Awful Beautiful Life: When God Shows Up in the Midst of Tragedy

Awful Beautiful Life: When God Shows Up in the Midst of Tragedy Review

A gripping story of grace, faith, and triumph for a woman whose world shattered hours after her husband's suicide.

Rebecca Powell faced the unthinkable on May 16, 2013. Her husband Mark called and said, "I've done something terrible." Within hours, she learned that he had taken his own life and, over a period of several years, millions of dollars from friends and colleagues. Everything she believed to be true, the very fiber of her marriage, was called into question. Within a week, rather than planning carpool runs and volunteer fundraisers, she owed almost one hundred creditors millions of dollars and had her own team of ten lawyers. She was also the subject of open FBI, SEC and DOJ investigations-and faced potential criminal charges. And, although she instantly denounced every cent of Mark's $15M in life insurance and promised to repay every penny taken, her lawyers knew that in reality she faced years of court battles and lawsuits, and possible jail time.

Yet from that first horrific moment, God was there. He showed up in his Word, in Rebecca's friends, in her lawyers and in the generosity of those around her. He worked miracles. CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and others covered the first moment, but what about the last? What about the story in which God gives your next breath because you can't find it on your own? What about the story of a mom and three kids trying to make sense of their pasts, present and future while living under a microscope?

AWFUL BEAUTIFUL LIFE is Rebecca's journey through the two years surrounding Mark's death and how she overcame. It came down to a loving God who surrounded her, a present and dedicated family, and friends, who made her life, offered her sanctuary and showed up for her and her kids in tangible ways. This is a story of remarkable grit, strength and what the Body of Christ in action looks like.

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  • Chrissy

    A beautiful, honest, and at times funny book. “Awful Beautiful Life” is a must read. It will leave you hopeful and inspired....

  • Shana Slaughter

    I recommend this incredible book to everyone! It is a story of faith and of hope and will inspire everyone. Becky Powell’s never ending faith in God got her and her family through personal tragedy. ...

  • Suzanne Bell

    A must read! It is truly inspirational, as well as a can't-put-down kind of book. Katherine Reay does an amazing job of writing the story being told by Becky Powell. As I read the story, I found yours...

  • Monica

    On May 16, 2013, Becky Powell received a phone call that would change her life. Her husband, Mark, called her and told her he had done something terrible. That day she learned he took his own life and...

  • Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!...

  • Joan

    What a story. Imagine being an active part of the upper social class of Austin, Texas. Imagine receiving a cryptic phone call from your husband of 22 years that seems to indicate he is ending his life...

  • Jessica

    I never write book reviews, but cannot let this one pass me by! Warning...this book will light a fire of faith in your Spirit!!!I first heard about this book and Becky Powell one day on the 4 things w...

  • 6

    I am going to start with the good of the book. This lady is definitely a nice lady who tries to do the right thing all the time. Only if all rich people behave this way. Here is the bad and the ugly. ...

  • C.E. Hart

    I’m not a crier, so it was reasonable for me to think I could get through this book without shedding tears. I knew the events were tragic and painful. I knew my empathy would be on overdrive. But, l...

  • Openly Bookish

    This book is a masterpiece of showing how God works miracles in the midst of HELL....