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This raw and heartbreaking story shines with truth  and light, as Edie struggles with the wound of fatherlessness that has left her untethered and unspoken for.

This is the searing story of Edie’s soul-searching journey out of the rubble of her childhood, through the devastating choices of her adulthood, and into a life of healing and forgiveness that she never dreamed possible.  Against all odds, she finds strength to confront her past and finally encounters the love of her true Father on the long road home.  

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This is the story I never wanted to tell. It’s the story I’ve been trying to run from for forty years and the story I’ve been skirting around for nearly three. The words in these pages are all raw and fresh and hard-fought. What I don’t want to write about is the thing that scares me to death. What I don’t want you to know is that fatherlessness is my deepest ache, and being untethered and unspoken for my suffocating fear. These are the memories that have wrecked me for far too long.

 – Edie WadsworthAuthor

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here is the world.  beautiful and terrible things will happen. do not be afraid.

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The most beautiful things are born in pressure and birthed through pain. Pain is the silent author behind thousands of great stories and songs. Edie’s story is born of pain and rejection – it is raw-throated and broken open, it is fragile and strong and bright. It is ten-thousand fireflies dancing over an Arkansas field. And Edie is masterful in the telling. Read this book – but more than that, open your soul and let this book read you.

– John Sowers, Author of Heroic Path
 
Within twenty-four hours of receiving Edie’s book, I had read it from cover to cover. She warmly drew me into her story with her Southern charm and wit, and yet pierced my heart with the painful childhood memories of personal wounds left on her by her father. I was in awe of her strength throughout her struggles that would have left most of us in a crumpled up mess. Her story is one of enduring, hopeful love of a little girl for her earthly father, and the relentless, redemptive love of a heavenly Father for his beloved daughter.
 
Traci Hutcherson, CEO and Founder, Beneath My Heart
All the Pretty Things is a transparent journey into the heart of a little girl whose broken father is her hero. I haven’t read a memoir like this since The Glass Castle. It takes you to the hard places, and those places bring you home. Highly recommended. 
 
~ Emily T. Wierenga, founder of The Lulu Tree and author of Atlas Girl and Making It Home (www.emilywierenga.com). 
All the Pretty Things is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time. I knew going into it that I’d be captivated by Edie’s story, but what I didn’t expect is how much I’d fall in love with her people. Her affection for those people, in the midst of heartache and hardship and hilarity and everything in between, makes the already vivid images in this book just flat-out leap off the page. And then there’s this: All the Pretty Things is unlike anything I’ve ever read―part Southern gothic, part C. S. Lewis, part pure poetry, and every single bit of it 100 percent gut-level-honest Edie Wadsworth. This book is beautiful, heartbreaking, charming, and redemptive, and now that I’ve finished reading it, I’m more awed by the author―and the Author of it all―than ever before. You will be too. Don’t miss it. (Sophie Hudson, Author)

– Sophie Hudson, Author—Home is Where My People Are

Edie Wadsworth is an observer of people, a lover of words, and a masterful storyteller. All those qualities converge to make All the Pretty Things one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. I sat down with the intention of reading the first few chapters and looked up hours later to realize I’d finished the entire thing. And her story, her people, and her heart stayed with me for days afterward. You will find yourself alternately cheering, laughing out loud, and crying, but I guarantee you won’t be able to walk away unmoved.

 

—Melanie Shankle, NYT Bestselling Author

 

Edie Wadsworth drops the needle on her life’s record and lets it play. The result is a vernacular collection of moments both beautiful and terrible; in other words, intensely human. Each reader will hear it a bit differently, but I was struck by two constant refrains: The Father will never forsake us, and there’s something hauntingly precious about a daddy. Thanks, Edie.

John D. Blasé, Poet and author

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