By Marsha Barth
The Shattering II is a compelling true story (but written in novel form) of healing from childhood sexual abuse. It is a story of the power of love, the promise of hope, and the inspiration of knowing that we are not defined by our circumstances. Readers are held in suspense and will find their hearts forever touched by this inspiring story. Healing is a journey. If we can be brave enough to enter into the dark shadows of the unspeakable and pull back the shades, we not only reveal the light, but captives are set free. It is God's desire to take us from lost to found, from death to life, from victim to victor.
As Barth's first book, THE SHATTERING I, this book is beautifully written. As Toni Stewart wrote on Amazon, She deftly explores the generational aspects of abuse in families and the inclination of adults in our society to turn a blind eye or -let it go. The true artistry of this story is how openly Marsha is able to explore the hearts and minds of each character making the reader truly care about each person involved, even Julie's tortured father, Ron.
This book is very well written. The pacing, descriptions, and characterizations are decisive without being completely overwhelming. The traumatic effects of the abuse Julie experienced are realistic and palpable. The spiritual implications of betrayal and parental abandonment are faced forthrightly and handled very sensitively. Julie’s decision to not be defined by her past and the effort she expended to achieve her goals are a testament to her strong faith and honesty.
This is a really good book on many levels. I give this book 4.6 stars of 5. The score would have been higher except for the handful of spelling errors I found.
Childhood abuse, healing, spirituality, family relationships, dysfunctional relationships, religion, Christianity
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