Saturday, July 25, 2015

Book Review - Tattered and Mended


A crumbling statue. A torn tapestry. A discolored painting.

Artisans can reclaim exquisite beauty from the broken, frayed, and hopefully shattered---perhaps once thought beyond repair. But what about us? What of the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live?

In Tattered and Mended, readers walk through a gallery of reclaimed and restored art as well as broken and restored lives of those who have gone before us. With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, Cynthia Ruchti shows how even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.


Cynthia Ruchti tells stories "hemmed in hope." She's the award-winning author of sixteen 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.

Find Cynthia online: website, Twitter, Facebook


We all have times in our lives when we feel tattered - frayed around the edges - from what life hands us. We can feel like nothing can repair the hurts or make us feel whole again but, as Cynthia points out so beautifully in this book, God can take our battered selves and make something truly beautiful and artful.

I love the stories she shares in this book. Sometimes when we're going through things, we feel so alone, yet these stories reinforce to us that everyone goes through trouble and heartache and that God is there for us all. 

As in all her books, Cynthia shares Scriptures that reinforce what God tells us in His Word. I really like this as it helps me more than anything to have Scripture in my heart. I also really enjoyed the end of the book where she has suggestions to help us heal and mend when we're going through a hard experience. Some of it was obvious - eating right and getting enough rest - however, she also shares Scriptures and ideas for resting and restoring. I found this very helpful.

This is definitely a book that I will re-read and keep on hand for when those hard times come. It's a book that you want to sit with and really ponder as you read and let the truths of God's love and restoration sink into your heart. I highly recommend this book.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

You can read more reviews of this book HERE

Blessings - Julie

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