Ã¢â¬ÅInvisibleÃ¢â¬Â is Touching and Thought Provoking
April 27, 2013
Oregon City, OR
Ellyn nurtures others through her restaurant but berates herself privately for her extra weight. Sabina is hiding from her life, her family and herself. Twila is still living in the shadow of anorexia. Three women with hurts will find themselves drawn together as they discover ways to overcome their fears and see themselves as God sees them.
"Invisible" was a truly lovely read. As someone who struggles with weight, I was a little tentative about this book_what if it made me feel worse? Instead, I found the journey of these three characters to be tremendously uplifting and freeing. Ginny Yttrup does a terrific job of giving us intimate glimpses into the heart and mind of all the characters so that we feel we get to know each one. The only criticism I have in this book (and it is trivial) is that one character's constant use of the word "gal" grated on me. Other than that tiny fly in the ointment, this book is terrific! I would highly recommend it whether you struggle with your weight or not. There is truly something for any woman in this book. The story is well-written, nicely paced and the dialogue is memorable and believable. The ending is uplifting and doesn't necessarily take you where you think you may be going.
This book is also a great book to share with younger women of high school age and up. Perhaps with more books like this, we could raise a generation of women who can see their own unique beauty regardless of their size.
This book was provided for my by B&H Publishing Group for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own.
You can't read one of Ginny's books and not feel her passion for God. Her books point to him as our healer, friend, Lord and Creator. In "Invisible", Ginny once again takes very real characters who will reveal, throughout the course of the book, how God takes our woundedness, which is played upon by the enemy, scrapes out all the junk, then heals it from the inside out. You will cheer each of these characters on as they learn the meaning of being created in the image of God, and He will open windows in your own heart as well. Beautifully written and a great read!
Have you ever felt alone in a crowd, wanted to be invisible? And then someone walks up to you and the room turns into a wonderful place to be. That's Ellyn, she's the someone who draws people like a magnet with her personality, loving nature and her laughter_not to mention her food. Have you ever felt guilt that overwhelms you? Beautiful well educated Sabina has spent a lifetime helping others regain their sense of worth. Now when she runs to hide from the past, who will she turn to in her time of need? Have you ever felt shame when you look in the mirror? Twila doesn't even want to see a mirror, yet at the same time she wants to reflect whose she is.
Ginny Yttrup has gotten inside these women and shared their thoughts and feeling through words we will all understand_.maybe too well for some. In Mendocino, California, these three women's lives will collide into a kaleidoscope of sharing love, laughter, tears and even bickering. It's a beautiful story of healing, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Take the journey from anguish, despair and brokenness to laughter, joy and wellness. Come to Mendocino_and find peace.
I seldom give a solid five thumbs up for anything. Usually, the very best is 4.5 thumbs. This book by Ginny Yttrup, though--maybe it should be five wows plus. This is one of those books that will be a forever classic, one you'll remember all your lives.
If you have (or have a loved one who has) ever suffered from being overweight, anorexia, or depression caused by deaths, you will be amazed at the insights into these life-stealing diseases. I don't know how one person can express the inner thoughts of those suffering so without having "been there." I personally recognize one--and sometimes two--of the characters as myself. I, too, wanted to fade into the scenery.
There are four principal characters inside Invisible. One is Ellyn, Chef and Owner of one of the many excellent restaurants on the Mendocino Coast. She loves butter and hates Earl, the inner voice that accuses her of being (shudder) fat and foolish, one no man in his right mind would want for anything other than a casual friend.
The next protagonist to be introduced is Twila, a twenty-six-year-old, thin-as-a-rail vegan who works in her mother's health food store. Memories of her father leaving when she was small haunt and threaten her. She has an amazing gift to know what's hurting those around her.
And then there's Sabina, a psychiatrist convinced she caused two girls' deaths--or at least didn't do enough to prevent them. She's come to Mendocino without her husband to stay for maybe a year. She needs to get away from her practice, her life, everything.
Miles is a doctor who semi-retired a few years back with his beloved wife who knew him inside and out and loved him anyway. When she died of cancer she left a hole in his heart the size of an ocean or two. Two years have passed, though, and his wife made him promise to look for another wife. She put her seal of approval on Ellyn, and Miles agrees until...
These four lives meet, collide, and merge, sometimes helping and sometimes hurting each other. As we all do.
You have got to read this novel--but pick a time when it won't matter if you laugh out loud or cry and when you can sleep in the following day, because you'll find it almost impossible to put down.
Ellyn De Mossmid is in her forties, and is the owner and chef of her own restaurant. Sabina Jackson is a counsellor on leave with stress issues and mild depression. Dr Miles Becker is a healer recovering from the truth that he couldn't heal his own wife, and Twila Boaz is a recovering anorexic who works in her mother's health food store while waiting to see where God leads her.
Miles describes Ellyn as witty, intelligent and beautiful. Her voice certainly comes across as witty and intelligent, whereas Miles is more distant, his formality no doubt a product of his grief--and perhaps his guilt. Sabrina tries to be upbeat and professional, but there is something there that might be a lie, while Twila has a wisdom beyond her years. They form an unlikely group of friends, each learning from the others_ and there might even be a little romance in there somewhere_
Ginny Yttrup's first novel, Words, was a finalist for two Christy awards and winner of one, and after just three chapters I could see why. I am in awe of her writing. What is even more amazing is that the writing is unobtrusive. I wasn't reading it and thinking 'oh, this is great writing'. I was totally engaged in her characters and the story she was telling. It was only as I paused to reflect on the story that I saw how good the writing is, how she has managed to write four quite different characters all in the first person (and in present tense, no less), each with their own unique voice.
Invisible is about finding beauty in God's creation, including ourselves, and understanding that God's standard for beauty is not the commercialised and sexualised standard we see in contemporary media. It's a beautifully written reminder that we are created in the image of our mighty God. Recommended.
Thanks to and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.