All the Pretty Things: A Memoir  -     By: Edie Wadsworth
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All the Pretty Things: A Memoir

Tyndale Momentum / 2016 / Paperback

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All the Pretty Things is the searing story of Edie's soul-searching journey out of the rubble of her poverty-stricken childhood, through the devastating choices of her adulthood and into a life of healing and forgiveness that she never dreamed possible. It's a story about a determined young woman who became a doctor against all odds; how she found the strength to confront her past; and how she finally encountered the love of her true Father on the long road home.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 1.00 X 1.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 149640338X
ISBN-13: 9781496403384

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“The night the trailer burned down, I think Daddy was the one who set it on fire. . . . “

For a long time, Edie thought she had escaped. It started in an Appalachian trailer park, where a young girl dreamed of becoming a doctor. But every day, Edie woke up to her reality: a poverty-stricken world where getting out seemed impossible. Where, at twelve years old, she taught herself to drive a truck so she could get her drunk daddy home from the bar. Where the grownups ate while the children went hungry. Where, when the family trailer burned down, she couldn’t be caught squawlin’ over losing her things—she just had to be grateful anyone had remembered to save her at all.

And at the center of it all, there was her daddy. She never knew when he would show up; she learned the hard way that she couldn’t count on him to protect her. But it didn’t matter: All she wanted was to make him proud. Against all odds, Edie “made doctor,” achieving everything that had once seemed beyond her reach. But her past caught up with her—and it would take her whole life burning down once again for Edie to be finally able to face the truth about herself, her family, and her relationship with God. Readers of The Glass Castle will treasure this refreshing and raw redemption story, a memoir for anyone who has ever hungered for home, forgiveness, and the safe embrace of a father’s love.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful Story of A Search for Love
    November 30, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For as long as Edie Rudder could remember, growing up in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Tennessee had shaped her life. The ever gnawing of her stomach that never had enough to eat, the neglect that was a constant, and her daddys love of alcohol were hallmarks that would follow her well beyond childhood.

    Living in the midst of such poverty in a trailer on the mountainside with assorted relatives, Edies love for her daddy could not be dampened no matter how much her stomach hurt or her heart was wounded from disappointment. It was he who taught her to belt out the songs of Johnny Cash like Folsom Prison Blues and Ring of Fire as her daddy would swill down one beer after another.

    Edies journey will cause your own heart to yearn for her to discover that love from the Lord and give you a view of life in the poverty Appalachia.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Faith shines through this memoir
    November 22, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoy reading and writing memoir, and I was drawn to this story of a difficult childhood. Edie Wadsworth grew up poor in the Appalachian Mountains, yet eventually rose to great success as a medical doctor, then left her career to stay at home with her family and write full-time. I could not wait to read her story of transformation.

    Her experiences with poverty, dysfunctional family members, alcoholism, and sexual abuse certainly had the power to hold her down and keep her trapped in destructive cycles. But God spoke to her in church and through coaches and friends, and her heart was drawn to him at a young age. She sought perfection in her quest for self-worth, and made some poor relationship choices. But she conquered over her fears and hangups with faith in God's provision and promises. Even after her life stabilized, she suffered a terrible loss through a house fire. God strengthened her faith again through that difficult trial, and her faith shines through on every page.

    I enjoyed the author's vulnerability and honesty of such sensitive subjects. Her deep love and affection for family was obvious, despite the many ways they hurt her. I appreciated that she was honest about her own failures, and treated the reputations of her abusers with care. She writes with grace, both in her style and in her willingness to forgive. This inspired me in my own story. I want to write memoir with that much grace and love. Although the story moved along slowly at times, it was sprinkled liberally with humor, charm, and joy, so it held my interest. If you are looking for a true story, balanced between hard truth and generous grace, I recommend this as a worthy read.

    I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    All the Pretty Things
    November 20, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In this memoir, Edie Wadsworth tells the story of her childhood in Tennessee, a childhood defined by alcoholism, broken family relationships, neglect, and poverty. Though she was introduced to the church at a young age and her commitment to the Lord shaped her growing up years, the pain and trauma of her childhood followed her into her adult years, resulting in devastating choices that only added to her guilt and shame. Through hard work and determination, she became a doctor and immersed herself in helping others, but her personal life was crumbling. At the lowest point, she sought help and was able to work through and make peace with her past, ultimately finding hope and healing in a restored relationship with her loving heavenly Father.

    I really cannot comprehend the pain of a childhood like the author describes. Edie Wadsworth is certainly an example of how God can bring beauty out of ashes. Reading this book reminded me how much I often take for granted and inspired me to think more compassionately about my neighbors and community, which bears resemblance to that of Edies childhood in some ways. I was blessed by how God strategically placed people in Edies life, and the power of simple things like a warm meal and encouraging words. I want to be a life-giving person, the hands and feet of Jesus, to those around me.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Brave & beautiful.
    November 7, 2016
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    This memoir was one of the most beautiful and brave books Ive read in a long time. Edie shares her own story of growing up in severe poverty, longing for her fathers love, learning to care for him in his alcoholism in ways far beyond her years. She is a masterful storyteller, sharing what is true and heartbreaking, while also weaving in glimpses of hope and redemption. This is a deeply personal, profoundly vulnerable story. Im so grateful for Edies courage to delve into the pain and healing that can only come from sharing the things that we would rather keep hidden. A+ for me.

    *Tyndale House Publishers have provided me with a complimentary copy. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 28, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was so well written, it was a wonderful read. The story was amazing and God's grace even more so.
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