Stepping into sunlight . . .

I have not walked every road of pain. I’ve had my bouts of bad days, certainly, but I’ve been spared the private agonies of such trials as clinical depression, post-traumatic stress and sheer panic. I can only imagine what it must be like to feel as though you are tethered to nothing.

My dear friend Sharon Hinck’s newest release, Stepping Into Sunlight, ushers the reader straight into the shadowy world of emotional turmoil and she does it without melodrama. It feels real. Sometimes a little too much so.

Here’s the set-up: Penny Sullivan witnesses a terrible crime, one that shatters the routines of daily life and leaves her in the grip of fear. Ordinary days become more than she can handle. Her military husband is away at sea and she has a 7-year-old son depending on her so hiding isn’t an option. She formulates a restoration plan to keep from losing it compltely – do one kind thing for somebody every day.

Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about it: “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.”

Sharon has created wonderful new blog to dovetail with the release of the book where other bloggers can step up to the challenge of doing one kind thing everyday, kind of a pay-it-forward response to personal loss. It’s hard to wallow in self-pity when your feet are busy propelling you forward to help someone else. You can find the Penny’s Project blog here.

If you’d like to win a copy of Stepping Into Sunlight, just toss a comment onto my blog here by Monday, Sept. 29, at midnight. I’ll draw a winner Tuesday morning.

Life ain’t easy sometimes. The sun is usually shining somewhere, though. We just have to find our way out of the shadows and step into it.

Author: Susan

This post has 25 Comments

  1. Clair on September 26, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    I would love to win the book…it sounds great. clairjuly at yahoo dot com

  2. Anonymous on September 27, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Hi, this is Kerry. Please enter me in the drawing.

    skerry at infionline dot net

  3. Ruth Dell on September 27, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Susan

    Thank you for telling us about Sharon’s latest book. I recently read her Symphony of Secrets and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Please enter me for the drawing.

    Best wishes

    Ruth Dell

  4. Renee Johnson on September 28, 2008 at 5:46 am

    So Marcia wasn’t kidding when she said you were such an accomplished writer! Wow. This is amazing.

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    Can’t wait to connect with you soon.


    Renee Johnson,

  5. Nora on September 29, 2008 at 12:31 am

    This sound really good. Please put my name in for the drawing.


  6. ForstRose on September 29, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Susan please enter me for Sharon’s book.


  7. Janna on September 29, 2008 at 1:13 am

    I would love a chance to win this book – I think it’s the only Sharon Hinck book I haven’t read yet…

    ryanx6 at msn dot com

  8. cathikin on September 29, 2008 at 1:46 am

    The premise here is one I can identify with. I found that helping others helped ME more than anything (other than getting closer to God) when I had some pretty big holes to crawl out of. Probably not as big as Penny, but I can certainly attest to the healing power of ministering to others. Sounds like a good book and a bit of a departure from any of her previous work. That’s part of the beauty of Sharon’s writign; she excels in variety.

    Cathi H.

  9. Anonymous on September 29, 2008 at 1:54 am

    I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Sharon and would love to win this book!
    vkc922 at cox dot net

  10. stampedwithgrace on September 29, 2008 at 3:18 am

    I’ve been looking forward to this book for so long! I can’t wait to read it, so pick me 🙂

  11. Anonymous on September 29, 2008 at 3:49 am

    I am going through a really difficult time right now. Just about the worst in my life. This sounds like a book I *should* read although I probably don’t want to.
    Please enter me.
    bookwurm70 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  12. Jo on September 29, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Thank you for telling me about Sharon’s latest book. It really does sound great and one that I would love to read. Please enter me in the drawing.


  13. Anonymous on September 29, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I have loved everything I’ve read by Sharon Hinck so far, sign me up.

    cgreutman at yahoo dot com


  14. Sharon Hinck on September 29, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Susie, thanks for your beautiful description of this book.

    For all who commented, thank you for your interest and the glimpses into your own places of need. I LOVE that God’s grace is so potent when we are in hard places…that He is as close as our next heartbeat.

    I loved watching that truth unfold for Penny – because it helped me notice more of how He is with me even in the most painful times of my own life.


  15. bigguysmama on September 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    I LOVE Sharon! I’ve been following along with her Penny challenge through September and it’s made quite the impact on my own life. Please enter me to win her new book!


    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

  16. Jennifer AlLee on September 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Sharon is such a warm, humble person. I would love a chance to win this book.


  17. smilinkyn on September 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I love the name of this book! Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks & God Bless!

  18. Melody on September 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    This sounds like a great book.


  19. Barbara H. on September 29, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I have read everything of Sharon’s and would love this. Thanks for sponsoring the give-away!


  20. Carly on September 29, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    hiya please enter me! i loved sharon’s restorer series!

    fecarly1 at yahoo dot com

  21. ~Ley on September 29, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I loved her Restorer books and have heard so many good things about this book. Enter me please.


  22. Sarah/Robert on September 30, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Whew! I just made it! It’s 10:37 CST right now, and I’m just catching up on the digest e-mails after being out of town.
    I love anything Sharon Hinck writes! I’d love to read “Stepping into Sunlight.” Sharon consistently grasps well and expresses richly the depth of a soul’s dark and fearful times. You’d think she’d prayed like King David through the Psalms or something! 🙂
    Please enter me in the drawing!
    Thanks, Susan!

  23. Susan Meissner on September 30, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks to all who entered – and for your wonderful comments about Sharon’s storytelling flair. She deserves those accolades. The winner was drawn this morning and that person is Carly! Hope you all will stop by the Edge often. I like giving books away!

  24. Carly on September 30, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    thank you!

  25. erika chapman on October 12, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Obviously I am way too late to win a book, but I just found online that this book was coming out. Hinck became one of my favorite authors this year so I am excited that this new book is coming out. But I just did a blog review on your new book for your publisher. I loved it and I can’t wait to read more from you.

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