Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunrise on the Battery

In “Sunrise on the Battery” by Beth Webb Hart, we meet the Scoville family. Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville moved to Charleston, South Carolina so that they could provide a better life for their daughters, Catherine, Lilla and Casey. Mary Lynn has done everything she can to be accepted by Charleston society so that her girls will have more opportunities open for them. Jackson is constantly reminding their daughters what is important in life and he always pushes them to do better in school and other activities he thinks are appropriate. Mary Lynn starts to realize there is more to life than just being accepted by society. When she starts to go to church and read the Bible she tries to get her husband to join her but Jackson does not believe in God. Jackson feels like God left him a long time ago. Mary Lynn starts praying for Jackson and asks her friends at church to do the same. Jackson has a life altering experience and realizes he has been wrong all these years. Jackson goes from one extreme to the other and becomes so wrapped up in spreading the Gospel that he forgets about his family. Word spreads around Charleston about Jackson and his family has to pay the price. Mary Lynn is no longer accepted in the social circles and the girls get picked on at school. Mary Lynn feels betrayed by God and wonders if she will be able to stay in her marriage. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.

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