Friday, July 24, 2015

Tattered and Mended by Cynthia Ruchti book review

Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul
by Cynthia Ruchti
(Abingdon, July 2015)

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. 

   I thought the idea for this book was very good; everyone needs comforting in some area of their lives whether they admit it or not. The author, with much wisdom and understanding, draws from experiences she has been related by other people and weaves a comforting book.
The author carefully relates stories and accounts from a variety of people who have confided in her. The stories serve to comfort the reader and assure him or her that there is hope beyond their pain or sorrow. To my disappointment, the author didn't go very far with answers to struggles one may have in life. I was left feeling that the book didn't end or culminate very well. Yet the author, in the foreword or first chapter (I forget which) did warn the reader not to expect such remedies. I suppose she hopes that you, the reader will rely on God and His word to help you through your troubles. This book was a beautiful picture of hope in the dark times and although not a spectacular read it wasn't bad at all! 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.