Ragged Hope

Ragged Hope

“What a beautiful book !  So readable, the pages practically turned themselves.  Ragged Hope is filled with stories; written for those who are weary, worn and wounded.  It offers each of us exactly that—hope that God can do a mighty work even with those of us who carry the ugliest of scars.” — Debbie Macomber, #1 NYT bestselling author

Where do we find hope when it’s clouded by the ashes of other people’s choices?

What do you do when your life is affected by someone else’s choices? Where is God when you are doing everything right yet, because of someone else, everything is wrong? This insightful and hope-giving guide will comfort, support, and encourage you through whatever situation you must face.

Cynthia Ruchti, who has walked this road herself and has spoken to hundreds of people through her radio show, assures readers that God is ever present and offers unwavering love. There is hope, grace, and a future in every situation—even (and especially) those we did not cause but now live. Vetted by professional counselors and caregivers, this is the one guide you need to thrive no matter what you are facing.

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  • In Cynthia Ruchti’s book Ragged Hope, she takes these stories and many more like them and shows us how we can also cling to the same faith that these people did and still come out on top. It is in the midst of these trials that God is there holding our hands and catching our tears. His love is unwavering and happily devoted to getting us through it all. in every way imaginable.

  • There are several parts of this book that I really liked. Each chapter is very short, around 10 pages, and easy to read. Each chapter ends with relevant scripture. Also, there’s a paragraph that explains how to handle it if you know someone in that situation. It’s a great guide to personal and spiritual development.

  • Ragged Hope is not quite a devotional but more of an encouraging resource for those who have been through the fire, past or present, at the hands of someone else. It would make an ideal book for a women’s support group to read for discussion. Though the theology is not particularly deep, neither is the tone preachy, as Ruchti allows each story to carry its own weight. But her word pictures evoke deep pathos, and her piquant language is as vibrant as the wisdom and comfort she offers.

  • Ragged Hope looks at life through a very clear and often painful lens, but it does so in the context of the eternal and indestructible hope offered through Christ. No matter where you are in your life journey, you will gain something useful and life-changing as you read this book. I know it was a true gift from my Sovereign Lord in my life. It is a book that will be treasured and shared again and again!

  • The IE Mommy says:

    Each chapter takes the reader on a heart wrenching journey that is full of pain and heartache. Each chapter ends with a series of soul searching questions and the author provides suggestions to reach out to those in our lives that may have faced with the chapter’s circumstances. These suggestions are for the reader to be able to help the hurting find peace and the strength to go on with a successful life. Each story is filled with unbelievable heartache and pain that the reader can learn from. The author provides a silver lining in each chapter through having faith in God that he will see you through life’s worst circumstances, because he loves you. If you call out to God in your time of need he will not leave you void, this message is weaved throughout the entire book. Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other Peoples Choices will touch your heart and give you hope.

  • LyonsLady says:

    This is a wonderfully helpful book. We all affect everything around us…good or bad…. And we also are affected by all those around us…good or bad… Instead of falling into the blame game and all the drama that we can get sucked into…, we have a choice on how we will react and act when things come our way. Cynthia has written this book to help us and to lead us to His peace, joy and love. This is a book that you can read each day and use it for a devotional or Bible study. Each chapter is short with reflections at the end. Short and to the point …something I always love in a book !!! I Highly recommend to ages 12 and up !!!

  • This book really made me think about how many times I have said “if it will happen, then it will happen to me”. What do you do when every thing happens TO you? I really liked this book, and it made me realize that no matter what happens, I should see the glass as half full. Each chapter/story has a reflections section that made me think twice about what I read and I noticed some stuff hat I missed. Then the chapter tells you how to get along with the “causer” of the drama. Finally the chapter ends with a quote from the Bible. This was a really positive and uplifting book for me. It was sad at times, but the main message I got was to see the good, not the bad.
    I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
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  • A nice collection of stories from people who have been faced with the harshest of realities, whom still clung to a shred of hope and faced the future with determination, purpose and hope.

  • As I read and re-read this book, I am amazed by the goodness of our God, and the awesomeness of the ways that He reassures us that “Hope, even when it’s tattered, glows in the dark.”
    These stories in here are no means light and fluffy. They aren’t easy-to-understand circumstances and they don’t have simple answers. They are our stories: your story perhaps, or your sister’s, brother’s, mother’s, dad’s. Neighbor’s. You know somebody with a story like this. Once I started reading Ragged Hope, I couldn’t stop.
    I wanted to immerse myself in the waterfall of hope that thunders through the stories inside this book…

  • Jill says:

    Cynthia Ruchti’s “Ragged Hope” is a godsend for those who are trying to be tough in difficult circumstances not of their own making. Each story of betrayal, pain and loss contains proof that God offers hope to everyone in all circumstances. He may not offer complete restitution or remove our trouble, but He will love you through it. He will give you a future in spite of the actions of others.

  • I was very encouraged by all the stories of different people living with the aftermath of choices other people made. It made me see how we’re all affected by other people all the time, but it’s our reaction to our situation that makes the difference and this is what Cynthia’s book does for us. She helps us to see how we can react in a peaceful way, knowing that the Lord is with us through these circumstances.

  • I really enjoyed reading this book. It didn’t beat around the bush about the fact that sometimes life is hard and sometimes it’s because of other peoples choices. What this book did do was offer hope. Hope that God is good and He’s still on the throne even in the hard places of life. I really like how the book was broke down into sections. Each section dealt with a particular topic. These topics ranged from raising your grandchildren, being a single parent, loved ones having Alzheimer’s, dealing with trust issues, and many other topics. The book has a reflection questions at the end of each section. These questions help you think the issues on a deeper level. I also like the “if you know a….” section at the end of each chapter. This section talks about how you can minister to people going through these tough times. I wish the book had a index so you could look up a story by topic it addresses. I recommend this book to anyone who would like gain a better understanding about what is going on in the lives of others around them and ways they can help them.

  • Ragged Hope is not a devotional but more of an encouraging resource for those who have been through tough times at the hands of someone else. I think this one would be great for a women’s support group! It is a really easy book to relate to and the characters were wonderful. It really is one thing to deal with the consequences of your own actions. But, when its someone elses choices that you are living with it can really take its toll. You should always have someone to turn to when things go wrong. Be it family, friends, or your faith.

  • In Ragged Hope Cynthia Rutchi gives us examples of people who are faced with unbelievable decisions that they have to make almost immediately. They were hard to read but they were full of hope, faith and love. It makes you think about how your decisions affect others.

  • Laura Hilton says:

    This is a book for anyone who has ever been negative affected by someone else’s choices. And who among us hasn’t? A must have in every church library and Christian counselor’s office. Invaluable resource.

  • Ragged Hope is a book that will have you screaming “that is so unfair”. It is a book that will humble you as you find out the responses of the people to the tragedy inflicted on them by others and realize you probably would not have acted that way, at least you don’t think you could….but then again.

  • While each story in this book offers hope and has inspiring points, it is a difficult book to read. More than likely, each one of us has our own story of survival in the midst of other peoples choices and consequences that storm our lives. But, pushing past the shock and the tactics of survival, we have a choice to make. Choosing to live in the midst of the fallout from other people’s choices is possible by refusing bitterness, by looking up. Because, “the fallout of other people’s destructive choices becomes more toxic, more suffocating, when our response is equally caustic. We don’t climb out of an ash heap by piling more ash.”

  • Nancee says:

    Cynthia Ruchti has presented several powerful examples of God’s transformation of His children from ashes to beauty. These accounts of victims in despair, whose pain was inflicted on them by those closest to them, are written with sensitivity and compassion. The practical applications provided through these personal accounts are excellent points of reference for those involved in situations similar to the victims described in Ragged Hope. Ms. Ruchti writes with insight, discrimination, credibility and a sophistication that only experience yields. Incredible hope is the ground level approach throughout this book. This author provides impressive insight into the human condition, and the solutions delivered through Hope!

  • This book is a gem. The simple and honest title gives a hint of the gentle grace found within its pages….Each page pulses with compassion and tenderness, and even the questions for reflection at the end of each chapter are presented gently without chiding or condemnation….

  • Cara Putman says:

    The book is filled with short vignettes — 26 stories of the way life disappoints, doesn’t live up to expectations — and ways people have found hope in those terrible turns of destiny. Each story is written with an emotion and immediacy that took me deep into its folds. Then each ends with questions to reflect on and best of all suggestions for how to minister to those we may know walking each jagged, ragged journey. As someone who often wants to help, but frequently isn’t sure how to do so meaningfully, this was worth the book on its own.

    This is a book that will whisper hope to the broken. It will restore hope to the bruised. It will renew hope in those who long to sip its refreshing waters.

  • A few months back, I read Cynthia Ruchti’s Where The Morning Glory Blooms which is a fiction title and was absolutely blown away by this woman’s writing gift! So when the opportunity arose to review this non-fiction work by her, I jumped at the opportunity. I was not disappointed. Ruchti has been given a gift…a gift to use words to convey the very important message of the gospel.
    Ragged Hope is an invaluable resource that fleshes out the truth of Romans 5:5 (“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”) Through the story of individuals (including herself) and gentle, but hope-filled and bold exhortation, Ruchti encourages her reader to grab hold of Christ where indestructible hope is found. She helps her reader to look beyond their pain and scars to find their “do-over” words and their “starting-over” words in The Word Himself. I really appreciated the reflection section at the end of each chapter that included applications and scripture to be particularly helpful.
    Cynthia Ruchti’s books are now on my “keeper”shelf…they should be on yours as well!

  • This book is an incredible personal resource for wise counsel, and one that church libraries would be smart to get onto their shelves. The more I read these pages, the more the gentle rain of hope soaked into my own heart. Dealing with fallout from other people’s choices is terrifically difficult. But with God’s help, may we like Biblical Joseph be able to say that others may have intended their actions for evil, but God “meant it unto good.”

  • In Ragged Hope, Cynthia Ruchti tells the stories of 26 different people, all who have been touched by betrayal, abuse, divorce, and more. All the stories tell of a persons heartache that has been caused by another. A husband, mother, father, co-worker, or other trusted friend. Then helps and guides the person going through the situation.
    I highly recommend Ragged Hope Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices, even if you haven’t been hurt by another, you most likely know someone who has. This book will help you help them.

  • The book is a great resource book, and good just for general reading as well. Each chapter has a real life story of someone’s struggles, then follows with practical help on how to change your perspective if needed if you relate to similar struggles, and how best to relate to someone else who is currently going through those struggles.

    It’s very hands on and practical.. none of the pat answers and “in a perfect world” answers that books of this sort sometimes get filled with.

  • When I saw the blurb on this book “Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices”, I knew I had to grab up a copy ASAP. In 2012, I learned what it means to survive the fallout of other people’s choices… I’m still learning. This book was such an encouragement to me. I know that I am not alone in my situation and that God is with me and He is working through this situation for my good and His glory!

  • My Thoughts On The Book: It is one thing when hope is robbed by our own choices, but it is something else when hope is robbed by someone else’s choices. Choices made by others can alter another person’s life forever, forgiveness can be hard and it can be even more difficult to forget. Cynthia Ruchti’s Ragged Hope is a godsend is a beacon for those who are trying to be tough in difficult circumstances not of their own making. There are several short stories in the book and each of them is a tale of betrayal, pain and loss. The uplifting nugget buried there is found in the proof that God offers hope to everyone in all circumstances. He may not answer our prayers the way we pray them, or remove our troubles entirely, but I promise you He will provide a way to get you through it. He will give you a future in spite of the actions of others. Ragged Hope shows the reader that life is hard. Recovery is rarely easy and sometimes there is no recovery ever. The tough things that happen in life most often leave us wondering, “What just happened?” The stories Ruchti shares are those teachable moments we find in hard life events. Life does hand us bitter lemons to make lemonade with and with His help we can forgive, forget, and move on. This book is a good read. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever had to pick up the pieces in their lives as a result of someone else’s actions.

  • This is an encouraging book for when we are experiencing the pain of someone else’s choices. Cynthia tells stories of people who have survived and thrived. They have not let other people’s choices determine their future. They have relied on hope, ragged hope. She even gives ideas on how to help others in situations similar to each story.

  • A book of Hope, courage and encouragement for the recipients of injustices and those who care.
    An eye opening call to compassion.
    A recommended reading resource.

    Psalm 107 is the template to which Ms Ruchti refers us.

    The overarching theme that God carries all such damaged and wounded people dear and near His heart, offering the only Hope that provides strength and inspirits with anticipation. “It’s an expectation based on the belief that God cares and that He can reach through the fallout to redeem, revive, refresh, restore…” rather than living stymied by recycling regrets, resentment, and retribution.

  • I will now be looking for more of Cynthia’s books. Her writing style is amazing. I have been blessed to hear her in person so I shouldn’t be surprised. Hope is a word I chose this year, my second year of widowhood and the year I watch my 8-year-old grandson struggle to survive a cancer that is now overtaking him. Cynthia’s book left me in tears. Yes, I was crying because of the sadness in the lives of those real people she uses as example, but I was also crying because she finds the hope in hopeless situations. God bless you, Cynthia Ruchti, for a book that will give others hope.

  • Ragged Hope is an interesting book and I haven’t come across one quite like it. Each chapter features a story of an individual facing a crisis not of their making and then finding (usually) the faith to see through it. I found it to be an easy, entertaining and thought-provoking read. Plus, the format made it an easy book to read in small doses, such as a few chapters in the evening or part of a devotional.

  • This was an excellent book to read. I felt each person’s pain as I read their stories and it was a great encouragement to know you are not alone. Even if you have not been through a trial or trouble like these people, there is some help for those who know them. You will be encouraged, helped, and given peace as you read these.

  • This is a book I read through quickly. Why you may ask? Because I am a person that is suffering because of the choices of another. As I read through the pages I was looking for someone who had suffered as I am but found no story exactly like mine. But I did fine some accounts applicable that I could use to help me through my suffering. There I found my “Ragged Hope” to carry on. Not as I had been but as one who found some hope, some comfort and some sound wisdom to rise above this present suffering.
    Through these pages you will read some heart wrenching stories. Other will be more common place, relatable for all because at sometime we all have suffered due to other’s choices. This book is inspiring but at times difficult to read. But the author also provides questions at the end of each chapter on how to deal with the suffering or how to help another person you may know who is suffering in some similar way.
    The flip side of this book is that it should remind us all that our choices may cause another to suffer.
    May we always strive to walk according to God’s will and not our own fleshly desires.

  • I really felt this book was a slow start…but then the more I read the more I was just so touched with each true story and struggles they faced.

    This is such a unique book, I have never come across a book quite like Ragged Hope. The hope God gives each person comes through in such a myriad of ways. I could not believe how different yet so close to home some of the stories were. The ways courage, faith, hope, and a struggle showed itself in this book was refreshing and eye opening.

  • There have been so many times in my life that I have wondered why I am “stuck” in someone else’s mess. There have been times (many, I AM a mom) when bad decisions, impulsive actions, or lack of action has left me needing to clean up. It’s not mine. Yet its as if it were. Life is messy. There is no way around it. Twists and turns, chaos and mess…Sticky, gooey jelly on that nice fluffy carpet; smeared on the wall. Or maybe words said that were not thought out before hand; things done carelessly. Too often do we not do or say, before we
    think it all out. Really think it out. Its a generation of “me” even in the church. So many things pointing the way to “what makes us happy” and so few things reminding us how much more they are, than we are.

  • Ragged Hope by Cynthia Ruchti is a very encouraging realistic read. I was not expecting much out of this book simply because I thought I had read many books similar. I was impressed with the set up of the book and the encouragement. Ragged Hope made me think a lot about my own life. She writes multiple short stories of different people and their life experiences and how they react to them. These people in unthinkable situations, suicide, divorce, gambling, etc, stay positive and create hope for themselves.

  • Cynthia Ruchti has written the perfect book for what I needed. Ragged Hope is a balm for the aching, broken soul. In Ragged Hope, Cynthia reminds us that God is there, he knows exactly where we are, and why he has us in the particular place we are. That he never leaves us, and will never forsake us no matter what. As Christians this may be old news to us, but through authors like Cynthia Ruchti and her book Ragged Hope, Christ reminds us of these messages. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars!

  • Sometimes people affect our lives in extremely positive ways, but other times…not so much. Should you let their decisions or attitude affect you and maybe even your own decisions or attitudes? This book contains a plethora of stories from people who had others’ decision affect them. I definitely cringed up on finishing some of them…but I know that that isn’t quite the takeaway point. Ironically, this book helped me feel better about someone else’s decision that I can’t control.

  • Preslaysa says:

    This was a great nonfiction book for me to read. I could empathize with each person as I read their short stories. Despite the variety of circumstances presented in this book, there was an overarching message of light and hope in the dark places. This is something I needed to be reminded of each day.

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