In Staying True by Jenny Sanford, the former first lady of South Carolina discovered
her strength to resolve issues that she could never imagine having to contend with. Sanford
lived the life of the All-American business woman, wife and mother, without ever realizing that
her world was crumbling around her. Sanford wanted her dream life to include her husband, but
it never did. She lived in a black world (black—all life’s colors combined) and he lived
in a white world (white—void of color).
The book’s title is exactly the way Sanford had hoped to live and represent life until death.
Yet, the brick walls her husband put in her path became the way for her to assume how things
were meant to be. As she dealt with the many obstacles, she hung to her faith in God and turned
to bible verses and proverbs as her foundation to stand on. One old Jewish proverb that sustained
her, which she recorded in her book, went "I ask not for a lighter burden but, for broader
shoulders," all to continue living the All-American dream. While Sanford wrote that she used her
parents and grandparents as examples to follow, she also wrote about how difficult she found it
to not see the same loving attributes in her marriage to Mark Sanford, as a congressman and as
a governor. All and all Sanford found that no matter the challenges or the deceit she encountered
in her marriage, she was still blessed in her own eyes. She said, "I have been unwavering in my
quest for understanding—for growth, knowledge, wisdom and discernment."
I found Sanford’s book brought memories of an old saying to my mind. It goes "God never hands
you any more than you can handle." Sanford seemed to feel exactly that; no matter the trials and
tribulations she went through, she accepted what God handed her and that was her goal. And as
she wrote her book, at the end she said, "With the strength of my faith and the blessings in my
midst I am ready for the next chapter of my life where I hope to fully live each day, love each
moment and find joy along the way." And I concur. Read Staying True by Jenny Sanford and
really learn how faith does heal all wounds.