Monday, January 31, 2011

"WORDS" by Ginny Yttrup

List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: B&H Books (February 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1433671700
ISBN-13: 978-1433671708

Words by debut author Ginny Yttrup is a poignant tale woven from her true-life experiences.

Ginny Yttrup: "I was sexually abused by an an authority figure in my life for over a dozen years of my childhood. For years I struggled with God, telling Him I didn't want to be the poster child for the sexually abused. But as I took my eyes off myself and instead focused on Him, my heart softened and I surrendered to His plan--whatever that may be. Part of the plan, I know, was to write this book--it is a means of sharing God's hope, mercy, and grace with others and to let abuse survivors know that they'll not only survive, but they can also thrive!

Ginny is an accomplished freelance writer, speaker and life coach who also ministers to women wounded by sexual trauma. Her blogs include Fiction Creator, My Daily Light, and Crossings Life Coaching. Ginny is available to speak to groups and can be reached at

My Review:

WORDS, by Ginny L. Yttrup, is the story of ten-year-old Kaylee Wren who doesn’t speak. In fact, she hasn’t talked since her drug-addicted mother walked away, leaving her in the care of a dangerous and evil man in a forest cabin surrounded by towering redwood trees. Silence becomes her refuge while in this man’s ‘care,’ and she uses the dictionary her mother left behind to occupy her time.

Sierra Dawn is a thirty-four-year-old artist who lives alone after losing her daughter, Annie, at birth. She allows the shame of her past to silence her dreams and hopes, and attempts to control her pain by controlling her circumstances. Her dog, Van Gogh, is one of her comforts, as well as her friend, Ruby and her husband. She does not think of God as her friend. However, on the twelfth anniversary of her daughter’s death, she finds that God has not forgotten her and her deceased daughter. His plans would change her life and the life of a little girl! Oh, and the life of Dr. Peter Langstrom!

Ginny uses alternate points of view with each chapter of the book, leaving you privy to the inside thoughts and feelings of the main characters. The depth of each character is richly developed and exposed, reaching deeply into your own psyche and emotions. Their feelings become yours, as you live through the pain of their lives. Some of the interactions are heart-wrenching to the bone, while others give you glimpses of success and breakthroughs.

The way that Kaylee learned to cope through her circumstances is typical for children. Adults try to cope as well, only with different means, such as busyness, TV, alcohol, drugs, etc. It’s through the prayers of friends and family that Sierra once again entrusts her life into the Lord’s hands. She in turn shows the way of healing freedom to Kaylee through the use of words, finding the True Word—Jesus Christ.

I found Ginny’s book to be an insightful story for people dealing with children (and adults) who have suffered childhood abuse at the hands of others. You will find the tender mercies of the Lord shining through.