This Saturday 12/28 – Lynn Austin on Finding God in the Desert & Cynthia Ruchti on Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Bad Choices

I am so excited to introduce you to my last two guests of 2013. They are both amazingly talented novelists, and both are sharing powerful non-fiction works.  I’ve had the privilege of serving on the faculty of the Write to Publish Conference at Wheaton Bible College with both of these gracious ladies. You will be encouraged by both their stories! We’ll be giving away 2 copies of each title, so be sure to listen and call in!

An Intimate Look at a Bestselling Novelist’s Journey to Deeper Faith

by Lynn Austin

As in her popular biblical series,
Chronicles of the Kings,
Austin brings the ancient Promised Land to life in Pilgrimage, her first nonfiction book.

“The opportunity to tour Israel came at a good time. For months my life has been a mindless plodding through necessary routine, as monotonous as an all-night shift on an assembly line. Life gets that way sometimes, when nothing specific is wrong but the world around us seems drained of color. Even my weekly worship experiences and daily quiet times with God have felt dry and stale. I’m ashamed to confess the malaise I’ve felt. I have been given so much. Shouldn’t a Christian’s life be an abundant one, as exciting as Christmas morning, as joyful as Easter Sunday?”

With gripping honesty, beloved author Lynn Austin shares an intimate look at her personal struggle with spiritual dryness in this deeply moving story of her search for renewal in the Holy Land. As she journeys throughout Israel, Austin turns to Scripture at each site she visits. Then with a fiction writer’s eye for detail, she seamlessly weaves personal events and insights from the Word as she finds hope, renewed faith, and a sense of direction for the future.

Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn’s latest novel is Return to Me, Book 1 in the RESTORATION CHRONICLES series. Her passions include reading, history and archaeology. She has visited Israel numerous times and once took part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. She has been featured in many media outlets, including, The Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and World magazine. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois. Learn more at

Read an excerpt:

Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked by Lynn Austin
Trade Paper ISBN: 978-0-7642-1118-8; $14.99; 240 pp.
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4412-6219-6; $14.99
Available: November 1, 2013

lynn and cynthiaSurviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices
Cynthia Ruchti Encourages Readers to Cling to Hope, No Matter How Ragged it May Be

It’s one thing to live with the consequences of your own actions. It’s quite another to live with the outcome of someone else’s choices. Regardless of what has happened in your life, there is hope. In Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices (Abingdon Press/July 1, 2013/ISBN: 978-1426751172/$15.99), Cynthia Ruchti offers an inspirational look into the lives of those who were dramatically affected by wrong or misguided choices, sins, offenses and crimes others committed.

Where is God when you are doing everything right yet, because of someone else’s actions, everything is wrong? Where do we find hope when it’s clouded by the ashes of other people’s choices? Ragged Hope is an insightful and hope-giving guide offering readers comfort and support, as well as encouraging them through whatever situation they may face, including the aftereffects of divorce, disease, drugs, drunk drivers, death, downsizing, disasters and bad decisions.

Ruchti, who has walked this road herself, assures readers that God is ever-present and offers unwavering love. There is hope, grace and a future in every circumstance—even (and especially) for those we did not cause but now live through. “How ragged is the hope you’re clutching? It’s no less valuable or essential than it was when it was new,” writes Ruchti. “Hope—true hope—is indestructible. It can be battered, but not extinguished.”

Ragged Hope’s dedication reads: “To the wounded, the worn, the wondering, and to those who let us see their scars so others can discover Hope’s hideout.” The book was written for survivors and for those who care about, counsel or long to make a difference in their lives. Vetted by professional counselors and caregivers, this is the one guide everyone needs to thrive, no matter what situation they may be facing.

After each of the 26 stories shared in the book, Ruchti includes reflection questions as well as prompts so readers can consider how to reach out to the survivors they know. Each chapter also ends with a scripture, offering hope and encouragement that God is with us, no matter what.

Other people’s choices don’t always have a life-changing effect on us, sometimes they’re merely annoying or mildly disturbing in the short-term. It doesn’t mean we don’t need grace to cope with their negative consequences. Ruchti gives readers perspective in these cases as well, interjecting humor as a relief valve when appropriate.

“When we stand in a muddle of misery someone else created for us, too weary to be creative, too worn down to embrace a trendy problem-solving technique or follow a seven-step plan to a new, improved life, we need an arm around our shoulder assuring us God hears, God understands, and He is not stingy with Hope.”

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction projects, speaking events and a history of 33 years of on-air storytelling through The Heartbeat of the Home radio broadcast.

Her books have been recognized by Retailers’ Choice, RT Reviewers’ Choice, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice, ACFW’s Carol Award nomination, and other honors. In addition to Ruchti’s four previously released books, her novel When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Press Fiction) released in April 2013, followed by Ragged Hope, her second non-fiction release in July. Ruchti has also written articles for numerous magazines and industry publications and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.

Ruchti lives in Wisconsin where she spends her days diving into words, worship and wonder. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team and creative arts team. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. Cynthia and her husband have been married for 40-plus years and have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Don’t miss the last Always Faithful Radio show of the year! 11 AM CST this Saturday, December 28 on AM 630 KSLR or streaming live on or…and I will NOT be at El Jarro’s afterwards as the show has been pre-recorded and I’m out of town for the holidays!

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