When the newly ordained Episcopal priest Rev. Calvin Harper arrives in
Victory, West Virginia, to be the pastor at an ailing
parish, he has no idea how much he still has to learn
about being a priest. Thankfully, Ruby Redding takes the young
man under her wing and teaches him everything she has learned
throughout her long, storied life. Seminary never taught
Calvin that the only true way to be a witness to God’s
presence in this world is to remain in relationships with people no
matter what life throws at them. His studies never
taught him that detachment is the bane of ministry. He
never learned that deep grief comes only from deep love. But in his
first year in Victory, Calvin learns all this and more from
Ruby, a woman so full of God’s light that it can’t help
but spill onto the people around her.
"You can't take responsibility for how other people react to what you say. But you can think about how they will hear your words."
That was just one of my favorite quotes from Ruby, of Letters from Ruby. Ruby is a older, wise woman that was full of great quotes full of advice. This book was not written as a self-help book, but if a person was to
read this and take some of the advice given by the wise women Pearls,
Brooch, and The Two Purses, they might be surprised at how it helps.
Letters from Ruby is a great story to escape into, and experience a bit of history and romance. Ruby is my favorite character of the book, but honestly there are several great characters to choose from. Rev. Adam Thomas captured the best features of each character. These ladies reminded me of different ladies from our own church.
This title gives you lots to think about, and to laugh about. If the first chapter doesn't hook you, then you can't be hooked. Hint: New Priest. Breaking & Entering. I really can't say more. Be sure to grab it as soon as it hits the stores, August 20, 2013.
Thank you Abington for my free copy.