Healing Ruby: A Novelby Jennifer H. Westall

Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships

of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the

age of thirteen, she’s already lost a younger brother to illness, and

now faces losing both her father and the boy who’s stealing her heart to

illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved Scriptures, she prays daily

for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her

father’s death. Through her pain, she’s able to connect with her

long-lost Uncle Asa, who’s mere presence at his brother’s funeral brings

murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent

local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa’a many

secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the

“gift,” she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith

that could mean never losing loved ones again. But faith and doubt

can’t reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt

is Ruby’s constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning

of faith, she’s opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her

family destroyed and a community that can’t see deeper than the color of

one’s skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains

and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may

require the ultimate sacrifice?.


About the Author

Jennifer Westall dives into Christian characters to explore her own

questions of faith. Inspired by the life of her grandmother, Healing

Ruby (2014) is the first in the Healing Ruby series, which delves into

the mysteries of faith healing. She's also the author of Love's

Providence (2012), a contemporary Christian romance that navigates the

minefield of dating and temptation. She resides in southwest Texas with

her husband and two boys, where she homeschools by day and writes by

night, thus explaining those pesky bags under her eyes. Readers can

connect with her at or find her on Facebook and