Hey, readers! If you’ve seen past posts on the blog, you may remember reading about bestselling author Gina Holmes and her beautifully poignant new novel, Wings of Glass. This month on Tyndale’s Book Club Hub, Wings of Glass is our pick for an engaging read for those looking to spur discussion during their book groups. Wings of Glass deals with difficult topics, like emotional and physical abuse, with such eloquent grace that you’ll be drawn to these dynamic women’s tales as they weave throughout the story. Below, hear from Gina as she speaks on Wings of Glass and the impact it’s had on her and her readers alike.
I’ve heard your writing referred to as “self-help fiction.” What does that mean, and why is it called that?
To me, the best novels don’t just entertain; they leave me changed—and that’s what I always aim for when I’m writing. In my own life, I’ve come through a lot of trials, a lot of heartache, and reading great nonfiction books has helped me heal. I think fiction can work to change our thinking and show us new viewpoints that we hadn’t thought of in the same way nonfiction can. Jesus taught in parables, and a good story can teach lessons in the same way. Sometimes it’s hard for us to look at our own lives objectively and pinpoint where our thinking may be off, but it’s much easier looking at a friend’s life and seeing where theirs is. That’s what good characters and stories can do for us—help us see through a “friend” what we haven’t been able to see in ourselves.
How do you expect Penny’s story to resonate with women?
I think the three main female characters in this book will look familiar to all women. Most of us have someone in our lives we’ve tried to talk sense into and couldn’t. Most of us have been in a relationship where our friends saw red flags love made us blind to. Every woman I know has a deep desire to love and be loved. To forgive and think the best of the person who holds her heart.
In your writing career, what are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of Wings of Glass. It was a hard book to write because it is so exposing of things I’ve witnessed, and by nature I’m a private person who doesn’t like to share my past. I know it’s something I should do, and writing about subject matters like domestic violence and giving interviews like this allow me to work on that. Sharing our testimony of what we’ve come through really speaks hope to others still in the midst of trials. God has done a miracle in my life and then has given me the gift of storytelling to maybe be a small part of someone else’s miracle. That’s so humbling and amazing.
What is the best advice or encouragement that you have received?
I love getting reader letters. The biggest encouragement has been from folks who’ve read one of my books and it changed their thinking, allowed them to finally forgive or be less afraid or more understanding.
Reader thoughts on Wings of Glass
“Wings of Glass is a powerful, can’t-put-down novel, so real that it reads like a memoir.”
Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author
“Holmes handles the topic of domestic abuse with grace and compassion. All of the characters are well developed and real. You’ll be sorry to see the story end, because it is so honest and mesmerizing.”
Romantic Times, Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars
See more reader reactions on the Wings of Glass Goodreads page.
Wings of Glass is a wonderful novel for discussion and deep, thought-provoking dialogue. This week only (April 21–April 27), download the e-book version for only $3.99!
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