It’s been said that all good manners boil down to making people feel at ease. Whoever said it could have been describing Beth Webb Hart and her innate grace that marks every page of her endearing fiction. Reading a Beth Webb Hart novel feels very much like sitting across an intimate table with the flesh and blood woman who pens them. She moves us through page after page of beautiful prose and it feels quite effortless.
In Moon Over Edisto, Beth Webb asks us to consider the subject of forgiveness from all sides. Will Julie be able to finally forgive? And what will her decision mean for everyone else involved? As the observer, we get to sit in a safe place and see both the damage of harboring un-forgiveness and the potential power of being willing to forgive and move on. It’s a subject that has literally been weighing on me.
This past January I was browsing a Christian bookstore during a break in the schedule of the Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriend Weekend in Jefferson, Texas when I found a large stone imprinted with one compelling word, forgiveness. It all but spoke out loud to me. I bought it impulsively and began toting it back to the convention center. It was heavy when I struck out. It grew increasingly so over the next two city blocks. As I tried to balance it with my purse, my to-go glass of sweet tea from lunch, and various other packages, the stone’s jagged edges began cutting into my forearms and the image of a certain person flashed through my mind. I found myself thinking of how much she must be hurting inside. I know full well that she has regrets and regardless of how much she professes otherwise, I also know she doesn’t feel forgiven.
How many of us walk with the weight of our mistakes even though God has made a way for us to lay them down? As I struggled on with my heavy stone, I felt the Lord begin to talk to me about how the guilt she carries is hampering every area of her life. Ever so gently the questions came.
“So, how hard would it be to carry this around every day?”
“Tell me, could you carry this and help anyone else?”
“How difficult are you finding it to focus on anything other than the heavy weight tearing into your skin?”
By the time I reached the convention center, I needed a restroom makeover. I’d prayed for that wounded soul and cried most of my makeup off in the process, all because of a word picture.
Jesus taught in vivid word pictures when He walked the earth and His spirit continues to use them today through the everyday things around us and through gentle authors like our own Belle Tuesday. I’m so thankful for her talent and the unique way she shares it with the rest of us. For anyone who loves a great story and values the beauty of word pictures, Beth Webb Hart will charm you with her latest story of betrayal, second chances, and the choices in between.
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is an author, speaker, radio host, and Belle of All Things Southern who greatly admires the work of her fellow belles at Southern BelleView!
**WIN A COPY OF Moon Over Edisto! One given away each day this week!
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To ENTER: answer the question of the day: Have you ever dealt with someone who seems to find pleasure is lashing out at you? How did you forgive and keep forgiving? Share your thoughts.
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