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Breaking Free

Breaking Free

by Jennifer Slattery

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Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters.

Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage?

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ISBN-13: 9781596694682
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Edition description: FICTION / Christian / General
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Slattery is an inspiring contemporary novelist whose stories of hope, love, and grace resonate with real people. She is the author of compelling contemporary romance novels such as Beyond I Do, When Dawn Breaks, Intertwined, and Breaking Free. She also writes for and devotions for Internet Cafe Devotions and her personal blog, When not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her teenage daughter and real-life hero husband, as well as serving in her church.

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Breaking Free 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery is a thought-provoking fictional story of addiction, the power it holds over those that fall prey to it and the devastating consequences it brings to the people they love. It is also a story of the power of hope, faith, forgiveness, God's love and a "friend that sticks closer than a brother". The characters within its pages were very real and could be my next door neighbors or someone that I interact with every day. This book grabbed my attention from the very first page and held it until the very end. I definitely have a new author to add to my list of favorites and can't wait to read her other books. I give this book a 5 star review. I received a copy of the book from the publisher and The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery is a very dramatic account of the effect of addictions on a family. At the beginning of the novel this Seattle family seems to have a nearly perfect life. They are active in their church with the mother, Alice, holding a key ministry position for women. Her husband, Trent, has a very successful company position, and their two sons are happily involved in high school sports. Trent’s addictions and Alice’s failed attempts to talk him into counseling lead to more and deeper problems for the whole family. Cover-ups and lies only delay the inevitable. The story explores a broken family and the power of God to heal and restore. There are several tense moments for both Trent and Alice when they each rely on self and their own judgment. Yet, God provides and protects. I recommend this great book which I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
“Our ladder is Jesus Christ…” “…and only He can yank us out of the pit.”(pg. 239) “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (NLT John 10:10) (pg. 239) What if…after nearly 20 years of marriage, your spouse started staying out late and coming home drunk? Or stayed home hugging whatever booze is in the house. What if…you think he/she might even be having an affair? Then really creepy things start, such as thugs showing up at the door looking for him/her. You worry about your kids, as one is starting to emulate your spouse with tantrums, disrespect, drinking. How best can you honor God and your vows, even when it seems the Lord isn’t going to answer? Finally you take the kids and move out, but the kids are so angry that they stay with a different friend? Your mother tells you to go home and work it out, not wanting to hear what’s wrong. Or think about this…What if…everything you do is hurting the love of your life, but you don’t know how to change? You want to stop drinking, but not drinking is torture? You love to play cards and watch the chips stack up in front of you. Maybe you’ll make up for what you lost yesterday. Then, on a losing streak, you owe the club a lot of money. Thousands. Bank accounts are empty, the mortgage is late…then the guy you owe the big bill to sends his kneecap breaking thugs to your door. They watch your house, follow your spouse. Your spouse leaves; you aren’t sure where the kids are. How did things get this bad? The characters in ‘Breaking Free’, primarily the husband, Trent, and wife, Alice, are very realistically portrayed. This couple and their children were probably more challenging than most characters to work with due to the feelings of hopelessness and despair; I really commend the author for the vulnerability and authenticity of this suffering family. She successfully conveyed the pain of each family member. In addition, Alice’s best friend Beth and her new friend, Betty, gave massive injections of prayers and God’s grace. Ethan does the same for Trent, with one big difference – it is one addict or alcoholic who can best help another, because it is harder to con a fellow addict or alcoholic than a spouse, boss, or friend. This novel is remarkable in its depth and scope. It is an excellent portrayal of what happens in families belonging to churches around the country and looks realistically at challenges that we as Christians need to address. The author writes as if she had walked many miles in both Trent’s and Alice’s shoes. My experiences are different in many ways, but I have walked a few of those miles; they are better with Jesus than without Him! The plot was not predictable as every family is different and hitting bottom is different for everyone. I would love to see a follow up novel to this, but was very satisfied with the ending. This novel firmly places Jennifer Slattery as a ‘go-to’ writer of authentic Christian fiction. I highly recommend ‘Breaking Free’ to fans of the author, to those in the church who don’t understand but want to, to those who may be in the downward spiral of addiction of any kind or alcoholism, to those who appreciate excellent Christian fiction and might be in various 12-step groups and Celebrate Recovery. From a grateful heart: I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
SonnySJ More than 1 year ago
I liked the pace of this book. This is the first book I have read from Ms. Slattery and I enjoyed it. It was different from other books because to me it was more true to life. You either liked or disliked the characters. These characters were dealing with so many things that you just wanted a happy ending for them. Their lives is a reminder of how sin and start easily and blossom into something uncontrollable. The theme is this book breaking free of the things that hurt our relationships with God and others. Our sins do not only impact us but others and it has devastating consequences. God wants us to break free so that we can have the relationship with him that he desires. This story remind us that it is never too late. I received this book from Bookfun for an honest review. Reviews will be posted on Amazon. Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, etc.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
I loved “Breaking Free” by Jennifer Slattery. I had such a hard time putting this book down. It hooked me from the first page and kept me hooked until the last page. This book follows Trent and Alice Goddard. Trent and Alice have been married for 19 years. They seem to have the perfect life, until Alice discovers that they are having money troubles. And it only gets worse. Alice is trying to find out where this all is coming from, while Trent gets deeper and deeper into his downward spiral. I loved how this book was a fictional story, but it addresses a real life situation - addictions. The author also interwove scripture throughout the novel. This was a novel that will stay with me for awhile. I can’t wait to read more novels by Jennifer Slattery. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
Breaking Free is the first book I have read from author Jennifer Slattery and it definitely will not be the last. This was a wonderful book, from beginning to end. It is a book about real life—substance abuse, gambling, deceit and a family spiraling downward. Can this family find God again and take hold of his promises for us not to be tempted any more than what we can handle with Him by our side? This story shows the heartache that individuals and families go through when there are substance abuse and gambling problems. But we can also see that God is bigger than all of our temptations. The question is, will Alice Goddard and her husband, Trent Goddard, take hold of the promises before it is too late for their marriage and their children. Other books by Ms. Jennifer Slattery are: Intertwined, Beyond I Do, When Dawn Breaks and Sweet Freedom a la mode. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book. I received a copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This book is really good, but for me it was a challenge to read. It was emotionally high strung and honestly at times I just had to take a break. Maybe its just because it hit a little too close to home with all the struggles, family issues, addictions, etc... These are real problems and I think every family knows at least someone who has them. Jennifer writes a realistic story, with hope and healing and forgiveness, but not without struggles, pain, heartache, and despair. Alice Goddard, seems to have the perfect life, and she has been putting on a good show in front of all her "perfect" friends. But truthfully, she is hiding behind a front. Her home life is a mess, her husband an alcoholic, her children veering out of control. As things get worse, Alice struggles with transparency, seeking help, and her relationship with God. Some of the people she turns to encourage, but others just shy away and let her face her problems alone. She has a hard time choosing and deciding what the best route to take is - staying in her marriage and watching the affect it is having on their children, as well as herself, or leaving - for who knows where? Jennifer writes about some serious stuff in this book - lies, shame, guilt, and things that hold us captive. There are parts of the story that just tore my heart out. (Probably cause I get a little too involved in the books I read) I would say this book would hit home to a lot of people though. Even if your struggles are different, the concept is there. Jennifer offers hope, the kind that only comes from Christ. She encourages you to be a friend to those in need, and look for ways to help them. I do wish that Jennifer had chosen to write an epilogue, giving a little more information wrapping up the family's story. Maybe she was leaving it open for a sequel, I don't know. If just felt like as the book ended, there was more I wanted to know. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.
readerscozycorner More than 1 year ago
Oh my Word! What a book! This book was fantastic. So real and emotional. I haven't read anything like this in a while. Very much like Karen Kingsbury, with real to life issues and drama. Reading this story was like talking to a friend. The issues this married couple faced were very believable. Some of the problems they had may not be everyday things but reading this made it easy to see how we as Christians can fall into bad patterns in our lives. Jennifer does a fantastic job of showing the real problems but also showing how only Jesus can give us the hope we need to come out of them. I was so impressed with the way she brought the story full circle back to our Savior and our need for him to make us fully whole. I was very overwhelmed at times while reading. She grips at your emotions in so many ways throughout the book. The characters felt as if they were my neighbor. It was like I knew them and could feel the pain they felt. There were also a couple of people in the book I didn't care for at all. But they added a much needed element to the book. There were also secondary characters that were the perfect addition to the story. Alice's friend Beth reminded me of my best friend. She was always there for Alice no matter what and I think she was a great addition to the story. This book is awesome and will not disappoint. I can not wait to read more by Jennifer. I received this book from the author in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
Even when you think you've got no where else to go, God is with you. Breaking Free fills you with hope. No matter how bad it gets, God is there, waiting for you to turn to Him. Christ came to set us free, free from addictions, our pasts, what other people think about us. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Put your hope in Christ and be set free. God is faithful. Matthew 11:28-29 states God will give you rest. Put your faith, hope, and assurance in him and experience the rest only he can give. Trent Goddard struggles with alcohol and gambling. His whole life comes crumbling down around his ears. Alice sees her marriage ending, her kids won't speak to her, they lose their house, but in the midst of it all, God is there, offering hope, forgiveness, and love. Can they put their trust in God and get their life back or will they continue running? I was pulled into their lives, their struggles. Life is real. Struggles are hard. But with God on your side, you will overcome. This book filled me with hope. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
f you have ever known someone struggling with addiction or even if you haven't, this will take you right into the middle of it and you will see it up close and personal. I liked how we could see it lived out from both sides. When husband and wife both turn away from their Church friends and start struggling on their own, their lives spiral into such misery and despair, which in turn pulls down their children too. The author shows us what alcoholism, gambling addiction, no honest communication from either side and hiding your financial problems can do to a family. This is such a true to life story it gives us a better insight of the struggles of addiction.. I was gifted a copy by the author and New Hope Publishers for review.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Breaking Free has become one of my favorite reads in all of Christian Fiction! Before I begin, it is important to mention that this is not a fun or light read. It’s emotionally gripping. If you’ve been or are going through this type of situation, you might have a tougher time reading this because it deals with some really tough issues. Due to this, it’s going to be tough to write this review. It’s the emotional journey of the Goddard family. Alice and Trent have been married for nineteen years and are the parents of two teenage boys. Their lives are far from perfect. In fact, it’s a giant mess. They are dealing with real issues. Trent is an alcoholic and is buried in financial debt to gambling. He finds himself in a spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Mrs. Slattery is not afraid to tackle the hard topics as she shows us a clear picture of this. Alice loves her husband, but she resents him and loses trust for him when she discovers he’s doing all of this. She ends up leaving him. She tries to take their two sons with her, but even they resent her and end up crashing at a friend’s place instead. She is the kind of person who tried to live the perfect life, is afraid of how other Christians will judge her, and tries to everything on her own without turning towards God. This story is real, gritty and messy, but Mrs. Slattery points her characters towards the saving hope of Jesus Christ. She does this at the appropriate times and without being overly preachy. Both of them have been a lot of mistakes and it’s definitely going to take a long time for healing to really begin. You will find yourself wanting to reach into the book and slap the characters silly because they’re doing something stupid. But we learn that even Christians go through things. Alice learns that her friends all superficial. Well, all except for Beth. Beth is a true friend. She doesn’t judge Alice. She prays and listens to her. Alice realizes that Beth was always there for her even when she pushed her away. She also always pointed her towards Jesus Christ. She kept encouraging Alice to be real with her. We all need a true friend like Beth in our lives. This was my first book I’ve read by Jennifer Slattery and it definitely will not be my last. I highly recommend this book. It’s also perfect for group discussions. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
I just have to admit from the start that I wanted to get my hands on Trent and shake him until he came to his senses. I have had very little contact with alcoholics and practically none with anyone addicted to gambling, so it took some effort to have any compassion for him. I know, he is only a fictional character so I need to ease up and not get too carried away. The sad thing is there are people all over the world who are caught up in all kinds of addictions. Then there was Trent’s wife, Alice, who was so bound up in her own pride that she refused to seek help until things had spun totally out of control. The story is so true to life that I found myself drawn in and hurting for both of them but especially their sons. They were suffering far more from the lack of prayer in the home than the lack of prayer in schools. Just saying. The author has done a masterful job of painting a very realistic word picture of the many issues involved in families like the Goddards. Are there lessons to be learned from their story? Certainly there are. How many of us are willing to get involved the way Alice’s friend, Beth, was? It is easy to read the story and tsk-tsk all the bad choices made by Trent and Alice, but the real value is what we can learn from Beth and Ethan. Neither of them was perfect but they didn’t shy away from being there for others. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone who wants to be more like Christ. The lessons are invaluable.
TS1 More than 1 year ago
Breaking Free is an emotional journey of the Goddard family. Alice and Trent have been married for nineteen years and are the parents of two teenage boys. But all is not sunshine and roses. They have real issues and are battling their struggles in life everyday. That alone is what makes this a great read. Ms. Slattery is not afraid to tackle hard subjects. She does so with realism and adds the life saving hope of Christ. Trent has to battle his addictions, but Alice has to battle her need to handle everything alone. They both are ignoring God in their everyday struggles. Thankfully, it doesn't end there. *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.