Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart

About the Book

She wanted her husband to attend the town’s society-driven church.

God answered her prayer in a radical way.

An emptiness dogs Mary Lynn Scoville. But it shouldn’t.  After all, she’s achieved what few believed possible. Born in the rural south, she has reached the pinnacle of worldly success in Charleston, South Carolina. Married to a handsome real estate developer and mother to three accomplished daughters, Mary Lynn is one Debutante Society invitation away from truly having it all. And yet, it remains—an emptiness that no shopping trip, European vacation, or social calendar can fill.

When a surprise encounter leads her to newfound faith, Mary Lynn longs to share it with her husband. But Jackson wrote God off long ago.  Mary Lynn prays for him on Christmas Eve...and her husband undergoes a life-altering, Damascus Road experience. As Jackson begins to take the implications of the Gospel literally, Mary Lynn feels increasingly isolated from her husband...and betrayed by God. She only wanted Jackson beside her at church on Sunday mornings, not some Jesus freak who evangelizes prostitutes and invites the homeless to tea.

While her husband commits social suicide and the life they worked so hard for crumbles around them, Mary Lynn wonders if their marriage can survive. Or if perhaps there really is a more abundant life that Jackson has discovered, richer than any she’s ever dreamed of.

My Review

Mary Lynn Scoville had it all. Everything the world could offer was hers... the house, the money, the family, and even the social status. The only thing she didn't have was a husband that shared her faith. But when Jackson has a life changing experience with the Lord... she thinks he's gone off the deep end. Is it possible to take the Gospel too seriously?

Beth Webb Hart shared a wonderful lesson in the pages of this book. Sunrise on the Battery will challenge you and make you think. When we seek God... do we want His will even if it interrupts our daily lives and changes our way of living? Good question. Good book. :)

*I received this book for free from The B&B Media Group for my honest review.

About the Author

With a B.A. in English Literature from Hollins University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, Hart serves as an inspirational speaker and creative writing instructor at conferences, retreats, schools, libraries and churches across the country, and she is the recipient of two national teaching
awards from Scholastic, Inc. and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. She lives with her husband, composer Edward Hart, and their family in Charleston. 

Visit the author's website.

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