- File Size: 1230 KB
- Print Length: 383 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 19, 2013)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AEB3B3I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After finishing my advanced copy of "In Broken Places" by Michele Phoenix I simply sat and held the book in my hands for a long time. Part of me was willing it to go on, because I just didn't want to part with the characters yet. Another part of me just felt at rest and encouraged. Filled up. I waited for the right words to come to write this review, but I don't think they will come so I will do my best! Phoenix was able to effortlessly (it seems) deal with very deep issues of abuse and pain, bringing about a story of redemption and acceptance!! Wow! It is a healing balm for anyone whose past hurts, fears or failures seek to define them. The message of hope and love is so true and believable primarily because of the way she wove the stories of these very real, raw and lovable characters together! It's really a masterpiece of a puzzle and the pieces fit perfectly into something that touches deep parts of the soul.
The story focuses on the main character Shelby. Shelby is haunted by a childhood riddled with emotional and physical abuse inflicted upon her, and her brother, by their father. After being estranged from her father for much of her life she is thrown back into the turmoil of his grip through memory when she becomes the guardian of a 4 year old girl, Shayla. Shayla and Shelby begin their new life together by moving across the Ocean to a small town in Germany.Read more ›
At first, the confusing back-and-forth between Shelby's adult life and her childhood flashbacks left me feeling like I had to run to catch up with a book that started out rocketing full speed ahead. But by the time I was about a third of the way through the book, I was completely hooked. The voice of Shelby in this book was so real, so witty, and so honest that I wanted her as my new best friend in the worst way! I appreciate how the author handled the weighty subject of child abuse with grace, honesty, and even humor. If you read this book (and I highly recommend it to any reader), you will be enlightened by its insight and completely beguiled by its central character.
"In Broken Places" is hard to put down ... but why even bother? Curl up in your favorite chair and take an amazing journey through life viewed from a different perspective!
Shelby, in her mid-thirties, is a survivor. She and her brother survived their violent father and meek mother. Shelby's crafted a life for herself - a safe life. But her well crafted life begins to crumble when she find out she has been asked to be the guardian of a four year old girl. That crumbling of her safe life is the beginning of the healing she has needed, yet run away from, for too long.
The major theme that drew me into this novel deals with how much of an influence our childhood is on who we are as adults. Shelby is terrified that she will become violent like her father. She fears it is in her genes.
The author deftly combines the current life of Shelby with short vignettes of her childhood. We see how her current actions have grown out of childhood experiences.
As a reader, that really made me think about my own adult life, my childhood experiences, and how the two are related. In another book I read recently the author said our brains are generally hard wired by the age of six. The experiences we have in early childhood are very formative. As we see the adult Shelby act in response to childhood experiences, we have to ponder our own lives and actions.
Right along with the theme of childhood influence on adulthood is the theme of healing. How do we heal those broken places? God does the healing, of course, but how do we make ourselves available for Him to do it? What are the areas where we have not allowed those scars to be healed? Essential to that healing is forgiveness, another element of this novel.
This novel is very well written. It is so well written I was immediately drawn into the story. I was a captive reader from beginning to end.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Set in lovely, quaint Kandern, in the Black Forest of Germany, where Shelby takes her foster-daughter to start a new life, we get a picture of children growing up in unique... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Patricia Perrin
This book drew me in from the first chapter and never let go. Phoenix's writing is vivid without being flowery. Read morePublished 17 months ago by bookgirl
The back-and-forth technique used in telling the story of this young woman, her years growing up with an abusive parent, and her struggles with caring for a child, was effective... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Adrienne
Loved the characters and how their memories from the past were interwoven into the story. Great
insight into child abuse and how it affects a persons life. Read more
I don't know if I can say any more. This story bursts with painful truth & surprising humor, Unflinching honesty & a survivor's courage... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Laura A. Priebe
In the week or two it took me to read this book, I often thought that I could not identify with the main character. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sandra F George
Wow - this book really spoke to me. I couldn't understand how Michele wrote in a way that I could relate to in such a profound way. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Lindsey
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