From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope

I started blogging about my journey in writing, editing, polishing and publishing my book, From Tears to Triumph. Now that the book is published, I will blog about aspects of the book: finding hope, making sound life choices, The Children of God, Costa Rica, sex-trade, redemption.

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Mariah Publishing announces the release of From Tears to Triumph

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After three years of writing, re-writing, editing, polishing and publishing, From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope has popped into the book world! It's a story with a strong message of hope and faith.

Have you or someone you know made bad choices in life and wondered if life would ever be “normal” again?

Have you had your heart torn out and your shattered dreams lying in your young hands and wondered if life was even worth living?

Maybe you’ve wondered what it would be like to leave your sorry past behind and join a group of peaceful hippies, promising peace and love?

Is there triumph beyond the tears?

Is there hope in the midst of despair?

Join me on my journey to hope

     Travel with me through the moment when life wasn’t worth living and then into life in a radical religious commune. 

Accompany me to a Mexican jail and wonder if you’ll see the light of day. 

Jump in a jeep and experience a road trip through Central America. 

Walk with me as I meet the President of Costa Rica and his wife, Dona Karen. 

Be next to me as we walk into the Red Light District of San Jose, Costa Rica and feel the pain of the underage prostitutes working in the sex trade to survive. 

Be with me as a desperate man gives me his young, scared daughter. 

Feel your heart smile as you experience the triumph that comes from finding purpose and giving love to those who most need it.

Join me on my journey to The House of Hope

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Award-winning author, Linda Bello-Ruiz, was born and raised in Redwood Valley, a small grape growing community in Northern California. Linda co-founded and directed the House of Hope—the first safe-haven for street girls, runaways, and sex-trafficked minors in Costa Rica. She was a twenty-three-year-old college dropout when she took on the project, and relied on her faith and determination which was much bigger than her curriculum vitae.

After her return to the United States in 1976, she went back to college and earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. Ms. Bello-Ruiz worked in the vocational rehabilitation field as a bilingual counselor for twenty-six-years, and as a vocational forensic expert on disability for five of those years.

Linda is president of The Authors Resource Group and Faith Writers of SCLH, a member of Inspire Christian Writers and Destiny Church, and is an active member of the Northern California Publishers and Authors group and the United for Barra Association in Mexico, and an Ambassador for Courage Worldwide.

Ms. Bello-Ruiz speaks to clubs and organizations on her experiences in moving beyond despair into hope—advocating for groups whose mission is to combat sex trafficking and provide a safe haven for girls rescued from the sex trade.

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