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A Requiem, Armenian Style Ruth Madeleine Hodder

A Requiem, Armenian Style

Ruth Madeleine Hodder

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ISBN : 9780988161702
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288 pages
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 About the Book 

Shushanig Chahbaghlian is an Armenian Orthodox refugee from Marseille who converted to the Salvation Army as a young girl. She meets Albert Hodder, a third-generation Salvationist whose roots are firmly planted in England but who aspires to serve GodMoreShushanig Chahbaghlian is an Armenian Orthodox refugee from Marseille who converted to the Salvation Army as a young girl. She meets Albert Hodder, a third-generation Salvationist whose roots are firmly planted in England but who aspires to serve God in the Belgian Congo. Shushanig and Albert fall in love, marry and have children while pursuing their religious vocation in France, England and Canada, first as officers of the Salvation Army, then as ministers of several evangelical churches in or near Montreal. Middle daughter Ruth breaks away from religion altogether and makes her life in Winnipeg, which is where her parents relocate after Shushanig becomes ill with Alzheimer’s disease. As the worlds of Albert and Ruth collide, she embarks on the journey of saving her mother’s story and claiming her sorrowful but rich Armenian heritage. Within this family’s very personal microcosm are universal themes of faith and disbelief, loss and hope, the clashing—and claiming—of cultural identity and memory, and the complexity of caring for people with disabilities in our families and society as a whole.