Letters from Ruby….by Adam Thomas…..From Abingdon Press

Letters from Ruby

by Adam Thomas

From Abingdon Press


About this Book

When the newly ordained Episcopal priest Rev. Calvin Harper arrives in Victory, West Virginia, to be the pastor at an ailing parish, he has no idea how much he still has to learn about being a priest. Thankfully, Ruby Redding takes the young man under her wing and teaches him everything she has learned throughout her long, storied life. Seminary never taught Calvin that the only true way to be a witness to God’s presence in this world is to remain in relationships with people no matter what life throws at them. His studies never taught him that detachment is the bane of ministry. He never learned that deep grief comes only from deep love. But in his first year in Victory, Calvin learns all this and more from Ruby, a woman so full of God’s light that it can’t help but spill onto the people around her.


Ruby Redding was truly a lady of encouragement, and she shows that in helping the new Episcopal priest Rev. Calvin Harper. Ruby teaches Calvin everything she has learned in her life, things that he could no way find out in seminary. Several years later, Calvin was called to a church in Boston, and Ruby continued encouraging and teaching Calvin through letters. Letters to Ruby gives readers those letters of encouragement to read and be encouraged as well.

I really like Ruby and the way she was willing to help Calvin when he was so new to the church. We need many like Ruby in our world today. I can only imagine how this young pastor cherished each of these letter from his mentor. I was truly encouraged myself, and I know you will be too when you read this book, Letters to Ruby.

I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


Adam Thomas was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 2008 at the age of 25, making him one of the first priests from the millennial generation. His unique voice in the faith community emanates from a combination of his youth, honesty, humor, and tech-savvy nature. A self-described nerd, Adam is the author of Digital Disciple. He also writes the blog WhereTheWind.com, belongs to the Christian Century Blogging Community and Day1.org, and knows everything about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Adam lives in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

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