afraid of the light


afraid of the light


“Ruchti (Miles from Where We Started) delivers an insightful portrait of a wounded psychologist trying to make amends for the mother with hoarding disorder that she couldn’t save. . . . This sensitive portrayal of mental illness and its generational impact is Ruchti’s best work yet.”

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About the Book

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?


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Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Year: June 2020
ISBN: 9780825446573
Cynthia Ruchti delivers it all in this masterful, compassionate tale of redemption.
– Rhonda Rhea, award-winning humor columnist, TV personality, and author
Relevant and provocative. We can each learn something about ourselves in Afraid of the Light
– Debbie Macomber #1 NYT bestselling author
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