I’ve always seen my aunt Charity as beautiful.
As her niece, I’ve had the pleasure of growing up knowing the beautiful woman she is, and never being disturbed by her scars. It’s impossible for me to look at a picture of her and see her for only her oddities, as a stranger might.
When I look at her, I see the wonderful aunt, sister, and woman of faith she is. I see her independence, her creativity, and her humility that have inspired me for so long—even though she lives states away. I remember her sympathy and compassion for me as the oldest in my large family, and her offer that I reach out to her if it’s ever too much. She was an eldest child too.
In fact, the first time I saw a picture of her without her scars may have been when I was reading her book. And the way my little niece brain works, I view her as being more beautiful now, scars and all.
When she was twenty-five, her doctor said that the biggest thing that stands out about her is her faith. I 100% agree.
It is an absolute delight to invite others to read my beautiful aunt’s story. To take up the journey of a girl who was faced with hardships too big for her, but not too big for her God. Renew your trust in the Creator who has stood by the side of so many others as they have faced tragedy. And look ahead to when He will make all things new again.
Reading what she went through and her journey to recovery was an experience for me. I had always heard the shorter version. The shorter version didn’t skip the part where she looked death in the eye yet lived on—but it missed just how long and hard the road was to Aunt Charity becoming the wonderful person I admire today.
I haven’t experienced tragedy the same way as the older people in my life. But seeing Aunt Charity face tragedy in her book gave me a more full understanding of life. I couldn’t get enough of it—I flew through the book in less than two days. And it fills me with excitement to see it available now to others.
I can’t wait to see how this book touches other lives. How it sparks hope in those who have seen tragedy, and how it brings a new understanding to those who haven’t.
Life Beyond the Scars: Finding Hope in Tragedy by Charity Freeland is a memoir coming out October 9th, 2021. (Just three days from now! This Saturday!) I’ve had so much fun being a part of this book launch process, designing the landing page, and putting together posters and graphics. Read on to see a few small ways you can help this book touch more lives as we get ready for the big day.
Six Ways You Can Help
Do you want to support this book? Here are a few ways you can help:
#1: Pre-order the ebook.
Pre-ordering is super helpful for authors because it counts toward the launch day sales, which helps the book to be listed as a bestseller on Amazon. Plus, the ebook version of Life Beyond the Scars has pictures in color.
#2: Save the date for October 9th.
This is when the paperback and hardback copies will be available!
#3: Buy a copy for a friend.
What’s better than one book? Two books! And Christmas is just around the corner. 😉
#4: When you’re finished, leave a review.
Reviews are so important for new books. Take a moment to write an honest review when you’re done reading, and post it on as many websites as you can!
#5: Happen to be in Montrose? Stop by our book launch party!
We’d love to celebrate this book’s release with you. Come to the open house between 1 and 6 p.m., October 9th. There will be book signings, snacks, and more!
Montrose Event Center
648 S. 1st Street, Montrose,
CO 81401, United States
Register here: https://pp.events/avM9Xrzp
#6: Share on social media.
Even if you aren’t in Montrose, rumor has it Charity Freeland will be holding a Facebook live on launch day.
What’s awesome about social media is that you can virtually support the book by sharing about it with family and friends anywhere, anytime. Below are some pictures that are absolutely free to use with your post! #lifebeyondthescars
What do you think?
Are you as excited for this book release as I am? What is your favorite memoir?