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Weight of Shadows: A Novel

Weight of Shadows: A Novel

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In The Weight of Shadows Ebook, by Alison Strobel, after a difficult childhood, Kim has built a successful life for herself … but she'd leave it all if it meant being rid of the guilt she harbors over a tragic mistake she made years ago. When she meets Rick, she finds everything she needs—including a way to pay for her sins every time he hits her. Kim and

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In The Weight of Shadows Ebook, by Alison Strobel, after a difficult childhood, Kim has built a successful life for herself … but she'd leave it all if it meant being rid of the guilt she harbors over a tragic mistake she made years ago. When she meets Rick, she finds everything she needs—including a way to pay for her sins every time he hits her. Kim and Rick’s new neighbor, Joshua, knows more than Kim realizes about Rick, but Joshua has battles of his own to fight. Soon to intersect Kim’s and Rick’s lives is Debbie, who has saved countless women from abuse through the shelter she runs, but Debbie might be as desperate for love as the women she serves. Meanwhile, as Rick’s wrath extends to their baby, Kim must decide if her penance is more important than protecting that innocent life—and if she should dare leave Rick when he has the power to bring her hidden crime to light.

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ISBN-13:
9780310562269
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
05/25/2010
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Zondervan Publishing
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
838 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Alison Strobel writes novels that explore life, love and faith. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at www.AlisonStrobel.com

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Weight of Shadows 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel I've read by Alison Strobel and it was amazing! The Weight of Shadows is not a touchy, feely, life-is-perfect novel. In fact, it's hard hitting and a stark contrast to most of the Christian novels I read.Alison tackles topics that you don't see very often, if at all in Christian fiction and she doesn't hold back. Abuse and self-cutting are the two topics that are tackled in The Weight of Shadows and you can tell Alison did her homework.When Kim meets Rick, you think this is a sweet match made in heaven. Unfortunately, heaven doesn't last long for this couple. Kim learns very quickly that Rick has expectations and they had better be met.Debbie is struggling after the loss of her sister a number of years before. She deals with the struggle by throwing herself into her job. Her work at the Women's shelter is becoming more of a weight to bear.Joshua lost his wife and is beginning to move on with his daughter. His in-laws bring tension into their lives that no one deserves. This was one of the best parts of the story, even though it was a hard one to read. Alison didn't hold back with the nastiness of the in-laws and Joshua tried to be as kind as possible, but had to draw the line at some point.The lives of Kim, Rick, Debbie and Joshua begin to intersect as the story unfolds. You don't lose site of the story lines as you read through the Weight of Shadows. You are more and more drawn in.Yes, faith is involved in the novel, but Alison doesn't clobber you over the head with it. Not that there's anything wrong with being clobbered by the Lord. =)I have got to say, this will be in the top 5 books that I've read this year, if not the best!I'd like to thank Alison and Zondervan for my review & giveaway copies. The opinions expressed are my own!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What's holding you back from living your best life? From being you?We don't forgive ourselves. We did something, in our past, that we just haven't gotten over. God has forgiven us. The person we hurt has probably forgiven us. But we haven't forgiven ourselves. And because we haven't _ we're stuck. We fell that we're not worthy of something better or we feel that we're getting what we deserve. Or both. So we have stopped living in the moment, and continue to live in the past. This hurts us and it hurts our families and friends.Off-topic: I used to volunteer when I was in high school and college. I don't know exactly how I stopped, but I've been having a hard time getting started back up. Ya know _ single mom, more than full-time job, not a lot of free time, nor money for a sitter, and on, and on. But I was only a few pages into this book when I opened my computer, did a search on Google, found what I was looking for, and shot off an email. I sent it to the director of a non-profit organization offering my time for a few hours each week. I just needed a little nudge, and this book gave it to me. No excuses. Not anymore, anyway. We'll see where it goes, but I've taken the first step. By the time this post is up on my blog, a couple of months should have passed, with some progress made.Back on-topic: This book was so real. It wasn't over-the-top. It wasn't missing any details. It was just exactly right. For me, anyway. My favorite parts were the "starting over" parts. Each of the characters had something that was holding them back from living in the moment. Something in their past they were afraid to give up. For Joshua, it was the death of his wife. For Kim, it was a tragic occurrence when she was a foster child. For Debbie, it was the last conversation she had with her sister before her sister died. But they each also have someone who is rooting for them. They just don't realize it. And the ending has an oh-my-goodness! twist that I wasn't expecting _ at all!This is a Christian fiction book. If that scares you, then this book isn't for you. If you simply don't understand Christianity, then you should take a look, since the characters will try to break-it-down for you. But it's not in-your-face. I like that.
Darlene Douglas More than 1 year ago
Awesome story line. She does a great job of making the story connect. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bigguysmama More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel I've read by Alison Strobel and it was amazing! The Weight of Shadows is not a touchy, feely, life-is-perfect novel. In fact, it's hard hitting and a stark contrast to most of the Christian novels I read. Alison tackles topics that you don't see very often, if at all in Christian fiction and she doesn't hold back. Abuse and self-cutting are the two topics that are tackled in The Weight of Shadows and you can tell Alison did her homework. When Kim meets Rick, you think this is a sweet match made in heaven. Unfortunately, heaven doesn't last long for this couple. Kim learns very quickly that Rick has expectations and they had better be met. Debbie is struggling after the loss of her sister a number of years before. She deals with the struggle by throwing herself into her job. Her work at the Women's shelter is becoming more of a weight to bear. Joshua lost his wife and is beginning to move on with his daughter. His in-laws bring tension into their lives that no one deserves. This was one of the best parts of the story, even though it was a hard one to read. Alison didn't hold back with the nastiness of the in-laws and Joshua tried to be as kind as possible, but had to draw the line at some point. The lives of Kim, Rick, Debbie and Joshua begin to intersect as the story unfolds. You don't lose site of the story lines as you read through the Weight of Shadows. You are more and more drawn in. Yes, faith is involved in the novel, but Alison doesn't clobber you over the head with it. Not that there's anything wrong with being clobbered by the Lord. =) I have got to say, this will be in the top 5 books that I've read this year, if not the best! I'd like to thank Alison and Zondervan for my review & giveaway copies. The opinions expressed are completely my own! http://wovenbywords.blogspot.com/2010/07/weight-of-shadows-by-alison-strobel.html
steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
If you're in the mood for a light, fluffy read you probably won't want to read this book but if you want a dramatic, gritty, realistic book, pick up The Weight of Shadows! This is my first encounter with author Alison Strobel's work and I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to "meet" her through blogging and reading her book. As a person who knows someone who is currently dealing with a domestic violence I can say that Alison's portrayal of Kim's story is very authentic. I couldn't help but cry for Kim and Anne and their abusive situation. The secondary characters are very well written too. Even though they are trying to help Kim, they have problems of their own, which in my opinion, makes this story even more true to life. The story grabbed and held my attention so much so that I could barely put it down and considering that it isn't a romance or historical book, that's a miracle! I look forward to reading what Alison pens next. *i received my free review copy from the publisher.*
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Alison Strobel I've read, and it was a doozy. The story goes back and forth from character to character. Kim is being abused by Rick, Joshua is raising his young daughter after his wife dies, and he has to deal with his in laws, and Debbie is there for everyone, know matter what they need. All the characters are multi faceted and well developed. The characters of Kim and especially Rick were so spot on, the author must have done much research about abuse for this book. The main message I got out of the book is that no matter what you've done in the past, God can and will forgive you and that you need to forgive yourself. The only negative thing I can say about the book is that there was an overload of characters mentioned that you never read about again. Overall this book was an amazing read. I highly recommend it and I can't wait to read more from Alison Strobel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In The Weight of Shadows, Alison Strobel tells a powerful story that vividly illustrates the torture that comes when we fail to leave our burdens at our Savior's cross. As a result, of a terrible, unresolved event from her past, Kim, succumbs to abuse, first at her own hand and then at the hand of another, as a means of justification. Likewise, Debbie is a stranger at love because of the guilt she harbors from a tragedy she feels she could have prevented. Ms. Strobel delicately interweaves these characters lives and circumstances, eventually leading to a shocking twist that left me breathless, and ultimately proving that God's mercy and goodness will truly guide a lost soul home. The Weight of Shadows made me want to cry, scream, laugh, and dance. It will definitely minister to anyone who has ever had a tortured spirit, and it will remind us all that shadows only occur when WE STAND IN THE WAY OF THE LIGHT. Well done, Ms. Strobel! I'm sincerely looking forward to your next release!
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
After living in foster care most of her life, bouncing from home to home, Kim had acquired a beautician's license, working in a salon with several other women. She feels successful other than not being married and raising a family. Rick grew up in foster care for a few years, then lived the balance of his life with his father, who was an alcoholic and abusive. Kim and Rick meet and quickly move in together, getting pregnant early on despite using precautions. Rick's abuse starts early in their relationship, and continues throughout the pregnancy, but Kim stayed because she felt she deserved the abuse. Why? Joshua and his daughter lived in the same complex as Kim and Rick, after selling his house to make ends meet after losing his job and wife. He has issues with his in-laws trying to get custody of his daughter, so he tries to lay low despite hearing the abuse next door--deciding when or if he should get involved. Debbie runs the women's shelter in town, and has relationship issues all her own. But a little romance seeps in when she least expects it. I, personally, grew up with brothers, so I learned early to stand up for myself. Had one boyfriend who I now know became an abuser, but because I didn't say the right thing (giving up my girlfriend's friendship for him), it was 'Adios.' Little did I know that that was a telltale sign of an abuser. So I've had a difficult time understanding why abused women stayed with abusive men, married or not. Alison openly yet sensitively dissects the mindset of abused women to understand why they stay in the relationship until they finally decide to get out before being killed. She reveals their perspectives of themselves, their views of love and attention, denial of what's happening, and their desires to be loved and accepted. She describes how the woman's psyche needs healing, restoration and redemption. Alison also displays the behaviors of an abuser and how he controls the woman in his life. It's an eye-opening experience, realizing it's a difficult situation to diffuse. If you know of someone in this position, this could be the book to help them come to grips with the reality of their situation and what to do. Please take the time to grab it and read it, and possibly pass on to a friend in need. This book was supplied by Alison through her publisher, Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review.
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ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Weight of Shadows by Alison Strobel is a moving novel about the power of secrets. Kim has been running from a terrible night seven years ago while trying to build a life for herself after a childhood in foster care. Rick seems to be everything she's ever wanted, but their relationship moves so fast, they've moved in together after only three months. Their neighbor Joshua is starting over with his four-year-old daughter Maddie after the death of his wife from breast cancer. After the loss of his job, he's forced to sell their home and move into the apartment next to Rick & Kim because of the mountainous medical bills. What he hears through the thin walls between their apartments will threaten his life with Maddie. Debbie hasn't been able to have a healthy relationship with a man since the death of her sister Gina. Instead she's thrown all of her energy into working at a women's shelter, trying to rescue them after failing Gina. Strobel, the author of Violette Between, has a unique voice in Christian fiction. She takes three very disparate voices who each have a tragic past and brings them together in a way that will offer true healing. She accurately depicts a woman trapped in an abusive relationship with compassion and respect. As the violence escalates, so does the tension until it's nearly impossible to put the book down. (I stayed up until 2 am to finish it!) Beautifully written with a message of hope, Strobel is a writer to watch.
MoniDevone More than 1 year ago
What's holding you back from living your best life? From being you? We don't forgive ourselves. We did something, in our past, that we just haven't gotten over. God has forgiven us. The person we hurt has probably forgiven us. But we haven't forgiven ourselves. And because we haven't - we're stuck. We fell that we're not worthy of something better or we feel that we're getting what we deserve. Or both. So we have stopped living in the moment, and continue to live in the past. This hurts us and it hurts our families and friends. Off-topic: I used to volunteer when I was in high school and college. I don't know exactly how I stopped, but I've been having a hard time getting started back up. Ya know - single mom, more than full-time job, not a lot of free time, nor money for a sitter, and on, and on. But I was only a few pages into this book when I opened my computer, did a search on Google, found what I was looking for, and shot off an email. I sent it to the director of a non-profit organization offering my time for a few hours each week. I just needed a little nudge, and this book gave it to me. No excuses. Not anymore, anyway. We'll see where it goes, but I've taken the first step. By the time this post is up on my blog, a couple of months should have passed, with some progress made. Back on-topic: This book was so real. It wasn't over-the-top. It wasn't missing any details. It was just exactly right. For me, anyway. My favorite parts were the "starting over" parts. Each of the characters had something that was holding them back from living in the moment. Something in their past they were afraid to give up. For Joshua, it was the death of his wife. For Kim, it was a tragic occurrence when she was a foster child. For Debbie, it was the last conversation she had with her sister before her sister died. But they each also have someone who is rooting for them. They just don't realize it. And the ending has an oh-my-goodness! twist that I wasn't expecting - at all! This is a Christian fiction book. If that scares you, then this book isn't for you. If you simply don't understand Christianity, then you should take a look, since the characters will try to break-it-down for you. But it's not in-your-face. I like that.