Four people, all intelligent professionals, are each struggling with a significant difficulty in their life. Three carry a secret that is crippling them and keeping them from being what God wants them to be. Each person's struggle is so personal they don't want to discuss it, and will do anything to hide it. As time goes on and friendships form, healing starts taking place in the most unusual ways and the message of God becomes clearer to each person.
This beautiful and emotional story kept me glued to the pages and at times I found it difficult to read. It was so emotional and personal for me, as I could relate to and identify with the characters. I know guilt so well and to follow these women and seeing and understanding their paths and choices was a true revelation for me.
The message of God's love is well represented in the pages of this story, and although there is a lot of faith discussion, it's not overwhelming nor does it overpower the story. It is, in my opinion, just perfect.
The lessons and message are as believable as the characters. (oh, and do I ever adore those characters!) When one finally finishes the last sentence, expect to carry this story in your mind and heart for a long time. It's not easily forgotten, nor are the characters!
"Invisible" is a MUST READ and NEEDS to be added to the TOP of your TBR pile immediately!
Many thanks to Julie of Handlebar Central and B&H Publishing for providing me with a copy of "Invisible" to read and review. I was not required to write a favorable review, but only one that states my honest opinion.
Invisible: A Novel by Ginny Yttrup was not quite what I was expecting but I was surprised by the way the book affected me. The novel is centered around four main characters and each is struggling with a problem that causes them unhappiness. The three main women in the story become great friends and as they help each other they start to see themselves as being created in God's image. At the end of the book the author states that this is not a self help book but "a story of freedom from the bondage of shame. Freedom found through believing the truth of God's Word."
Ellyn Demoss is a chef, owns of a restaurant, loves butter, and often wonders if she loves butter more than God. She is overweight and even though she has a very poor self image, she sees only good in others. Dr. Becker, a widower, has been Ellyn's doctor for years and when he shows a romantic interest in her she thinks that there must be something wrong with him.
Sabrina Jackson is a counselor suffering from depression who left her practice and family to spend a year alone in Mendocino, California to heal. Sabrina seems to be hiding from God, is deeply grieving over the deaths of two people dear to her, and does not seem to be really working on healing. She is also the opposite of Ellyn being slim and exotic.
Twila Boaz is a recovering anorexic who has a strange tattoo on her cheek and another tattoo on her wrist which translated means that she is made in the image of God. She has a very strong faith in God and works very hard to overcome her problem with anorexia. She seems to be happiest when she is helping someone especially if it means helping them get closer to God.
My favorite character is Dr. Miles Becker who has such a faith filled relationship with God that others can see Jesus in him. He is kind and loving to everyone and plays a significant role in the life of the three women as he helps them to see themselves as God sees them and to help them work through their problems.
The author did an excellent job in the development of all the characters, the plot, and the dialogue. She did not reveal each character's problem immediately but slowly developed the story and brought each person's problem to light. However, I would have liked to have known exactly how much Ellyn weighed. Not really important to the story but just something that I wanted to know. I also wondered about her age but finally near the end of the book her age was revealed. I found the book to be very inspirational and it made me want to work on my own self image and to work on having a closer relationship with God.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who needs or wants to be inspired and likes a good story with a great ending.
I received a free copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Three Women. They all are facing something similar, yet different in their own way. As I read the words on the pages of this book, I found myself realizing this was more than a novel. This was a work of art. The book is full of passion for women and the issues that they face everyday. If you ask any woman, almost everyone will tell you there is something about them selves that they hate. This book spoke to something beyond entertainment. It spoke to my soul. It told me that I worth more than the number on the scale, the wrinkles on my belly, the marks on my face. This book is one that I would highly recommend to anyone. You will find yourself in one of the three women in the story, in some way or another. You may find yourself asking the questions that they ask themselves or realize you have a voice of someone in your mind that tells you what you are worth.
This book is one that you will want to own, for you, for your daughters. It is one that you will want to discuss in your book clubs. Buy this book!
Invisible by Ginny Lythrup. What would happen if we turned over our health-both physical and emotional to God? That is the question this novel asks the reader to first imagine then to live. Ellyn, who eats for comfort then hides behind her extra weight, is trying to be invisible to her world which centers around her life as a chef in her own restaurant in a small northern California town. Sabina, a psychiatrist, has come to this same little coastal town to get away from her thriving NYC practice. She is grieving the loss of one of her clients to suicide and is trying to get well hiding here-also trying to be invisible. Twila at 26 is in treatment recovering from an eating disorder. She was trying to become invisible by not eating and is so small people mistake her for a teenager all the time. Twila and Ellyn both say they know and love God but are they willing to rely on him wholly for all their needs and hurts? Sabina looks to have it all but she openly does not have faith that God is loving or caring about her.
I liked this book. It encourages the reader to look inside their self and really look at what in our self we don't trust to God's love and care. It is not a book about eating either to gain or lose weightâ€”it's about the love God has for us if we accept it. Do we really believe we are created in God's own image? If so do we act like it? Are we willing to take a leap into the unknown in order to have that faithful loving life with our Father, creator? God wants so much for us he sent his only Son to die for us so we could live with eternally. How can we not trust him and yet we don't.
This book was provided by Handlebar for this review.
My thoughts: I found this an interesting read involving the lives, past and present, of Ellyn, Sabrina, and Twila and how they met and interacted with one another though their circumstances were so very different.
As Ellyn struggles with her weight issues and her conception of herself, she functions as owner and chef of a successful Northern California restaurant. Twila brings maturity to the table in the relationships though she, too, is struggling with her own concept of who she is and how she appears and this is to the point of an eating disorder. And we have Sabrina who is a psychologist who is battling depression to the point of isolating herself from all she holds dear.
As these three ladies become acquainted with each other, they also become more acquainted with the concept of a God who loves them as they are and who heals wounds. A God who will give them strength for each day.
True this is a book about eating disorders, depression, and individual conceptualization of who one is, but it is more about becoming the person that God intends for you to become and to recognize the need for and presence of God in one's personal life.
I don't think I would necessarily recommend this as reading material for the teen audience, but I do recommend it for adults. There is not any "adult material" in the story. It is a sweet story. There is even a sweet, mature relationship romance that blossoms. But it is more for those who struggle with issues or who know someone who does struggle with issues. This is NOT a self-help book or a physo-babble book. It is a work of fiction and should be read as such. But it is interesting. It is informative. It is rewarding.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of Invisible by Handlebar Publicist on behalf of B&H Publishing Group and the author in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.