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"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
(from front cover)
Title: Healing Ruby
Author: Jennifer H. Westall
Publisher: Jennifer H. Westall
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of thirteen, she’s already lost a younger brother to illness, and now faces losing both her father and the boy who’s stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved Scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father’s death.
Through her pain, she’s able to connect with her long-lost Uncle Asa, who’s mere presence at his brother’s funeral brings murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa’s many secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the “gift,” she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith that could mean never losing loved ones again.
But faith and doubt can’t reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt is Ruby’s constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning of faith, she’s opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her family destroyed and a community that can’t see deeper than the color of one’s skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may require the ultimate sacrifice?
“A fast-paced story that will leave readers wondering what’s next for Ruby Graves. This soulful, often poignant novel explores difficult subjects such as death, racism and religious hypocrisy, while still remaining hopeful. One of its greatest strengths is its cast of well-drawn secondary characters, including the…vengeful preacher who tries to thwart Ruby at every turn. Ruby’s unlikely friendship with a cast-out African-American woman and her child is a particularly bright spot in this often heavy novel.”
– Kirkus Reviews
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Jennifer H. Westall dives into Christian characters to explore her own questions of faith. Inspired by the life of her grandmother, Healing Ruby (2014) is the first in the Healing Ruby series, which delves into the mysteries of faith healing. She’s also the author of Love’s Providence (2012), a contemporary Christian romance that navigates the minefield of dating and temptation. She resides in southwest Texas with her husband and two boys, where she homeschools by day and writes by night, thus explaining those pesky bags under her eyes.
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This book is about a young girl, Ruby Graves who was growing up in the Depression era in Alabama. I loved the historical era. The author described in so much detail it made the reader feel that you were right there with her. She was growing up in the face of poverty and loss. She tries to hold on to her faith but it is difficult when she's lost a younger brother to an illness. Now she faces losing her father and a boy who is stealing her heart to illnesses as well. She prays for their healing, only to have her faith shattered by her father's death. The author wrote a page turner from the first page to the last. I wanted more. To me when the reader wants more at the end of the book, it's a keeper. Ruby was young but that didn't stop her from standing up for what she believed in. She knew there was always a price to pay for speaking your mind. Ruby sometimes bent the rules, but she did it because she cared for others. I'm hoping there will be a follow up book with more in the life of Ruby and perhaps a romance between her and Matthew. This book will go on my shelf to read and re-read. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical stories, a little romance, and a young girl that doesn't give up but stands up for what she believes, while holding on to her faith.
I was given a complimentary copy of HEALING RUBY from the author, Jennifer H. Westall and Pump Up Your Book for my view of the book.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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