Sunrise on the Battery
Beth Webb Hart
Beth Webb Hart stars each novel’s development with a question she then works through within the novel. She writes, “For Sunrise on the Battery, here is the questions I had in mind before I ever wrote the first word of the story.:
What would it look like if we really loved each other? If we had no inhibitions about sharing our faith and our lives with a hurting world? How would we really spend our time and our money? And what impact would this have on our families, especially our children? What impact would it have on our communities, our country and our world?”
She uses the novel to answer this question in the lives of Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville. High school sweethearts, raised in the country with little means, they make it their mission to climb the social and economic ladder to give their 3 daughters the life they never had. After 10 years in Charleston, the Scovilles have arrived to the top of the social elite. Private schools for the girls, music and language lessons from the best, prestigious home and possessions, and wealthy friends.
Mary Lynn attends a Bible Study, and has for a couple years with a friend. Jackson is fine with it, but doesn’t have any desire to go to church or hear about her ‘religion’. She begins to see God’s hand in her own life when she is out jogging and injures her leg. She realizes her great desire to accept Christ and for Jackson to know Jesus as his own.
Mary Lynn is not ready for the radical changes in Jackson that occur at his conversion, and answer to her prayer. Jackson shows a newfound jubilance for God and desire to share with all he meets. For him it is ‘all or nothing’. His family is having a hard time jumping off the fence as readily as he is.
So true in all our lives, whether we are ‘rich or poor’ financially or socially. The hesitancy to jump off that fence separating the world from those who are Christ followers. We don’t want to give up what we have accomplished, or what we have to be sold out believers, and are often critical of those who do. Jackson models an excited, new believer in Christ who has had a life changing revelation. We all would do well to follow suit with Jackson and despite the things we have, the social suicide that could happen, that we take a radical step for Christ.
I love how the book is told in multiple person so that we can see what Mary Lynn is thinking and feeling, as well as Jackson before and after his acceptance of Christ. Even the daughters get a voice in the book and we can see the struggles that come with each stage of their parents desire to know God more.
The book answers the question that Beth Webb Hart poses at the beginning of her thoughts on the writing the novel in a way that will speak to all who read it!!
Thanks to B& B media for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.