- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: B&H Books; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433671700
“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.
I purchased this book last year and I finally decided to read it a couple of weeks ago. It’s a book that truly drew me in from the very first page. Sierra is a woman, who is a recovery drug addict, and has not yet forgiven herself for the consequences of her choices. While she struggles to find peace and truly give herself to God, she meets a little girl Kaylee. Kaylee is a special little girl and my heart ached for her as I read her story. Ginny Yttrup truly does a remarkable job in describing the emotions and thoughts of a little girl, who is absolutely broken. Kaylee is the little girl, who could easily have slipped through the system, since she is non-verbal and at times, seems unresponsive. However, God brings Kaylee and Sierra together through a series of events, and shows them His love and grace.
Words is a book that will pull at your heart, have you cry for the pain and suffering Kaylee experiences, and rejoice when she not only finds her voice, but finds a family and self-acceptance. I absolutely loved this book and Ginny Ytrrup truly leaves no stone uncovered as she brings to light abuse, addiction, foster/adoption, and new beginnings.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great Christian fiction book, works as a family therapist or social worker with abused and neglected children, and addictions. It’s a fantastic read and deserves to be on everyone’s TBR list!
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