Tuesday, June 10, 2014

All My Belongings | Enter to win a $200 Visa Card from @CynthiaRuchti & RSVP for 6/11 LIVE Webcast Event

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:   

A new identity can’t protect Becca from a past that refuses to go away. Where do you turn when changing your name doesn’t give you the anonymity you want? When running hundreds of miles away isn’t far enough? When your search for a place to belong lands you right back where you began? One phone call destroys all the hope Becca Morrow has for a life beyond the shame of her past. Further discredited by the death of her elderly, ailing patient—the mother of the influential businessman, Isaac Hughes—Becca’s new life is shattered and her longing for love slips away. Working to clear her name, Becca must learn to see the beauty in the ugliness of dying, to accept the tenderness in forgiveness, and—at last—discover that where she belongs isn’t as much about her family history as it is about her faith in the One to whom she’ll always belong. 

My Thoughts:  

All My Belongings is the first book by Cynthia Ruchti I have had the pleasure of reading. This book really hit home for me in many ways. I have always had a heart for those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia, worked with patients with these diseases when I worked at a nursing home, watched my Grandparents go through it, and now I am care giving for my my father with dementia. When I read the book description I instantly felt drawn to this book and knew I had to read it.  Becca Morrow, who used to be someone else, finds beauty in dying. She has been attending nursing school and helped care for her mother as she was dying but when her father is tried and convicted for taking a life, she must give up her life where it is and she finds herself going 3,000 miles away to offer her services to Issac Hughes, a family friend whose mother is dying of a heart condition and dementia. Becca must hide her previous life, with only one person knowing who she is, Issac's aunt who sends Becca to him to care of her sister.  As Becca connects with Mrs. Hughes and Issac she finds herself unsure of what she will do about her past but feels like she is finally belonging and as Becca tries to move on and seems to be succeeding, Mrs. Hughes dies suddenly and Becca's past and present come crashing into each other. Now she must figure out what to do next and where to put her faith.

All My Belongings is a beautiful book about life and death.  This book really sticks with me given my situation with my Dad. Watching someone you love disappear before your eyes isn't an easy thing especially when physically they are there but mentally they are leaving you.  All My Belongings digs into euthanasia, dementia, hospice care giving, and the need all of us have to feel we belong somewhere and to someone. Cynthia Ruchti covers these deep and serious topics with love, showing that there is beauty and dignity in dying.  The characters in this book are real, honest people and I found myself relating to Becca the most throughout this book. Her respect for life and death really touched me especially given my situation with my own Dad. I found myself laughing in parts of this book and crying in others. So much in this book reflected my life that I really found myself immersed in this book. This book definitely took twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction, you will not be disappointed. All My Belongings is a book that will stay with me for a long time as it touched my heart and really reflects my life right now. I look forward to reading more from Cynthia Ruchti. I give this book 5 STARS.
Cynthia Ruchti asks what it takes to overcome your past and become who you were meant to be in her latest novel, All My Belongings. Cynthia has woven a heart-wrenching tale of forgiveness, grace, and learning what it means to truly belong.

Cynthia is celebrating the release of her latest novel with a fun giveaway and a live webcast event!
One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa cash card
  • All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 11th. Winner will be announced at the All My Belongings LIVE webcast event on June 11th. Connect with Cynthia for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Cynthia will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.
So grab your copy of All My Belongings and join Cynthia and friends on the evening of June 11th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

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