Sometimes—oftentimes—what we see on the outside contradicts completely the chaos brewing within. But back then, I had no idea how deeply true this was for my friend.
Until one day, she told me: My husband’s addicted to crack.
I blinked, my mind struggling to make sense of what I’d just heard. Crack? In our circle? Our conservative Christian circle? I suppose I thought addiction happened to someone else, someone in poverty or raised in a crime-infested neighborhood. But Christian families? Marriages in the church?
Because the sad truth is, no one is immune to addiction. Watching my sweet friend, a devoted wife and mother, struggle to survive, to find God in the mess her life had become—the mess her husband had thrust her into—I saw an even more insidious force.
The force that threatens to destroy us all, if given the slightest opportunity.
I was reminded of something Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NLT).
This thread became a central theme in Breaking Free. The novel begins with two people, a husband and a wife, who are rapidly self-destructing. But even as they slip further into self-destruction and a web of lies and deceit, we see their ever-faithful Savior beckoning them to Himself. He’s not calling them to fight but rather to surrender.
Because that’s true freedom and strength is found.
The question is, will Alice and Trent turn to the only One who can save them, and will it be in time to save their marriage?
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?
Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and devotions for Internet Café Devotions, the group blog, Faith-filled Friends, and her personal blog. She also does content editing for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas’ Firefly imprint, and loves working with authors who are serious about pursuing their calling. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
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