Beautiful on the Mountain

An Inspiring True Story

Christian - Non-Fiction
304 Pages
Reviewed on 08/30/2014
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In Beautiful on the Mountain, author Jeannie Light gives readers a glimpse into the life of a purposeless woman who is educated and recently divorced. As part of the divorce settlement, Ms. Light receives a mountain acreage and she visualizes raising sheep and living a simple life while God begins to give her meaning and motivation. The village of Graves Mill in the Virginia mountains is filled with diverse characters and, at one time, they were a cohesive group who helped one another in times of stress and then went to their small mountain church on Sundays. But, a rift had formed in the community before the arrival of Ms. Light and immediately some of the village folks got the idea that the new stranger might restore a common sense of community if she could just get the small, neglected church back in operation. Light had not really planned ahead for her survival but, one by one, the mountain people begin to give her ideas and direction.

Although author Light believed she was to become the shepherd leading the flock, in actuality, it was the mountain people who began to lead her. They found her a house and they believed she could become a lay reader in church. When she was stymied in trying to revive the church, it was the mountain people who began the process of renovation and revival. When Light alienated the mountain people by refusing to allow lumbering and then worked with the Shenandoah National Park to allow an easement on the mountain, the villagers remained loyal and ready to help. Their loyalty seemed to spur Light to begin to break her own lethargy, enroll in school and begin to think of ways in which the church could again become the center of Graves Mill. This is a touching story of unique mountain people with a purpose and will give readers many hours of good thoughts and happy feelings.