Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 1, 2017

Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill Book Review

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.

redeeming ruth cover

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 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.

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.

• 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 orphans and people with disabilities in Uganda.

redeeming ruth mom and baby

About Meadow Rue Merrill:
Meadow Rue Merrill is an award-winning journalist who has spent the following eight years corresponding for The Boston Globe and writing for The New York Times, Harvard University, and The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine. She has regular columns with The Portland Press Herald and Down East magazine.

I was a little skeptical to review this book when I first came across it.  But I gave in to the nudge that I received and requested to review it.  I was skeptical, because ever since me and my husband found out after our third child that I could have no more children, I’ve wanted to adopt.  I love babies, children all shapes and sizes.  For years after we received this devastating news, I searched the face of every child I came into contact with.  I asked myself  “Is that the one?  Lord?”  I searched adoption websites until I found one that I thought would be a perfect match for our family.  But…I never took the final step, I don’t know if it was God stopping me each time, but my arms are still empty longing for a child to cuddle.

This book is a very fast read, but contains so many lessons that the Lord wants to reveal to us.  I definitely will be reading this book again as you can not possibly grasp all the Lord has for you in one reading.  Faith is interwoven throughout each page, how we have to have faith and use it to keep on the path that the Lord has laid before us.

One thing that I discovered as I was reading this book was just how selfish I am.  When I read the story of Ruth and her adoptive mom, it became evident that I was not the person that God wanted me to be.  I am selfish and for that I had to confess and ask the Lord to help me put other’s before myself.  I mean after all I have a roof over my head, food on my table and clothes on my back not to mention the closet full.  This heartfelt journey in Redeeming Ruth will cut right to your heart and it helps you see where the Word of God meets real life.  Don’t be surprised to discover more of yourself as you take this journey with Ruth from Uganda to the United States and back again.

Redeeming Ruth can be purchased here at the best price (I receive no commission or any compensation whatsoever for this link).

Until Next Time,


Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received this book from CWA through Hendrikson Publishers to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”






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