Beyond The Sound of Gravel:
One Woman’s Story of Triumph and Courage
The thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children, Ruth Wariner grew up in a polygamist family on a farm in rural Mexico. She offers an unforgettable portrait of the violence that threatened her community, her family’s fierce sense of loyalty, and her own unshakeable belief in the possibility of a better life. Her story is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph and courage.
In this authentic, unique and powerful program, audiences will discover:
• A sensational story of survival
• How to tap into their personal strength and resilience
• The possibility of overcoming anything and everything
Ruth’s program will remind audiences that no matter where they come from or what they’ve experienced in their pasts, we all have the power to become stronger than our circumstances.
What People Are Saying
“Disturbing, powerful, and poignant, Wariner delivers a harrowing story of survival and taking the necessary risk of saving yourself.” —Real Simple Magazine
“After reading the amazing story of Ruth Wariner’s life, I was so captivated I couldn’t stop thinking about it and decided to invite her to our club. Her resilience is even more incredible in person and our audience members were on the edge of their seats the entire time she spoke–even those who had not read the book! Ruth is an inspiration, and she tells her story with power and insight, leaving the audience with a strong sense of empowerment, personal strength and deep gratitude.” —Karen Johnson, Meeting Planner and Social Chair at Columbia Edgewater Golf Club
“AMAZING! Words can’t express the gratitude I have for Ruth Wariner’s talk. Everyone who attended had their heart strings pulled. Her presentation was a beautiful mixture of relatable and inspiring emotion.” —Anne Whitlock, Community Relations Director at Courtyard Fountains Retirement and Assisted Living
“The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation had the privilege of hosting Ruth as our “Authors for Education” featured guest. She was a delightful speaker who gave an inspiring talk about the resilience that allowed her to not only overcome traumatic childhood circumstances, but also succeed and thrive. Those in the audience were left with a sense of wonder at her ability to forgive and use her challenges as motivation to get an education and become a teacher and author. Ruth’s warm and genuine personality had many of us wishing we could sit across the table from her with a warm cup of tea or fine glass of wine and chat for hours.”
—Vicki Moen, Executive Director of the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation