Redeeming Ruth 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.
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, Redeeming Ruth is a heartwarming, against-all-odds story about the most unlikely pairing of a normal American family and a physically handicapped orphan 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.
Ruth’s story will attract 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.
• Includes a Reader’s Guide at the end of the book for each chapter for group discussion or personal reflection.
• An eight-page insert with personal photos will be included.
• All personal proceeds from this book benefit an African missions organization.
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 the New York Times. She began reporting for The Times Record, a daily newspaper in Brunswick, Maine, and spent the following eight years corresponding for The Boston Globe. Most recently she has written for Harvard University. She has regular columns with The Portland Press Herald, Maine’s largest newspaper and Down East magazine.
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About the Author
Meadow Rue Merrill is an award-winning journalist with two decades of published writing experience. She also regularly contributed to “Motherlode,” a popular column of the New York Times. She began reporting for The Times Record, a daily newspaper in Brunswick, Maine, and spent the following eight years corresponding for The Boston Globe. Most recently she has written for Harvard University. She has regular columns with The Portland Press Herald, Maine’s largest newspaper and Down East magazine.
Read an Excerpt
“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. Everything life takes, love restores. 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.”
“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. Someone who hoped she’d be redeemed.”
Table of Contents
Prologue: 2011 3
1 The Danger of Dreaming 3
2 Twins? 8
3 Two Dark Byes 16
4 Considering the Cost 31
5 4 Jar of Faith 42
6 A Raw, Choking Wail 52
7 Reservations and Preparations 62
8 Soaked 72
9 Welcome Home 82
10 Waiting 94
11 A Small Thing 108
12 Talking Hands 122
13 Testing 130
14 Two Worlds 140
15 Happiness 148
16 Hope and Holding On 156
17 Heartbreak 168
18 Winter Bare 178
19 What Remained 185
20 Wisdom in the House of Mourning 192
21 Waiting for Spring 200
Author's Note 209
Authors Thanks 211
Reader's Guide 215