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When the Morning Glory Blooms

By Cynthia Ruchti

Description:

Becky rocks a baby that rocked her world. Sixty years earlier, with her fiancé Drew in the middle of the Korean Conflict, Ivy throws herself into her work at a nursing home to keep her sanity and provide for the child Drew doesn't know is coming. Ivy cares for Anna, an elderly patient who taxes Ivy's listening ear until the day she suspects Anna's tall tales are not just idle ramblings. They're Anna's disjointed memories of a remarkable life. Finding a faint thread of hope she can't resist tugging, Ivy records Anna's memoir, scribbling furiously after hours to keep up with the woman's emotion-packed grace-hemmed stories. Is Ivy's answer buried in Anna's past? And what connects them to Becky? Becky, Ivy, Anna--three women fight a tangled vine of deception in search of the blossoming simplicity of truth.

Book Takeaway:

The sound of our falling is the call that sends God to catch us. Our need is our cry. It's what moves Him to come running.

Awards:

Year Title Description
2013 RT Reviews 4.5 Stars and a TOP PICK
2014 Christian Retailing's BEST Awards Top Honors in Fiction: Women's
2014 ForeWord Reviews Honorable Mention Award in Religious Book of the Year
2014 Selah Awards Top Honors in Women's Fiction

Why the author wrote this book:

Many families have felt the rocking effects of an unplanned pregnancy. As I wrote this story of three women from three eras, all who were rocked to their core for different reasons, I relived some faith-stretching moments and felt a new wave of gratitude for the way God lavishes His grace on those who call out to Him. The title page says, "The sound of our falling is the call that sends Him to catch us." That set the tone for me as I wrote--and I hope it will for readers--to grasp hold of how intimately God's heart is attuned to our need, no matter what it is, or how we got to that place, or who was at fault. If readers come away blessed to have read a compelling story, the novel will have accomplished only one of its goals. if readers walk away with a stronger grip on God's grace and its application to their own heart needs and family concerns, it will have made my spirit soar.

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