Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart

Book Description:  Now that she's arrived at her ultimate address, will Mary Lynn's longed-for view of the harbor satisfy the craving of her heart?
At last, Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville are living the life they've dreamed of. Two self-described "small town bumpkins" from Round O, South Carolina, they made a small fortune selling the little gems of lowcountry real estate Jackson inherited and now they are living in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, carefully working their way up the social ladder in hopes of meeting their ultimate goal:  to give their three daughters the life they themselves never had. 
But the long-forgotten God of Mary Lynn's childhood seems to be trying to get her attention in clear and unusual ways.   So clear and strange she can no longer deny it.  When Mary Lynn prays for Jackson to open his mind and heart to God, her prayers are answered beyond her wildest imaginings.  Now Jackson's dramatic conversion (which includes street witnessing, giving away a lot of money, and inviting poor, desperate and marginalized people into their home) is threatening their social status as well as their family mission statement.  Is she willing to go along with him?
What would it be like to go "all out" for God?  Jackson, a sharp and focused Type A man, is unafraid and willing to go all the way.  Mary Lynn has her doubts.
My Review:  Beth Webb Hart is a brand new author for me but after reading the description of the book I thought this might be an interesting read.
Unfortunately, this read is entirely too slow for me which caused me to stop and think about some of the theological ideas that Ms. Webb presented.  One of the theological issues that the priest should have corrected is that we don't become angels after we die.
Also, after reading the description of the book, I was under the impression that Mary Lynn's husband would be a  He doesn't actually come to God until the very end of the book.  A somewhat redeeming quality of the read.
It was an interesting reading about a wealthy family living in Charleston and the descriptions of that beautiful area made me feel like I was on a mini vacation. 
I hate to "down" a book because it takes great strength and skill to to put words on paper.  But I simply did not care for this read.  If you don't have theological issues and you like a slower, gentler pace of a read then you may like this book.
*This book was provided for review by the B & B Media Group*

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