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
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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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How I Learned to Read
When I started school it was to a small one-room country school near Laird, Saskatchewan, on the
Canadian prairies. I'd had to wait a year because my appendix nearly burst before it was removed the
year earlier, so I was impatient to go to school and learn to read.
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On top of that I had to learn English. My parents spoke Plaut Dietsche, or Low German, at home
though they knew a bit of English. Mom had prepared me for my first day by training me for weeks to
have a few handy English answers ready.
If they said to me, "What is your name?" I should answer, "Ruth Marlene Friesen."
If anyone said to me, "How old are you?" I should reply, "Seven years old."
On the big day, Dad took time from his work as a farmhand to drive me the three miles or so to the
school on his tractor. While he went to find the teacher at the Teacherage I walked up to the school
steps with my lunch in a lard pail, to greet the students I saw were already there.
One of them asked or said something, and I rattled off my answers, "Ruth Marlene Friesen seven
The big boys hooted and did cartwheels. While I had a sinking feeling that this had not gone the way
Mom had told me.
However, the teacher, Mr. Bill Janzen, seemed to understand me perfectly. After he had given the
higher grades their assignments, he came to kneel beside my desk and showed me a book of pictures.
He explained in Low German that I should tell him what they were, and then he would tell me what
their English names were. In no time flat I had those names memorized.
So we moved on to the next book and the next. Before long I was reading English fairly fluently.
Mr. Janzen drove to a larger town every three weeks and brought an apple box full of books from the
library there. He allowed me to take several home each day to read to my younger brothers and
sister. At first I had to show some words to Mom or Dad for help, but soon I was far past the level
of English they could read. By Christmas I could read almost any book in that apple box and be
waiting for more before the three weeks were up.
In 1996 it occurred to me that I had never properly thanked Mr. Janzen for giving me the gift of
literacy, so I wrote a poem which I included in a Poetry Chapbook I made for my friends. You can
find I Owe You
As you will know if you have that writer's craving to write, it begins with a love of reading
first. Although I've had to fast from purchasing books the last 18 years or so for lack of funds,
the Lord has still seen to it that good books found their way into my hands.
One of those ways was to become a Book Reviewer for Provident Bookfinder in Scottdale, PA. I want
to share my reviews of the very best books I received. As well as some old, old favourites that I've
treasured for years.
Truly, books can open up many worlds to us, they can shape our thinking and educate us in all kinds
of wisdom that we just couldn't discover any other way. At least a lot of the time, we can't live a
long enough life to experience all those things personally, except through books.
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