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An inspiring tale of anguish and hope

By Eddie McIlwaine

I was intrigued by the title of a book that has just reached me. It's called In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart. But I was drawn to the tome for another reason.

This is the autobiography of a lady called Ruth Graham, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, an acquaintance of mine who has been in the province a few times.

Ruth, with three broken marriages behind her, admits she made a shambles of her early life, but she never lost the support of her father, who celebrated his 99th birthday earlier this month.

The lady with the bad times long gone is now a conference speaker and Bible teacher.

In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart (released by Zondervan Publishing) is certainly an inspirational read.

Ruth, who lives in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and is a mother-of-four, says she is writing to bring hope to the hurting and isn't afraid to lay bare the mistakes she made.

In his foreword, Billy Graham says his daughter's life took many twists and turns, causing his late wife, Ruth senior, and him joy, challenge and tears until, in the end, she pulled through.

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