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In the January issue of Simple Grace, on sale now, Evangelist Beth Moore opens up about the difficult experiences that ultimately brought her closer to the Lord.
Though Beth grew up in a Christian home and went to church three times a week, she says much of her childhood had been “unstable,” with frequent moves, money problems and constant fighting between her parents. Far worse, Beth also endured childhood sexual abuse from a family friend. “I had a heart for Jesus my whole life,” Beth says, “but after what I’d experienced, my life was kind of a mess. From early adolescence I had this pattern of bad relationships that led to a cycle of temptation, insecurity, defeat and repentance. I wanted more than anything to be the devoted student of God that I seemed to be.”
For years Beth had tried her best to forget the trauma she’d endured, but as her own two daughters grew close to the age at which she’d been molested, the nightmares came flooding back. “God knew my pain and brokenness,” Beth shares, “so He slowly took me by the hand and drew me to Him in incredible ways.”
To find out how Beth was healed from such a horrific time in her life, pick up the January issue of Simple Grace.
Be sure to also pick up Beth's first novel, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus and sign up for a free book club webcast hosted by Beth on January 20, during which she will discuss her debut novel live from New Orleans, at BethMooreNovel.com.