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
Oh, how sweet to have a friend who'd drop everything and come when you need her. Ruthe, the heroine of this novel,
dashes away from her own grad when her friend Muriel calls. Don't you wish you had a loyal, caring friend like that?
Buy and READ Ruthe's Secret Roses!
Ruthe's Secret Roses
by Ruth Marlene Friesen
What First Readers are saying: RAVE REVIEWS
Some things will strike you as very unusual about this new novel;
Your main cry may be "Is there romance?
Does this book have the famous triangles of other fiction books!"
Ah-h! There's my reason to do romance differently; because everyone
else writes romance with such a cookie-cutter!
(I REALLY don't care for kits, do you?).
Once I decided to write this book to suit my own tastes and change all the rules about
romance I had great fun.
Ruthe is a matchmaker, and very much interested in a good husband and a family. However,
she has vowed to be busy about God's business and to let Him choose her future husband.
So she fights off all the men who approach her with romantic intentions. There's Ross,
the tease, and Lloyd, who worships her, and Dr. Davie, who amuses her,
and Peter, whom she gives away, and the police officers...
(I'm biting my tongue! I don't want to spoil your reading of it!)
The pressure builds in this book. And it will continue!
The next book will be saturated with romance! (Everybody is going to comment on that!
Whether they read it or not EVERYONE will have an opinion on it by then)!
What About the Conflict?
This is not a bland PollyAnna story. Ruthe deals with some serious conflicts
here, on more than one level. There are her fears and naivety to overcome first
of all, then the very real taunts and hindrances of Satan. These may seem small or a
joke to one who is not a Believer in Christ, but can shipwreck a Christian.
That's not all. She overcomes a strangler, witnesses a murder, and is kidnapped, but
that all pales compared to the over all conflict throughout the book with her own
conscience as Ruthe gradually realizes that she has been deceptive and needs to
do some confessing and changing of her own. Only someone who has ever come to that point
knows what a big climatic point that is in your life.
Have you been there? Then you'll know why this becomes a pivotal turning point in Ruthe's
(Truth is, you won't get the full, maximum impact until the next book. This Ruthe is
like a multi-faceted diamond. The more you look the more you'll discover).
Ethnic Flavour; Mennonite Touches
>When I was growing up I read lots of books, but I didn't find any that featured my
own ethnic background, and because it takes one to run one down, I heard mostly the
In my adult years, researching my roots, I've come to appreciate my ethnic background much
more, so I've decided to weave a bit of that into the book. Not enough to overpower the
story, but to honour my beloved grandmother, who was a godly example to me, and
to show other Mennonite young people that we have nothing to be ashamed of. Our Low German,
or Plaut Deutsch, is not a dirty language.
Ruthe is not a generic heroine, so why should she not have some ethnic colour
and background? We all do. Some are just not aware of their heritage yet.
You don't have to speak the language to get the drift of the phrases that pass between
Ruthe and her Grosz'mama. What is more, they are all explained in the footnotes at the
bottom of each page wherever they happen.
Whether you are a gardener or not, you are likely enough of a romantic to enjoy Ruthe's
idealistic 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 is going to grow on you!
You've got to make the effort for those appointments though. They don't easily come
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
* You order it by credit card, download it in 8 minutes more,
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
feel that Ruthe has become a life-long friend of yours!
How big is this book?
In paperback it is, 5 ½ x 8" - it is 467 pages. A thick book! You order the softcover at
BookLocker or your favourite online bookstore (eg. Amazon).
It is also available as an e-book for Windows (95-98 + up), and in
.pdf, which can be read in Acrobat Reader by Windows, Macs, or Linux operating systems.
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 lovely website.
Do you like muted pink roses? 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.
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Yes, Ruth, I'd like to BUY
and read this book!
I say: Great! I'm Delighted! You can very easily and quickly pay by your favourite credit card through BookLocker.com for either the softcover, 466 page print book, (which is on its way
to you within 48 hours) or the .PDF e-book (which you can download immediately).
Or, if you wish, you can stay right on this site, skip over to one of my Payment Pages; use PayPal, ClickBank, or regular post to purchase and download the very same
e-book. I will email you the link or mail you the e-book on a CD or diskette.
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Have the RoseBouquet
(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
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!