No matter what your size, there is a reason to connect with this book. "Invisible" by Ginny L. Yttrup is a novel about three women and a man who are connected through there body image, physical health, and emotional trauma. Allyn is an overweight middle aged bachelorette who owns and cooks in her restaurant. Sabina, is a psychiatrist on sabbatical who is battling depression and probably a good case of post traumatic stress disorder. Twila is an anorexic woman in her mid-twenties who works in a health foods store. And finally we have the good doctor, Miles, who is the connection of the three.
The book is arranged so that each chapter is a first person telling of the four main characters. Each character has a distinctive voice that is undeniably their own. The characters are detailed and well written. Mostly, the plot is the telling of each person's image and association with God. This is a great book. I received this book for free from Handlebar Publishing.
Invisible by Ginny Yttrup is a fictional novel that focuses on the lives of three different individuals as they struggle with various issues. One lady is hiding behind her weight, another is recovering from an eating disorder and another is hiding something. Yttrup does a great job of seamlessly weaving these characters and their issues into the novel. The women are drawn together and begin to realize that they have their worth found in Christ, their Creator.
Invisible from Ginny Yttrup is a wonderful and rich story of the lives of three women and the God that loves them wonderfully. Each woman in the story has her own reason for wanting to feel "invisible" but most of it stems from shame. The story weaves together the healing that only God can give through His mercy and love and through the people He places in our path.
It is important to know that the book is written in first person, present tense. Which I must admit I really enjoyed. It draws you in so intimately to the core of each character. The chapters are unique to the voice of the characters and labelled well. Yttrup did an excellent job of making it easy for the reader to flow into the next mindset. Well-done!
I found the pace a little slow at first as the stage was set for each character and the beginning of their arcs. Yet, once I found myself in each of their skins it read smoother for me. The depth of the characters and their struggles drew me in deeper as the pages turned. Their growing friendship and developing faith journeys were enlightening to me and attended to some of my dry soul spots as well.
A fantastic read. A refreshing and inspiring message. A hopeful gift!
Be sure to check out Invisible.
Thanks to HandelBar Publishing for proving me a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
Invisible, by Ginny L. Yttrup, is a novel that leads the reader through the lives of three women who would prefer to blend into the background. Each one has a significant reason, a situation that many readers can relate to, making it personal for those who may be going through similar situations.
This book was not what I originally expected. At first, I had a difficult time with the first person and the constant change of character. Nonetheless, this book is a recommended read for those who would rather become invisible to the world than become the person God intended them to be.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
Sabina Jackson -- tall, slender, and exotic -- left her husband, young adult daughters, and a thriving counseling practice to spend a year in Northern California where she says she's come to heal. But it seems to Ellyn that Sabina's doing more hiding than healing. What's she hiding from? Is it God?
Twila Boaz has come out of hiding and is working to gain back the pounds she lost when her only goal was to disappear. When her eating disorder is triggered again, though she longs to hide, she instead follows God and fights for her own survival. But will she succeed?
As these women's lives intertwine, their eyes open to the glory within each of them as they begin to recognize themselves as being created in God's image.
First off just look at the cover, the title has a bit of transparency to it, giving you the feeling that it is trying to be invisible and the woman is out of focus. "Invisible" is a book about us. On the television shows when someone is depressed or anxious or has some sort of problem that it seems they cannot work out they turn to chocolate, ice cream or worse. This is our way to hide from the pain and not deal with the situation. These three women have their issues and each are trying to be invisible in their own way and it takes an awful amount of work to help them see themselves for who they really are and free them from their pain and their past. "Invisible" is a remarkable story about forgiveness and the exploration of who we are in God and that we are made in His image and its importance. Ginny Yttrup knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it highly.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."