On this episode of Better Together Facebook Live, I’m talking  with award-winning author, Cynthia Ruchti about hope, hoarding and her new novel, Afraid of the Light.

Cynthia and I discuss the prevalence of hoarding, the impact of the anxiety disorder of those who are suffering and their families. I loved how Cynthia remided us how important it was to listen to those in our lives who are struggling rather than trying to force them or fix them.


Brief synopsis of Afraid of the Lightclick here to purchase

Clinical psychologist Camille Brooks isn’t put off by the lifestyle of her hoarder clients and the distress of their families. She lost her mother to the crippling anxiety disorder–so she’ll go a long way to help others avoid the same pain.

Despite Camille’s expertise, her growing audience for her Let In the Light podcast, and the recognition she’s gaining for her creative coaching methods, she’s not prepared for the pushback. A client who looks uncannily like her mom catches her off guard and raises long-dormant issues. And the revelation that Camille has her own hoarding problem sends her spinning.

With the help of a cadre of unexpected friends, an enigma of a man who refuses to be discouraged, and the God who created and loves her, can she face her fears, pull back the curtains, and let the light into her own life?


About Our Guest Cynthia Ruchti… 

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books, devotionals, and speaking for women’s events or retreats, drawing from 33 years writing and producing an on-air radio broadcast.

Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers’ Choice, Selah Awards, CR’s BEST Awards, Carol Award honors, Christy Award honors, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year honors and others.

Cynthia is the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s been privileged to write and publish more than 30 books, with more contracted. Cynthia and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren. Since 2017, she’s also served as a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management.


Better Together host Barb Roose is a popular speaker and author with a passion to help women live beautifully strong and courageous in Jesus’ name. She’s the author of multiple books and Bible studies, including Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus and Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle. Visit Barb’s online home at barbroose.com.

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