I’m a recovering alcoholic, and by God’s grace, have not had a drink for over twenty years. I invited God back into my life because of AA, not in spite of it. As I grew in my faith and in my recovery, I realized how many Christian families suffer in silence. Having a faith life doesn’t exempt us from the world’s problems; in fact, those problems can test it all the more.
Addictions are the big elephants in the room we don’t talk about. But we all know they exist. So, what’s someone to do who’s immersed in these challenges? I wanted to reassure women and families struggling with addiction that they’re not alone, that there’s a loving and compassion God who cares about them and His grace will be sufficient for them. I wanted to remove the façade that often hinders real recovery. And to show that sometimes friendship requires that we do what is difficult, and that is risking the relationship to bring someone to truth.
And even though Walking on Broken Glass focuses on Leah Thorton’s struggle with alcohol, it’s really a story of anyone struggling with a stronghold. So, if there’s something that controls us-drugs, gambling, sex, shopping, gossiping, power control, need for attention-then we need to take a look at our lives and ask, “Why?”
My tagline is “stories of unscripted grace” and that grew from my realization that our lives don’t always follow the scripts we’ve expected and, as a result, we sometimes find ourselves frustrated, lonely, confused, angry. We think God’s abandoned us, when-ironically-we may be following God’s script for our lives, and His grace will sustain us “Good” Christian families aren’t immune to the world, but once we admit we have a problem, we can be healed by God.
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 weaves serious stories with threads of hope, humor, and heart. She contributes to Writer…Interrupted and Afictionado, the e-zine of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her essays have been published in Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Divorced Soul. Christa is the mother of five adult children, a grandmother of three, and a teacher of high school English. She and her husband Ken live in Abita Springs, Louisiana, where they and their three cats enjoy their time between dodging hurricanes. Christa’s latest book is Walking on Broken Glass which you can purchase at Amazon.
You can visit Christa’s website at www.christaallan.com.