Saturday, March 16, 2013

Book Review: Invisible (Ginny L. Tyyrup)

Ginny Yttrup is a relatively new author; one whose book, Invisible, caught my attention from the start. Three women from different walks of life come together in friendship, only to realize that each has their own reasons for wanting to become (or seemingly remain) invisible.

Ellyn, a kind, warm and hard-working woman, makes everyone feel at home in her cafe-turned-family-kitchen.  However, when it comes to herself, she struggles daily with echoes from the past.  She can't help but tell herself that the handsome man interested in her must have the wrong motives or be a misguided widower.

Sabina, a beauty to behold, has taken out a year's lease on an ocean-view home.  Leaving a husband and 2 college-age daughters behind, she is running from something and hiding behind the curtains that remain closed to the majestic view.

Twila, the 26-year-old who resembles a teenager in both looks and language, hides behind layers of clothing even as she continues on her healing journey.  When something triggers the dire affects of her eating disorder, she struggles to remind herself of God's hand on her life; she fights against the desire to disappear again.

Yttrup has woven a realistic story together that is a gentle reminder to each of us that we are indeed created in the image of God.  All of nature reveals His glory and speaks of His grace extended to us; how can we look at His creation and deny the one Creator behind it all? 

"Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering." ~ Saint Augustine

Do we look at ourselves and see the beauty of His handiwork?  That may be a more difficult question to answer for some.  Ellyn, Sabina, and Twila will each in their own way be confronted with this will you.

I was presented a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  

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