"We all have wounds, we can either open them up to the light of day so they can heal or we can keep them buried, where they will fester and one day wreak havoc on us." quote by Edie Wadsworth from the book All The Pretty Things. What a blessing to review this book for Tyndale House Publishers! I have been reading Edie's blog for the past few years http://www.lifeingraceblog.com/
This is her story, a story about how God redeems! She grew up living very poor in the Appalachia Mountains. She had a very complicated relationship with her alcoholic father. She was sexual abused by a family member at a young age. Thankful her story doesn't end there, and if you have a similar story or are going through a hard time, know that your story never has to end there. We have a heavenly Father who loves us, cares for us, and redeems us from all that is bad!
School was her lifeline, a place of safety, dependable place to belong and wonder to escape the disappointment, sirens, and alcohol. Church eventually became her home away from home, a much needed safe place, even though she struggled in her faith for many years. After sharing her story for the first time as a teenager she began to realize that the painful parts of our lives are often the very things that God will use as gifts to bless and change us and the people we meet.
It would still be a struggle and years before she understand true forgiveness and how God blesses us. She suffered through a broken marriage and later on a house fire that destroyed everything.
"Maybe it wrings us out and wears us down until we finally see the point of it all-that we have been snatched out of the fire of our brokenness in order to serve and love and bless the dear ones God has placed right in front of our eyes, the ones who need our very meager gifts and offerings the most-the featherless, the misfits, the prostitutes, the jailbirds, and all those whose despair has rendered them hopeless." That is the message from this book, how God turns ashes into beauty! That is my mentor's motto and I always replay that in my head when going through a hard time.
This book kept me up for three nights, I started reading it and had a hard time putting it down. The way she shares her story is heartbreaking, but in the end you see the beauty through it all. I am thankful she was brave enough to share her story, as we all should be. Oh how God can use them! So jump scared...as Edie said in her book!