Bath, Maine. Hosted by the Patten Free Library, this free, full-day celebration features readings, interviews, and workshops for children along with local food trucks and music. Books will be available for purchase.

To schedule Meadow Rue Merrill to share with your program, school or book group, 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

“A Place of Healing,” The New York Times, March 2018

“When I Lost a Daughter, My Children Lost a Sister,” Christianity Today Women, Oct. 24, 2017

“Storm Gathering,” Down East magazine, April 2017

“I hope my daughter’s smile will be remembered,” The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, April 24, 2017

“7 Steps to Discerning God’s Will in Difficult Situations,” iBelieve.com, April 24, 2017

“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,” The New York Times, Oct. 20, 2014

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

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

“Facing the skepticism in adoption, in the U.S. and Qatar,” 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


Television & Radio

700 Club Interactive, Meadow Rue Merrill, March 2018

207, WCSH 6 news, Redeeming Ruth wins Christopher Award, April 2018

100 Huntley Street, Meadow Rue Merrill interview, part 2, May 2017

100 Huntley Street, Meadow Rue Merrill interview, part 2, May 2017

The Kim Pagano Show, June 10, 2017

Jeannie St. John Taylor and Maxine Marsolini, Blog Talk Radio, April 10, 2017

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

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







Meadow Rue Merrill, author of the Lantern Hill Farm children’s picture book series and the award-winning memoir Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores, is a passionate teacher and speaker who has written for The New York Times, Family Circle, The Boston Globe, The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, and Down East magazine–all while raising six kids with her devoted husband, Dana. She writes from a little house in the big woods of Mid-coast Maine.