Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Beyond the Shadows - 4 stars

Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher

Life is hard. God never said this life would be easy.

When Deborah's husband passes away early in their marriage, she is devastated. It seems that life has no purpose. She questions God and, to some extent, falls away from her faith.

Then, one day, her hero comes along. Without much thought, Deborah commits herself to Gideon in marriage. Everything seems blissful in the beginning, but soon she begins to realize that her husband is hiding a problem. No one wants to admit it, but her new husband is an alcoholic.

Through the book, we see Deborah come back to God through the trials and loneliness she experiences in her marriage. Gideon struggles with the demon of alcoholism and threatens to destroy the family that he and Deborah have built.

Beyond the Shadows was eye opening for me. I have not had a lot of experience with alcoholics. Deborah has to face the impact of her decisions (rushing into a marriage before dealing with her own grief) while trying to figure out how to help her husband.

4 stars

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