Ruth Marlene Friesen: Welcome!
This site is like Ruthe,
the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
how to become a writer
Psst! I've got FREE taste treats of the novel ready for YOU! DOWNLOAD the first 3 chapters as an
eBOOK in beautiful colours, or read the first 8 chapters on this site, if you have time to stay a while. Start READING HERE!
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Some Books I've Reviewed...
Where is God When it Hurts? - by Philip Yancey
Waking the Dead The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive - by John Eldridge.
Merciful God of Prophecy - by Tim LaHaye.
Return to Harmony - by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn.
Another Homecoming - by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn.
Tomorrow's Dream - by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn.
The Bluebird and the Sparrow - by Janette Oke.
The Princess - by Lori Wick.
ALL books reviews
How to Give God
A Letter to a Lonely Heart
In Author's Arbour:
Let's Get Acquainted!
Write 4 Kids
Tell me Your Story
articles on writing;
Writing 4 Success
Spilled Candy - on writing
the novel and promoting yourself as the author.
Wish you could have a heart-to-heart talk with God?
Ruthe does. All the time, where ever she goes, she's having a running conversation with the one she calls
Lord, or my Best Friend. You've got to
meet Ruthe! AND her Secret Roses.
You don't really have time to read on the couch, but if you're like me, you do read snatches on the
run, and somehow make time to read a GOOD book completely.
So how can you be sure this Ruthe in the book is not some kook? Read the six
You've heard of power naps at work, right? You rise refreshed, bright and alert. Take a break to
refresh your spirit with a good inspirational
Do you eat novels like chocolates? Here's one with both weight and excellent flavour! For a
satisfying treat, read Ruthe's Secret
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Ruthe's Secret Roses -
Has Tremendous Spiritual Impact
Do you like walking and talking with God? Or wish you could?
If you long to get closer to Jesus, and to learn how to pray and share your faith so
that others are dramatically converted, you will love this book. When Ruthe prays,
she gets answers. You will also learn from her stumbles.
Ever thought you would like to help others trust in God, but don't know how to start?
You will be able to follow Ruthe around and pick up her compassion as she initiates
Are you from a dysfunctional family? One that is far from ideal? Maybe you are lonely,
abused, unloved, or bereaved, and spiritually hungry?
You are going to feel Ruthe's love oozing all over you! Her heart bleeds for others!
Lisa, a notorious prostitute, thought there was no way she could get out of her lifestyle. Then Ruthe convinced her there was hope, and oh, what a transformation! Same with Emie, and many others. Ruthe shows the way out of that maze.
If you are an oldest daughter or sister, and find yourself the key caregiver in your family, you will really identify well with Ruthe and with her friend, June Johnson.
Also with young Joy, who escaped from a black market foster home and seeks for her younger siblings. (In fact, you probably already pick up stray kittens of all kinds yourself or you wouldn't have read this far!)
No doubt you have a precious little sister or brother that you'd do just about anything for as well. So Ruthe's little sister Sharri will win you over and make you smile with vicarious pride.
This is a special slant to this story that others will not pick up as well as you will. Only an oldest sister, or the one who has often been cast into the role of caregiver will understand.
If you are the creative type, and love sewing designer clothes, planning dream homes, or home make-overs, you've got treats in store for you in Ruthe's Secret Roses too. There's people make-overs, wardrobe transformations, a bad teacher turned into an excellent one, a dream home built.
Ruthe goes further, and sees some guys made-over, and then they make over some cars too!
Love make-overs? You're going to wish Darlin' Bonne's was a real place you could go to!
In this novel transformations are not only allowed, but encouraged and pumped. There are
a couple of special places where these become THE business!
Got a heart of gold? Ready to give away the blouse - oops, the jacket or sweaterr off your back?
Ruthe loves to give gifts and surprises too! But guess what; it's the givers who receive
generous gifts as well, isn't it? So you'll be tickled at the wonderful and very original
gifts Ruthe gives, and gets. Think: clothes - wardrobes, mansion, trees, swimming pool...!
How does Ruthe fit all this into one life?
Well, she is a telephone operator and uses her shift work to confuse people. They can't
keep up with her hours, so she appears to be coming and going all the time.
Fortunately she is a very self-disciplined young woman in that Rambler.
Not all teens are like that, but remember her background, and that she's been an eldest
and a caregiver all her life.
Most of all, her spiritual life is strong and upper most. All this contributes to making
her a good time juggler and a very unusual role model. (Yes, there are teens today
who have this kind of maturity. I don't doubt it for a minute!)
If you are able to understand Ruthe, the main character in this novel, you will
have no trouble seeing why she is a natural at mentoring and counselling others.
Self-sacrifice is not something she hesitates over. It flows easily because she loves
people and respects them as individuals.
A lot of this is possible because of the example her Grosz'mama set for her, and the
things she remembers hearing about in church and reading in the Bible.
Whether you are a gardener or not, you are likely enough of a romantic to enjoy Ruthe's
way of comparing her private prayer walks at dawn - or whenever she can fit them in - to
walking and talking with the Lord Jesus in an imaginary garden of paths and rose
hedges, arbours and love seats. She doesn't talk about it often because she is afraid
people will not understand or make fun of this. But it is symbolic in her mind of her
sacred relationship with one who is her God, her Saviour, and her dearest Friend and
Confidant. Only here does she feel fully free to be her real self.
In this garden she and her Friend Jesus, discuss her other friends, whom she fancies to
be various colours and types of roses. Since she is afraid to tell her family about her
friends in the city, they are her secret roses.
Read Ruthe's Secret Roses, and you'll want to try such private garden dates too.
You'll be amazed at how much you'll become like Ruthe. She grows on you!
(You've got to make the effort for those appointments though. They don't easily
Have You Got Writing Dreams?
If you are idealistic, and imaginative, I'll bet you have thought about writing a book
yourself. Watch out for Phyllis Shulton in this story. In the end you may wish you could
find a woman like her in your real life to guide you too.
For any or a number of the above reasons,
you want to buy this novel right now!
* You don't have to get dressed to go out to shop for it
* You don't have to wait for it to come in the mail
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and START READING, Ruthe's Secret Roses.
be spiritually impacted;
be challenged to draw closer to Jesus, and see Him as a REAL Friend!
enjoy a clean story with a creative and feminine Christian environment and atmosphere
feel that Ruthe has become a life-long friend of yours!
How big is this book?
In softcover it is, 5 ½ x 8; - it is 467 pages. A thick
book! You order it at
BookLocker or your favourite online bookstore (eg. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.)
It is also available as an e-book for Windows (95-98 + up), and in .pdf, which can be read
in Acrobat Reader by either Windows or Macs. You get to choose from three e-book options.
The HTML e-book comes with its own browser that opens when you click on the file name in
your computer, and let's you read the book on a choice of two different backgrounds, like a
Do you like muted pink roses in the background? Then you'll want the one with SR
in the filename. Would you rather have a more neutral floral background - not so very pink?
Then take the one with RR in the filename. If you have a Mac instead of a PC, or
you just like plain PDF pages better, which you read in an Acrobat Reader (free) - you'll
want to pick the one with PDF in the link title.
Got more questions?
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(my inspirational blog/RSS feed)
sent to you weekly by email:
In the Garden
Your book was a pleasure to read. I loved all the transformations; the
physical makeovers, the home decorating, and best of all, the total
heart conversions. All are made possible by an unassuming young Mennonite
woman who trusts God to lead her and work through her.
There aren't many books written about the Mennonite way of life;
particularly having them associating with other faiths, and sharing
(Kathy Wollf - First Reader)
I love it! Your style of writing is excellent, especially the way you
build interest and keep me wanting to read faster and faster. What a
wonderful story :-)
(Connie Lepovosky, Typesetter).
Wow! This little lady gets around doesn't she! The style is unique, not
your typical bookstore novel. I like the "stream of consciousness" effect
as we see into her thoughts and she talks to her Companion about
Internet friend, Rose Clarke
The book was a surprise to me in that when I first started the book, and
so many things happened to Ruth at such a fast pace, I did have
trouble getting my head around the 'reality' of it all.
However, once I got into it I was soon intrigued by the events that happened. After all -
so many other secular fictional stories expect us to believe the impossible -
why should a Christian book not do the same, and possibly inspire us since
we believe in the God of the impossible?!
What surprised me is how I was soon able to keep pace with the events that happened to Ruthe, though
I had to think a moment or two 'who was who' from time to time.
Sharon Richardson, Scotland
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God tells me I am His own - does He ever tell you that? You can find out how by reading my novel, Ruthe's Secret Roses
I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear, falling on my
ear.... Ruthe's Secret Roses
illustrates that dear song!