Next week, a book I had the privilege to write, but not author, will release. It is another woman’s story and I had the honor of bringing it to the page. While it has nothing overtly to do with Jane Austen, I am sharing it here for two reasons…
- I consider us friends and think some of you might really enjoy this hope filled story.
- Austen saturates my thinking so while this book does not relate to Austen, I can’t help but think she has influenced my thinking and writing in framing this story.
Here is a little about the nonfiction story behind Awful Beautiful Life:
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. MSNBC, 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.
If you would like to learn more please visit the story’s website at www.awfulbeautifullifethebook.com. There you will also find the book’s Country Music Playlist. Becky has some wonderful songs there. Country music soothed and inspired her during this journey — so be sure to check out some of the hope and heart offered in the songs!