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Stepping Into Sunlight by [Hinck, Sharon]
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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)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YT8MEQ
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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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Nothing really prepared me for the beautiful journey I embarked upon when I opened Stepping into Sunlight. After reading the misadventures of Becky Miller and the heroic travels of The Restorer, Sharon surprises us with a heroine who is in a deep dark struggle. Reading this novel is a journey of fear, depression, trauma, faith, humor, and love. This is a masterful novel about a woman finding herself again.

Penny Sullivan suffers from PTSD after becoming the victim of a violent crime. And, she, like so many of us, is determined to fix herself on her own. With skill and a deep understanding of what victims go through, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, Sharon takes Penny and her readers through the darkness of PTSD into the light of dealing and healing. I laughed at the creative cast of characters we meet in the group therapy. I wanted to hug Penny's son Bryan for his insight and truth speaking to his mother, in a way only a child can do. I wanted to slap some sense into Penny's family for their lack of understanding of her condition. I wanted to kiss her brother, Alex, for being her hero when she needed him the most.

And I saw me in the pages. Anyone who knows someone struggling through PTSD, depression, bi-polar, etc. could benefit from reading this book. In a way only Sharon Hinck can, she entertains you as she teaches and touches your heart. And somewhere along the way readers will learn and grow as Penny did. The truth of God who is always there, even when we fail to see Him, is evident on every page. There is an honesty in this book about what someone who suffers from PTSD must face from day to day, including the denial that help is needed. I once had a young person I worked with tell me she would never let herself get depressed. What many people don't realize is that depression is not usually a choice. Healing is, but making that choice takes time, patience, understanding, and love. I highly recommend this book.
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Nothing glossed over here. She has either experienced these symptoms herself or really researched her subject matter. The Christian community needs to realize that just as diabetics can be delivered OR still need to use insulin, panic attacks are real medical problems that can be instantly healed or lived with for many years. But if you've never spent time in a closet clutching your dog in abject panic for no obvious reason, it will be very hard for you to understand. If you can't understand, please be kind, loving, thoughtful, etc. to others in the Body of Christ who are dealing with this ugly part of our fallen world. That's her message and I applaud her courage in telling it.
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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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