“A healed land begins with a healed people. You’ve demonstrated how brokenness can be transformed into something beautiful. …You are an example worth following.”
Bill Pagaran, Broken Walls
Carry the Cure, Inc. President
“The pain of childhood sexual assault is something that takes a lifetime to overcome. …Out of the ashes of despair Ruth rises as not only a survivor but one who thrives.”
Yvonne DeVaughn, Director
Advocacy For Victims of Abuse (AVA)
“…Redemption’s story blossoms.”
Dr. Clair Schnupp
NYM Ministries, Dryden, Ontario
“…this book will help you understand His ways of healing.”
Founder of YWAM
“…Thank you, Ruth, for baring your soul. Thank you for freeing us to do the same.”
Kay Marshall Strom
Author ~ Speaker
“…May you be inspired with this book.”
YWAM Global Leadership
“I more than loved your book. I cried, I laughed, I loved God with you. … Damage done to us as children can hurt us forever unless in some wonderful way we find rescue. …You told a story in a way that multitudes still need to hear, and all can find a kindred spirit….”
Author ~ Speaker
Broken Hearts Healed: A Story of Transformation, is a powerfully poetic and poignant testimonial of a woman coping with the wounds of childhood sexual abuse. Carrying this secret with her as she grows through cycles of despair, Ruth McElwee shares how she has coped through anger and denial, as well as the gradual acceptance and freedom from her past. McElwee courageously shares her repressed emotions, the fragility of brokenness in a concrete, matter-of-fact tonality, which will grasp you by the heart. McElwee’s attentiveness to her self-awareness and her attunement to creative writing results in a book showing you there is redemption in Jesus, freedom in forgiveness and hope for the darkest of hours.
A Powerful True Story of
Redemption & Romance
At five years old, Ruth is an outgoing girl and her favorite place is church…until her world is rocked by sexual abuse. Now she lives in a private hell of silence, rejection, rage and shame.
As a teenager, desperate for attention, she spirals further into depression, embracing a lifestyle of promiscuity, sensuality and self-hatred. Stripped of innocence, deceived by people she trusted and haunted by skeletons from her past, Ruth longs for love but doesn’t believe she will ever find it. Shame engulfs her. Suicide is tempting. Who would ever want to marry a fallen preacher’s daughter?