The Little Way of Ruthie Leming follows Rod Dreher,
a Philadelphia journalist, back to his hometown of St. Francisville, Louisiana in
the wake of his younger sister Ruthie’s death. When she was diagnosed at age forty with a virulent form of cancer in 2010, Dreher was moved by the way the
community he had left behind rallied around his dying sister, a schoolteacher.
He was also struck by the grace and courage with which his sister dealt with
the disease that eventually took her life. In Louisiana for Ruthie’s funeral in
the fall of 2011, Dreher began to wonder whether the ordinary life Ruthie led
in their country town was in fact a path of hidden grandeur, even spiritual
greatness, concealed within the modest life of a mother and teacher. In order
to explore this revelation, Dreher and his wife decided to leave Philadelphia,
move home to help with family responsibilities and have their three children
grow up amidst the rituals that had defined his family for five generations:
Mardi Gras, LSU football games, and deer hunting. Download and start listening now!