Isaiah and a Southern woman write-Weekend words

a review of a woman physician’s memoir of pain and redemption#AllThePrettyThings

"faith, hope, love" each word written on a card, strung on a line with clothes pins

Isaiah 61:1-4 ESV

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;

he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

book All the Pretty Things
All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth









to grant to those who mourn in Zion—

to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”

woman raising arms arms to the sky in a glow of light


In All the Pretty Things, Edie Rudder Wadsworth explores the “heart of health” by telling

“the story of a Southern girl who went through fire to find her way home.”

Edie is a medical doctor who escaped poverty, a dysfunctional family, physical and emotional abuse only to find that wasn’t enough to cure the pain in her heart. In this memoir, she explains how she searched to find relief and to bring peace, hope and wholeness to  her heart and her family.

“We have been snatched out of the fire of our brokenness in order to serve and love and bless the dear ones God has placed right in front of our eyes, the ones who need our very meager gifts and offerings the most-

the fatherless, the misfits, the prostitutes, the jailbirds-

and all those whose despair has rendered them hopeless.”


(By joining the book launch team, I received a free PDF copy of the book to review )


All the Pretty Things is available at Tyndale Publishers

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Weekend words – sharing words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected sources.

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

As a family physician, I explore the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, community, and through writing. My blog, Watercress Words, informs and inspires us to live in health. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

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