Title: All the Pretty Things
Author: Edie Wadsworth
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
“What Daddy looked for in the bottom of the bottle, I looked for on the faces of everyone I met. I guess we weren’t that different after all,” Edie Wadsworth realizes in her memoir, All the Pretty Things.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-twenty pages, this paperback targets those who like reading a redemptive story of a strong, determined woman who finds God after repeatedly stumbling through life. With no profanity except using the word hell a couple of times, topics of alcohol consumption, adultery, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible is referenced. Following the afterword, the book includes acknowledgments, eleven discussion questions, notes, and the author’s biography.
Writing her story at age forty-six, Wadsworth has learned a lot having been raised in the Appalachians by a dysfunctional family. Ever committed to her father, she is enamored by his charm and easy-going attitude even though she feels she has to protect him from his constant alcoholic binges. Raised by divorced parents and an eclectic extended family, she lives life on the cusp, hoping she will be different than her clan and exist in a perfectly pretty environment.
By avoiding confrontation at all costs, she strives to be what she thinks is normal while burning down her life making wrong decisions and choices as an adult. From being the homecoming queen, dropping out of a Christian college, and marrying an older man to getting into medical school, remarrying, and raising children, she feels broken and unworthy until she understands that God has allowed her trials and tribulations for her to surrender to Him completely.
~ Why ~
When we falter in life and turn our backs on God, there are consequences that alter our life. I like how the author realized her many mistakes and how they correlated to her family upbringing and her father. Finally, with God’s help, she begins to overcome the disappointments, guilt, and self-loathing into healing and forgiving others and herself. The story is well written and engaging, bringing to mind that all of us have fallen short of the glory of God.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like reading a biography that dwells on one’s women’s childhood of hunger, pain, and neglect while having to pick up the pieces of a destructive alcoholic father who is idolized. Others may not like a depressive story about a girl who felt broken, unloved, and guilt-ridden.
~ Who ~
Wadsworth overcame her dark and painful past and became a family practice physician and then an author, blogger, and speaker who has been featured in various media.
~ Wish ~
Having not been in Wadsworth’s shoes of her childhood, I could not relate to many parts of her book, so I wish her much grace and love on her path to getting closer to God. I did find some repetitiveness in her writing, which probably verifies her intense mindset relating to her father and fractured family dynamics.
~ Want ~
If you want a book that focuses on one woman’s walk through a troubled upbringing to the glorious acceptance of God’s eternal love, this would be a good read for one on the brink of becoming an alcoholic or wishing to understand a rooted family issue that affects many. Kudos to Edie for making her cliff jump count.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
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