Ruth Cranston (1887-1956) was the Ohio-born daughter of a Methodist bishop. She was apparently well educated and well travelled and she even worked with the Red Cross in the US and in international groups in Europe such as the World Conference of Religions. She wrote at least seven novels under the nom de plume, Anne Warwick.
Among several non-fiction works, her 234 page The Miracle of Lourdes was published in 1955, just one year before her death and two years after she began her stay in Lourdes in 1953.
The account was republished in 1988 by Doubleday. A brief pamphlet form of it had also been published in 1958 by the Catholic Truth Society. (This bore the imprimatur of Dr Daniel Mannix, president for 9 years of Maynooth and also the Archbishop of Melbourne for 46 years. He died in 1963, just 5 months earlier than his 100th birthday!)
The CTS pamphlet tells us that:
. . . Ruth Cranston lived in Lourdes, talked with doctors, nurses, stretcher-bearers, patients. A Protestant herself, her approach was that of the reporter and impartial investigator She has verified and documented the facts she presents.
Her interest in Lourdes was spiked by a media report and she says that . . .
“I WENT to Lourdes out of an irrepressible curiosity. For years I had been interested in the part that faith can play in alleviating our human ills. But I had known very little about this famous French shrine until one morning my eye fell on the headline: IDIOT CHILD CURED AT LOURDES, BOY OF SEVEN REGAINS FULL INTELLIGENCE AFTER YEARS OF LIVING LIKE AN ANIMAL.
This incredible newspaper story, which also told of other startling cures—cancer of the stomach, peritonitis, lung tumor, angina—stirred my imagination. I wanted to know more about Lourdes.”
For what happened next please continue reading at A PROTESTANT LOOKS AT LOURDES.