Book Review: Invisible

15 Mar

671685_w185Cafe owner Ellyn DeMoss seeks protection from pain behind extra pounds. So why is a handsome widower attracted to her? Abandoning her family, Sabina Jackson comes to Northern California to heal. But is she doing more hiding than healing? And Twila Boaz once wanted to disappear. Now she wants to conquer her eating disorder. Will she succeed?

010_0340T1From The Author’s Website —

Meet Ginny Yttrup 

The opportunity to write is the fulfillment of a life-long dream. Words were my salvation as a child, until I met my true Savior, the Word. Through the tumultuous years of my childhood, I lost myself in the stories I read. There, in the world of fiction, I escaped the trauma I faced and found a place of safety and rest. Today, I enjoy the gift of combining my two loves—I write words that, I pray, reflect the glory of Jesus Christ.

As I write, speak, and work as a life coach, my prayer is that God will use my words to replace the lies so many believe about themselves with the truth of His unconditional love and grace. To see someone grasp, perhaps for the first time, the truth of God’s love, is truly an honor. Through a relationship with the Truth, Jesus Christ, the bonds of shame are loosed and freedom abounds!

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my two college-age sons or with friends. If I can spend time outdoors with those I love, it’s even better. And I thoroughly adore my dog, Bear. (I’ll let you in on a secret–Bear has a starring role in my fourth novel and he’s on Twitter. Follow him –@bearyttrup.)

My Impressions:

In just 3 books, Ginny Yttrup has become one of my favorite authors. I first read Ginny’s strong debut Words, a book fellow blogger WV Stitcher sent me (thanks Brenda!). Then a few months ago I read Lost and Found, another winner with a powerful message. Invisible is Yttrup’s latest novel due to be released in April, and I think it is my favorite so far. Ginny takes complicated issues of faith and life and weaves them into a story filled with believable characters, vivid settings and spiritual truths. Her personal reading choices are evident as well. In Invisible, each chapter is introduced by a quote from St. Augustine — a technique I loved and looked forward to with each new chapter.

Four characters lend their voices and perspectives to Invisible. Ellyn is a cafe owner with body image problems, Twila is a young woman who has battled anorexia, Sabina is a haunted counselor who has come to the small, quiet town to hide. Each woman knows what it’s like to want to be invisible. The past continues to impact their present — from negative voices to rejection by a parent to unresolved guilt and shame.  Miles lends the fourth voice. He is a man of great character and faith who intersects each woman’s life.

One of the themes throughout the novel is the concept of man being made in the image of God and our personal inability to accept that along with the world’s own skewed beliefs on the matter. Ginny hit me right where I lived with this one. After a year of changing my eating habits and losing a considerable amount of weight, I still see the old me in the mirror. Invisible helped open my eyes to the way God sees me — a beautiful creation that reflects His image.

Invisible is a wonderful novel, whatever your struggle may be. It is insightful, engaging and, above all else, a very well-told story.

Highly Recommended.

(Thanks to B&H Publishers and NetGalley for an ebook of Invisible. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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