The Glass Angel

Unlocking your Potential. A guide to freedom, peace, transformation and growth.

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
176 Pages
Reviewed on 08/22/2022
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Christina Foxwell grew up as the daughter of a Pentecostal minister in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Molested by a family member at a tender age, she struggled with issues of low self-esteem, anxiety, and lack of self-belief for her entire adolescent years, compounded by an ultra-conservative upbringing that prohibited her from fully expressing herself. Through The Glass Angel: Unlocking your Potential, a memoir/self-help guidebook, she uses her life experiences and knowledge as a successful performance and transformational coach to provide readers with valuable insights to lead a fulfilling life filled with love and compassion. Divided into three parts, the book contains an allegorical tale about two Alchemy Angels, her own life story, and tools for readers to heal from trauma and PTSD. She firmly believes that acceptance and love must first come from within before you expect it from the world.

The Glass Angel is an inspirational memoir that offers some universal truths that people from any section of society will find relatable. At times Christina Foxwell's story is heartbreaking, yet showcases the resilient spirit of humans that helped her survive domestic violence, PTSD, and multiple dysfunctional relationships and set her on the path to healing and forgiveness. She recounts how she managed to navigate the struggles life laid out for her as someone growing up in unjustifiable shame and humiliation and later as a single mother trying to raise a child after a failed relationship. Christina's story is an inspiration and an example of how people always have the inner tools to overcome adversity. Highly recommended.

Essien Asian

Tehilah the beautiful angel loses her wings through no fault of her own but carries the scars of that horrifying loss within her. It molds her and redefines the person she becomes into a completely unrecognized entity. She becomes Shabina, an accomplished warrior without equal. This transformation comes at a price. Shabina continues to feel incomplete until a meeting with the interesting angel Ahava changes all this. Christina Foxwell uses this story to draw parallels with her life in her moving new book titled The Glass Angel. Born into a devout Christian home, she battles with feelings of low self-worth and suicidal thoughts as well as the despair that comes with multiple marriages yet no change in her personal development. Until she sees a light in the darkness and grasps salvation.

The Glass Angel by Christina Foxwell is a motivational autobiography that enlightens you on the unimaginable ordeal she passed through at the hands of the men in her life. Her accounts are moving and thought-provoking. She is not lenient on herself but instead scrutinizes her decision-making thoroughly. Her explanations carry both the naivete associated with past incidents and alternatives to how she could have handled herself at the time. This book is a guide and a light to the millions of women and men going through similar struggles, believing they are alone. The strategies outlined very clearly in this book will light your path to peace and personal growth. The Glass Angel could not have arrived at a better time.

Alma Boucher

Christina Foxwell was molested by a family member at the age of five. She felt dirty and ashamed. This shame directed her journey as she developed coping behaviors to feel better. Her lack of forgiveness kept her locked away in fear and guilt. She had to accept the violation to herself and forgive the person. She felt there was something about her that was not worthy of love and belonging. The molestation made her aware of sexuality without realizing it. Being violated at a young age created behaviors that caused a deepening of Christina’s shame and judgment of herself. She and the neighbor’s twin boys were found out while playing and examining each other bodies. Her father was ashamed of her, and she felt bad. She felt she had created shame for her family, and she was not good enough. Christina talks about her journey to forgiveness and healing in The Glass Angel.

The Glass Angel by Christina Foxwell is Christina’s life story. It was interesting and exciting the way she started her story. I was intrigued from the beginning. I wanted to know if she would come to a point in her life where she will know and experience that she is more than good enough. The pace was slow enough to remember everything and to keep me on the edge of my seat. She highlighted important statements throughout the chapters. I learned from her that forgiveness is very important. There is so much information that can be used in my life or that I can use to help someone. At the back of the book, she describes the difference between being a rescuer and a supporter and there are practice sheets for the reader to engage with.

Foluso Falaye

Growing up in South Africa, Christina E. Foxwell was stuck in a world of people pleasing as a Christian minister's daughter. Unfortunately, this unhealthy lifestyle remained with her as an adult and led her into some traumatic situations. Thankfully, Christina's story includes a moment of healing and learning from past mistakes, which was initiated by a great deal of soul-searching and deep reflection. The Glass Angel depicts Christina E. Foxwell's struggle with people pleasing and self esteem issues, which sprung from an overly religious upbringing and affected her through marriage, divorce, motherhood, and a big part of her early adulthood years. Though she suffered domestic abuse and suicidal acts, Christina made it through her darkest times, and she hopes to inspire readers with both her poignant true story and her magical, illustrative narrative in The Glass Angel.

Profoundly inspiring, moving, and shocking at the same time, The Glass Angel leaves readers with a deep appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit even in the most trying times. Though it was seriously infuriating to read about the abusive actions, I was happy to see Christina heal and move on. Reading the book aloud and meditating on the healing, inspiring words will help readers reach a state of abundance, self-love, and happiness. One good example is, "I needed ​to own and release my pain. I needed to forgive." You will not only learn from the stories but also benefit from the practical guidelines and suggestions in the book. The Glass Angel is a source of hope for women and men who experienced or still suffer hardship and unhealthy expectations, especially at the hands of loved ones. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone in an unhealthy relationship.

Philip Van Heusen

Choice is a gift! As you travel your life's journey, you will learn how powerful and influential choice is. The Glass Angel: Unlocking your Potential by Christina Foxwell is divided into three parts: 1) the story of the Glass Angel, 2) Christina’s story of change, and 3) practical tools to help you change and grow. The story about the glass angel is fascinating and eye-opening. Significant points from the story include the fact that we are meant to be a community and support each other. We need to learn to be comfortable in our perfect imperfections. After Christina shares the story of the glass angel, she relates her personal journey, which is both inspiring and motivating. Christina was able to make the journey to wholeness, which will encourage others to follow. The best news is she shares practical exercises to help the reader on their journey. We all need to find a faithful friend to be with us, provide insights, and allow us to choose our journey as we feel loved.

By the time the reader gets to the third division of The Glass Angel by Christina Foxwell, they are ready to do the work of changing. One of the first steps to wholeness is learning how to reframe life. Instead of seeing the past and its pain as the enemy, realize that all that has happened works together to make you the person you are meant to be. Take some time to learn your core values and why you have them. Next, investigate the lies that hinder you and replace them with the truth. The truth will free you. Learn to love yourself and then embrace the real you. If these ideas resonate with you, then you will love this book and who it will help you become. This book contains many more practices, including recognizing emotions. If you have ever felt the hurt of rejection or felt unloved, this book is for you. If you are alive, this book is for you.