Ruth Buchanan

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Ruth Buchanan is a Christian freelance writer who holds degrees in ministry and theology. She writes fiction, non-fiction, plays, and sacred scripts. She’s an eager reader, an enthusiastic traveler, and the world’s most reluctant runner. Ruth loves Jesus, family, church, friends, and coffee. She lives and works in South Florida.

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On Friday, I played the piano at a memorial service. The interior of the building was already decorated for the season, and we sang against a backdrop of velvet, garlands, and twinkle lights. The experience served as a reminder that while we delight in the gifts of the season, an undertow of sadness often pulls beneath the surface.

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I checked this out as a possible read-aloud choice for the Podlings. While I don't think the readability level is what I need for where they are right now, I'm glad I read it for my own sake.
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I appreciate Pastor Loritts's careful differentiation between white evangelicals (people) and white evangelicalism (faceless movement). His perspective presents both comforts and challenges, and I'd recommend that if you're going to read this book, r ...more
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Oh, man. I'm so into this story! My only regret is that I blasted through the first two books before Book 3 was within shouting distance. Fingers crossed that the story's conclusion will be as gripping as the first two installments!
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2018: Enjoyable and hilarious, as always.

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“In this sense, Rachel envied fictional characters. For them, everything would eventually make sense. If she were fictional, all the random, ridiculous events of her life would mold into a recognizable shape, building toward something. She would recognize signs, portents, and foreshadowing. In real life, however, no such clues were forthcoming.”
Ruth Buchanan, Flexible: A Novel of Mystery, Drama, Rehabilitation, Spiders, and the Occasional Head Wound

“Friends know the patterns of our souls.”
Ruth Buchanan, The Proper Care and Feeding of Singles: How Pastors, Marrieds, and Church Leaders Effectively Support Solo Members

“Christ nailed all my guilt to the cross. Sometimes, though, I needed a reminder that the nails held.”
Ruth Buchanan, Murder on Birchardville Hill

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
C.S. Lewis

“I am no longer afraid of getting old. Indeed I can't believe I ever said anything so stupid. So childish. So offensive and arrogant.
But mainly, so very, very stupid. I desperately want to grow old.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.”
Neil Gaiman

“In this sense, Rachel envied fictional characters. For them, everything would eventually make sense. If she were fictional, all the random, ridiculous events of her life would mold into a recognizable shape, building toward something. She would recognize signs, portents, and foreshadowing. In real life, however, no such clues were forthcoming.”
Ruth Buchanan, Flexible: A Novel of Mystery, Drama, Rehabilitation, Spiders, and the Occasional Head Wound

“Christ nailed all my guilt to the cross. Sometimes, though, I needed a reminder that the nails held.”
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Ruth Rachel wrote: "Sooo.... I found a benefit to being homebound with illness for ALL of 2015. (drumroll) My goal is to read 365 books, and hit 100,000 pages! lol... I discovered in August that I was about 5 books be..."

I'm sad you've been so ill, but totally happy that you've been meeting goals and taking names. I'll be interested for your input on the post I've written for the blog. It's going up tomorrow and focuses on the money side of how you can afford to read a lot.


Rachel Sooo.... I found a benefit to being homebound with illness for ALL of 2015. (drumroll) My goal is to read 365 books, and hit 100,000 pages! lol... I discovered in August that I was about 5 books behind the numerical day of the year, so I've been working toward that goal. This month, I realized I was at 79,000 pages, so that's my secondary goal. Having a blast! Of course, I would be fine with a miraculous recovery, too... but while I'm down, I might as well stretch my horizons, right?!


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