Song of Silence


At a period in my life when I find myself perhaps oversensitive to noise, my review copy of Cynthia Ruchti’s “Song of Silence” arrived at the perfect time. While the story itself was enjoyable, it became more personal to me. My own circumstances could not be more different than Lucy’s but there were lessons within the pages for me to meditate upon. I was especially blessed by all the scripture references and quotations scattered throughout the story that mention silence in one form or another.

Lucy’s story began with one disappointment, the loss of her job. She found it difficult to get past her grief over the loss of what she believed to be her passion and calling and what she thought was a lack of understanding by her family, especially her husband. Imagine her surprise when her life careened even more out of control by one unexpected complication after another. Yet in Lucy’s time of trial, she encountered multiple people who spoke into her life and eventually guided her to a renewed relationship with the Lord and her husband. And in the midst of the silence, Lucy found a new calling.

“Song of Silence” is a profound novel that will stay with me for awhile. I am thinking it may be time for me to do an in depth Bible study on silence. Perhaps the Lord is trying to tell me something too.

This book was provided for review by Amazon Vine.


Music taught Lucy love and beauty. Could silence teach her hope?

Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they’re committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. While Charlie retired early, Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.

Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith’s song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.

When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.


Cynthia RuchtiCynthia Ruchti is the author of the critically acclaimed Where the Morning Glory Blooms and They Almost Always Come Home. After 33-years as writer/producer of the daily 15-minute radio broadcast, The Heartbeat of the Home, Cynthia served a two-year term as president of American Christian Fiction Writers and currently serves as ACFW’s Professional Relations Liaison. In addition to writing novels, devotionals, and magazine articles, she speaks for women’s events and writers’ conferences. Cynthia and her plot-tweaking husband live in Central Wisconsin, where she creates stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark. Find Cynthia on the web at