Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"Walking on Broken Glass" Book Review & Giveaway!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Walking on Broken Glass

Abingdon Press (February 2010)


Christa Allan

Abingdon Press is doing it again... they are pushing the envelope and stepping outside the regular bounds of Christian fiction. Here we have one of their newest releases with "Walking on Broken Glass" by Christa Allan. It is the story of Leah who comes to the realization that she is an alcoholic and checks herself into a rehab center. It is the journey of her going through rehab and re-entering her regular world after her month is up. She has to deal with her husband and his demands on her, her baby girl that died at 6 weeks from SIDS and a new surprise that she discovers while in rehab. It is a sobering look at a person walking through a difficult time. Seeing the confrontation with her best friend who finally flat out tells her that she is an alcoholic. To the conversation with her husband when she says she is going into rehab. All the way through Leah working on the first steps as she takes her recovery seriously. I thought that overall this book was very realistic and eye-opening for me. I was a little surprised that it ended so abruptly without a lot of closure for the reader, but I think that was part of the realism as well... not all stories are wrapped up neatly and tied with a bow... and even fewer stories can really play out before our eyes all the way through the epilogue. So while I would have loved to see more at the end, I think it was probably the way to go.
Good book, heavy subjects, definitely women's fiction.

************** If you think this book would touch your life then leave me a comment telling me why and I will enter you in the drawing. Be sure to leave your email address or I will not include your entry. Good luck!********************

**Thanks so Abingdon Press for a review copy of this book~**


Christa Allan, a true Southern woman who knows any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, weaves stories of unscripted grace with threads of hope, humor, and heart.

The mother of five and grandmother of three, Christa teaches high school English. She and her husband, Ken live in Abita Springs, Louisiana where they play golf, dodge hurricanes, and anticipate retirement.


Leah Thornton's life, like her Southern Living home, has great curb appeal. But already sloshed from one-too-many drinks at a faculty party, Leah cruises the supermarket aisles in search of something tasty to enhance her Starbucks—Kahlua and a paralyzing encounter with a can of frozen apple juice shatters the facade, forcing her to admit that all is not as it appears.

When her best friend Molly gets in Leah's face about her refusal to deal with her life, Leah is forced to make a decision. Can this brand-conscious socialite walk away from the country club into 28 days of rehab? Leah is sitting in the office of the local rehab center facing an admissions counselor who fails to understand the most basic things, like the fact that apple juice is not a suitable cocktail mixer.

Rehab is no picnic, and being forced to experience and deal with the reality of her life isn’t Leah’s idea of fun. Can she leave what she has now to gain back what she needs? Joy, sadness, pain and a new srength converge, testing her marriage, her friendships and her faith.

But through the battle she finds a reservoir of courage she never knew she had, and the loving arms of a God she never quite believed existed.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Walking on Broken Glass, go HERE


Linda said...

I love books with reality worked through them. Love to see how God works the issues presented.
Please enter me. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who's gone through rehab and I think this would be a wonderful book to read ... for me and probably for her, too ... especially because it is a Christian book. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

Janet Ruth said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds like there are some serious issues that so many of us have to deal with at some point in our lives. I also like your comment about the abrupt ending without a lot of closure. Sounds like reality to me! Please count me in for your giveaway. Thanks

alongtheway at telus dot net

christa said...

Janna: Thanks for your review of my novel, and I share your appreciation to Abingdon for stepping out to publish it.

My prayer is that Leah's journey brings hope and grace to all who read Walking on Broken Glass.

Jolene said...

I would love to read this book I enjoy books that deal with real issues

Carole said...

I love a relationship drama that deals with serious issues and am glad to see Christa's book published in the Christian market. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Anonymous said...

i think that this book will minister to me...thanks for the opportunity to read it


rubynreba said...

I would love to be entered for this book. Thanks for the chance.

Winning Readings said...

I deal with addictions of my own (food etc) and while this story isn't exactly mine, I bet I could find something applicable in it...

Janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

Benita said...

The characters seem so real and so developed. I would love to read this book.


Anonymous said...

It sounds like it looks at some issues straight on in a realistic way. I know there are things in my life that need that attention.

ebeandebe at gmail dot com

wmmahaney said...

I think that I would enjoy this book right now. While I am not going through these particular types of problems, I do have things that I am going through in my life. I love to read fiction that shows women working through difficult situations.

christa said...

While Leah's stronghold is alcohol, her story resonates in all of us who have experienced challenges holding us back from becoming the people God intended.

Nancye said...

I think this book would touch my life because it is important not only to go to rehab, but to get something out of it. Going through the motions doesn't cut it. You have to actually apply the things you learned to your life to get better.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

misskallie2000 said...

Not sure if this giveway is over but I would love to read this book. Life is full of ups and downs and we have to learn how to deal with the issues we are given. I know just going into rehab does not cure you that it is an on going process for the rest of your life. God will help you if you ask for his help.
Pls enter me if not over. Thanks

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Gin said...

I would love to read this book and see how this woman dealt with these difficult issues.

micheal said...

Patch I am not deed through these portion types of problems, I do have things that I am exploit finished in my sentence. I like to record fable that shows women excavation finished hard situations.

MomLovesDeals said...

I'd love to read this book. My dad has a addictive personality and it's hard for me to see and accept why he acts the way he does. Books like this, from their perspective, help me relate to him better.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a really interesting read!

ropp dot 5 at wright dot edu

Linda Kish said...

I like books about rehab and renewal.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Diana D said...

I'm always looking for another book. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Margie said...

Even though I can't really relate to this story, it seems like a realistic portrayal, and one from which anyone could learn a lesson.
Thanks for the giveaway.
mtakala2 AT yahoo DOT com

lotus82 said...

I'm pretty sure this giveaway is over..but if not...please enter me in the drawing, it looks like a wonderful, heartwrenching book.


Lora Lease said...

I have lived through similar things, and would be blessed to read how others overcome. :)