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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, CLASSeminars Award of Excellence, Golden Scroll Awards, and more. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

Published Works

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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)

When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Fiction)

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) Sept 2015

An Endless Christmas (Worthy Publishing) Fall of 2015

Song of Silence (Abingdon Fiction) April 2016

Restoring Christmas (Worthy Publishing) Fall of 2016

Mornings With Jesus 2017 (Guideposts) Fall of 2016

A Fragile Hope (Abingdon Fiction) Spring of 2017

Miles From Where We Started (Gilead)

The Heartbeart of the HomeRadio Program

For 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.


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Cynthia Ruchti served as president of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and now serves as ACFW’s Professional Relations Liaison. In 2007, she was the recipient of the ACFW Member Service Award. In 2008, Cynthia was a finalist in Women’s Fiction in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Contest.

Her debut novel, They Almost Always Come Home released in spring 2010 with Abingdon Press.

They Almost Always Come Home took honors as the first novel to hold the number one position of all free Kindle downloads when the Kindle download list was first split.

In November, 2010, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominated They Almost Always Come Home for 2010 Inspirational Book of the Year. Read more (click on the link and scroll down to Inspirational category, Suspense). They Almost Always Come Home was nominated as a Retailer’s Choice, won a Lime Award as a Top Ten Fiction, and was a Carol Award finalist.

September 2010 saw the release of “The Heart’s Harbor” in A Door County Christmas novella collection from Barbour Publishing. A Door County Christmas was awarded a Readers’ Choice Award from Family Fiction, and it was a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

In November of 2011, the devotional collection–His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not–released from Summerside/Guideposts. Cynthia is one of four authors in that collection. It has now become part of the Ellie Claire Be Still and Let Your Nail Polish Dry 365-Day devotional journal.

September 2012 saw the release of “Maybe Us” in Cedar Creek Seasons novella collection.

In 2013, the novel When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Press Fiction) and the nonfiction Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices (Abingdon Press Christian Living) released, as did Mornings With Jesus 2014 (Guideposts), in which forty of Cynthia’s devotions were included.

All My Belongings (Abingdon Press Fiction) released in May of 2014. Mornings With Jesus 2015 (Guideposts)–which will include forty more of Cynthia’s devotions, released in September 2014.

In 2014, her books received the following awards:

When the Morning Glory Blooms–2014 Selah Award; 2014 Christian Retailings BEST Award; ForeWord Reviews IndieFab Honorable Mention Award in Inspirational

Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices–2014 Selah Award, Christian Living; 2014 Christian Retailings BEST Award, Nonfiction: Women’s; AWSA Golden Scroll Second Place Nonfiction of the Year 2014

All My Belongings–Christian Authors Network Golden Scroll Award Novel of the Year 2014; CLASSeminars Novel of the Year; Christian Retailing’s BEST Award 2015; ForeWord Reviews IndieFab 2015 Book of the Year Gold (Religious Adult Fiction)

As Waters Gone By–4.5 Stars TOP PICK by RT Reviews, AWSA Golden Scroll Gold Merit Award

Cynthia’s articles have appeared in a number of publications, including Christian Communicator, Marriage PartnershipVictory In Grace, CBA’s Retailers + Resources magazine, Charisma magazine, and Christian Retailing magazine, among others. Her essay “Reading by Flashlight, Writing by Heart” appeared in Cup of Comfort for Writers.

Literary Representation

Agent: Wendy Lawton
Books & Such Literary Agency