Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I Love Words - Giveaway!

UPDATE 5/1/12 4:30 pm WINNERS!!

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Congrats to pwnmom and Marti! Please email me your addresses ladies, and the book will be mailed to you! Thanks so much to all of you for your comments and entries.

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UPDATE 12:00 noon 4/24: Ginny Yttrup is adding another book to this giveaway, so two commenters will win a copy! Thanks, Ginny!

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I am way overdue with sharing this review and telling you about this phenomenal author, but what better time than the week after a Christy nomination? I was delighted to personally meet Ginny Yttrup at last year's ICRS show in Atlanta. While I didn't have the opportunity to interview her, I was able to attend a local book club meeting where she was the guest speaker. She is authentic and genuine and a joy to be around!

Ginny Yttrup
(B&H Books)
ISBN: 978-1433671708
February 2011/352 pages/$14.99

"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.

The opportunity to write is the fulfillment of a life-long dream. Words were my salvation as a child, until I met my true Savior, the Word. - Ginny Yttrup

Ginny Yttrup is an author, freelance writer, and writing coach who also ministers to women wounded by sexual trauma. She has two grown sons and lives near Sacramento, California. Words is her debut novel. Her second novel, Lost and Found is available now. Visit her website or Facebook page.

As a word lover, I was instantly drawn to this book by the cover and the title, but to be honest, I was a bit fearful to read it because I knew it covered a painful subject. In fact, when I had the opportunity to visit a book club last summer in Atlanta where Ginny Yttrup was the guest, not only did every reader express the same reluctance, but Ginny Yttrup said it was the book she didn't want to write! However, without fail, every person was also so glad they did read it, as they were touched by the beauty of the writing and the Truth found within its pages. This would be an outstanding novel by any measure but for a debut offering, it is particularly impressive. Yttrup writes with sensitivity and hope, weaving together the lives and stories of Kaylee and Sierra, and pointing to the Word. Few books have touched me as this one has, and I am excited that it is a finalist for a Christy Award in two categories, First Novel and Contemporary Standalone.

I have an additional copy of this book to give to one of you! To enter, leave a comment on this post by 12:00 noon CDT next Tuesday, 5/1/12, and I will draw a winner. US Residents only, please and you must include an email address if you do not have a blog so I can contact you if you win. Winner will have 24 hours to claim the book by emailing his/her address.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Books as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Modern Day Disciple said...

oh, oh, PICK ME! looks great!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a chance to win. Terrilea@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

As a retired English teacher, I am immediately drawn to the title. I still keep a list of words unfamiliar to me and look them up in my large dictionary. I would love to win and read WORDS by Ginny Yttrp.
Kaye Whitney

Anna Braswell said...

"Words" sounds awesome! The healing power in written words and the Word never ceases to amaze me.

Brenda Stimely said...

Wow! Sounds Amazing! Will definitely be looking into this author. love a chance to win this.

Sarah said...

I love this book! Pick me!!

Sharon said...

I would so love to win a copy of this book and I hope I do! :)~Sharon Goemaere

Anonymous said...

This would be soooo cool to add to my library!

Anonymous said...

This looks like a great book! It's on my to-be-read list.



Beth said...

Looks like another great author to add to my list! Thanks for the review. My girls and I would love to read this.

Beverlydru said...

I love YOUR love of words and appreicate the grace in which you share it. I love being YOUR reader and would really love to read this book. From a fellow wordsmith.

Amanda Dykes said...

What a generous giveaway; I'm looking forward to reading this book from a wonderful woman of God!

Diana Gardner said...

I would love to win a copy!

skoots1mom said...

ditto13, hahahah

The Garden Swing said...

This book sounds like a blessing! I have not personally been a traumatic situation like this, but I do believe in the power of words---and THE Word! I would love a copy of this book.


AuburnChick said...

Oh my gosh! I WANT this book! My students, who have such difficult lives, would really, really be able to relate to it!

Thanks for the review!

sara said...

this sounds like a great book!

pwnmom said...

sounds amazing and that I might need a tissue when reading! I would love to win. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.


Marti said...

This sounds like a book that I would love. Thanks for the chance to be in your drawing.

Joyce said...

Count me in!!

Sharon said...

I am intrigued with the premise of this story. Please enter me to win the book

Mary Lou said...

Sound very good. Please enter me...dlowran1(at)comcast(dot)net. Yay that you have two books to give away...

kas said...

I love the title of this book. Please pick me...