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New book – Awful Beautiful Life

First Line Friday:
I will share with you the first line (no, actually…the first paragraph) of the book:
In all good stories, you have to understand who the character was to enjoy the journey to who she becomes. It’s no different here, I guess, for fiction often tells the truth about life, and life is often stranger than fiction. My story begins as a perfect fairy tale.
Today I want to tell you a little bit about this current read:
awful beautiful life by Becky Powell and Katherine Reay
This is a book that grabbed my attention when I saw it at a bookstore just a few weeks ago. Newly released, and I am so privileged to be able to read it.
This is not fiction, like a lot of the books are I share on here. No, this is all too true. I haven’t read it yet, but I hope to do a blog post with my review once I’ve read it. If you like memoirs, I encourage you to find a copy! (my copy comes from our local library system)
About the book
A gripping story of grace, faith, and triumph for a woman whose world shattered hours after her husband’s suicide.
Becky Powell faced the unthinkable on May 16, 2013. Her husband Mark called and said, “I’ve done something terrible.” Within hours, she learned that he had taken his own life and, over a period of several years, millions of dollars from friends and colleagues. Everything she believed to be true, the very fiber of her marriage, was called into question. Within a week, rather than planning carpool runs and volunteer fundraisers, she owed almost one hundred creditors millions of dollars and had her own team of ten lawyers. She was also the subject of open FBI, SEC and DOJ investigations-and faced potential criminal charges. And, although she instantly denounced every cent of Mark’s $15M in life insurance and promised to repay every penny taken, her lawyers knew that in reality she faced years of court battles and lawsuits, and possible jail time.
Yet from that first horrific moment, God was there. He showed up in his Word, in Becky’s friends, in her lawyers and in the generosity of those around her. He worked miracles. CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and others covered the first moment, but what about the last? What about the story in which God gives your next breath because you can’t find it on your own? What about the story of a mom and three kids trying to make sense of their pasts, present and future while living under a microscope?
AWFUL BEAUTIFUL LIFE is Becky’s journey through the two years surrounding Mark’s death and how she overcame. It came down to a loving God who surrounded her, a present and dedicated family, and friends, who made her life, offered her sanctuary and showed up for her and her kids in tangible ways. This is a story of remarkable grit, strength and what the Body of Christ in action looks like.

5 thoughts on “New book – Awful Beautiful Life”

  1. Today, I’m sharing from Love You, Truly by Susan L. Tuttle: It’s such a good book!!! Currently, I’m just starting Isaiah’s Legacy by Mesu Andrews, so I’ll post a line from there:

    “I hated weeding the garden alone, but I’d rather Abba copy his scrolls inside than bear our neighbor’s cutting remarks.”

    Hope you have a great weekend and a blessed Christmas! 😊❤📖

  2. I’m not a memoir fan either, but this sounds fascinating.

    I’m sharing the first line from Breaking Point by Marji Laine on my blog today, but I’m currently reading Home for Christmas by Candee Fick. Here’s the first line:

    On a Monday afternoon in mid-October, Tyler Sherwood found himself pacing backstage at the Showstopper Theater inside the Golden Palace Casino in Las Vegas.

    I love Candee Fick’s romances and am looking forward to reading this one.

  3. My first line is from Seconds to Live by Susan Sleeman:
    One Mistake. That was all it took to put Dustee’s life on the line-death right on her heels.
    Merry Christmas!

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