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Beth Moore's
'The Undoing Of Saint Silvanus

By Mercedes K. Schneider, Ph.D.

 I did not realize that Beth Moore had written a fiction book until I was standing in line at Moore's book signing in Metairie, Louisiana, on Friday evening, September 23rd.

 Only hours earlier, as I was driving home from my teaching day, I heard a news bit about Moore's speaking earlier that day in Baton Rouge, which is an hour's drive for me. Even as I was thinking it would have been nice to have met her, the announcer continued with news about her being in Metairie - 40 minutes from my home - that very evening.

  I had to think about whether or not to let the opportunity go. I just finished a teaching week, and I was ready to wind down following my regularly scheduled foray to the gym. But when would I have such an opportunity again?

  Perhaps never.

  I did not even know Moore had another book out. I had read a couple of her books - nonfiction, always nonfiction. I decided that it was worth it to purchase another if it meant an opportunity to meet Beth Moore in person.

  But this was not another nonfiction book. It was Moore's first attempt at fiction.

  I was intrigued.

  And the story was set in New Orleans.

  I was intrigued all the more.

  I am a native of Chalmette, Louisiana, which happens to be approximately seven miles from downtown New Orleans and is the site of the Battle of New Orleans. New Orleans is a popular setting for fiction, and, frankly, I wanted to see if Moore - Arkansas raised and Texas residing - could accurately capture the cultural gumbo of the City That Care Forgot.

  I was also curious if she could pull off writing a novel.


  As I finished "The Undoing of Saint Silvanus" only days ago, I realized, indeed she can. And her capture of the New Orleans cultural gumbo rates pretty high, as well.

  "The Undoing of St. Silvanus," which is currently #1 on the Christian Bookseller's Fiction charts, centers on the birth and rebirth of a building. The reader is left to discover exactly what this means as Moore smoothly weaves the stories of two time periods together throughout her work.

  The more dominant of the two stories begins with the death of an individual whom society in general would be likely to discount. However, by the first line of the second chapter, the reader is confronted with the reality that the end of a seemingly "wasted" life cannot erase complexity, or connection, or jagged history in the lives of those who remain - even if they want it to.

  By the first line of that second chapter, I was hooked.

  The Chapter 2 opener was masterpiece. I'll leave it at that.

  The entire work continued with the skillful construction of multifaceted, enticing characters who we all know in real life if we take just a moment to think about it.

  A moment might even be more time than is needed.

  Moore's novel involves so much in relationships among and within her characters - so much that is distressing and appealing - often both at once. Through the rich interactions of characters, including twenty-something Jillian, her stiff paternal grandmother, Olivia, and earthy, interfering-yet-softhearted Adella, Moore carries readers towards a hard-fought, page-turning apex and eases them into a satisfying, final draught as they reach the story's end.

  There is also the amazing wordsmithing.

  The word-weaving skill of "The Undoing of Saint Silvanus" is classically Moore. I know as much from having heard her speak on television, and from reading her nonfiction. I believe Moore's ability on this front is part inborn talent and part perseverance through past wretched reckonings with herself.

  Throughout her work, she hits the sensitive, often humorous, nerve of humanity - a talent that breathes life into her characters and effectively advances both story plot and reader interest.

  Below is only a sampling of some of my favorite lines from the 468-page work, admittedly selected to entice prospective readers without unduly disclosing too much story. I invite readers to savor the textured imagery in each before sampling the next:

  Now that he was dead, Jillian felt strangely compelled to face the fact that he'd been, all that time, alive.

  The guy was way out of her league. ... He'd chosen her, and she needed him to keep choosing her.

  Adella never had more trouble buttoning her lip than when she got a verifiable invitation to bear some indignation.

  In Adella's book, it went without saying that good hair improved mental health...

  But maybe the anvil of waiting had crushed open Olivia's heart...

  The whole last month had been like that, the newness wearing off to a dull nub.

  Allie's final words in the wet sand of anger hardened into concrete in Jillian's head.

  Long-waisted, her stomach was as flat as a kitchen counter, so what she ate slid right over it and landed where she sat.

  Something about a slightly older woman who was a planet out of their reach could make a pair of boys act like the biggest fools. From the smell of things, Adella could have sworn one had even shaved, and not the one that needed to, either.

  Nobody else's mom would let them party like that. Jillian never had the guts to tell her but she wished the surcharge wasn't her partying with them.

  Blood was thicker than water, but not always thick enough to blanket every issue. ... [Jillian's mother] Jade had no idea who she was apart from a man. But Jillian figured no woman did.

  She wished she hadn't seen the woman's hand touching the homeless man before she shook it.
Stella looked the part of this gritty rectangle called Jackson Square.

  I could easily continue noting such interest-provoking lines, and I could well allow myself to divulge the heart of the story and the intimate heartbeats of the central characters. However, I surely do not wish to ruin the first taste of this fine fiction for those already tucking the proverbial dinner napkin beneath their chins in anticipation.
  I will only add that Moore's skill as a researcher emerges in her ability to lace her work with intricacies about life in New Orleans familiar to locals, such as timing of the traffic on the 610, the sideways rain that defies umbrellas, and the fact that we do indeed readily assume familiarity with those we have just met, including freely sharing our opinions and kissing on the cheek.
  But enough from me.
  I now leave you to read for yourselves "The Undoing of Saint Silvanus," Beth Moore's stellar fiction debut.

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  Beth Moore was born on an Army base in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during what her father describes as the worst thunderstorm the city had seen in five years. He affectionately says the Lord brought her into the world with a drum roll.
  The fourth child of a retired Army major and a homemaker, Beth was raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Her father managed the local cinema where each of her four siblings had a role to play. Beth's job was to hand out samples of popcorn and soda. Growing up in the theater had its perks. Sometimes Beth would be allowed to slip into a movie and take with her a pickle bag full of popcorn and a Dixie cup of Coke.

 There in a theater chair, wide-eyed and filled to the brim with Coca-Cola, Beth began a lifelong love for stories. She loved to tell them, write them, and be told them. The story that captured her heart and consumed her life, however, was not told in a movie theater. It was the story told in Sunday School of Jesus, a Savior who loved children and who thought she was special. A seed was planted in her young heart that would grow to mark her life with a passionate love for Christ.

 At the age of 18, Beth sensed God calling her to work for Him. Although she couldn't imagine what that would mean, she made it her goal to say yes to whatever He asked. Beth graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in political science. She would later receive an honorary doctorate in humanities from Howard Payne University.
  She married Keith in 1978 and soon after the Lord added Amanda and Melissa to the family. As a young wife and mother, Beth served the Lord by speaking at luncheons and retreats, working at Mother's Day Out, and teaching Christian aerobics.

  A love for the Word of God was embedded in Beth's life when she took a Bible doctrine class at her church. Her teacher was Buddy Walters, a former college football player who taught the Scriptures with tears streaming down his cheeks. She fervently prayed for such a passion for God's Word. It was Buddy who first taught Beth, along with Keith, how to study the Bible.

  Beth founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God's Word. She has written numerous books and Bible studies, including Breaking Free, David, Believing God, The Patriarchs, So Long, Insecurity, Stepping Up, James: Mercy Triumphs, Esther, and most recently, Whispers of Hope that have been read by women of all ages, races, and denominations.
  Through the years, American missionaries and expatriates have taken the Bible studies overseas, resulting in Beth Moore Bible study groups popping up all over the world. Upon completion of a tour of New England in 2008, Beth's Living Proof Live conferences will have taken her to all fifty states since 1994.
  God has graciously given Beth the opportunity to serve the body of Christ in many different countries, including Ireland, England, Singapore, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, India, Angola, Kenya, and South Africa. With great joy, she began a radio ministry in 2004 called Living Proof with Beth Moore hosted on OnePlace.com.  Also, each Wednesday, Beth can be seen teaching Bible study on the television program "Life Today with James and Betty Robison."

  Ever the storyteller, Beth is known to pepper her teaching with stories and poems written from the perspective of pertinent characters. She communicates with great energy, passion, humor, warmth, and grace.

  Beth hosts an interdenominational Tuesday-night Bible study for women in her city at Houston's First Baptist Church. Because of her burden for unity in the body of Christ, Beth counts serving women of all denominations as one of her greatest privileges in life. HFBC was Beth's beloved home church for more than 25 years 'ntil her son-in-law Curtis Jones launched Bayou City Fellowship in September of 2011.  She is delighted to serve shoulder-to-shoulder there with her first born and favorite pastor's wife.

  Beth and Keith praise God for 36 years of marriage. They enjoy traveling, hiking, drinking coffee on the back porch, eating Mexican food, making each other laugh, walking their dogs, and being grandparents. Both of their daughters are involved with Living Proof Ministries. Amanda serves on the board of directors and Melissa is employed full-time as research assistant and, when possible, cowriter. Melissa holds a Master's degree in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College and a Th.M. In New Testament from Columbia Theological Seminary. Beth and Keith are joyful members of Bayou City Fellowship in Houston where their son-in-law is head pastor. The whole family calls the Houston area home.



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"The Undoing of
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When Jillian Slater learns that her father has finally drunk himself to death, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans. But is she crazy to get involved with her family again? Could the colorful collection of saints and sinners in her grandmother's apartment building actually be affected
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"Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk about God's Deliverance"

From her first breath of fresh air beyond the pit, it has never been enough for Beth Moore to be free. This best-selling author and Bible teacher who has opened the riches of Scripture to millions longs for you to be free as well - to know the Love and Presence that are better than life and the power of God's Word that defies all darkness. Beth's journey out of the pit has been heart-rending. But from this and the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 has come the reward: a new song for her soul, given by her Saviour and offered to you in Get Out of That Pit - friend to friend. This is Beth's most stirring message yet of the sheer hope, utter deliverance, and complete and glorious freedom of God: It is a story, a song - a salvation -
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Thirty years in the making, Audacious is a deep dive into the message that has compelled Beth Moore to serve women around the globe. Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete. It lacked something they were aching for. Something Jesus was longing for. Beth identifies that missing link by digging through Scripture, unearthing life experiences, and spotlighting a turning point with the capacity to infuse any life with holy passion and purpose. What was missing? Well, let's just say, it's audacious and it's for all of us. And it's the path to the life you were born to live.

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"Portraits of Devotion"

Draw close to God each day of the year with these 366 readings, taken directly from Beth Moore's Personal Reflection series. Experience the power of God's Word as you read these amazing stories from the lives of Jesus, David, John, and Paul. Their life-changing stories of devotion will give you insight and inspiration for your walk. This edition also features a debossed imitation leather cover, and a ribbon bookmark, making this a lovely gift to give or receive.

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"Whispers of Hope:
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In Whispers of Hope, author Beth Moore addresses how to pray without ceasing and pray effectively by walking readers through an easy to remember and apply method of prayer, coupled with seventy daily devotionals, and followed by prompts to put this prayer method into practice. In turn, readers will better understand how devotional reading and prayer are central to a stronger relationship with God. This volume features a paperback binding with french flaps and deckled page edges.

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"So Long, Insecurity, Teen Edition"

This magazine-style book is a teen version of So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore. Mixing words of wisdom from Moor with pictures, quizzes, surveys, scripture, and more, the goal of this book is to help girls ages 12-16 live based on God's truth about them, opposed to the world's false messages. Each chapter include: a Q & A with Beth, Sweet Notes (scriptures that pertain to the chapter's subject), Your Stats (a survey/poll of what girls think regarding the subject), Interviews with real girls, and so much more.

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Beth' s passion to see God free women from their insecurities and fears evolved into an online survey of more than 950 women and 150 men that ultimately resulted in the publication of this book, So Long, Insecurity. Partly autobiographical in nature, Beth Moore uses stories, prayers, and practical ideas to nudge women out of insecurity and into knowledge of their God-given dignity. No matter your age or status, you can learn to battle insecurity with God's truth. Hardcover.

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"Believing God"

Now available in an affordable paperback format, Beth Moore's Believing God is for all Christian women looking to develop their relationship with Christ. One of Beth's most popular books, this is a book about life-changing faith and the importance of taking God at His word, believing in His promises and living a fuller life as a result. Don't be afraid to set aside your unbelief today and experience the great blessings of God's promises!

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