Beth is generously offering one copy of her debut novel WISH YOU WERE HERE to one randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 26th between 4-5 PM EST. WISH YOU WERE HERE is a fresh take on the runaway bride theme when Allison, who is accustomed to the front seat of control, must rely on God to guide her way past her comfort zone. For your pleasure, here's an excerpt:
As a novelist, I don’t write about perfect people – and I don’t hang around perfect people, either.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I tried to be a perfect person for far too long. I was all about crossing my t’s and dotting my i’s just so.
|Daughter's Amy's wedding, photo by Lisa Anne|
Here’s the funny thing: A few years ago, my oldest daughter asked me, “Do you want to know what the best thing is about you as a mom?”
Did I? I could almost hear the angels humming in the background. This was the long-awaited moment when one of my children rose up and blessed me. All moms wait for this, right?
Here’s what my daughter told me (and I quote): The best thing about you as a mom is that you weren’t perfect.
Of all the things I tried to do for my children – my daughter appreciated my failures?
|Husband Rob, Beth's|
She went on to explain that my imperfections were a blessing. By being less than perfect, I didn’t lull her into the false belief that her dad and I had a flawless marriage. I also didn’t set the performance bar so high for her that she thought she had to live a mistake-free life. And she also realized that being a woman of faith didn’t mean you never messed up.
Shakespeare gave MacBeth the fatal flaw of “vaulting ambition” – the desire to be important, to be powerful.
My vaulting ambition was to be perfect. Now I’ll be the first person to admit I’m anything but perfect.
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Here’s the funny thing: Life, in all its less-than-perfect messiness, is beautiful.
If my life was perfect, where would my need be? For God? For others? For hope or love or comfort?
Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be satisfying …
A perfect life will never be satisfying.
Because a perfect life is an illusion. Real life, by definition, is flawed. You learn to embrace the heartache and the hope. You discover the patience to wait in the darkness for the first sliver of dawn … and God’s mercies that are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:23) And, yes, you realize that maybe, just maybe, the reality that you aren’t perfect is the best thing about you.
Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Wish You Were Here, her debut novel, released May 2012. Catch a Falling Star releases May 2013. Beth is an established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, MOPS International’s leadership magazine.
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