There is nothing like reading something that is out of your comfort zone. When I first picked up this book, I really expected it to be written a certain way, what I found was a story that character was exposed and raw in her struggle. I found throughout the book, that I was constantly asking myself, if this was me, what would I have done? How would I have handled this or that? I think that's what books are supposed to do, ask yourself questions and be honest with the answers. I believe that this book is not for everyone, it deals with some pretty dark stuff in places, but overall the book itself was well done.
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.