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Walking on Broken Glass

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  1,840 Ratings  ·  235 Reviews
Leah Thornton's life, like her Southern Living home, has great curb appeal. But a paralyzing encounter with a can of frozen apple juice in the supermarket shatters the faCade, forcing her to admit that all is not as it appears. When her best friend gets in Leah's face about her refusal to deal with her life, Leah is forced to make an agonizing decision. Can she sacrifice w ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published September 1st 2009)
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Karen Fowler
Dec 28, 2011 Karen Fowler rated it it was amazing
I finally selected a new book to read- Walking On Broken Glass, by Christa Allen. Originally, I added the book to my samples pile in my Kindle because I adored the cover. I didn’t even know what the novel was about. I’m quirky like that sometimes. 

I downloaded the ebook months ago after seeing it offered as an Amazon freebie, even though the subject matter isn’t one that I generally gravitate towards. You see, the crux of this novel is Alcoholism. More specifically, it’s the story of one woman’s
Aug 24, 2010 Kaye rated it did not like it
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Nov 27, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing
When I opened this book to read, “If I had known children break on the inside and the cracks don’t surface until years later, I would have been more careful with my words…” I was instantly captured.

I continued to read, soaking in Christa’s words shared through Leah, stopping to read them aloud to my husband. And then calling my friends to read them aloud again. It was Leah’s journal entries throughout the book that often jarred me out of my comfort zone, calling for my empathy as this character
Mar 28, 2012 Sharon rated it it was ok
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Suzanne Williams
Jan 14, 2012 Suzanne Williams rated it really liked it
This is a powerful book. I've never drank alcohol or lost a child and yet I saw so much of myself in this character's insecurities and fears. I've battled fear, felt its grip hold me captive, and had to determine to crawl my way out. I know the extreme dedication you have to have remain free. For me, this book is thought provoking. I never thought I'd say that about a fiction story. But it's a testament, really, to the author's abilities. Her use of first person makes it a candid read, like you ...more
May 31, 2011 Wonderkell rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
3.5 stars

This was a great read. It has truly some of the most beautiful lines I've read. It is, however, a very Christian book. I'm not religious, so I have trouble relating with the whole "put your fate in God's hands" thing. But it wasn't too overpowering, at least not until towards the end. I just think it fair that people know thebook is like this up front.
The only other issue I had was that some of the issues brought up in the book, very important ones, were just not dealt with at all. One
Sheri Freeland
Feb 16, 2013 Sheri Freeland rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I started reading it, but I became curious about alchoholism and rehab told in a Christian fiction format. I thought Ms. Allan did a very good job explaining Leah Thornton's journey of discovering why she had become an alchoholic and how the AA program ministers to those recovering from it. I felt the book ended a bit prematurely with no resolution to the main character's issues but maybe that was her point. Even though I am not an alcoholic I do ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it
The very readable story of a young alchoholic housewife who is dealing with recovery and a damaged marriage. The main character is very approachable, familiar and as a sense of humor. This topic was interesting to me as I have a family member who is dealing with alchoholism, and found it informative as to the thought processes that someone in this situation must be going through. It is written from a Christian perspective, which I appreciated. But I don't think a reader for whom this is not a pr ...more
Feb 16, 2012 Bullcbull rated it it was amazing
I as a southern women think that this is a book every women should have to love honor and hand out to every friend and family member who is struggling watching someone they care about struggle with life lessons I am now rereading sections ive bookmarked and plan to start on Christa Allans next book about secrets and love in New Orleans those that know me will know why both these books will be in my top 10 for years to come.
Walking on Broken Glass was incredible. I haven't reviewed such an honest and insightful novel in years. Having worked in several rehabs in the past I can attest to the fact that this author has done her research. She has masterfully captured the heart of someone who has had so much pain in her life that she did whatever was necessary to deaden the pain. Without the Lord, however, that usually ends up manifested in self-destructive behavior, such as addiction. I loved how the author showed clear ...more
Jul 27, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Christa Allan
Publisher: Abingdon Press
February 2010
ISBN: 978-1-426-70227-3
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Leah Thornton’s life got derailed in front of the frozen apple juice in the supermarket. Leaving her groceries, Leah leaves the store only to be confronted by a friend that she is a drunk, her life is out of control, and she needs to get help before its too late. But Leah is coping the best she knows how after the premature death of her daughter.

Jennifer AlLee
Jan 26, 2010 Jennifer AlLee rated it it was amazing
Leah Thornton drinks to numb herself against a life that's too painful to feel. She doesn't acknowledge how serious her problem is until her best friend has the guts to confront her with it. Leah's husband, Carl, is living in an alternate reality of his own. He thinks she's overreacting when she says she's checking herself into rehab. But Leah's determined to follow through, and Carl reluctantly goes along with it.

If this sound like a heavy, mirthless book, it's not. Yes, it's a serious subject.
To be honest, I'm not sure if I liked this or not. I rated it 4 stars because the writing style is beautiful. The story was edgy, something I feel is lacking in Christian fiction, and it kept my interest (I read it through in a few days).

Here's the reason I'm not sure I liked it:

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Dec 31, 2012 Grace rated it liked it
Author: Christa Allan
Title: Walking on Broken Glass
Description: Leah deals with her dysfunctional marriage and the loss of her baby by drinking. At the opening of this novel, she decides that she can’t spend the rest of her life drunk, and she makes the decision to check herself into a rehab center. This book centers on Leah’s rehab program and what happens when she returns home.
Review source: Free on kindle
Plot: Nothing is contrived or easy here. Leah’s relationship with her husband is teeterin
Gayle Beveridge
Sep 14, 2013 Gayle Beveridge rated it liked it
I began this book with mixed feelings and questioned during the first chapter, if I would continue with it all, but continue I did and was glad of it.

This is the story of Leah, an alcoholic, and although it focused on her struggle against alcoholism I thought the true theme was her journey to self awareness. I found Leah to be captivating as her story progressed and we shared her thoughts. Her husband Carl, although a victim of his own past, was detestable; I felt real anger towards him. These w
Beth Peninger
Jul 06, 2011 Beth Peninger rated it really liked it
I had a hard time putting down this book when I needed to and a really hard time not thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. This is Allan's first novel but you would never know with how well written it is and how good of a developed story she presents.
Leah is a closet alcoholic. Her husband likes her drunk better than sober and everyone else just accepts her being "tipsy" a lot of the time. Everyone, that is, except her best friend Molly. Molly confronts Leah one day and Leah accepts the c
Dec 03, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
My second read by this author. This time a subject totally different but still one that many don't know a lot about. This time a woman who seems to have it all, but she finds that she is having a problem at the super market and then her best friend forces her to deal with a problem with her life, she is an alcoholic. She upsets her husband and entire family when she decides she is going to do something about it. And there are so many things that happen after she does just that....her life is sti ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Marilyn rated it really liked it
I suppose we all know of someone fighting with the demon of addiction. This book brings to light just how innocently this can happen, via a school teacher named Leah Thornton, after loosing her baby girl to SIDS. I can only imagine how devastating it would be to loose a child. Leah, during this time frame also becomes distant from sexual advances made by her husband.

But, as with all addictions, one drink lead to eventually daily drinking, and tipping back more than one, or two drinks. As in mos
Myra Johnson
Jan 21, 2010 Myra Johnson rated it it was amazing
Christa Allan's story of a woman's journey through alcohol addiction and the healing of a seriously troubled marriage is one that snags you from the first page. Leah Thornton and her husband, Carl, are striving in their own ways to deal with the loss of their infant daughter. Their personal histories only complicate the healing process, and when Leah commits herself to a rehab facility, her eyes are finally opened to truths about herself, her husband, and the parts their respective families have ...more
Christy Lockstein
Jan 25, 2010 Christy Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan is a stunning debut novel that will leave readers breathless. Leah Thornton conceivably has everything: handsome husband, big house, successful career as a teacher, credit cards without limit, but it has all come at a heavy cost. Standing in the grocery store, looking at the apple juice, she becomes overwhelmed by all of the choices and is forced to acknowledge her growing alcohol addiction. She checks into rehab, despite her husband's angry manipulations ...more
Tamara Epps
Feb 10, 2012 Tamara Epps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and found the story and characters engaging, interesting and informative. Perhaps that's not what you expect from most books, but to me it was the perfect mix. I did find that the focus on God was a little heavy at times for my personal preferance, but for the most part it did not interfere with the story, and helped me understand things about the characters and how they relate to one another.

I liked the journal entries throughout the first half of the story which are
Dec 17, 2012 Jaclyn rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this book because its subject (alcoholism) hits really close to home for me in many ways. I really enjoyed the inside look at being in a 28-day treatment center, though I don't personally know how accurate Allan's descriptions of it were. There were funny parts, serious parts, and sad parts, and overall it was a good book. However, like many others, the ending was so abrupt and felt rushed. I won't spoil it, but I just felt it could have been more fleshed out. I felt kind of che ...more
Tiffany Wacaser
May 18, 2012 Tiffany Wacaser rated it it was ok
This isn't a book I normally read. Leah, a suburban teacher, with everything perfect on the surface, struggles with alcoholism. A close friend convinces her to go to rehab. I thought the description of Leah struggling with the root cause of her alcoholism was interesting. I do think though the character was a little too wise at the end of the book. She seemed far too put together, and committed to recovery after her 30 day stint in rehab. But then again, I've never been in rehab, so what do I kn ...more
Tabitha Whitson
Feb 26, 2013 Tabitha Whitson rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. I loved Leah's snark. The conflicts in the book are things we can all relate to - not so much Leah's alcoholism but Carl's absolute refusal to deal with it. The book has characters you love to love (Leah, Molly, everyone at rehab, Leah's dad) and those you love to hate (her in-laws mainly). The ending left a bit to be desired - it left me hoping for a sequel. Do Leah and Carl make it? Is it really over as she feared or will that one little ray of hope at the end save them? (Tho ...more
Julie Gillies
Feb 27, 2012 Julie Gillies rated it it was amazing
This absosrbing story introduces us to Leah, a grieving mom, quietly miserable wife, and highly-functioning alcoholic. Leah's best friend pointedly confronts her drinking and ultimately convinces Leah to voluntarily admit herself into a rehab center.

We not only watch, but feel Leah's thought-provoking, compelling journey toward truth and freedom from alcohol. Along the way, Leah discovers the freedom to speak up, set boundaries, and regain not only her life, but her soul.

Christa Allan's colorfu
Jo-anne Clough
Jan 26, 2010 Jo-anne Clough rated it it was amazing
The story of Leah,her battle to overcome the bottle, and find God again is a heartwarming story. With humor and anger, Leah approaches her sobriety. The story will captivate you. It is a first book for the author, Christa Allan, and one that you don't want to miss.
Will Leah triumph over addiction??? Wiss she face the demons that drive her to the bottle? Will she find Leah hidden inside herself?
Will she forgive God and will she find He is forgiving? This is a Christian book that takes you into t
Sep 22, 2012 Marliss rated it really liked it
Christa Allan takes us up-close-and-personal into the story of an alcoholic. Not one that you might see on the street, but a suburban housewife. There are probably more of those than ones on the street, if the truth be told.

Leah goes to a 30-day in-patient treatment, and begins to recover. It is a hard process, but she is determined. I really liked this book because it is realistic. There are no easy answers to addiction of any kind.

It is also a well-written book. The situations and characters
Dec 21, 2009 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I really enjoyed this book. As the child of a recovering alcoholic, I could relate to the feelings Leah's loved ones were dealing with as she was entering her life of sobriety. It was also eye opening for me to "see" alcoholism from the alcoholic's point of view. I fell in love with Leah instantly and cheered for her from beginning to end. This story was well written and the characters were well developed. Only thing I'd change? The ending. Read it and I'll bet you'll agree.
Aug 13, 2012 Leticia rated it really liked it
Great book that I couldn't put down...right up until the last chapter. Probably because I just didn't agree with the way it ended. If it weren't for the (in my own opinion) underwhelming ending, this book would have gotten five stars from me. The rest of it was just fantastic and I'd still recommend it to someone to read. I'm not much of a fan of Christian-heavy fiction but this was one book that I could look past it and actually enjoy.
Valerie Cooper
Dec 03, 2012 Valerie Cooper rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book & following Leah on her journey of self-discovery. As someone who has been married to the same man for 22 years, it was interesting to me how thy dynamic of the marriage had to change as she changed. No one is the same person in their 40's that they were in their 20's. Good book!
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A true Southern woman who knows that any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day,Christa writes stories with heart, humor and hope. Her novels include: Walking on Broken Glass, Threads of Hope, The Edge of Grace, Test of Faith, All They Want for Christmas.

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