Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Words By Ginny L. Yttrup
Publisher: B&H Books
Summary: "I collect words. I keep them in a box in my mind. I'd like to keep them in a real box, something pretty, maybe a shoe box covered with flowered wrapping paper. Whenever I wanted, I'd open the box and pick up the papers, reading and feeling the words all at once. Then I could hide the box. But the words are safer in my mind. There, he can't take them."
Ten-year old Kaylee Wren doesn't speak. Not since her drug-addled mother walked away, leaving her in a remote cabin nestled in the towering redwoods-in the care of a man who is as dangerous as he is evil. With silence her only refuge, Kaylee collects words she might never speak from the only memento her mother left behind: a dictionary.
Sierra Dawn is thirty-four, an artist, and alone. She has allowed the shame of her past to silence her present hopes and chooses to bury her pain by trying to control her circumstances. But on the twelfth anniversary of her daughter's death, Sierra's control begins to crumble as the God of her childhood woos her back to Himself.
Brought together by Divine design, Kaylee and Sierra will discover together the healing mercy of the Word-Jesus Christ.
My Review: When I started this book, I knew that it is considered Christan fiction / contemporary, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The first thing I thought of was, oh I hope this book isn't anything like The Shack. I've read that book, and did not enjoy it whatsoever, so I was really hoping that this would be different. And let me tell you that Words is NOTHING like The Shack. Yes, Words is about about finding God and understanding how He works and finding the truth and therefore freedom through Jesus, but it was done differently.
Words is about Kaylee, a 10 year old whose mother left her in the hands of a dangerous man. Kaylee doesnt speak, she just collects words. Also, Sierra, a 34 year old who is grieving the death of her daughter 12 years ago. The two complete strangers who have lived very different lives are brought together on the anniversary of a death, and together they will learn some of their life long secrets.
Honestly, I could not put this book down, though at times I wanted to because my emotoions were all over the place. Reading the story and seeing the pain and hurt Kaylee has been through, though never really graphic was difficult.
Everything about Words, the story and the characters is believable and honest and because of that you will feel so much toward the characters. You will feel sorry for Kaylee and you'll want to save her from the nightmare that is her life. You will feel strong for Sierra and will her to do the right things and choose the right path.
Yttrup is writing at it's best, she is phenomenal, and this heart-wrenching book will pull at all of your emotions.