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Top 10 Tuesday — Spring TBR List

14 Mar

The folks at The Broke And The Bookish are back with their Top 10 Tuesday‘s! Yay! This week bloggers are spotlighting their Spring TBR Lists. What are you reading?

A couple of weeks ago I posted my TBR list for the coming months. Well as things go in my book world, even a few days will yield more books to add to the non-ending TBR pile. So here is the new and updated TBR.

Top 10 Spring TBR List

Doctor’s Dilemma by Richard Mabry

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

Home by Ginny Yttrup

A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser

Pursued by Lisa Harris

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

The Sacred Scarred by Joanna Alonzo

A Trail of Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner

What’s on your Spring TBR List?

 

Book Review: Invisible

15 Mar

671685_w185Cafe owner Ellyn DeMoss seeks protection from pain behind extra pounds. So why is a handsome widower attracted to her? Abandoning her family, Sabina Jackson comes to Northern California to heal. But is she doing more hiding than healing? And Twila Boaz once wanted to disappear. Now she wants to conquer her eating disorder. Will she succeed?

010_0340T1From The Author’s Website —

Meet Ginny Yttrup 

The opportunity to write is the fulfillment of a life-long dream. Words were my salvation as a child, until I met my true Savior, the Word. Through the tumultuous years of my childhood, I lost myself in the stories I read. There, in the world of fiction, I escaped the trauma I faced and found a place of safety and rest. Today, I enjoy the gift of combining my two loves—I write words that, I pray, reflect the glory of Jesus Christ.

As I write, speak, and work as a life coach, my prayer is that God will use my words to replace the lies so many believe about themselves with the truth of His unconditional love and grace. To see someone grasp, perhaps for the first time, the truth of God’s love, is truly an honor. Through a relationship with the Truth, Jesus Christ, the bonds of shame are loosed and freedom abounds!

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my two college-age sons or with friends. If I can spend time outdoors with those I love, it’s even better. And I thoroughly adore my dog, Bear. (I’ll let you in on a secret–Bear has a starring role in my fourth novel and he’s on Twitter. Follow him –@bearyttrup.)

My Impressions:

In just 3 books, Ginny Yttrup has become one of my favorite authors. I first read Ginny’s strong debut Words, a book fellow blogger WV Stitcher sent me (thanks Brenda!). Then a few months ago I read Lost and Found, another winner with a powerful message. Invisible is Yttrup’s latest novel due to be released in April, and I think it is my favorite so far. Ginny takes complicated issues of faith and life and weaves them into a story filled with believable characters, vivid settings and spiritual truths. Her personal reading choices are evident as well. In Invisible, each chapter is introduced by a quote from St. Augustine — a technique I loved and looked forward to with each new chapter.

Four characters lend their voices and perspectives to Invisible. Ellyn is a cafe owner with body image problems, Twila is a young woman who has battled anorexia, Sabina is a haunted counselor who has come to the small, quiet town to hide. Each woman knows what it’s like to want to be invisible. The past continues to impact their present — from negative voices to rejection by a parent to unresolved guilt and shame.  Miles lends the fourth voice. He is a man of great character and faith who intersects each woman’s life.

One of the themes throughout the novel is the concept of man being made in the image of God and our personal inability to accept that along with the world’s own skewed beliefs on the matter. Ginny hit me right where I lived with this one. After a year of changing my eating habits and losing a considerable amount of weight, I still see the old me in the mirror. Invisible helped open my eyes to the way God sees me — a beautiful creation that reflects His image.

Invisible is a wonderful novel, whatever your struggle may be. It is insightful, engaging and, above all else, a very well-told story.

Highly Recommended.

(Thanks to B&H Publishers and NetGalley for an ebook of Invisible. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Book Review: Lost And Found

4 Jan

671715_w185Jenna Bouvier and Andee Bell are at a crossroads. Jenna is in danger of losing her family and her wealth when her mother-in-law accuses her of having an affair. Andee has what she wants—fame, fortune, and Jenna’s brother—but she’s haunted by a dark secret. Will they follow familiar paths, or risk walking in faith?

 

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IMG00005-20100629-1256From Ginny Yttrup‘s website:  The opportunity to write is the fulfillment of a life-long dream. Words were my salvation as a child, until I met my true Savior, the Word. Through the tumultuous years of my childhood, I lost myself in the stories I read. There, in the world of fiction, I escaped the trauma I faced and found a place of safety and rest. Today, I enjoy the gift of combining my two loves—I write words that, I pray, reflect the glory of Jesus Christ.

As I write, speak, and work as a life coach, my prayer is that God will use my words to replace the lies so many believe about themselves with the truth of His unconditional love and grace. To see someone grasp, perhaps for the first time, the truth of God’s love, is truly an honor. Through a relationship with the Truth, Jesus Christ, the bonds of shame are loosed and freedom abounds!

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my two college-age sons or with friends. If I can spend time outdoors with those I love, it’s even better. And I thoroughly adore my dog, Bear. (I’ll let you in on a secret–Bear has a starring role in my fourth novel and he’s on Twitter. Follow him –@bearyttrup.)

My Impressions:

2013 is off to a great start, at least when it comes to my reading. My first read of the new year will definitely make my best of 2013 list. Ginny Yttrup has again written a book that is an emotional and spiritual journey for both her characters and her readers. (Read my review of Words HERE.) Lost And Found is the story of losing the things dearest to us in order to find the one thing that makes our lives complete.

Jenna Bouvier has nearly lost herself to the demands of her domineering mother-in-law. Determined to follow the lead of God, Jenna embarks on a journey to lose self in order to gain life. Andee Bell is a financial advisor whose motto is drive determines destiny. Her win at all costs attitude makes her very successful financially, but leaves her empty. The pains of childhood cannot be drowned out my her achievements, penthouse, or 401K. When she stumbles upon the blog of Lightseeker, her perceptions of life are turned upside down. The two women’s lives intersect in surprising ways, causing loss of security, wealth, and status, yet causing them to find their purpose in God.

Yttrup introduces each chapter with a quotation from Jeanne Guyon, an early 18th century French Christian mystic. I found the parallel’s between Guyon’s life and the character of Jenna fascinating. Characterization is a very strong element in Lost And Found, but not the only one. Yttrup’s use of language is beautiful, as is her detailed description and use of setting. This was also not a quick read. There is a good deal of tension in the novel that cannot be rushed. Lost And Found also needs to be read slowly in order to consider the spiritual themes explored. This is a thinking reader’s book.

If you want to be stretched and challenged as a reader, choose Lost And Found.

Highly Recommended.

(I received Lost And Found from B&H Publishing through NetGalley in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)