Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Exposed by Ashley Weis

Ashley Weis
Exposed, a novel
Buy HERE. 

Allyson Graham, marriage counselor and lover of love, lived a life of romance few could imagine. Until her husband's secret addiction stared at her from the computer screen. Will she be able to forgive the man who lied to her all of those precious years?

Follow her painful story alongside the heartbreaking story of Taylor Adams, a young girl searching for her worth in the world. As Allyson struggles to forgive her husband for lying about his addiction, Taylor naively falls into the same self-destructive industry and discovers that the attention and fun is nothing like she thought it would be.

Discover the hearts of these two women as they search for beauty after the rain.

Gina's Review:

There is something so powerful about a book told by someone who has lived through the devastation of a marriage upheaved by a spouse's porn addiction. In trying to understand the sin, Ashley does a wonderful job at getting inside the skin of the victims on both side of this troubling but very real fence. Ashley Weis takes us where few in Christian fiction dare to tread. She addresses every woman's nightmare with frankness, truth and love. Her style is clean and efficient, her story line, powerful. Weis shows that hope can shine just as brilliantly among the neon of the sex industry as it does through a stained glass church window. Anyone who claims that Christian fiction is pat and irrelevant hasn't read this novel.

I recommend this book to men and women who struggle with porn addiction or love someone who has. In no way does this novel glorify or accept the sin. It simply offers grace, compassion and the hope of restoration and redemption.


Nicole said...

Brave. Sounds essential. Bravo to Ashley.

Laura L. Kirk said...

I totally understand the argument Tess Garritsen makes regarding the offensive word. I know that today's Christian fiction has come a long way in more suitably meeting the needs of its readers, yet I too am the mother of a mentally challenged child, and, I have to say, it would probably offend and hurt (not anger) me as well, and I'll explain why.

The difference in using the words (as Tess put it) chink, whore, gook is that individuals who would be personally offended by these slurs have the mental capability of defending themselves or at least the ability to choose to consider the source. They have the where-with-all to stand up for their rights, and are then able to stand on their own merit.

The mentally handicapped community does not have that opportunity or ability. It has actually long been part of an official medical diagnosis for them. So, when the word retarded is included in a work of fiction, it is like a slap in the face of a parent who already lives with daily (figurative) slaps in the face. I'm pretty sure I would find myself wishing the phrase had been omitted if I indeed ran up on it while trying to escape into a world apart from my daily challenges and those of my child. Isn't that why we read fiction? To escape for a while.

Please, take a moment to look at the following website that is part of a national movement to change people's perception and misconceptions about the "R" word.


To parents and loved ones of a mentally challenged child or adult child, calling them retarded equals kicking a dog when he's down.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.