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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."

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by B&H Books (first published 2011)
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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
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
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
Mar 18, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Novel
Ginny L. Yttrup
B & H Books

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
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
Sep 19, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing
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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
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
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
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 m ...more
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
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
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
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!!!
This book was almost impossible for me to put down and I had to keep reading right until the end. Twelve years ago Sierra became pregnant while doing drugs and loses her baby. She is ridden with guilt and pain and has a hard time forgiving herself. On the anniversary of her baby's death she is on a drive into the wilderness. She thinks she sees a little girl out there by herself and returns to investigate since something doesn't seem right. There she meets Kaylee who was abandoned by her mother ...more
Rachel Lubow
Dec 02, 2014 Rachel Lubow rated it it was amazing
Words is riveting, truthful, and healing.

Words is beautifully written. Approximately every other chapter, the point of view shifts from first person Kaylee to first person Sierra. These shifts are consistently clear and fluid, yet the characters remain distinct. I was particularly stunned by Kaylee's chapters, in which I clearly heard the voice of a hurting twelve-year-old. The character development is masterful, the word choice and composition are nearly as solid. While quite a few cliches wer
Hey Nurse
Apr 11, 2015 Hey Nurse rated it it was amazing
This book answered one big question and that was, "If God exists, why doesn't he hear my cries for Him?" After asking myself this so many times I had given up on prayer. I had given up on myself. Welcoming death daily to take away intense pain I had no idea how to deal with. One day I pushed the pain into adversity and began to live for myself. Against all odds I pulled the remains of my shred of faith in humanity and lived my life. I turned to nature and adrenaline. Then I met my best friend. H ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Mary rated it liked it
Wendy Hodene wants for nothing except, like every woman, extra closet space. But even that whim lies within reach when she and her devoted husband Jim win the lottery and launch a renovation of the cozy, antique New England home that has been in the family for generations. Wendy is certain life can't get any better than this, until a surprise comes her way--surprise that will change her world forever. At first, winning the lottery jackpot seems to be the answer to the Hodenes' unspoken prayers. ...more
Libby Sellers
May 12, 2012 Libby Sellers 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
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.
Donna Keith
May 07, 2014 Donna Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Beautiful, Inspiring Story

When I bought this book, I didn't know it was about Christ's wonderful, encompassing love for us. I'm ashamed to say, I perhaps wouldn't have purchased it if I had known. I've been a Christian for most of my life, but I had been less than impressed with.most of the Christian novels I'd read. But this one is different; "Words" is compelling, suspenseful, and kept my interest until the very end, and it did something none of the "regular" novels don't; it illustrated the
Ginger Price
Jul 06, 2014 Ginger Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learning God's redemptive love

Kayle, age 10, is a victim of sexual abuse and as a way to cope, she can no longer speak but silently endures by reading a dictionary, the only book her abuser didn't destroy. Sierra abused drugs, and in fact, couldn't even stop when she was pregnant which caused her new born daughter to die after a few days. Their paths cross, under a large burned out but thriving red oak... which came to symbolize the power of God....through His words. Even if you have never had t
May 01, 2012 Karla rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, difficult, gut retching story.
Jan 20, 2016 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Startling - adj. creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder; astonishing.
This book was recommended by a reader friend. Startling! From page one to "And He did" I was pulled into a story of abuse and redemption and grace and recovery.

I'm trying to find actual words to describe the book and I'm dumbfounded. How Ginny stepped carefully through the book yet kept the scenes alive without making you throw up and wanting to get a gun and shoot ... characters.
Ginny is a WONDERFUL author. Speaker for
Apr 20, 2015 Kristy rated it it was amazing
Ginny Yttrup has a way with words. To use a word of one of her main characters, Kaylee, it's *stupendous* that Words is Ginny's first novel. Truly amazing. As a result, Ginny has set the bar high for herself as an author. Her ability to draw the reader into the story and connect with them on an emotional level will leave the reader yearning for resolution and redemption within the story.

On a mechanical level, Ginny is a master at wordsmithing. Her style conveys the richness of what she wants to
Sep 01, 2014 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. 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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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
Mar 22, 2011 melissa rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The characters, the setting. And the author speaks in a language that makes you feel like you are there. Sierra is so kind and becomes so open, and Kaylee although she has been through so much at such a young age, is so strong, and the type of girl you want to hang out with. Despite not speaking, she really draws the reader, and everyone around her in. Also, I wish I could SEE Sierra's art. Pete is a giant teddy bear you just want to cuddle up with, and have him take care of y ...more
Beth Peninger
Jun 16, 2011 Beth Peninger rated it it was amazing
Ironically enough I don't have adequate words to speak about this book. It has left me speechless. What a hard read but yet so good. Ginny Yttrup exposes a silent problem that too few people are willing to think or talk about. And she presents the two-fold solution. Truth. Letting the Truth penetrate and then speaking truth. Both gain the wounded freedom. This is a heavy book because of its topic but weaved into the despair is Hope. I didn't laugh or even smile once while reading this book but I ...more
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 fic ...more
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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, an innocent child, paid the price for others' poor choices—just like Christ, who was also completely innocent, paid the price for my choices.” 1 likes
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