Item description for Stepping Into Sunlight by Sharon Hinck...
Overview One tragic event. One project of healing. One step toward hope.
Penny Sullivan is ready to face the challenge of a cross-country move and caring for her energetic seven-year-old son while her husband leaves on his first deployment as a Navy chaplain. But after she witnesses a shocking crime, her world tips sideways.
Hiding in her closet isn?t an option when her husband and son depend on her, so she fights to recover. But even simple tasks such as filling her car with gas, buying groceries, and returning phone calls are suddenly more than she can handle.
Help comes in funny packages?a temperamental DVD, a man who hoards gum wrappers, a meddlesome neighbor, and a small yellow notebook in which Penny scribbles down her recovery plan: Do one kind thing for another person every day. The results are sometimes beautiful, sometimes heartbreaking, and often lead to more than she ever could have imagined.
A story for every woman who has wondered where God is when life hurts.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Bethany House
ISBN 0764202839 ISBN13 9780764202834
Availability 0 units.
More About Sharon Hinck
-->Sharon Hinck is a wife mother and author who has experienced many adventures on her road with God. She earned an MA in communication from Regent University and spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group. Besides writing Sharon enjoys speaking at conferences retreats and church groups. She and her family reside in Minnesota.-->
Reviews - What do customers think about Stepping Into Sunlight?
A must read for all who have had fear Feb 24, 2010
Sharon Hinck touches life with this book with fear, love, humor, and most of all, God's healing touch to a hurt child of His. I loved this book and anyone who has had a situation where it has caused fear to take over your life needs to read this book. It is powerful and inspiritional. Anyone who reads this book will be touched by Penny Sullivan's story. Sharon Hinck has a must read winner with this book.
Hope for the Hurting Mar 8, 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.
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger Feb 25, 2009
Penny Sullivan lives alone with her young son while her husband is deployed at sea serving as a navy chaplain. They've moved into a new neighborhood and are learning to adapt to their new surroundings. Penny has to learn to live without her husband and be the head of the house while he's not there. However Penny isn't your regular Navy wife. She experienced a traumatic incident that has haunted her ever since and threatens to shut down her world. This story tells her tell about how she has to break out of the darkness and step back into the light, one step at a time.
As someone who has been in a situation similar to Penny's, I could totally understand why she reacted and kept acting the way she did. You don't want to relive the event, yet it's always there haunting you. It's very traumatizing and it takes a long time for you get over it. Therefore I could relate to her and could see how just the small lists she made help make her days better. It was sad that Bryan had to suffer because of his mother's condition. That's the problem with any type of disorders, it affects everyone and not just afflicted person. He was good at putting up a strong face but it was also realistic to see that he was getting irritated with his mother. I kind of wish though that Penny hadn't kept her problems from her husband. I know she didn't want him to worry about her while he was gone, but at the same time, this really isn't a secret you should keep from your spouse. This book shows that sometimes in life, there are times where we can't keep things to ourselves. That even if it hurts to talk about it and it's painful to even think about it, we will only harm ourselves emotionally, physically and spiritually by not getting help. And last but not least, I was thrilled to read that this book takes place in my hometown area! There's nothing more exciting than reading about familiar sites in a book by an author who actually knows and has lived in the area herself. This truly is a powerful book and is one that women everywhere should read. Sharon Hinck has proven that she has mastered writing in several genres (mom-lit, fantasy, humor/mystery, women's fiction) and is now an author whose every book I must read. HIGHLY recommended.
Stepping out of darkness Jan 26, 2009
This book was a hit. Penny is a witness to a violent robbery. Her husband, son and her have just moved and her husband is away for three months, being a chaplain. What a time to be alone. Penny thinks at first her panic attacks are some sort of illness she has picked up. She can't go anywhere, she does everything online. However, you can't raise children online.
So what will she do? She starts Penny's Project, doing one nice thing for someone every day. She also stumbles on a few people along the way that help her with her PTSD.
This book reminds us that we are not alone, that God is with us. Even when we have forgotten him. His grace and mercy are in abundance. This story is a brilliant piece of literary sunlight. I look forward to more by Ms. Hinck.
Hope and Healing Jan 16, 2009
After the trauma of witnessing a violent crime, Penny's mind and heart are shaken. Her struggle to recover is intensified by the absense of her husband, who has been deployed to oversees chaplin duty. Penny is left to overcome her fears alone while caring for their young son.
Even though I've never witnessed violence I related to Penny's fear and amotional battles. I immediately cared for her. When she challenges herself to do something kind for one person each day I felt inspired to do the same.
Stepping into Sunlight is a beautiful story of healing. Penny's story reveals that, while recovering from tragedy isn't an easy overnight process, even for a Christian who loves and trusts God, it is possible. In fact, God can use such times to bring closure to other wounds as well.