Story Spotlight on ‘A Fragile Hope’

May 3rd, 2017

When your life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages, what happens when your own marriage begins to fall apart? Find out what happens to Josiah Chamberlain in Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, A Fragile Hope. Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

Read our story spotlight below to learn more about Cynthia and her new release. Plus, today’s the last day to enter the Sign of Hope Giveaway! Click here to learn more and enter!

Cynthia’s Work-in-Progress

Even though multi-tasking has been proven a myth by neuroscientists, I insist on hanging onto my beliefs that some days it’s downright necessary. The image shows me working on a PowerPoint presentation for an upcoming women’s retreat, reviewing the survey answers about the complications of caring for aging parents (for interviews relating to my June release–As My Parents Age, a nonfiction from Worthy Inspired), checking over a proposal for a Christmas novella, and keeping track of guest post opportunities for A Fragile Hope!

Character Interview with Josiah Chamberlain

What is the most interesting thing about you?

I’m a marriage and family author and speaker . . . and my marriage just fell apart. Dramatically.


Highly acclaimed author and speaker on marriage and family issues

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Before now? Accomplished. Self-assured. Driven. Now that Karin left me, I’d use other descriptors. Clueless. Devastated. Broken.

What do you do for fun?

Ah. Part of the issue, apparently. Golf, but that’s usually tied somehow to business goals. Sports on TV, but even that can’t hold my attention anymore.

Share a favorite childhood memory:

The day my dad said he was proud of me. He later recanted, claiming it was a joke. I’m sure I could think of a pleasant childhood memory, given enough time to ponder. I’m sure I could.

What is your life motto or goal?

I specialize in one-liners for the people I counsel, for the readers who buy my bestsellers. Josiah Chamberlain—King of Quips, they call me. My goal? With each success, it changes to something beyond my grasp. Now, that’s Karin.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Larger stadium audiences? No, that would be about them, not me. Tough question. It’s a good thing we can’t ask my wife. I have a feeling she’d have a quick answer to that.

Favorite food:

Bacon cheeseburger meatloaf, or the cottage cheese plate.

What is the most important thing to you?

Proving my dad was wrong about me. Huh. I answered the first thing that came to mind without thinking about it. But I guess that’s as good an answer as any.

Biggest pet peeve:

People who won’t take my advice. Or me, when I won’t take my own advice. That stung a little to say, considering . . . .

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Cynthia Ruchti

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Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

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