Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. He has given me a wonderful husband and two children. He also allowed me work at a Christian-run bookstore for 8 years, before giving me the privilege and challenge of being a stay at home mom.
Can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls?Find out in Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, As Waters Gone By. Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured she could never be a mother and put him in prison, giving their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out.
When I read, the most important aspect that I look for is the theme or lesson. I always ask what I have learned from the story or what I should apply to my life. In the litfuse question and answer with author Cynthia Ruchti, she was asked :
What do you hope readers learn about the evolution of personal faith by reading As Waters Gone By?
Her answer was this: I think one of the smartest things Emmalyn did — despite her long line of less-than-wise decisions — was to allow herself to be real with the God who knew what was going on inside of her all along. She risked trusting again. Faith is always a risk. And always a risk worth taking. So is love.
I love this question and her answer. It seems obvious to be honest with God, who knows all, but I know that sometimes I kid myself into "hiding things." Being honest in the midst of the struggle and then allowing God to work in you is the only way it will happen! We must surrender all to Him, in order to allow Him to fill us and form us. The characters in this story really make the novel! They are quirky and real, and you really follow Emmalyn through discoveries and growth. Readers are able to glimpse into the little things that happen to her to allow her to re-open her heart. I found it incredibly beautiful and motivating, and I would highly recommend it!