Wings of Glass is a fiction novel written as a story to Penny Carson’s son Emmanuel. Penny’s husband Trent has a problem with anger and physically abuses her often. She is quick to forgive him in spite of his constant pleas of forgiveness. When he has an accident the physical abuse stops and Penny feels guilty for feeling relieved. When he heals from the accident she does not know what to expect, not knowing whether he will start abusing her again or not. Penny keeps running into Callie Mae at the start of the novel, a lady who she is kind of standoffish to at first but ends up finding many ways to trust her with what she is going through.
This particular book describes domestic violence against a woman although domestic violence can happen to a man too. It describes what a typical domestic violence victim often experiences. It shows circles of abuse and how they often can continue to reoccur. It also shows how a woman trapped in the domestic violence cycle often thinks her husband will get better but when she figures out that he isn’t getting better she is often disappointed. This is where the victim might open their eyes to discover that the abuser is the only one that can change their behavior and if they are not willing to do that the victim will not be able to make the changes happen. Responses to well-meaning people who want to help the victim are also dramatized in the story. Although every domestic violence victim’s story is different they often share some of the same similarities and this novel does a great job of explaining them through one victim’s story.
I think it would be great for this book to be recommended/offered as a resource in domestic violence support training classes. I also think it would be a good book for people to read to help educate other people about domestic violence; I think it will plant seeds in some people’s minds, people that may end up supporting domestic violence victims.
My review= 5 out of 5 stars
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.