Afraid of the Light with Cynthia Ruchti
I’m so excited to be chatting with my friend Cynthia Ruchti on this week’s episode of Walk it Out!
“Hoarding.” That word stirs images of piles of discarded trash, rotting food tucked inside broken refrigerators, and disheveled people so fixated on keeping every broken thing that they can’t see the big picture of the castaway chaos their lives have become. When one of my sons was in high school, he was hired to help clean up a hoarder’s house. He said the amount of garbage and broken stuff was had to explain, but the length of time the family had been living that way became clear when they started cleaning off teen clothes from the couch and ended up finding baby things at the bottom of the pile—all items from their one son nearly grown.
It’s easy to point at hoarders and say, “They have a problem,” but harder is paying attention to the cluttered chaos within our own hearts. And that is why fiction is so powerful. Through another’s story we get glimpses of the human existence … and ourselves.
In this week’s Walk It Out podcast, my guest is Cynthia Ruchti. We’re discussing her novel, Afraid of the Light, and sharing about how fiction is entertaining and inspiring, and also oh-so revealing, as we slip into the pages of a story. I know you’ll enjoy it!
Who is Cynthia Ruchti?
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-hope through novels, nonfiction, devotionals, and speaking events. She serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences across the country. She married her grade-school sweetheart, and the two live in the heart of Wisconsin not far from their three children and five grandchildren.
You can order Afraid of the Light HERE.
About the Book:
“Cynthia Ruchti delivers it all in this masterful, compassionate tale of redemption.” —Rhonda Rhea, award-winning humor columnist, TV personality, and author
Clinical psychologist Camille Brooks isn’t put off by the lifestyle of her hoarder clients and the distress of their families. She lost her mother to the crippling anxiety disorder—so she’ll go a long way to help others avoid the same pain.
Despite Camille’s expertise, her growing audience for her Let In the Light podcast, and the recognition she’s gaining for her creative coaching methods, she’s not prepared for the pushback. A client who looks uncannily like her mom catches her off guard and raises long-dormant issues. And the revelation that Camille has her own hoarding problem sends her spinning.
With the help of a cadre of unexpected friends, an enigma of a man who refuses to be discouraged, and the God who created and loves her, can she face her fears, pull back the curtains, and let the light into her own life?
Walk It Out Scripture
For [the Lord] will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. 1 Corinthians 4:5
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Resources, books, and links mentioned in this episode:
- Afraid of the Light | Cynthia Ruchti
- The Clutter-Free Academy | Kathi Lipp
- Walk it Out | Tricia Goyer
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