Tattered and Mended by Cynthia Ruchti
God doesn’t just create something beautiful from broken pieces. He makes art. Author Cynthia Ruchti pens a new book that is “hemmed in hope” for hurting readers.
The idea for the book came to Ruchti one day as she sat at her desk with her fingers resting on the worn keys of her computer keyboard. She typed a three-line premise that she says seemed to come not from her mind, but the deep end of her soul:
People are tattered.
Some say, “Then let’s make tattered fashionable.”
But God invites us to mend.
When I first started reading Tattered and Mended I did not know that I would enjoy it so much. I thought it would be another book telling me about God healing brokenness in us. I had no idea that once I began seeing all the book had to offer that I would read it straight through without stopping. Thank you Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me a free copy in exchange for my honest review. It was easy to read and it was interesting to read. Cynthia Ruchti compares art being restored physically to our souls being restored spiritually. This kept my attention since I am creative by nature and art is about creativity.
It is obvious that Ruchti did some research to learn the various techniques to repair the art she was discussing. The ancient mending technique called sashiko was unfamiliar to me so I liked reading about it. I could relate to the chapter on Broken Furniture Refurbishing since I am a dumpster diver at heart. I have rescued several discarded items from the curbside and made them into objects that I enjoy seeing and using around my house.
Ruchti feels that people have just accepted the fact that it is the norm to be tattered and do nothing about it. She also explains that God wants us to be completely healed by Him, with everything once tattered being mended by His touch. This is why I recommend Tattered and Mended as it could possibly help the reader better understand ways God artfully restores our lives and they will chose mending over remaining tattered.
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories “hemmed in hope.” She’s the award-winning author of sixteen books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.
Ruchti says "It’s one thing to believe God can make us better on a soul-deep level. It’s another to understand His intention is to make artwork from our messes and distresses. Like a master artist, He takes broken bits and frayed threads and mends us so thoroughly we can’t unravel, and the result is a thing of beauty."
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