Ruth Serpas has pondered on her book, Jesus Is Worth It All, for many years. Most recently, she’s found the time and inspiration to write her memoir, and the book went to press – the culmination of her efforts. Her stories tell of the real-life tragedies she has suffered through the years and how she has overcome them through her faith in Jesus Christ. She’s ready to share her experiences with others.
“I want them to know that God loves them and He’s there in any situation, any circumstances. He will be there if they call on Him,“ she says of her book’s central message. “It will still be hard going through the fire,” she notes, but God will be there with open arms for His children. She acknowledges the pain she went through has made her faith stronger and she has matured in her faith.
Through the years, she suffered physical, sexual and emotional abuse, poverty and losses. Those painful experiences led her to the closer walk with God. Through her book, she seeks to share the succor she found in her faith.
The road to publication has not been smooth. Serpas has to find a second editor when the first one she entrusted with her manuscript stalled her for months. Her work with the second editor, Laura Anne Ewald, took some time as the two of them labored to organize the fragmented files, but she is pleased with the result. Ewald worked with Serpas to maintain her voice and patterns in the book, while correcting errors which Serpas attributes to her education level.
“I tried to keep the book simple,” says Serpas. “I had one of my friends tell me, ‘This is a simple book to read,’ and I said, ‘Well, it took a simple person to write it.’” She intentionally aimed for a fifth-grade reading level to make the book accessible to more readers.
Serpas originally hails from Kansas but now makes her home in Perkinston, MS, a small community in Stone County. She notes the small towns in both states are very similar and she feels at home in the community where she has lived for more than a dozen years as well as Picayune, where she spends much of her time in ministry.
A member of Resurrection Life Ministries in Picayune now, Serpas has worshipped in many churches through the years, citing her mother’s “bouncing around” from church to church. Once she achieved adulthood, she made a conscious decision to follow Jesus and the name on the building was less important than the message delivered within its doors. She has lived the lessons of faith learned in the various churches and now offers what she has gained to the world.
Jesus is Worth It All is available at Amazon.com and other online booksellers.