"Beautiful on the Mountain" by Jeannie Light is a true story about a woman who left the fancy life she was used to and followed God's lead to minister to a tiny rural community in the Blue Ridge Mountains called Graves Mill. After suffering the heartbreak of her husband leaving her, she was weighing her possibilities and trying to figure out how she was going to rebuild her life. She had big plans to raise sheep on some property she owned near Graves Mill, and while investigating her options, was asked to help the town re-open their inactive Baptist church. She was petrified at the idea, and felt like she didn't have the tools to succeed at such a large task, but as time went on God led her to be the person that town desperately needed.
Jeannie Light has her Masters in Literature and also taught English. Her appreciation for words definitely comes across boldly in this text as she describes the details of her life in Graves Mill. Although very well written, it took me a while to get through the book. I enjoyed meeting the characters of Graves Mill and learning about Light's very interesting life there, but I probably would have enjoyed it a little bit more if the superfluous details were pared down a bit. That aside, it was inspiring to read about Light's journey to follow God's calling in her life, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Memoirs with colorful characters and a good message.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review.