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Stepping Into Sunlight [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Hinck
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After Penny Sullivan witnesses a shocking crime, her world tips sideways. Suddenly things like getting groceries, mowing the grass, and returning phone calls are more than she can handle. But with her husband away at sea and her seven-year-old son depending on her, hiding in the closet isn't an option. Hoping to recover by the time her husband gets home, she picke up her trusty yellow notebook and formulates a restoration plan: Do one kind thing for another person every day. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and often brilliantly surprising...

"It's official--if the book says Sharon Hinck on the spine, I'm buying it!"--Kathryn Mackel, bestselling author

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Hinck, a 2008 Christy finalist for visionary fiction, offers an especially grounded tale of sudden trauma and slow healing. Narrator Penny Sullivan witnesses a horrific crime shortly before her navy chaplain husband is deployed, so she is forced to cope alone with the psychological fallout from what she saw. Family issues from her past complicate her struggle and enhance its credibility. Strong Christian themes form a natural part of the narrative. Penny Sullivan's faith is shaken, and she wonders why God would appear to permit evil and whether her emotional turmoil can be healed. A supporting cast of characters, from a nosy neighbor to the busy faithful servant to the downtrodden who heads a local mission, adds quirk and richness. Hinck is a mother of four, and it shows in authentic details in her characterization of the narrator's worried, loving seven-year-old son who gets his first pet in some cute comic relief. Hinck has done her homework on post-traumatic stress syndrome, and is not afraid to show readers that challenges can deepen faith. (Oct.)
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"Hinck, a 2008 Christy finalist for visionary fiction, offers an especially grounded tale of sudden trauma and slow healing." --Publishers Weekly Oct. 2008

"Hinck takes us on a journey through depression and back, but manages to show readers hope throughout." -- Romantic Times Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 1948 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YT8MEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving voice to the broken and hope for us all September 16, 2008
After turning the last page of Stepping Into Sunlight, my heart was full, and I was reminded again that God does indeed use broken people to pour forth His grace.

Sharon Hinck gives voice to the broken and shows how beautiful we are in God's eyes. Penny Sullivan's journey of healing is real and poignant and a clarion call to those of us who have and haven't experienced mental illness. To those who intimately know Penny's journey, Sharon offers hope and lights a path of healing. To those who may not understand Penny or family and friends like her, Stepping Into Sunlight offers an inside look that I pray ignites compassion and care toward the hurting.

Stepping Into Sunlight is not a manual for mental health, it's a beautiful story of one woman's journey that impacts all those around her in everyday amazing ways. It's a story to savor and ponder for weeks and months to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stepping into Sunlight September 25, 2008
By Robin
This book had me hooked from the first sentence. As someone who suffers from PTSD and panic attacks brought on by it, I could relate to the character of Penny in a way that I have never related to any fictional character before. I thought this book was beautifully written by someone who can truly understand what a person suffering with these afflictions goes through. Sharon Hinck truly has a gift for storytelling and this is my favorite book by her so far. The book was able to articulate things that I have experienced but have been unable to share. I had my husband read passages of it so that he could get an understanding of what I battle. It is a tale of hope for those of us who suffer and one a great insight for those who may not but either way, it is a beautiful story!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Encouraging September 5, 2008
Author Sharon Hinck has penned a novel that will touch the hearts of everyone who reads it. Penny, the character who is struggling after witnessing a violent crime and trying to be strong for her husband who is deployed and her son who needs her, is not a super mom. She's just trying to hold life together. Sharon shows the real world of post traumatic stress syndrome and the slow healing. No sugar coating. But there is hope, and Penny finds it, by showing kindness to others, and by finally facing her own demons. Beautifully written. Highly recommended.

It took me only a few days to read this book. I was rooting for Penny and had to see her through her journey. A book I literally could not put down.

Cindy Thomson, author of Brigid of Ireland
Brigid of Ireland: A Historical Novel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope for the Hurting March 7, 2009
Stepping Into Sunlight is a book that can benefit those suffering from trauma and depression as well as those who wish to understand and empathize with those who are hurting. We discussed this book in our local book club and found it sparked interesting discussions regarding the journeys life often takes us on, through its many twists and turns. At one time or another, we can find ourselves in a dark place and our group found this book makes it evident that even though one can feel alone when suffering from depression or trauma, we are not alone after all. Stepping Into Sunlight is not just a book for recreational reading, but it is also a book with a purpose. Well done, Sharon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help through Fiction October 8, 2008
Stepping into the Sunlight by Sharon Hinck
Penny Sullivan finds herself in a new neighborhood, her husband is deployed, and her support system not yet in place when she finds herself witnessing a shocking crime. Unable to leave her home even to purchase food for her young son she knows she has to get better, but how? She has her faith or does she? And if she has faith why can't she move forward?
I can't remember the last time an author reached inside of me and pulled out my story. Hinck has done just that, while I've never been in a holdup I've been a prisoner of anxiety. I was on those pages with Penny Sullivan, holding hands with her praying she would be able to each step.
I finished this book with a huge `take away.' God wants my best, even if my best is only the smallest thing I can do that day. I wish I had read this book four years ago. I'm finally coming out of my dark corners and I know this book, while a work of fiction has the power to heal. Thank you Sharon for writing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of the year! October 7, 2008
Sharon is an amazing author. This novel is different from the others I have read. Penny is suffering from PTSD after witnessing a violent crime. Along her road to healing Penny struggles to leave her home and be the mother her son needs while her husband is away in the military. The theme surrounds a young mother who feels God has left her during her struggles. This a one will stay on my Keep Shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away! September 25, 2008
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This book is frankly Sharon's best to date -- and I adored her Restorer series! Stepping into Sunlight is a departure from her other books, but an absolutely gripping tale.

Penny is trying to pull her life back together after witnessing an event that leaves her with PTSD. To make matters worse, her husband has shipped out on his first tour of duty as a Navy chaplain. Penny is determined to get better on her own...but she can't.

This book is the poignant tale of her journey back to wholeness. It will be much harder for me to tell people to just move on after getting inside Penny's head and experiencing the pains and joys. I was also challenged by Penny's project. It's one I'd like to make my own! This book is wonderful and has joined my keeper pile.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful in understanding panic attacks
I thought the book was well written and the story moved at a good pace. Since I have friends and relatives that take medication for panic attacks, it helped me understand better... Read more
Published 4 months ago by deedee
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
God's grace is sufficient. Thank you for a wonderful novel that truly touched my heart. All that we really need to do is surrender and worship and Jesus will be faithful.
Published 5 months ago by TMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
I found this book did a good job of delving into mental health issues. Because it was in the religious genre, of course that played a large part in the resolution of the issues. Read more
Published 21 months ago by GinnyReader
4.0 out of 5 stars good
was a wonderful story of someone over coming her fears and her belief in god helping her through it. Great
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Great book, very informative and set up really well.
Book offers great learning material and keeps the builder interested in the topic.
Published 21 months ago by chris kiolbasa
5.0 out of 5 stars well done
I enjoyed this book. I thought the treatment of PTSD was well done. I also appreciated the authors treatment of faith and Christianity. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Chel
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read.
Good book. I love how God gets the glory! Some of the finer details were missing (Alex) but I enjoyed it.
Published 23 months ago by J. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and moving.
"Stepping into sunlight," details the life of a woman after she has been exposed to the brutality of the world we live in. Read more
Published on August 15, 2012 by Ionia Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Depth, Too Much Repetition
"Stepping into Sunlight" is a novel by Sharon Hinck, published in 2008 which depicts the story of a woman trying to recover from almost being shot during an armed robbery. Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by kerry
3.0 out of 5 stars Christian characters? Nice to see.
The premise of this book is how one might deal with the aftermath of witnessing a horrific gas station hold-up. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

I have a heart for women who feel overwhelmed by their roles. The characters in my books use humor and imagination to cope with pressures and challenges of various kinds, and find that often the worst pressure comes from their own anxiety, perfectionism, comparisons, and skewed focus on life.

I believe that life is a grand adventure, and even the small choices we make each day can be heroic.

When the minutia of modern life wears me down, I write to remind myself of the bigger picture: We have an amazing God who made us, loves us, and invites us to be part of His story. And He is an expert at taking ordinary people and empowering them to make a difference by sharing His grace with others.

So whether I'm playing Cranium with my kids, scrubbing the kitchen floor, hiking in the Minnesota woods with my husband, or driving to my small-group Bible study, I'm often noticing bits of life to weave into my books, and listening for God's still, small voice.

I've been a church youth worker, a musician, a classical ballet teacher and choreographer. I've been on short-term missions trips, and done a few years of home-schooling. I've acted, danced, composed. I've managed a direct sales business, teaching artistic rubber-stamping. And I've written for anthologies and magazines as well as my novels. Clearly, I haven't yet decided what I'm supposed to be when I grow up--but I'm enjoying the exploration. :-)

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