Book Review, Contemporary, Inspirational, Life

Book Review – Facing the Dawn

Facing the Dawn

by Cynthia Ruchti


About the book

While her humanitarian husband Liam has been digging wells in Africa, Mara Jacobs has been struggling. She knows she’s supposed to feel a warm glow that her husband is nine time zones away, caring for widows and orphans. But the reality is that she is exhausted, working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage their three detention-prone kids, failing at her to-repair list, and fading like a garment left too long in the sun.

Then Liam’s three-year absence turns into something more, changing everything and plunging her into a sunless grief. As Mara struggles to find her footing, she discovers that even when hope is tenuous, faith is fragile, and the future is unknown, we can be sure we are not forgotten . . . or unloved.

With emotionally evocative prose that tackles tough topics with tenderness and hope, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti invites you on a journey of the heart you won’t soon forget.

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My Thoughts

What a painful bittersweet story.
Hope, forgiveness, love, and more.
This was a book I knew I had to read. And yet, the more I heard about it, I almost shied away from it…I gathered that it would not be an easy read. And I was right!
Facing the Dawn was a very difficult story. Mara was in such a difficult place in life.
First off, she’s had to give up her husband for how long already, because he had a dream to help bring water to the poor in Uganda. So, Mara is at home with their three teens, trying to be strong, trying to fill in the gap. And failing miserably. Two out of her three were seemingly nothing but trouble. She just wasn’t sure how much more she could take.
And, just when Mara thought things couldn’t get worse, it does. Life takes on a whole different meaning. She’s struggling, trying to make sense of things.
And then another unthinkable thing happens.
And Mara is left with nowhere to turn, except to God.
She learns anew what a blessing friends can be when her forever friend Ashlee shows up just when she needs her most.

This is a book that gives voice to someone who might feel unheard, a single parent, or maybe even one who almost feels like a single parent. I love how this story can bring clarity and insight to parts of us that we might not even know are needing voice and healing.
I also love how Ms. Ruchti makes faith such an integral part of this story. Shows it as the unshakeable foundation that we all can have, if we are willing to lean on God.
This is a story that will have you wiping your eyes and looking around you to treasure all those little things you may have been taking for granted around you.
I don’t think I’d recommend this story for young readers. The depth of pain and grief is quite intense. I found it both a blessing and a challenge to my own life, and as such, I do recommend it to anyone that is looking for a story that will lead them to a deeper walk with God.
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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