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Ruth O'Neil

Ruth O'Neil

Ruth O’Neil was born and raised in upstate New York and attended
Houghton College. She and her high school sweetheart have been married
since 1991 and reside in Virginia. She has been a freelance
writer/editor for more than thirty years and has published hundreds of
articles in dozens of publications. Besides freelancing and
ghostwriting, she has written three stand-alone novels in the What a
Difference a Year Makes series (Come Eat at My Table, Belonging, and
Lunch Ladies), numerous devotionals, and a couple of children's
picture books. She is the author of the Spiritual Insights from the
Classics series, which are devotional companions to classic

She is a veteran homeschool mom, teaching her kids at home for 20
years. Several years ago she began teaching writing classes at a local
homeschool co-op. Here she now teaches younger writers to develop
their own freelancing career, write their own novel, or create their
own picture book. Teaching the next generation of writers is probably
the most fun she's ever had!

When she’s not writing or teaching, Ruth spends her time cooking for
others, quilting, reading, scrapbooking, camping, and hiking with her

Books by Ruth

Come Eat at My Table (What a Difference a Year Makes)

Karin is a woman with a past. About the time she thinks no one will ever know, it comes back to haunt her. The deeper she tries to push it away the more prominently it returns. Forgiveness is a word that isn’t in her vocabulary as far as the people from her past are concerned. She thinks she's fine until someone from her past shows up unexpectedly forcing her to think about what happened. With the help of her family and other people around her she realizes that she must learn to forgive, even if forgiveness wasn't asked of her.

Belonging (What a Difference a Year Makes)

Shelly never saw the need for companionship outside of her father and Professor Yates. Now her father is gone and Professor Yates is pushing her to step out her front door, out of her comfort zone. Then there’s Jay. His comfort zone includes the entire universe and he is bound and determined to drag Shelly along with him. In honor of her father’s memory, Shelly picks up one of their old pastimes, genealogy. She figures it would be nice to know where she came from. It would be nice to belong. What would it feel like to belong? Everyone seems to have a place in the world where they belong. Except Shelly.

Lunch Ladies (What a Difference a Year Makes)

The walls of Bistro 316 have heard it all.Seven women. Ryann, Kayleigh, Mackenzie, Mercedes, Zena, Paige, and Angela. Each dealing with her own personal struggle – failed marriage, death of a spouse, illness, family issues, and more. Some are looking for love, some for healing, and some for purpose in life. Satan attacks when they're down and where they are vulnerable so that they want to give up. Yet through the power of prayer and the strength that can only come from the bond of friendship, they will overcome, even if the endings aren't all fairy tales. Laughter, tears, and lunch are what hold this group together. But is that enough when the circumstances of life threaten to tear them apart?They share joys, successes, hurts, and dreams. You too can become one of the Lunch Ladies. Come join us.

What Are Readers Saying About Ruth's Books?

I purchased this devotional after reading two other books by this author. Absolutely love her insightful yet uncomplicated approach to our everyday struggles. This book has been a blessing to me especially on days when there's not enough time to dig deeper into the Word. It is quite apparent that Ms. O'Neil is well acquainted with our heavenly Father and that makes me love her writing all the more.

HomeSchool Haven

5 stars

Yet another book that was great from Ruth ONeil. This book especially resonated with me as growing up we always had someone at our house or table. I appreciated the struggles that they went through and rejoiced in forgiveness.


5 stars

Great story with valuable life lessons about family, faith, forgiveness, healing our past, hospitality with a servant heart, and bringing the secrets from the dark to the light. Truly a delight! Great character development - I felt like I truly knew them… I couldn't wait to see how the story unfolded - even with the surprises! Ruth O'Neil has a gift as an author and storyteller!

Lori Ann King

5 stars

A breath of fresh air is how I would describe this book. As I read, I identified with the problems of the family. I loved how the vulnerability of each character is exposed. Their growth through heartache and pain was so evident and the reality of life so refreshing. What better way to show God’s unending Mercy than in the midst of the dynamics of a typical family; a family unit that could symbolize any family who struggles with day to day secrets and tragedies. It is a must read!


5 stars