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 surprise gifts,
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and marriage,
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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History of This Novel, Ruthe's Secret Roses
When I was twelve I was sick in bed with mumps, listening to a Billy Graham radio
broadcast about many souls dying in a South American country without a single word about
Christ. I rolled over with tears and begged God to save some of those lives even before I
grew up and - even then I knew I couldn't reach everyone in my lifetime.
Off to the Big Cities in the East
After six re-writes of my novel I'd learned so much I thought I'd arrived! But there
were no publishers in the yellow pages, so I'd have to go east to the big cities where
they were. Fortunately, I had a single aunt living in London, Ontario. After much prayer,
I decided to quit my job and go live with her until I landed my big contract.
In brief, when I prayed and humbly told the Lord I was ready to take whatever He thought
was the perfect job for me, He led me through a temporary office agency, to Philips
Electronics, where I ended up being the receptionist and switchboard operator for the rest
of my years in London. But at the same time, every year by January 1, I was drawn back to
my hidden manuscript. I'd take another look and realize that it was a worthy project. After
having left it alone a few months I could always see ways to improve it. So I'd tackle it
again, with long four hour evenings, and every year about the end of May I'd have it done,
and my anticipation would build that this summer it would be published!
Called to Go Home to Hague
One of the nice things about my Philips job was that I had time to spend hours in
conversational prayer with the Lord, and to study my Bible and read all the books I wanted.
Gradually, the Lord prepared me to be willing to go home to look after my aged parents.
I resisted at first, but saw His better wisdom and decided to give up all I had in London,
and move home, with the Lord's promise ringing in my heart that back in boring ol' Hague,
I'd finally have time to write full-time. He would flood my soul with joy. In return,
I vowed not to keep it a secret any longer. That whole move is a book in and of itself!
Hid in Deacon's Bench
When I left London I could not see any way to improve the novel any more. So I told
the Lord that I would hide it until He made me work on it again. Instead I would throw
myself into my caregiver role, and take odd jobs, and I'd learn to freelance short
stories and articles, to give me more polish and perhaps even a name and reputation as a
writer. The manuscript with all it's revised versions went into a deacon's bench or
wooden box for blankets that sat in my basement room. For eight years I didn't touch it.
Never took a peek.
New Life and Purpose with a Computer!
It took me a year to raise $1000 in 1991, but it was a great day when I brought home my
first new, albeit no-name bargain 286 computer. Aside from a one-hour lesson from the
dealer, I taught myself, and in a few months that translation job was wrapped up, indexed
and sent to the cousin who'd promised to publish it. Eagerly I pulled up the old novel
and began to key it in, re-writing as I went. Oh, the improvements! Finally my fingers
could fly about as fast as my nimble mind! Now I could be prolific at last!
Finally Online and Learning to Publish!
The summer of 1998 I took Dad on a holiday to visit relatives all the way to B.C. and
back, and then into southern Manitoba. I also took along batches of my family history book,
Grandpa's Stories which covered Dad's side of the family tree. In January of 1999
enough funds were scratched together to buy a new Pentium III, and go online.
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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 their faith.
(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 everything.
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
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!
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