Last year, I saw an interview with the First Lady of South Carolina. You may have heard of her husband’s philandering and the scandal that ensued.
I am NOT in any way a person who follows scandals and keeps up with celebrities. However, when I caught this interview, one of the clips showed her in the morning reading the Bible with her children and discussing a devotional.
I thought to myself, “She’s like me.” Not in the sense that my life and hers are similar in any way. Just in the way that she wants to raise men of integrity and now she has to do it on her own.
I haven’t thought about her again until I passed a display at the library the other day and saw her book. I checked it out and began reading.
It’s an easy read and I found her story interesting. I did wonder sometimes how she couldn’t see that her husband had issues before. But, I of all people know that what everyone else thinks they know isn’t always the true story. Hindsight is 20/20 too, right?
I appreciated her honesty about her feelings. She also included a lot of Scripture and things that she journaled. She explained her willingness to stay married and her dismay at her husband’s persistence in his unfaithfulness.
She talked about their early political days–that’s a life I’d never want to be involved in! One thing I found interesting was that when her husband was a congressman, he felt so strongly about the governement saving money, that he did everything he could to run his office cheaply and returned $200,000 to the government! Wow!
At the end of the book, I was glad I read it. I found myself applauding her like I have since I saw her interview. Her book is a clear example that leaving is often a strong godly option.
Here’s a clip of the interview I saw months ago.