Saturday, May 21, 2011

Christian Fiction Book Club- Words by Ginny Yttrup

The Christian Fiction Book Club meets every six weeks at different book blogs. This month we read Words by Ginny Yttrup and chose one or more discussion questions to address in a blog post. Julie at My Only Vice is hosting, feel free to come join the conversation!

I hate, hate, hate reading books about abuse, especially abuse of children, but Words by Ginny Yttrup grabbed me right at the beginning and didn't let go. Kaylee is a prisoner of abuse. Held captive by a child molester, she's found a way for her mind to escape through collecting words.

Sierra carries guilt over her past. She discovers by helping the little girl she found hiding in a tree, she may find a way to break free from her own bondage.

This book took a subject I find about as pleasant as the swine flu and turned it into a story I didn't want to put down. If you're a fan of women's fiction, I bet you'll love it.

My rating:

The discussion question I chose:

Kaylee finds comfort in the words she reads in the dictionary. Who or what do you turn to for comfort?

Funny, when I was Kaylee's age or a little younger, I loved the dictionary! I read it all the time. I didn't really collect words like she did, I found it fascinating.
When I had children of my own, one of the first books I ever gave them was a dictionary. Unfortunately, they didn't seem to get the big deal.

Which character impacted you most, Kaylee or Sierra? Why?

Kaylee. I found it fascinating the way she developed coping mechanisms to survive her situation. The words, the silence. She found her own ways to silence the screams in her head.

I thought the personality quirks she had were so authentic, they really made this story seem real. I don't know what it feels like to be an abuse victim, but I've met people who do, and her personality rang so true to me.



  1. Sorry for the delay in posting this one ladies. I'm at an all day writer's conference but I'll be back this evening to read everyone's posts and comment!

  2. I agree with you Joy, this was a hard book to read, but from the moment I opened the book I was captured by the story. I too tend to stay away from reading this type subject, but I believe that it was well written and I'm glad you thought so too! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kaylee's character was very real. She was so sufficient in her coping, until placed in a safe place. Then all of that started to shatter. A leader in a parenting class I attended once made the point that children rant, rave and act bad at home because they know it is a safe place where they will not be rejected or scorned. Isn't it great that God is a safe place for us?

  4. I also loved Kaylee's quirkiness. I loved when she used such big words. It added some humor to a very dark subject matter. Enjoy your writer's conference!

  5. This was a book I never would have picked to read if I hadn't received a review copy because of the subject matter. I sure would've missed out! It's a beautiful story, and I agree with you...Kaylee was so authentic!

  6. I was amazed at how the author took such a horrible subject and the reading an ease. You would expect to have difficulty reading it, and you do but you continually turn the page rather than having to put the book down.

    I love how the message of forgiveness and redemption and God's grace just shone through.

  7. @Julie- Thanks for hosting this week!

    @Beckie- Great insight! So true, she didn't start acting out until she felt safe.

    @Kacie- Thanks for linking up this week! I hope you'll be able to join us for future discussions.

    @Juju- This is definitely one you'll want to read if you haven't already.

    @Kara- I feel the same way. If it wasn't for book club, there's no way I would have chosen it. But it was a great story and I'm glad I read it.

    @Shan- Exactly! I didn't find it difficult to read at all. Actually, I was putting it off for a little bit b/c I was leary of the subject matter. But I picked it up Wednesday and finished half the book in one night.

    Thanks for the discussion everyone!

  8. Anyone interested in hosting our next book club? We will be reading Pompeii by T.L. Higley.


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