If you are looking for an inspiring true life, family story, Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill is the book for you. This book, at its core, is an international adoption story, as a whole it is so much more. It is a story of faith, trust, struggle, love, joy, heartache, and family.
About Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill
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 too may be broken and hurt.
When Meadow met her, Ruth was a sixteen-month-old child some church friends were hosting from an orphanage in Uganda. She had cerebral palsy and was so weak she couldn’t lift her head. Although Meadow had always felt a call to adopt, she wasn’t sure if she was the right person to raise this special child. But Ruth’s infectious and joyful smile prevailed over Meadow and her family–and their whole community. None of their lives would ever be the same.
Part family drama, part travel adventure, and part memoir, Redeeming Ruth is the riveting, against-all-odds story of the most unlikely pairing of a small-town New England family and their adventure in adopting Ruth, an orphan girl from Uganda. Honest, raw, and illuminating, this book explores what happens when we sacrificially reach out and share God’s love with others. While the Merrills realized it would be a tough road, they didn’t foresee the challenges and joys that would overwhelm them with hardship, laughter, and a deep and exuberant love, the love of an orphan girl redeemed.
Mom Maven’s Thoughts
I loved this book, I hated when I had to put it down. Meadow is a wonderful storyteller and her mother’s heart showed in every word. I appreciated the author’s honesty about her emotions, stress, and questioning her faith. Life is far from perfect, no matter what Instagram may make you think, and Meadow was honest about the struggles of international adoption, special needs parenting, and life in general.
There are two themes in this book that touched me deeply.
- We aren’t responsible for the outcome, we are simply responsible to love.
- Everything life takes, love restores.
There was one thing that annoyed me about Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill. At the beginning of each chapter, before the chapter started, there is italicized anecdotes, like journal entries that foreshadow how the story ends. I didn’t like knowing where the story was headed before I got there, if that makes sense.
The book is available on Amazon in hardcover and Kindle editions as well as from other booksellers.