Already sloshed from one-too-many drinks at a faculty party, Leah Thornton cruises the supermarket aisles in search of something tasty to enhance her Starbucks-Kahlua, for example. Two confrontations later-one at the grocery store and the other with her friend Molly-Leah is sitting in the office of the local rehab center facing an admissions counselor who fails to understand the most basic things, like the fact that apple juice is not a suitable cocktail mixer. Rehab is no picnic, and being forced to experience and deal with the reality of her life isn't Leah's idea of fun. But through the battle she finds a reservoir of courage she never knew she had, and the loving arms of a God she never quite believed existed.
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This is a down to earth story, well written, of a very real issue. For anyone who has not had to deal with alcoholism this book lays it out clearly - the struggles, the insecurities, the decisions, the available help, the disciplines, etc. It was a very interesting read!
A very insightful look into the inside world of someone struggling with an addiction and marital struggles, and how other people's expectations and opinions have a profound impact on the decisions made by those struggling if and when to seek help. It is realistic and inspiring in that at the end of the day, no one can help us until we decide we are worth helping for our own sake.
"Walking on Broken Glass" is not a book that you say you enjoyed, as it is a hands-on description of alcohol addiction. A very real, gripping read about a woman with issues in her life (and who doesn't have issues?). The details of rehab showed that it is a hard experience, and that once the person is out of rehab they have to show remarkable courage in order to begin functioning properly again. Above all, this book gives us a picture of a loving, merciful God, who loves every single one of us.
A home run for Christa Allan! She takes the issue of addiction and peels back the layers of unmet needs that lead people into emotional numbing. And her portrayal of God in this scenario is gentle and kind...He's not in your face but you can't miss that He's there. I'll be watching for her next work!
Too many times we think its ok to indulge in sin when we think we are controlling it. Sin controls. Excellent example of how we want other to see us. Good read.
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Review 7 for Walking on Broken Glass
Date:April 20, 2010
In her debut novel, Christa Allan takes us on an emotional journey with her alcoholic heroine, whose life changes when she "loses it" while trying to choose a can of frozen apple juice in the super market. The course of the novel was, for me, sort of like starting out on a regular roller coaster--ups and downs, you sort of know what's coming but there is plenty to keep you interested--and finishing on Magic Mountain--the swings are more dramatic and you can't see what's coming. Alcoholism isn't the only subject handled with grace and sensitivity. Leah comes to grips with her past, with the death of an infant, with her relationship (or lack thereof) with her husband and father. Frankly, when I came to the last page I turned it in the hope that maybe there was one more chapter to come. I didn't want to end the journey Allan had started me on. Not only did she leave me wanting more, she left me thinking about what I'd read and the lessons I'd learned.Bring on the next novel by Christa Allan. I can't wait.
Christa Allan's story of a woman's journey through alcohol addiction and the healing of a seriously troubled marriage is one that snags you from the first page. Leah Thornton and her husband, Carl, are striving in their own ways to deal with the loss of their infant daughter. Their personal histories only complicate the healing process, and when Leah commits herself to a rehab facility, her eyes are finally opened to truths about herself, her husband, and the parts their respective families have played in contributing to their problems.While I found the book a true page-turner and loved watching Leah's growth and healing, I have to say the book didn't end quite the way I anticipated. I'm not really sure what I expected--perhaps a stronger admission by Carl of the part he played in Leah's emotional issues--but in its own way, the ending satisfies and shows both Leah and Carl heading toward new beginnings.Christa Allan is a true storyteller and a gifted writer. The descriptions are vivid, the dialogue realistic, and the characters' emotional journeys riveting. I look forward to more novels from her.
Walking on Broken Glass by debut novelist Christa Allan is an incredible book and I definitely look forward to more books from this great new author! The writing is wonderful. And the main character, Leah, totally captivated me and stole my heart. I found myself totally relating to her and feeling her emotions. Although I've never been through exactly the same thing, I could still relate to her on so many levels. And I love Leah's sense of humor. At times I was laughing out loud, and at the same time I felt for her and her struggles, but I admired her strength and determination to overcome!I was glued to the book from page one and couldn't put it down. The whole story and the way it's written kept me totally engrossed in Leah's world. I was rooting for her the whole way! And Leah will stay with me for a long time.
Walking on Broken Glass was incredible. I haven't reviewed such an honest and insightful novel in years. Having worked in several rehabs in the past I can attest to the fact that this author has done her research. She has masterfully captured the heart of someone who has had so much pain in her life that she did whatever was necessary to deaden the pain. Without the Lord, however, that usually ends up manifested in self-destructive behavior, such as addiction. I loved how the author showed clearly how families directly influence behavior. If a parent was withdrawn, people often marry a person who is equally withdrawn or passive. It's not what they want, but it's all they know.I loved that this book gave Leah a voice and she was able to discover who she was underneath her various roles and her stuffed pain. The reader discovers her heart right along with her. And the responses she feels to those revelations is so genuine. There is no fluffy Christian-sounding denial here. While Jesus heals, this story shows that we must work at recovery (of any sort) and that faith is there to gives us legs to stand on, but we must still take each step. I loved that about this book. I also loved the issues between her and her husband. I've met so many women who have just submitted to "get it over with" and then they wonder why they despise their spouse when the layer of numbing addiction is removed.This novel impressed me so much that it is making my best of 2010 fiction list. More Christian fiction should be this real. The faith journey was perfectly done and the ending made sense. I'd love to see a sequel to this story, but if there isn't one, I'm still satisfied. I am definitely paying attention when this author has new releases and I'm going to review each title as they come out. Walking on Broken Glass is highly recommended, especially for readers who know people who are struggling with addiction and want to understand them better.
Whether tragedy, angst, or a breakdown, Southern women know how to survive with panache. Christa Allan infuses that Southern charisma into her writing, giving us a captivating read. Alcoholism is a dark subject, yet Allan brings it right up to the very edge, and then pulls us back into the light with Leah's own brand of humor. Never depressing, Walking on Broken Glass is definitely a page-turner with all the emotions an alcoholic experiences. I give it a high recommendation.
Leah Thorntons story is painful. It is tragic. In a way, it is everyones story though, because we all come to Christ wounded, broken, battered and torn. Leah numbs the pain of her life with alcohol. When she decides to seek treatment, Leah sets her life upon a path of discovery and recovery, and it is a path she must take one day, one hour, one moment at a time. By the end of the story.tears, grateful, honest, heartfelt tears were the only way to respond.Walking on Broken Glass is an amazing story. The writing itself is incredible, and I know I spent time just savoring the word-pictures. Check this out she chiseled off the red polish, the chips drifting to the floor like bloody snowflakes. (p. 141) Or this My losses were like globby scabs that would crust and heal and leave darkened remnants on my skin.(p. 154) And catch this Not once had rage crept into his voice. But quiet resignation and defeat crawled all over him.(p. 335) Every emotion pops off the page. There is a wittiness and dry sense of humor that sharpens the effect, but it results in characters that are as real and believable as anyone you know in your world. This story is one that lingers in your heart and mind and gently prods you to examine your heart and place the broken pieces in Gods hands instead of ripping your own life to shreds.The character of Leah Thornton is realistic - painfully real. I dont know how Christa Allan captured it, but she placed the hellish essence of addiction upon the pages of this story, and sat it side by side with friendship, grace and the will to survive. Walking on Broken Glass leaves the reader in a raw, unfinished place in many ways, but thats real too, and it makes you long for the next story to fall from this writers pen. Walking on Broken Glass is an amazing story that I highly recommend!
Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan is a stunning debut novel that will leave readers breathless. Leah Thornton conceivably has everything: handsome husband, big house, successful career as a teacher, credit cards without limit, but it has all come at a heavy cost. Standing in the grocery store, looking at the apple juice, she becomes overwhelmed by all of the choices and is forced to acknowledge her growing alcohol addiction. She checks into rehab, despite her husband's angry manipulations, to rediscover who she is and try to find a way to live sober with all of the pain she had been using alcohol to hide. Leah's visit to rehab and struggle with alcoholism is startling and unflinching in its honesty. Allan somehow manages to make this dark and terrible story both funny and hopeful. Readers will ache with Leah's losses and the abuse she faced daily, and as she overcomes, will face their own truths about addiction, abuse, loss, and pain. This is definitely an author I'm adding to my must-read list.
Leah Thornton drinks to numb herself against a life that's too painful to feel. She doesn't acknowledge how serious her problem is until her best friend has the guts to confront her with it. Leah's husband, Carl, is living in an alternate reality of his own. He thinks she's overreacting when she says she's checking herself into rehab. But Leah's determined to follow through, and Carl reluctantly goes along with it.If this sound like a heavy, mirthless book, it's not. Yes, it's a serious subject. And as Leah travels closer to sobriety and further from her alcohol induced fog, her emotions become raw and exposed. You're going to feel her pain. But you're also going to enjoy her sassy sense of humor, even as she's struggling with the creation of her new, addiction-free life. You may even laugh out loud.Walking on Broken Glass is a stunning debut novel you won't want to miss. Author Christa Allan takes an honest look at life in rehab and the aftermath. Kudos to her for showing us not only the challenges of Leah, but of the family surrounding her. There is no easy ending in this story. In fact, it ends with a new question that's left unanswered. This is the only part of the book that bothered me, because I'm the type that likes experience how the story ends. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized it was probably the most realistic ending. Because life rarely ties up all the questions in a neat little bow. Here's hoping a sequel is in the works so we can journey a bit further with Leah and Carl.
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Review 15 for Walking on Broken Glass
Date:February 11, 2010
Southern socialite Leah Thorntons life is crumbling. After the death of her infant daughter and the increasing demands of her husband to please him, she retreats more and more into the one thing that has always helped her through tough situations: alcohol. When confronted by a friend, Leah knows to gain her life back she must stop drinking. Off she goes to rehab.With quick wit and an honest look at the rehab experience, Christa Allan has penned a riveting debut novel. Its heart-breaking at times, laugh-out-loud funny in places, and kept me cheering for Leah until the last page. Its a journey you dont want to miss. Lovely, lovely book.
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Review 16 for Walking on Broken Glass
Date:January 23, 2010
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With brilliant prose, Allen transports the reader into the world of alcoholism and sexual abuseplaces the reader may not want to go. But Allen infuses Leah Thornton with heart and intelligent wit that cause the reader to fall in love with her. Allen humanizes and stirs sympathy for Leahs abusive husband. We believe in the end, the gritty battlefield of their marriage can be salvaged. And were left with a residue of hope for our own battles and compassion for fellow strugglers.
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Review 17 for Walking on Broken Glass
Date:January 22, 2010
When I opened this book to read, "If I had known children break on the inside and the cracks don't surface until years later, I would have been more careful with my words." I was instantly captured. I continued to read, soaking in Christa's words shared through Leah, stopping to read them aloud to my husband. And then calling my friends to read them aloud again. It was Leah's journal entries throughout the book that often jarred me out of my comfort zone, calling for my empathy as this character blossomed into more. It is rare you read a book with a healthy tension of modernity, wit and authenticity. Three ingredients that, for me, make a novel worth reading and revisiting. In Walking on Broken Glass, Christa Allan weaves a story that not only connects deeply with the reader on an emotional level but on a spiritual level as well. This is a novel that goes much deeper than your average book. It breaks the mold, pushes some boundaries, sings the song of redemption and begs for a sequel. Christa Allan is a writer to watch. If I were you, I'd clear a space on your favorite bookshelf for more of her work. I already have.