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Monday, September 15, 2008

Stepping Into Sunlight

I just turned the last page of Stepping Into Sunlight and had to let you all know what a beautiful, God-filled and amazing book this is.

Stepping Into Sunlight reminded me again that God does indeed use broken people to pour forth His grace. Sharon Hinck gave voice to the broken and showed how beautiful we are in God's eyes.

Hand in hand with Stepping Into Sunlight, Sharon is leading the way with small acts of kindness just like Penny Sullivan. Please check out Penny's Project and extend the joy of reading as well as put into practice the beautiful grace Penny both gives and receives on her journey to healing.

I owe you all a report on my Penny's Project activity. Sorry it's taken me a while to fill you in. God put on my heart to reach out to someone in my past. It wasn't a project or something to do just to say I did it. It required more of me than I can explain. But I prayed and just did it.

And God showed up and brought a bit of healing I hadn't expected. The conversation was light and full and made me smile. The best part was knowing I had stepped out in obedience and God took my very small offering and multiplied it in two lives.

I hope you'll consider being part of Penny's Project. God has so much big to do from our small acts of kindness.

I also hope you'll do your heart a favor and hop over to Amazon, CBD or your local bookstore and pick up Stepping Into Sunlight.

Here's a little more about Stepping Into Sunlight...

“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.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Like Sharon Hinck’s heroine, I, too, witnessed a crime. It’s been years, but I relived every emotion along with Penny Sullivan. Told with humor and lump-in-the-throat insight, Stepping into Sunlight is a compelling story of learning to live again after trauma. This was my first Sharon Hinck novel, but it garnered her a permanent spot on my favorite authors list.”
– Deborah Raney, author of A Vow to Cherish and The Clayburn Novels series

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