Words by Ginny Yttrup
Reviewed by Lori Twichell
Genre: religious, fiction,
Publisher: B&H Books
Publication Dates: February 1, 2011
Kaylee is a beautiful little girl trapped in a horrible nightmare of a life. Her only escape from the abuse that her father heaps upon her is words. With a photographic memory, she’s worked her way through the dictionary and memorized every definition of every word alphabetically. This is how she keeps herself sane. And even though she loves words and the weight and feel of books, she never speaks them. She hasn’t spoken since her mother left and she believes she’ll never speak again.
Sierra Dawn is a beautiful young artist who can’t escape the guilt of her past. A former drug user, she couldn’t get clean in time to save the life of her young daughter, who died shortly after her birth. Because she knows it was her fault that her daughter died, she refuses to allow herself any forgiveness, grace or peace. She torments herself with guilt daily.
When Sierra’s path crosses that of the abused little Kaylee, it sets the two of them on a path that will entwine the rest of their lives with not only each other, but the peace and healing that they both need. Convinced she doesn’t have a mothering bone in her body, Sierra’s unsure that she can help the horribly treated little girl. Kaylee, with an ideal of a mother that she’s gotten from the few books she’s read, is desperate for affection and attention.
When I saw what this book was about, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read it. It sat on my stack of books mocking me. Being a writer and an avid reader, I love words, so the title and the cover drew me, but each time I picked it up, I wondered if it would be too heavy for me to enjoy. Though I’ve been a reader all my life, I’m a mom first. When a child is injured or deliberately hurt, it’s difficult for me to read. But I heard such great and beautiful things (and I got a couple of copies in the mail- that’s usually a good sign I should give it a shot) that I decided to give it a chance.
I am so glad that I did. Yttrup’s journey of healing, redemption and faith is gorgeous, uplifting, difficult at times, but oh so beautiful and stunning. I loved Kaylee and the mom in me wanted to reach out, love her and give her peace and comfort. I’ve got three children and I could understand the doubts that Sierra had. Was she doing the right thing? Did she give her what she needed?
Ginny Ytrrup’s book is beautiful, heartwrenching, difficult to read at times, and such a gorgeous journey that you can’t help but be affected. It’s deeper than merely a storytelling and it transcends entertainment. This is a life changing experience and one that I can’t recommend highly enough.
Give Words a chance. You’ll be glad you did.