Hope Alone

Christian - Fiction
272 Pages
Reviewed on 08/28/2019
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Author Biography

Ruth Meyer graduated from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a degree in church music and no plans whatsoever to become an author. But a student of the week project for her son inspired "Our Faith From A to Z," a children's picture book. After that, it was only a matter of time before she tried her hand at fiction. As both the daughter of and the wife of a pastor, Ruth has moved around a lot and had many experiences that provide ideas for her writing. Currently, she resides in rural Texas with her husband, their five children, two dogs, and a cat. It is her hope that through her writing, readers are assured of God's grace through His Son, Jesus.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

Ruth Meyer’s heart-warming Christian fiction novel, Hope Alone, chronicles Faith Williams’ journey through devastating lows that deepen her faith in God. While in high school, Faith falls pregnant. The one man she hoped to count on during and after the devastating discovery turns his back on her. When Spencer, the father of her child, refuses to take responsibility, Aaron steps in, giving Faith the support she has been craving. Things seem to be going well as the child becomes a point of hope for many in Faith and Aaron’s circle ... until Spencer shows up again. As he tries to edge closer to Faith, cracks start to form in Faith and Aaron’s relationship. Has Spencer changed like he claims and will Faith and Aaron’s relationship survive? Will Faith, with the help of her family, survive the ordeals that lie in front of her?

Hope Alone by Ruth Meyer is an amazing read. It features easily relatable characters that have been through difficult and tumultuous moments but whose faith serves as an anchor even in the worst of times. Faith’s family has been through it all - from abandonment by a spouse to dealing with teen pregnancy and a devastating accident. Their lives are far from perfect and sometimes they make mistakes. Still, their story offers a strong lesson on the liberating power of forgiveness and the unwavering presence of God even in the darkest of moments. The novel also contains themes of restoration and growth through overcoming trials by the power of God. It also speaks to Christians to shine God’s love on other people. Adeptly written, Hope Alone by Ruth Meyer is an encouraging and eye-opening read.

Lisa McCombs

It’s just another day in the life of Grace Neunaber. Noisy, chaotic, a plethora of crises averted while preparing the children for school. Grace silently wished for a little peace. She had no idea just how bad it could get until her daughter Faith announced that her baby's father was back in town and asking to see his son. Top that off with her pastor/principal husband’s news that he had been “called" to relocate the family once again; to assume a new job that would uproot his family and disrupt any sense of normalcy that had finally begun to fall into place following that last move. While Grace works to balance her conflicting emotions, Faith must deal with her own problems.

Hope Alone by Ruth Meyer is a lovely story of family dynamics and painful realities unspoken in most religious-based narratives. Teen pregnancy is an age-old issue that we normally believe not to be common in the lives of the “good” kids. Meyer’s command of the English language and character development provides a much-needed perspective of young adult choices and moral struggles. Faith is a model for contemporary teens. Her situation exemplifies a positive outcome to what is often perceived as a negative situation. The result of a broken home, Faith’s life journey could easily take a different turn. This reader appreciates the candor with which Ruth Meyer approaches a very real occurrence in everyday life. This is an excellent choice for both young adult readers as well as those searching for appropriate material for parents of teenagers.

Lesley Jones

In Hope Alone by Ruth Meyer, as Grace Neunaber contemplates her marriage to a Lutheran school teacher, David, she wonders whether their minor squabbles are a sign that their relationship is not as solid as it could be. Grace soon realizes that she is simply feeling overwhelmed by trying to look after her ever-increasing family and responsibilities. As she juggles her time around her family's needs, nothing could prepare her for the personal troubles of her eldest teenage daughter, Faith. Like Grace, Faith is a single mother. Luckily, Faith found Aaron and together their future looks set for security and happiness until Faith's ex-boyfriend and father of her son returns, claiming to have become a Christian and realized the error his ways. He seeks forgiveness and a chance to reconcile with his son. Can Faith allow him back into her life and forget the hurt he caused, and can Aaron accept this and his overwhelming feelings of jealousy?

Hope Alone by Ruth Meyer is a charming story of family dynamics and romance with a Christian perspective. The characters have a wonderful range of personalities and their relationships with one another are developed extremely well. I thought the study of human emotions was executed superbly, and the plot covered everything from forgiveness to love, jealousy, guilt, and shame. The plot covers the subject of forgiveness and asks the question if our past mistakes have to define us. I thought the journey of self-discovery that Faith took throughout the story was tackled realistically; she had some choices to make and those choices would affect not only herself but her son too. The sub-plot involving Grace and David complemented the main storyline and the author even managed some great conflicts throughout too. The whole concept of the story can be summed up perfectly, I feel, in James 1:5: “God gives generously to all who ask in faith, whatever their past.”