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Cynthia Ruchti



Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.” Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, PW Starred Review, Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, Golden Scroll Awards, the Carol Award, two Christy Award finalists, and more. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers and is part of the worship team at her church. She’s also a senior literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren.


published works

Cup of Comfort for Writers (anthology)

They Almost Always Come Home (Abingdon Fiction)

A Door County Christmas novella collection (Barbour Publishing)

His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not devotional collection (Summerside Press/Ellie Claire/Worthy)

A Joyful Heart (Guideposts compilation) 2012

When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Fiction)

Mornings With Jesus Daily Bible (Guideposts) contributor

Cedar Creek Seasons novella collection (Barbour Publishing)

Mornings With Jesus 2014 (Guideposts)

Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices (Abingdon Christian Living)

All My Belongings (Abingdon Fiction)

Mornings with Jesus 2015 (Guideposts)

Be Still and Let Your Nail Polish Dry devotional journal (Worthy)

As Waters Gone By (Abingdon Fiction) May 2015

Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul (Abingdon Christian Living) July 2015

Mornings With Jesus 2016 (Guideposts)

An Endless Christmas (Worthy Publishing) Fall of 2015

Common English Bible Women’s Bible (commentary character sketch contributor) 2016

Song of Silence (Abingdon Fiction) April 2016

Restoring Christmas (Worthy Publishing) Fall of 2016

Mornings With Jesus 2017 (Guideposts/Zondervan)

A Fragile Hope (Abingdon Fiction) Spring of 2017

Mornings with Jesus 2018 (Guideposts/Zondervan)

As My Parents Age (Worthy Publishing) 2017

Grace is Like Chocolate Without the Calories (Worthy Inspired) 2017

Mornings with Jesus 2019 (Guideposts/Zondervan) Fall of 2018

Miles From Where We Started–novel (Gilead/Kregel) Oct 16, 2018

Hit Hard: One Family’s Journey of Letting Go of What Was–and Learning to Live Well with What Is–nonfiction collaborative writer (Tyndale Publishing) July, 2019

Mornings with Jesus 2020 (Guideposts/Zondervan) Fall of 2019

Where Are You, God? Learning to Trust When Times Are Tough (compilation devotional journal Ellie Claire/Hachette) Spring of 2020

Afraid of the Light–novel (Kregel) Spring of 2020

Mornings with Jesus 2021 (Guideposts/Zondervan) Fall of 2020

Facing the Dawn–novel (Revell) Spring of 2021


radio program


The Heartbeart of the HomeFor 33 years, Cynthia wrote and produced the radio broadcast The Heartbeat of the Home. The scripted radio drama/devotional broadcast aired on as many as 50 radio stations and two cable/digital television stations over the years. Cynthia was the editor of the ministry’s Backyard Friends magazine, a twenty-page, twice annual publication that reached 5,000 homes, churches, and parachurch outreaches.


audio & video


    Coming soon




They Almost Always Come Home:

➤ 2011 Carol Award finalist

➤ Christian Manifesto Lime Award Top Ten Fiction Book of the Year

➤ RT Reviews 4.5 Stars

➤ RT Reviewers’ Choice Book of the Year nominee

A Door County Christmas:

➤ Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award

➤ Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist

When the Morning Glory Blooms:

RT Book Reviews TOP PICK!

➤ 2013 ForeWord Reviews IndieFab Award Honorable Mention

➤ 2014 Selah Award Winner in Fiction: Contemporary category

➤ 2014 Christian Retailing BEST Award in Fiction: General category

Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices:

➤ 2014 Selah Award Winner in Nonfiction: Christian Life

➤ 2014 Christian Retailing’s BEST Award in Nonfiction: Women’s

➤ 2014 Advanced Writers and Speakers Association Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year honors

All My Belongings:

➤ 2014 Christian Author’s Network Fiction Book of the Year Award

➤ 2014 Publishers Weekly Starred Review

➤ 2014 CLASS Award of Excellence for Fiction

➤ 2015 ForeWord Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Silver Award

➤ 2015 Christian Retailing’s BEST Award in Fiction: Contemporary

➤ 2015 Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award: Women’s Fiction

➤ 2015 OCW Cascade Book of the Year: Fiction

Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul:

➤ 2016 Selah Award finalist: Nonfiction General

As Waters Gone By:

➤ RT Reviews 4.5 stars TOP PICK!

➤ 2015 Advanced Writers and Speakers Association Golden Scroll Gold Merit

➤ 2015 ForeWord Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year finalist (Religious, Adult Fiction) TBA

➤ 2016 Christian Retailing’s BEST Award winner, General Fiction

➤ 2016 Selah Award winner, Fiction: Contemporary Women

➤ 2016 Women Fiction Writers’ Association STAR Award finalist

➤ 2016 Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award finalist, Women’s Fiction

➤ 2016 CHRISTY Award finalist (Contemporary)

➤ 2016 Carol Award finalist

An Endless Christmas (novella):

➤ 2016 ECPA Christian Book Award finalist: Fiction

➤ 2016 Christian Retailing’s BEST Award Fiction finalist

➤ 2016 Selah Award winner, Novella

Song of Silence:

➤ RT Reviews 4.5 stars TOP PICK!

➤ RT Reviews Book of the Year Inspirational 2017

➤ 2017 Christian Retailing’s BEST Award winner

Restoring Christmas:

➤ ECPA Bestseller, Christmas novels Dec/Jan

➤ 2017 Christy Award finalist

➤ 2017 Carol Award winner

A Fragile Hope:

(released April 2017)

➤ 2018 RT Reviews 4.5 Stars TOP PICK!

➤ 2018 RT Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year finalist

➤ 2018 Selah Award Winner

➤ 2018 Carol Award finalist

Miles From Where We Started

(released October 2018) Gilead/Kregel

➤ 2019 Selah Finalist

➤ 2019 Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year

➤ 2019 Carol Award Finalist

Afraid of the Light

(released October 2019) Kregel

➤ 2020 Selah Finalist

➤ 2020 Foreword Reviews Indie Award

Facing the Dawn

(released March 2021) Revell, a division of the Baker Publishing Group

➤ 2022 Selah Finalist

➤ 2022 Golden Scrolls Finalist

➤ 2022 Faith, Hope, and Love Readers Choice Award winner–Women’s Fiction

Spouse in the House: Rearranging Our Attitudes to Make Room for Each Other

(released October 2021) Kregel

➤ 2022 Selah Finalist

literary representation


Agent: Wendy Lawton
Books & Such Literary Management Agency