: <p><i>Redeeming Ruth</i> 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.</p> <p>When Meadow met her, Ruth was...
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<p><i>Redeeming Ruth</i> 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.</p>
<p>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 memoir, <i>Redeeming Ruth</i> is a heartwarming, against-all-odds story about the most unlikely pairing of a a typical American family and a physically challenged orphaned girl 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.</p>
<p>Ruth's story will inspire 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.</p>
<br>• Includes a Reader's Guide at the end of the book for each chapter for group discussion or personal rejection.
<br>• An eight-page insert with personal photos will be included.
<br>• All personal proceeds from this book benefit orphans and people with disabilities in Uganda.</p>
Meadow Rue Merrill is an award-winning journalist with two decades of published writing experience. She is also a contributing writer for "Motherlode," a popular column of theNew York Times.
<p>“As I’d often told my children, there is nothing of value that may be lost here that will not be given back in heaven. <i>Everything life takes, love restores.</i> Everything. Broken bodies. Broken hearts. Broken dreams. No matter how painful. No matter how devastating, God can transform our greatest sorrow into something good. We simply have to keep beating our wings, keep trusting to discover what it will be. In the meantime, he gives us the hope to keep living.”</p>
<p>“Theresa pointed to a brown backpack with a torn zipper as I joined her at the table. On front Ruth’s name was printed in large, black letters. ‘I’m saving it for whoever decides to adopt.’ Curious, I pulled out several crumpled summer dresses followed by a rich burgundy gown with a white satin collar and pink rosettes. Beneath were two thickly woven blankets, one red and one white. Who had chosen them? Someone who cared—that was obvious. Someone who wanted Ruth to be warm and well-loved when she arrived among strangers in a foreign land. <i>Someone who hoped she’d be redeemed</i>.”</p>