Love Is Never Safe: Experiencing Redeeming Ruth

By Amy Paulsen-Reed, Assistant Editor and Sales Representative I recently had the pleasure of experiencing Meadow Rue Merrill’s new book, Redeeming Ruth. I say “experiencing,” because “reading” is too meager a word. In Redeeming Ruth, I found myself going through Meadow’s experiences with her: her deer-in-the-headlights feeling as she realizes God has placed a special needs … Continue reading Love Is Never Safe: Experiencing Redeeming Ruth

Letting God Be God: Karl Barth’s Journey with John Calvin

On the occasion of the 131st anniversary of the birth of Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886–1968) and the yearlong commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we’d like to share some of Barth’s perspectives on John Calvin. The following is an article by Peter Anders, excerpted from The Reformation Then and Now: 25 … Continue reading Letting God Be God: Karl Barth’s Journey with John Calvin

Video about Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill

"Some stories warm your heart; others break it. Redeeming Ruth does both. She was the littlest, the last, and the least of all, but God used this exceptional child to change not only a family, but an entire community–and, Lord willing, you too. God said, 'A little child shall lead them,' and I pray Ruth's … Continue reading Video about Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill

15 Marks of the Christian Life from The Paradox of Holiness by Donald G. Bloesch

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director, Hendrickson Publishers There are books that ought to be read. And then there are books that must be read. The Paradox of Holiness and Faith in Search of Obedience are books that must be read by those among us who seek to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed in … Continue reading 15 Marks of the Christian Life from The Paradox of Holiness by Donald G. Bloesch

How Redeeming Ruth proves grief is worth listening to

By Tirzah Frank, Editorial Assistant Welcome to the Merrill Family I was reluctant to proofread Redeeming Ruth. It’s about a family in Maine that adopts a baby from Uganda with cerebral palsy, and documents their joys, hardships, excitements, and struggles through the journey. While I’m in favor of compassion and empathy—and the way that books … Continue reading How Redeeming Ruth proves grief is worth listening to

Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom: The Continuing Legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director, Hendrickson Publishers “O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed, courage to change what should be changed, and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.” —Reinhold Niebuhr This famous prayer, known as the Serenity Prayer, was jotted down on a piece of paper in 1934 by … Continue reading Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom: The Continuing Legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr

The Scent of Water // by Elizabeth Goudge

The Scent of Water Elizabeth Goudge“The language is wonderful, the characters drawn so well, and the lessons produced so gently and thoughtfully that I have found myself thinking about this book a great deal, weeks after the reading of it.”

Although Elizabeth Goudge’s birthday was yesterday, enjoy this thoughtful review of The Scent of Water.

The Aroma of Books

//published 1963//

Back in 2012 I read my first book by Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse.  I was completely blown away by the simple beauty of that story and resolved to read more of Goudge’s works.  Somehow, I’ve only just now gotten around to reading another of her books, and this one was just as beautiful, uplifting, and oddly challenging.

While The Little White Horse was a children’s book, The Scent of Water is regular adult fiction.  It is not a tale of high excitement, yet I found myself completely engrossed in this story every page of the way.  The main character is Mary Lindsay, middle-aged in 1950’s England.  She has just inherited a small cottage in a small village and although she has always been a city girl, she has decided to give country life a try.  Mary is vaguely discontented with herself, despite the fact that…

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Joy & Sorrow (and Everything in Between) in Elizabeth Goudge’s Novels

By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant If there’s one thing that I’ve learned to appreciate more from reading Elizabeth Goudge’s books, it is the incontestable linking of sorrow and joy as well as the beautiful experiences that are birthed as a result of the mixing of the pair. Life offers all of us myriad … Continue reading Joy & Sorrow (and Everything in Between) in Elizabeth Goudge’s Novels

“It hasn’t been easy, but it has been good”: A Q&A with Meadow Rue Merrill

When Meadow Rue Merrill met her, Ruth was a sixteen-month-old child that some church friends were hosting from an orphanage in Uganda. She had cerebral palsy and was so weak she couldn't lift her head. Meadow had always felt a call to adopt, but was this what God meant? Part family drama, part travel adventure, and … Continue reading “It hasn’t been easy, but it has been good”: A Q&A with Meadow Rue Merrill

A Final Word on Pesach (Passover) from Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline

Before Passover (Pesach) officially ends (read this excerpt from The Complete Jewish Study Bible for a background on this important Jewish holiday), we’d like to share an interesting thought from Meredith G. Kline from his chapter titled “The Feast of Cover-over” in Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline. In this chapter, Dr. Kline provides a different … Continue reading A Final Word on Pesach (Passover) from Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline