A Review of Glenn Beck’s Book, The Snow Angel
I had the opportunity to read The Snow Angel this week, published in 2011 by Mercury Radio Arts (Simon and Schuster, NY). I am glad that I did and enjoyed the story very much. It is a story of an abusive home and, subsequently, of an abusive marriage. In it, we meet Rachel, the daughter of a drunken, abusive mother whose father was, as Beck describes him, “powerless before the one he loved.” The Snow Angel is a story of awakening from the dark, deceptive, denial of abuse and of redemption from it. The Bible is mentioned, as is the church (though which church is not specified), and Rachel’s pastor’s wife turns out to be one of the key players in Rachel’s life. Christ and His redemption through the cross is never mentioned however – which is a shame, as He is our ultimate and only true Redeemer and Savior. Ironically, much of the story occurs at Christmas time.
While The Snow Angel has some very excellent insights into the mentality and tactics of abuse, and of the terrible effects upon its victims and is certainly worth reading, it has two serious weaknesses which I think most people knowledgeable of abuse will identify. They are:
- The very dangerous and less-than-wise manner in which Rachel ultimately confronts her abuser. In real life, her method would be very likely to result in death or very serious injury.
- An unrealistic, fantasy-ending which presents the victim as completely freed, off to live happily ever after with her daughter, never to be meddled with or persecuted by her abuser again.
The ending may cause most people to shed a tear, but victims of abuse who have left their abusers, especially if they have children, will readily see the fiction in all of it. And we certainly would not recommend that victims follow the method Rachel does in confronting her abuser. It would be a formula for disaster in many real-life cases.