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Beautiful on the Mountain: An Inspiring True Story

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  43 reviews
If you enjoyed the classic novel Christy and the bestselling Mitford series, then you'll love Beautiful on the Mountain, a real-life tale about serving God in unlikely circumstances. In 1977, Jeannie Light left her fine plantation home amid heartbreak and came to Graves Mill, a tiny hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Alone in an utterly new kind of life, Jeannie was deter ...more
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Published May 16th 2014 by Tyndale Momentum
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Natalie Vellacott
Well....I gave up on this. The cover looked interesting as it seems to tell the story of a lady who believed she was called by God to begin Christian outreach in a remote area.

However, it actually reads more like an "ordinary life" auto-biography. The author is recently divorced and goes into great personal detail about what happened and the reason for it all. She includes various details attributing blame which I felt went a bit too far for this type of book.

She moves to a remote area to farm l
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Hal
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable bio-memoir of true Christianity in action as opposed to institutional action. Through one of life's unfortunate circumstances this woman was thrust into a place she did not expect and given a task that she did not request. Mrs. Light did not exactly see a blinding light on the Road to Damascus, but she received a clear calling of what God wanted her to accomplish. Amid her doubts and many struggles she truly worked miracles of faith in the small mountain community.
Amy
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about Beautiful on the Mountain. I had high expectations when I first started this book. After all, it is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my home. The story was inspiring. The descriptions of the area was accurate. But I was quite bored with the story.
3 stars.
Vickie
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The mountains and the mountain people came to life for me in this heart rendering story. The wonderful vivid descriptions drew me in and I couldn't stop reading. I could see the girth of the large trees on top of the mountain and I believe that I could recognize the people by the descriptions given. It's a great story that can only be told so well by someone who has lived there.

Just that part of the book alone would have kept me reading but then I loved reading about Jeannie's deepening faith i
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Becky
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mountain Blessing

This is the true story of Jeannie Light's experience of living in an economically deprived area of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the late 1970's. She had formerly lived an opulent lifestyle, but a divorce changed the course of her life. As part of the divorce settlement, she received some undeveloped acreage in a very remote area. That is where she planned on making her new home.

She was just beginning her transition to living there, when she was approached by one of the local men
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Holly Barrett
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who here has a plan for their life? A dream, a goal, a desire to reach a long-mapped out destination of your own choosing? It is a way of life for us to spend years planning and preparing and envisioning the way life will be. And it rarely turns out exactly as we had imagined.

So what do you do with a life that doesn’t go as planned? Do you rail against the unforeseen twists of fate? Or do you look for where God is working in the unseen and trust the outcome in the life you can see?

These are the
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Louise Pearson
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous story of what God can do if we put our trust in Him. It opens with Jeannie’s ten year marriage in serious trouble. While her husband looked in wrong places to fix it, she went to Rome, northern Italy, Switzerland, and Germany and in the process found the living truth about God. Six months after she returned, she went with a friend Dan to the mountain farm near the Shenandoah National Park that she got in the property settlement from her divorce. Close to it was an old white sh ...more
Boma
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The spiritually born exhibit a life deriving from an invisible spiritual reality and its powers. In natural terms one cannot explain what is happening with them.... But just as with the invisible wind and its effects, we recognize the presence of God’s kingdom in people by its effects in and around them – Dallas Willard, as quoted in Beautiful on the Mountain.

What would make a young educated woman settle in a rural community, and then heed the call to reopen a Church that hadn’t been open in a
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Denise
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful On The Mountain: An Inspiring True Story by Jeannie Light is basically a biography of how Jeannie came to minister at a small church in Graves Mill, Virginia. The description from the publisher sounded great: "If you enjoyed the classic novel Christy and the bestselling Mitford series, then you’ll love Beautiful on the Mountain, a real-life tale about serving God in unlikely circumstances. In 1977, Jeannie Light left her fine plantation home amid heartbreak and came to Graves Mill, a t ...more
Sherri
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I selected this book from the Tyndale Blog Network, based upon the synopsis. “If you enjoyed the classic novel Christy and the bestselling Mitford series, then you’ll love Beautiful on the Mountain, a real-life tale about serving God in unlikely circumstances. In 1977, Jeannie Light left her fine plantation home amid heartbreak and came to Graves Mill, a tiny hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Alone in an utterly new kind of life, Jeannie was determined to find the courage to make a fresh start ...more
Faye
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeannie Light is a recently divorced woman during the 1970's who is called to serve the people of Graves Mill, and none sees her as more of an unlikely choice than she herself.

Jeannie makes new friends, and adjusts to life in the mountains getting to know and care for the people as their way of live changes around them. She gives what comfort she can in times of suffering, and stands her ground when the time arises.

Jeannie tells her stories with fondness, recalling days gone past, and the face
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Elizabeth
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful on the Mountain written by Jeannie Light is a heartwarming story about one woman’s struggles with faith and a second chance. The author shares her pain of her divorce and the stresses of transitioning from high society to the countryside of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as the bumpy road her faith took during those times. I really liked this book because not only were the characters so realistic and likeable, but the author was so honest in how she dealt with the disappointments tha ...more
Michelle
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good one, but it most certainly did not make me think of the classic Christy. This is a young woman's memoirs so it is read like a biography. The book focuses on her time after her divorce and living in the country in Graves Mill. I really loved the first part of the book but when theology and seminary details started in full force it was more difficult to read. Jeannie does not become a pastor but she leads the people of the valley, starting with a Bible study. I think many peopl ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
A small community where everyone knows everyone, a small church where everyone is friends, and everything else that goes along with small town living, that is what you find in this community where Jeannie finds herself. This is a sweet heartwarming story that will touch your heart in many ways. Life on the mountain was not always fun and games, that were many disappointments, dangers (including snakes in those rocky mountains, YUCK!), as well as those living there doing what they had to do to ma ...more
Bettie
Jul 09, 2014 marked it as lookedinto-decidedagainst  ·  review of another edition
Description: If you enjoyed the classic novel Christy and the bestselling Mitford series, then you’ll love Beautiful on the Mountain, a real-life tale about serving God in unlikely circumstances. In 1977, Jeannie Light left her fine plantation home amid heartbreak and came to Graves Mill, a tiny hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Alone in an utterly new kind of life, Jeannie was determined to find the courage to make a fresh start.To Jeannie’s surprise, she found herself called upon by her new ...more
Lisa
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeannie Light's story of her reluctant mission to the rural mountains of Virginia is like listening to tales told around a campfire. The stories of the people she meets and the challenges she encounters are told with grace, humor and wisdom. Even though the events took place more than 30 years ago among a people with whom I'm not familiar, Light's applications are relevant and applicable to the faithful today. I found myself wanting to join her adventure in the mountains, and I felt the tug back ...more
Laura Bowman
If you enjoy reading someone's journal than you will like BEAUTIFUL ON THE MOUNTAIN by Jeannie Light. I can't say I didn't find parts of it quite interesting, however, much of it was rambling and irrelevant.

Jeannie was very transparent as to her struggles and self doubts, which I found refreshing. I was also challenged as she shared how she grappled with God as he prodded her in her thinking and concept of scripture and how it pertained to how we live.

I would have enjoyed the book if it had b
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Tammy G.
I loved the book, Christy by Catherine Marshall so I was quite interested in reading Beautiful On the Mountain by Jeannie Light.
Jeannie writes a true tale of her life serving God on the Mountain.
This read is somewhat like Christy in that it's about a young woman who leaves a great family and wealth to go to a place where she is needed.
Jeannie writes about heart ache and faith, hardship and friendship, love and courage.
This read is also about people uniting for the good of the community. Some gre
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Diana Shaffner
'Beautiful on the Mountain' is the true story of a young woman who after a divorce finds herself thrown into a new lifestyle. After a life of affluence during her marriage now follows a time of financial constraint. Jeannie moves to a small mountain community where poverty and low education levels abound. Her religious believes tell her, she has been called to help the 'mountainers' to reopen a small church that had been shut down many years prior. Without an income she strings herself from mont ...more
Linnea
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this true narrative of a woman called to raise up a small church in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. Her experiences rang true of a woman alone in the late 1970's dealing with poverty and prejudice while seeking God's will for herself and the mountaineers she came to love. I just happened to see this book in the Christian section and picked it up recently. After reading a few chapters I realized I'd already read it. But I couldn't help myself from rereading it. This woman's complete ...more
Gail Owen
Beautiful on the Mountain is a first person account of the author's experience as a lay leader in the town of Graves Mill. While the story is catagorized as "inspiring," the author's attempt to cover both the community's growth and her own spiritual development appears to be too ambitious for this work. As a result, both tend to fall a little flat. The flow of the book also seems a bit disjointed. The story is one that should be told. It is probably representative of what befalls many small comm ...more
Rachel
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, but designed for someone more familiar with the Episcopalian or high-church movement? I found some of the terminology and reasons for her not pursuing a certain path to be confusing. I did enjoy seeing her continually trust in God and His continued care for her by bringing just the right provision at the right time. While I don't see a defense of women ministers in Scripture, I do see plenty of basis for women to rise up and be counted among positive lay leaders, especially ...more
Kris
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable story! What fascinated me the most was the author’s ties with Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia since I know that church. I was also fascinated with how rural Virginia was even in the late seventies. When Jeannie Light went to Graves Mountain so many there still used outhouses and although the church had been wired for electricity years earlier, they didn’t bother to turn it on for months! Anyway this is a heartwarming story of how one woman’s willingness to reopen a country chu ...more
Kylie
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeannie Light left her whole world after a divorce and moved to a small town in "whoop-whoop" (out the back of no where) to re-open a church. This book tells of her life as she struggles with 'small town politics', different 'denominational politics' and how to live a life on a budget, whilst at the same time following Gods plans. Jeannie shows us the importance of listening to God, and by doing so knowing when to follow your own rules and path, for not everybody knows what is best for you and s ...more
Charles
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keeping it real

I loved the honesty in the book. Without it, the conclusion would have been a meaningless slogan. Jeannie does an excellent job putting the reader beside her in each encounter with challenges and each new relationship. God is still creating heroes of the faith using the living stones of man, many of whom others would disregard or stumble over. This book is a refreshing reminder.
Bethany
May 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
When I received this book I was excited as I anticipated it being something along the lines of "Christy" by Catherine Marshall and I was looking forward to it. Overall I felt like the book did not like up to expectations, it was an autobiography of sorts and one that I found rather boring and lacking. I suppose if you like that sort of thing it would be alright,but I wasn't crazy about it.

This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ken Pierpont
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful read. I love the honest simplicity of the book. It doesn't over-reach itself. It is a simple telling of how God used a woman to be a help and blessing for Christ to those around her--where God had placed her. I have always believed that in ministry one must keep the romance alive. This book has helped me to do that, for which I am grateful.

Kristen
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fully enjoyed this book. It was a little slow starting for me but once I got into it, it was a really good read. I enjoyed getting to know all of the people from Graves Mill as well as seeing how God provided for their needs time and time again. I enjoyed following Jeannie as she committed to follow God's calling on her life. It was a fun, light read.
Jill
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book with high expectations. Unfortunately, it felt a little flat. It is nonfiction, but reads like a first person fiction book. The descriptions are beautiful, but I found the story a little slow. It just wasn't for me.
Loretta
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I really liked this book, especially since it was a true story. It definitely reminded me of "Christy" although this takes place in the 1970's. It was inspiring to see how God moved in this community and that the author was willing to do God's work even though it was way out of her comfort zone.
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