WordsI Collect Words I Keep Them In A Box In My Mind I D Like To Keep Them In A Realbox, Something Pretty, Maybe A Shoe Box Covered With Flowered Wrapping PaperWhenever I Wanted, I D Open The Box And Pick Up The Papers, Reading And Feelingthe Words All At Once Then I Could Hide The Box But The Words Are Safer In Mymind There, He Can T Take Them Ten Year Old Kaylee Wren Doesn T Speak Not Since Her Drug Addled Mother Walked Away, Leaving Her In A Remote Cabin Nestled In The Towering Redwoods In The Care Of A Man Who Is As Dangerous As He Is Evil With Silence Her Only Refuge, Kaylee Collects Words She Might Never Speak From The Only Memento Her Mother Left Behind A DictionarySierra Dawn Is Thirty Four, An Artist, And Alone She Has Allowed The Shame Of Her Past To Silence Her Present Hopes And Chooses To Bury Her Pain By Trying To Control Her Circumstances But On The Twelfth Anniversary Of Her Daughter S Death, Sierra S Control Begins To Crumble As The God Of Her Childhood Woos Her Back To HimselfBrought Together By Divine Design, Kaylee And Sierra Will Discover Together The Healing Mercy Of The Word Jesus Christ


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  • 352 pages
  • Words
  • Ginny L. Yttrup
  • English
  • 02 March 2018
  • 9781433671708

10 thoughts on “Words

  1. says:

    Wow What a wonderful book.I wasn t sure I would like this book because of the subject matter of child abuse, but the author did a wonderful job of telling the story without sensationalizing The truth is horrible enough The story of 2 people who needed what each other had and the Providence of God is beautifully told.This book will stay with me forever.

  2. says:

    What I loved about this book is the underlying proof that a person s significance and success does not hinge upon making a difference to many people Being there for just one person is enough to change everything.The story moves from the point of view of one of the main female protagonists to the other Strangers at the start, they come to mean everything to each other Sierra is a woman in her early 30s who lives with intense guilt over some lifestyle choices she made in her past which she s convinced contributed to the death of her baby daughter Kaylee is a pre adolescent living the unspeakable life of a precious girl whose innocence was stolen way too soon Not only that but abuse keeps being inflicted on her, robbing her of the power of speech Her dictionary, one of the only books she has access to, is all that holds her together, as she grows adept at switching her mind to the characteristics of different words when her life becomes too much to take The story of these two coming together and learning to save each other is told with great tenderness and skill Although Ginny Yttrup doesn t gloss over the horror of what happened to Kaylee, she tells it with sensitivity This story is a wonderful testimony to the strength of the human spirit.

  3. says:

    It isn t often you find such a tender book dealing with such an evil topic It was these two extremes that first griped me and then kept me reading First there is Kaylee, a twelve year old girl abandoned by her mother and left in the car of a boyfriend that sexually abuses her Then there is Sierra, struggling to get past the pain of loosing her nine day old daughter several years before.When these two meet and share a sweet friendship, they begin to identify their enormous loss, pain and hurt and how the other deals with their burdens For Kaylee, it s reading She reads the dictionary and embraces the words she finds there They are her sanctuary.The author weaves in scenes of humor and fun which lifts the tone of such a heavy topic and uses very descriptive language for the scenery These characters are endearing and believable Wonder, in the eyes of a child, is explored beautifully, especially in the story of the red wood tree.This is a novel that will linger with you after you finish it.Reviewed by Keiki HendrixReviewed for The Vessel Project

  4. says:

    Words by Ginny L Yttrup Genre Contemporary Christian fiction Format Kindle Timeframe Present day Location Santa Cruz, CAMain Characters Kaylee Wren Abused 10 year old Sierra Dawn Artist who takes Kaylee in Peter Langstron Child Welfare Services worker Ruby Sierra s faithful friend Jackson Tully Child rapist Kathryn Wren Drug addict who left her daughter with an abuserWow I m so stunned I m not sure what to type First off, I wasn t aware it was based on the author s life The author experienced what Kaylee did, then put it to words This is why I m so stunned What that child went through no 9 year old should have to endure Nothing so traumatic to silence a child s ability to speak or even scream should ever happen A mother, even a drug addicted one, should never leave her child with a man who abuses a little girl every day.I so wanted for this to have a happy ending, one where God was glorified and there d be victory over the evil perpetrated on this child, that I kept reading to the end But oh, was it hard to read.I cannot in good conscience give this book less than 4 stars simply because it was hard to read This was from the author s heart She lived it She s telling the world what drugs can do, what evil is in the world from which children need protection She s sharing what Romans 8 28 means That there s redemption from a life of terror in one person, and redemption from a life of sin in another That God s love can be found in an adult who cares, and in the person of Jesus Christ, who gave his life for anyone who seeks Him.If anyone was sexually abused as a child, this might be a tough read But nothing is explicit, thankfully You may read that a belt was taken off The next thing is a swollen face and limping It s deduction on our part rather than illustration on the author s There s a hard won HEA Just getting there was pretty bumpy.Also on a positive, this author can write

  5. says:

    At times heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting, this is a story that will linger in readers minds long after the last page is turned.

  6. says:

    Story Description I collect words I keep them in a box in my mind I d like to keep them in a real box, something pretty, maybe a shoe box covered with flowered wrapping paper Whenever I wanted, I d open the box and pick up the papers, reading and feeling the words all at once Then I could hide the box But the words are safer in my mind There, he can t take them Ten year old Kaylee Wren doesn t speak Not since her drug addled mother walked away, leaving her in a remote cabin nestled in the towering redwoods in the care of a man who is as dangerous as he is evil With silence her only refuge, Kaylee collects words she might never speak from the only memento her mother left behind a dictionary.Sierra Dawn is thirty four, an artist, and alone She has allowed the shame of her past to silence her present hopes and chooses to bury her pain by trying to control her circumstances But on the twelfth anniversary of her daughter s death, Sierra s control begins to crumble as the God of her childhood woos her back to Himself Brought together by Divine design, Kaylee and Sierra will discover together the healing mercy of the Word Jesus Christ.My Review I have never read a sad story of abuse and have never felt so close to a character as I did little Kaylee Wren What a beautiful, innocent little girl whose life circumstances have thrown her into a world of silence Kaylee was only 9 years old when her mother, Kathryn, left her leaving her all alone with a horrendous man who lords his power over Kaylee and turns her into his own private play toy Kaylee likes to collect words that she finds in a dictionary that was given to her parents as a wedding gift Kaylee and her Mom used the dictionary often to look up words they didn t know or understand The dictionary makes Kaylee feel like part of her Mom is still there with her and takes special care of it so he won t find it and take it away from her.When Kaylee meets Sierra, an equally damaged soul, the two of them form a bond of trust, respect, love, and the belief that together they can conquer all things through Jesus Christ However, the road to healing is a long and exhaustive one that comes with many, many pitfalls that must be traversed forward and sometimes backwards before moving on to a higher understanding of their positions and circumstances in this life.The characters were so well developed in this story that I felt I was living with Sierra and Kaylee and could picture in my mind s eye the house, Kaylee s bedroom, Van the dog, their backyard and everything else involved in this story My emotions were played like a flute in a concert while reading this book and it s a story I won t ever forget The unfortunate part is that there are many, many Kaylee Wren s in this world and not all of them are fortunate enough to find someone like Sierra It breaks my heart to think of the number of children, who at this very moment while typing this review, are being abused in some form Abuse, whether it be physical, sexual, verbal, financial doesn t matter, abuse is a cancer in our society and I pray that someday it can be eradicated No one deserves to live a life of abuse and the damage and fear it causes This book really touched my heart and to the author, Ginny L Yttrup, I d like to say thank you for having the courage to write WORDS, your own life story but injecting Kaylee as the character instead of yourself I m sorry for the horror you faced as a child and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

  7. says:

    My first 5 stars of the year Excellent story about redemption, pain, and most importantly, Truth.

  8. says:

    Well, this book left me a little speechless Funny since it s about words, right I loved the quirky way the main character, Kaylee, was obsessed with words as a way of coping with stress, yet the lack of words speech due to her trauma was a large obstacle in her life Some parts of the story reminded me a little of the movie Nell, starring Jodie Foster But this novel had a unique angle to it that I haven t seen in many books especially not Christian books At first I was a bit overwhelmed with some of the details, but those details also made the story powerful I suppose my background of working with hundreds of sexually abused children didn t help because it made me think of all of the Kaylees that I d gotten to know over the years and reminded me of their horrible situations prior to CPS removing them from their sexually abusive families Like Kaylee, those children were also very conflicted regarding their families and loyalties The author expertly described the mindset of an abused child in this story, and because of this, I think this novel should be required reading for all foster parents who are considering taking a sexually abused child into their home Then when the child does something that seems disloyal, mean, or that doesn t make sense hopefully they will realize it s not about them foster parents, but it s just part of the healing process Not only was I impressed with this story in a general sense, but the writing, plotting, and pacing were also very good Women who have been sexually abused might find themselves reliving some of their trauma while reading the first part of Kaylee s story, but that is not necessarily a bad thing Like in this novel, the truth of what happened needs to be dealt with in order to healand to set the person held captive by the painful memories free from those chains There are so many good things that can result from reading this book I found it deep, insightful, and a quality story worthy of an award The fact that the author says that she was Kaylee makes it that much meaningful to me This novel is a great example of how God uses our pasts to help others He can make beauty from the ashes of our lives I can see this book helping a lot of broken people, and for that reason plus the fact that it s great story this book is making my top fiction list for 2011 Check it out You ll be glad you did.

  9. says:

    Words took me for an emotional, heart wrenching, thought provoking journey While this book touched on delicate subjects sexual abuse and drug addictions it breathed truth and honesty Ginny wrote with such passion that I connect with Kaylee and Sierra almost instantly They were so real The emotional turmoil that Kaylee experienced was so well described it grabbed my heart Having six sisters that are ten or younger, I can t imagine one of them enduring what Kaylee endured You can t help put want to reach out to Kaylee Only ten years old, this girl held so much hurt and shame pent up in her little body she lost her ability to speak I connect with Sierra the instant she saw Kaylee s hurt and wanted to help her It is exactly what I would do what anyone with a heart would do Even though Sierra carried her own guilt and hurt from her broken past, she set that aside to help Kaylee In fact, reaching out to Kaylee helped her come to grips with her own sins and turned her back to the Lord after years of cold separation With all this praise, there comes a big warning As I mentioned, this book deals with sexual abuse and drug addictions While Ginny handled both subjects extremely well, the sexual abuse may be too much for teens Nothing is outright described in detail, but enough is said and enough of Kaylee s own emotions are conveyed to the reader to understand what is happening I just urge caution for younger readers Ginny has done an amazing job in crafting this story Her characters, scenes, and events come alive through her writing The lesson that Sierra and Kaylee learn The Truth shall set you free is a lesson we could all learn As I learned after I finished reading this book, Ginny learned this lesson herself, first hand Now I understand the passion I feel in her writing She sums it up well Part of God s plan, I know, was to write this book it is a means of sharing God s hope, mercy, and grace with others and to let abuse survivors know that they ll not only survive, but they can also thrive I highly recommend this book I reviewed this book for BH Books It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.

  10. says:

    A NovelGinny L Yttrup2011B H BooksFiction Christian GeneralReviewed by Cindy LovenWOW This book is not casual reading material It does need to be said that this book deals with mature subject material However the sad thing is mature subject material incidents, do not always apply to adults only A story of redemption, a story of the grace of God and a story of the horrors of drugs, child pornography and child molestation You may ask yourself, how does a story of this ramifications have a place in Christian fiction Unfortunately in this fallen world we live in, horrible things happen to children every day and we as Christians can no longer turn a blind eye This is the story of two people, who you would never expect to find together, a successful artist, trying to escape the hell of the emotional darkness she lives in, after loosing her baby due to her own drug abuse A little girl lost in the woods, trapped by her emotional muteness, hoping her mother will some day come back and take her away from the monster of a man who abuses her sexually God in His mercy and His own understanding brings these two people together, not by chance but by plan, to each find their own healing and way through the darkness they are in This story will grip your heart I cried buckets as I read of the horrors that young Kaylee faced daily My heart broke with Sierra as she dealt with the guilt that she felt from her own actions As I said earlier, not casual reading, nor would I suggest it for anyone under the age of sixteen This book will heal people who allow the words to penetrate their hurts, it will cause them to look within themselves to find the Truth Jesus and to be set free by the Truth Even with the tough subject matter, this book is not a dark book, it is a book filled with hope and a wonderful story of redemptive grace and mercy A hard story to read because of the subject matter A story however, worthy of 5 stars 339 pages US 14.99 Discussion guide included This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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