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"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 W
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by B&H Books (first published 2011)
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GenieD
Jan 04, 2012 GenieD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Wow! What a wonderful book.
I wasn't sure I would like this book because of the subject matter of child abuse, but the author did a wonderful job of telling the story without sensationalizing. The truth is horrible enough!
The story of 2 people who needed what each other had and the Providence of God is beautifully told.
This book will stay with me forever.
Paula Vince
Sep 21, 2013 Paula Vince rated it it was amazing
What I loved about this book is the underlying proof that a person's significance and 'success' does not hinge upon making a difference to many people. Being there for just one person is enough to change everything.
The story moves from the point of view of one of the main female protagonists to the other. Strangers at the start, they come to mean everything to each other. Sierra is a woman in her early 30s who lives with intense guilt over some lifestyle choices she made in her past which she's
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Keiki Hendrix
Sep 28, 2012 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
It isn't often you find such a tender book dealing with such an evil topic. It was these two extremes that first griped me and then kept me reading. First there is Kaylee, a twelve year old girl abandoned by her mother and left in the car of a boyfriend that sexually abuses her. Then there is Sierra, struggling to get past the pain of loosing her nine day old daughter several years before.

When these two meet and share a sweet friendship, they begin to identify their enormous loss, pain and hurt
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Louise
Sep 19, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
Story Description:

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
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Michelle
Well, this book left me a little speechless. Funny since it's about words, right? I loved the quirky way the main character, Kaylee, was obsessed with words as a way of coping with stress, yet the lack of words (speech) due to her trauma was a large obstacle in her life. Some parts of the story reminded me a little of the movie Nell, starring Jodie Foster. But this novel had a unique angle to it that I haven't seen in many books -- especially not Christian books.

At first I was a bit overwhelmed
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Katie
Feb 24, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
Words took me for an emotional, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking journey. While this book touched on delicate subjects – sexual abuse and drug addictions – it breathed truth and honesty. Ginny wrote with such passion that I connect with Kaylee and Sierra almost instantly. They were so real. The emotional turmoil that Kaylee experienced was so well described it grabbed my heart. Having six sisters that are ten or younger, I can’t imagine one of them enduring what Kaylee endured.

You can’t help
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Cindy
Mar 18, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Novel
Ginny L. Yttrup
2011
B & H Books
Fiction/Christian/General

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

WOW! This book is not casual reading material. It does need to be said that this book deals with mature subject material. However the sad thing is mature subject material incidents, do not always apply to adults only. A story of redemption, a story of the grace of God and a story of the horrors of drugs, child pornography and child molestation. You may ask yourself, how does a story of this ramifications hav
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Lori Henrich
Nov 20, 2011 Lori Henrich rated it it was amazing
God loves us not because of who we are, but because of who He is. What a concept!! Love is more that just the definition of word. Sierra and Kaylee are going to find out what God's love can do. Kaylee is 10 years old and is living in the most worst situation imaginable. Someone is hurting her and there is no one she can turn to for help. Sierra is a woman who has been living in the grips of a tragedy for 12 years. One day would bring them together. That one day's chance meeting would change both ...more
Iola
Jul 25, 2013 Iola rated it it was amazing
Words is a difficult read because it's dealing with some serious subject matter, but it's worth the effort. It's Ginny Yttrup's debut novel, and won her two Christy award nominations (and one win), an honour that is entirely deserved.

"... an innocent child paid the price for others' poor choices--just like Christ, who was also completely innocent, paid the price for my choices".

The innocent child is 10year-old Kaylee, who lives in a remote cabin with her mother's ex-boyfriend, her mother having
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Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
About the Book: Kaylee has been left with Jack, an abusive boyfriend of her mothers. She is only 10 years old and believes Jack when he tells her she can't leave as her mother will be back to get her sometime. She is repeatedly molested by him and has stopped speaking because of the trauma. Instead, she collects words in her head - words that she finds in a dictionary that she and her mother used to look at together.

Jack leaves Kaylee alone for long portions of the day, and she is pretty good at
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CatherineMorland
How the heck I read this without crying, I'm not sure. This book touched me in so many different ways. I hate abuse in any form, but when it happens to innocent children, it's just... cruel. And I wonder why it has to happen.

The opening paragraph is beautiful but haunting: "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, readi
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Lori Twichell
Oct 22, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan Holmes
Dec 06, 2011 Jan Holmes rated it liked it
This is a book I just grabbed from the library new book shelf (along with two others) for a cold and rainy weekend. I just read the first few sentences on the back cover and thought it sounded like a great book,that night as I put the book down to go to sleep I thought again it was a great book. The next morning I read the rest of the back cover to see what was coming and saw that it mentioned that the characters discover the healing mercy of the Word- Jesus Christ. I am not a religous person in ...more
Libby
May 12, 2012 Libby rated it it was amazing
Excellent. A very hard subject- sexual abuse, parental abandonment, drug addiction and their effect on one little girl but yet there is healing in the pages too and you are left with hope. It will not be an easy read but one, in my opinion, well worth your time and possibly life changing- heart changing
Ruth
Dec 29, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was simply wonderful. The author achieved success in so many ways with this book. It is touching, and says so much about healing, and the transforming power of love....and words. I wish I could buy you all a copy! READ IT.
Charlie Bunch
Words was an amazing book that really shows you how things can turn around again in your life. It had a heart warming story about a young girl who had an awful life. An older woman with a past of her own, finds her. She finds her faith through this young girl. This is a must read!
Wende Sheets
May 04, 2014 Wende Sheets rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! What a wonderful powerful book!!! I picked this up last night n didn't start it till this evening.......I finished it 5 hours later! I just could not put it down! This is one that will be n my heart for along time!!!
Karla
May 01, 2012 Karla rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, difficult, gut retching story.
Fiction Addict
Oct 22, 2016 Fiction Addict rated it really liked it
Shelves: lori-twichell
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 ...more
Rick
May 09, 2013 Rick rated it it was amazing
Let me set the record straight. I read. A lot! Not only do I read a lot, I am a GUY that reads a lot. It can be difficult, at times, for me to find something that I think that I would enjoy reading. Since I run the library for my church, I want to be well-versed in the books that I read so that I can make educated recommendations to my patrons that “are just looking for that right book”. Sometimes, though, I can’t seem to find just that right book for me to read. I was recently in Chicago on ...more
Sally906
Feb 20, 2011 Sally906 rated it it was amazing
WORDS is a debut novel based around the harrowing subject of child abuse. Despite the gritty subject the book is an absolutely riveting read.

Kaylee is just ten and does not speak. She is living in a remote hut nestled among towering redwoods, left there alone with a cruel and abusive man, Jack, when her mother went out one day and never returned. The poor child believes Jack when he tells her she can't leave the hut as her mother will be back to get her sometime. The only way that Kaylee can co
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Karen & Gerard
Words by Ginny L. Yttrop is an inspirational quick read that is about choices, redemption, hope, healing. Kaylee, a little girl is abandoned by her mother and left with her boyfriend to be neglected, abused and raped. They live in a little cabin in the woods and the girl stops talking. She finds words comforting and reads the dictionary over and over to help her focus on something else while hoping that maybe her "mother will come back today." When Sierra, a woman whose child died just a few ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
“I can’t talk. I can’t breathe. Tears choke me.”

That’s exactly how I felt when I read the last page of this book. I’m thrilled to have received a review copy of such an astounding, debut novel. I haven’t read anything this profound, inspiring and life changing since Redeeming Love and June Bug. The author is a master wordsmith and trusts the readers’ imagination to fill in the blanks about the abuse Kaylee endures and talks about it without being graphic. Ginny L. Yttrup has overcome sexual abu
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Abbie Riddle
Jan 31, 2011 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing
The simple title holds such powerful truth. For in this book we find that young Kaylee seeks the memorization of words to escape the terrible reality of life around her - they are her voice when she is unable to speak. Words are her friends when she has none to comfort her. While Sierra a woman tormented by her own failures and shackled by her self-loathing and regret at her choices uses words to express in art her soul's deepest yearning and her heart's deepest fears.

In a dungeon of anger, self
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Sandra Stiles
Jul 31, 2014 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, adult
This was such a powerful book. Kaylee Wren is a young ten year old girl abandoned by her mother. She is left with her mother’s boyfriend. When the mother doesn’t return the boyfriend burns all of the mother’s possessions and most of Kaylee’s things. She is left there for him to do with as he pleases, and he does.

Kaylee clings to a dictionary and two other books left by her mother. Two books “he” doesn’t know she has. She has stopped talking. She keeps her words in her head. This is the one place
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Cafelilybookreviews
Nov 13, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it


"Again, the haunted eyes of the child I saw yesterday come to mind.
What has she survived that her young eyes reflect fear rather than the playful innocence one might expect to see from a child hiding in a tree?
And why am I compelled to find out?
Isn’t it possible that I just startled her yesterday?
But my instinct tells me there’s something more."


This is the type of story that resonates with you long after you’ve closed the book.

Words is the first novel that Ginny Yttrup has written and it en
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Julie Graves
Oct 15, 2010 Julie Graves rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, 2010-reads
Sierra Dawn allows herself one day a year to think about the death of her baby 12 years before. Each year on the anniversary of Annie’s death Sierra goes to the grave, has lunch with her friend Ruby, and spends the rest of her day trying to forget. Sierra is consumed with guilt and anger. She knows that because she was addicted to drugs while pregnant with Annie that is the reason that Annie died. But she is angry at God because she feels that he could have prevented Annie from dying. Raised in ...more
Kara
I recently had the opportunity to review Ginny Yttrup's debut novel, Words. One of the things I appreciate about being a book reviewer is that it stretches me beyond the bounds of the reading material I tend to gravitate toward and requires me to read books I wouldn't normally pick up. Sometimes I discover a book that powerfully affects me that I never would have encountered otherwise. Words is one of these books. I don't read many novels these days, and when I do, they tend to be historical ...more
Laura Dawn Pol
Mar 23, 2013 Laura Dawn Pol rated it really liked it
I am so glad that Ginny wrote this book for every woman who has went through some kind of sexual abuse! "Words" is such a deep, heart-wrenching, and powerful novel! You can see it in every page and every word as Ginny pours our her heart with every joy and pain!

"Words" is one of those books that you might not first pick up because you know it's going to cut straight through your heart, but you also know it's one of those books that you NEED to read! Their were times where I just wanted to put th
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Paige
Jul 26, 2016 Paige rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion, abuse, 2014
Meh. The description on the back interested me, so I was excited to pick this book up. However...it just didn't meet my expectations. Not that others won't enjoy it! I did appreciate Kaylee's love for words and reading. The writing was fine and the plot held my interest for the most part.


Here is why I personally didn't like it (careful - SPOILER - proceed with caution):

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Ginny L. Yttrup is the award-winning author of Words, Lost and Found, Invisible, and Flames which released September 22, 2015. She writes contemporary women's fiction and enjoys exploring the issues everyday women face. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny's work "as inspiring as it is entertaining." When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her ...more
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“Sometimes keeping a secret seems like the right thing to do because telling the truth might hurt someone and makes it seem like you don't love them. But really, telling the truth is the right thing to do. It's the most loving thing to do.
-Kaylee”
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“Kaylee, an innocent child, paid the price for others' poor choices—just like Christ, who was also completely innocent, paid the price for my choices.” 3 likes
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