I have come to appreciate the meaning of "being made in the image of God" . A wonderful, must read book even if you do not have the same issues as the characters in this story. The sensitive insight from Ginny Yttrup will inform, alert and instruct you as to the proper response to thin, fat, or depressed people who need love and support. Keep on writing Ginny. You are a new favorite author for our reading group!
If you suffer from a negative body image then do yourself a favour and pick up this book, it will encourage you to think and act differently toward yourself. I don't think there's a woman on this planet who won't be able to relate to at least one of these characters. I know I related so well to Ellyn. I couldn't put the book down and actually read it in one sitting. In our appearance-saturated culture (and yes, even CHRISTIAN authors are getting on the bandwagon! For shame!) this book is a breath of fresh air. Perhaps that has something to do with the author's own personal struggle. She reveals her characters, warts and all and doesn't attempt to turn them into Super-Christians! I liked its realism and didn't feel like I was being preached at or left with a toothache from any candy-coated, unrealistic, happily-ever-after tripe!
Invisible by Ginny Yttrup, makes my Top Ten for 2013 list and my Top Ten of All Time. Yttrup employs a light hand and humor to impart heavy truths. Normally, I read to be entertained. With Invisible, when I least expected it, I was touched and changed. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. This is a book everyone needs to read.
I'm sad because Invisible ended. And I'm disappointed because when I come out of my trance of involvement reading this book, I realize the characters aren't real. They had become my friends. Now the book is finished and I can't look forward to spending some time with them.
Ginny Yttrup has become even better (if that's possible) at defining her characters and creating interesting plots with twists, turns, and catch-your-breath situations that the characters must deal with.
As in her other two books, Ginny has accepted the challenge of dealing with difficult issues: child abuse, emotional abuse, and now in Invisible: body image, depression, and self-worth. Ms. Yttrup really is adept at getting us inside each character's mind, emotions, and motives. We totally understand why they react the way they do.
In a unique fashion, each of the four main character's chapters are written in first person. At times, this became a little confusing. I would have to remind myself who was "talking." But in time, the characters became real enough to me that it didn't matter.
Also, one of the main characters, Miles, is male. Since I'm female, I'm trusting his perspective was consistent with maleness. It seemed like it. Very believable.
I have looked forward to each of this author's books and I haven't been disappointed. Only disappointed that a good book has to end and the characters are figments of the novelist's imagination. I was hoping I would meet one of them and we could have dinner at Ellyn's restaurant. Can't wait for another book from this terrific author.
Ellyn, restaurant owner who often hides her emotions behind her physique. She feels inadequate to her counterparts and cannot bring herself to acceptance.
Twila, a prisoner to the complications of food longs to fill her heart with something to take the hurt away.
Sabina looks for healing from confining darkness.
All three struggle with inevitable emotion and inner turmoil. Can each find that which seems unreachable or will fear confine the heart?
Self Doubt, Regret, Love and Acceptance pepper a novel written in first person for each character portrayed and in each chapter progress. With easy to connect with characters and realistic scenery this faith challenging read has it all. A book for readers who are searching for a different kind of read. I was entertained and will recommend this book to others. Thanks to B&H Publishing Group and Win Books Weekly for the review copy for my review.