Awful Beautiful Life


In May 2013, Becky Powell’s life dramatically changed. Her husband tragically took his own life, and she soon discovered that he owed millions of dollars to creditors. In Awful Beautiful Life: When God Shows Up in the Midst of Tragedy, Becky Powell tells her story of how she picked up the pieces of her life, repaid creditors, and relied on God in the midst of her suffering.

Through all of the trials Powell faced, God was there with her. Powell’s story of persevering through pain reminds me of the Bible passage Lamentations 3:22-23, which says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” No matter what trial we find ourselves in, God can give us new mercies each day.

Powell’s story is captivating. I loved seeing Powell’s strength and dedication as she persisted through complicated situations. Powell has three children, and the book shows how the family grieved together – and supported one other. Awful Beautiful Life shows that even when situations are overwhelming, God will be with us.


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