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Invisible: A Novel

Invisible: A Novel

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by Ginny L. Yttrup

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Ellyn DeMoss -- chef, café owner, and lover of butter -- is hiding behind her extra weight. But what is she hiding? While Ellyn sees the good in others, she has only condemnation for herself. So when a handsome widower claims he’s attracted to Ellyn, she’s certain there’s something wrong with him.
Sabina Jackson -- tall,


Ellyn DeMoss -- chef, café owner, and lover of butter -- is hiding behind her extra weight. But what is she hiding? While Ellyn sees the good in others, she has only condemnation for herself. So when a handsome widower claims he’s attracted to Ellyn, she’s certain there’s something wrong with him.
Sabina Jackson -- tall, slender, and exotic -- left her husband, young adult daughters, and a thriving counseling practice to spend a year in Northern California where she says she’s come to heal. But it seems to Ellyn that Sabina’s doing more hiding than healing. What’s she hiding from? Is it God?
Twila Boaz has come out of hiding and is working to gain back the pounds she lost when her only goal was to disappear. When her eating disorder is triggered again, though she longs to hide, she instead follows God and fights for her own survival. But will she succeed?
As these women’s lives intertwine, their eyes open to the glory within each of them as they begin to recognize themselves as being created in God’s image.

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 "Ginny Yttrup is one of the new luminous writing stars on the Christian fiction horizon. Her words inspire my spirit and grip my consciousness like few others do. She received the Christy Award for her debut novel Words. Publishers Weekly described her second book, Lost and Found, as inspirational and entertaining. I have the happy privilege of commending her third book, Invisible, as yet another inspiring and riveting story of a woman who learns her dress size does not rule out romantic love. She can cook and eat but can she allow her heart to be fed as well? Her struggle with self-image and the ever-present inner voice of condemnation is a recognizable battle we all wage against the hurtful messages from our past. You will be encouraged, entertained and energized by the message of Invisible."

~-Marilyn Meberg, speaker and writer with Women of Faith, author of Constantly Craving

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Ginny L. Yttrup is an accomplished freelance writer, speaker, and life coach who also ministers to women wounded by sexual trauma. She has two grown sons and lives in California.

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Invisible: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
I seldom give a solid five thumbs up for anything. Usually, the very best is 4.5 thumbs. This book by Ginny Yttrup, though--maybe it should be five wows plus. This is one of those books that will be a forever classic, one you'll remember all your lives. If you have (or have a loved one who has) ever suffered from being overweight, anorexia, or depression caused by deaths, you will be amazed at the insights into these life-stealing diseases. I don't know how one person can express the inner thoughts of those suffering so without having "been there." I personally recognize one--and sometimes two--of the characters as myself. I, too, wanted to fade into the scenery. There are four principal characters inside Invisible. One is Ellyn, Chef and Owner of one of the many excellent restaurants on the Mendocino Coast. She loves butter and hates Earl, the inner voice that accuses her of being (shudder) fat and foolish, one no man in his right mind would want for anything other than a casual friend. The next protagonist to be introduced is Twila, a twenty-six-year-old, thin-as-a-rail vegan who works in her mother's health food store. Memories of her father leaving when she was small haunt and threaten her. She has an amazing gift to know what's hurting those around her. And then there's Sabina, a psychiatrist convinced she caused two girls' deaths--or at least didn't do enough to prevent them. She's come to Mendocino without her husband to stay for maybe a year. She needs to get away from her practice, her life, everything. Miles is a doctor who semi-retired a few years back with his beloved wife who knew him inside and out and loved him anyway. When she died of cancer she left a hole in his heart the size of an ocean or two. Two years have passed, though, and his wife made him promise to look for another wife. She put her seal of approval on Ellyn, and Miles agrees until... These four lives meet, collide, and merge, sometimes helping and sometimes hurting each other. As we all do. You have got to read this novel--but pick a time when it won't matter if you laugh out loud or cry and when you can sleep in the following day, because you'll find it almost impossible to put down.
MountainsJJ More than 1 year ago
Invisible from Ginny Yttrup is a wonderful and rich story of the lives of three women and the God that loves them wonderfully. Each woman in the story has her own reason for wanting to feel "invisible" but most of it stems from shame. The story weaves together the healing that only God can give through His mercy and love and through the people He places in our path. It is important to know that the book is written in first person, present tense. Which I must admit I really enjoyed. It draws you in so intimately to the core of each character. The chapters are unique to the voice of the characters and labelled well. Yttrup did an excellent job of making it easy for the reader to flow into the next mindset. Well-done! I found the pace a little slow at first as the stage was set for each character and the beginning of their arcs. Yet, once I found myself in each of their skins it read smoother for me. The depth of the characters and their struggles drew me in deeper as the pages turned. Their growing friendship and developing faith journeys were enlightening to me and attended to some of my dry soul spots as well. A fantastic read. A refreshing and inspiring message. A hopeful gift!   Be sure to check out Invisible.  Thanks to HandelBar Publishing for proving me a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
ToriPeterson More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since I have read a fiction book that carried me on such an uplifting journey. I was truly blown away by this book. Through each character's own personal struggles they bond together in a form of friendship that, with God's love and guidance, proves unbeatable. Just when each character feels alone or at their worst, another character is there to uplift them. Another character I would like to talk about a bit is Miles. He is a widowed doctor who shows interest in Ellyn. Despite her own condemning view of herself, Miles allows God to lead him on his journey with Ellyn and does not allow his judgement of her to be swayed by outward appearances. He seems to be some of the glue that holds things together at times. I loved how this book spoke of very real issues that many deal with daily. Eating disorders, feelings of guilt, depression, and weight issues are very real topics. In today's society we are constantly trying to change who we are. We are constantly trying to transform ourselves so that we will be what society's ideal is rather than just be who God created us to be. We are all created in the image of Him. Even though this book is only fiction it could be anyone's journey. All the characters are awe inspiring. The one thing we often do not see is how God works through others to bring us not only meaningful relationships, but bringing us closer to Him. This book speaks so matter of fact of his love, but in ways that we can all learn from. Life's journey is not always easy, but it is His way. He won't give us anything we can't handle, and He is always there for us. This book was such a great reminder that we are all created in the image of God. He has created us how He wants us to be, and we only need to please Him. We should never be ashamed or feel alone because He will always be next to us holding out His hand just waiting for us to grab hold. Although this book focused on several different characters it wasn't hard to follow. The words pulled me in from the beginning and there is a character for each individual to admire and relate to. I mostly favored Ellyn as she was more easy to relate to. As the story progressed, however, Miles and Twila stood out the most. They each seemed to be a sort of glue that held all the characters together, and kept them all on the right path back to God. In no way does this book preach religion. It's almost as if God is using Ginny's wonderful talents and speaking through her. This book is a wonderful read for any individual, or any book club. There are even discussion questions at the end that you can discuss with others or read alone if you wish. Either way this book is headed right to my favorites shelf, and this is one I will be recommending for years to come. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are my own.
RobinPatchen More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book. One of the best books I've read in years.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, but not one that I could not put down.  I struggled at times getting through it, but only because it wasn't one that held my attention.  The 4 main characters were given personal voices one chapter at a time.  So the story didn't flow smoothly, felt sort of choppy.  The story in itself was a good one, that I personally could relate to.  Two of the characters berated themselves for past influences that shaped their life or placed personal blame on circumstances that were beyond their control. Ellyn listened to an inner voice named "Earl" that constantly put her down.  Interestingly the reason for the name came out toward the end of the book...  When realization comes about that each person is made in the image of God, things change for each character.
anemulligan More than 1 year ago
Invisible by Ginny Yttrup, makes my Top Ten for 2013 list and my Top Ten of All Time. Yttrup employs a light hand and humor to impart heavy truths. Normally, I read to be entertained. With Invisible, when I least expected it, I was touched and changed. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. This is a book everyone needs to read.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
"Invisible" is one of the best books I have ever read! It is so powerful that I know Ginny's words will stick with me a very long time because God is writing through her! This novel is for every woman out there who in some way or another has struggled with their self-image! I'm sure that many of us have viewed our imagine in some negative way that doesn't reflect God's view of us. Some of the characters struggle with this idea, but Ginny drives home the point so passionately that we are all made in the image of God! Through these characters stories, you can see the heart of God in Ginny's words for people who have these issues! God does not want anyone to deny Him or have unholy thoughts concerning who they are! It's not some light-heart book that leaves you with warm fuzzy feelings afterwards, but a book that dives into the innermost thoughts of our mind and the lies, negative chatter, and pain that is there! It's such a story of healing and of growth were one cannot deny the Creator, the One who made us in His image! Ginny's novel was not only a story of redemption and growth, but of friendship! The verse in the Bible that says "there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother" comes to life throughout the pages of "Invisible" (Proverbs 18:24). It is so clear to see that as the characters grow in friendship that their is such a powerful love between friends that God has gave us on Earth! I realized through reading the book that friendship is so important and God put friends in our life to encourage us, motivate us, uplift us, and tell us the truth even when it hurts! I don't want to refuse this gift that God has so freely given us! One other thing I really enjoyed was the strong male figure that shows the love of Jesus to Twila and Ellyn! I'm so thankful she makes a point in saying how important it is to see a solid man of Christ in our lives that we can look up too! This novel is definitely a must read and a powerful testimony that we are made in the image of God! "Imago Dei."
kathy_reads More than 1 year ago
I'm sad. I'm disappointed. I'm sad because Invisible ended. And I'm disappointed because when I come out of my trance of involvement reading this book, I realize the characters aren't real. They had become my friends. Now the book is finished and I can't look forward to spending some time with them. Ginny Yttrup has become even better (if that's possible) at defining her characters and creating interesting plots with twists, turns, and catch-your-breath situations that the characters must deal with. As in her other two books, Ginny has accepted the challenge of dealing with difficult issues: child abuse, emotional abuse, and now in Invisible: body image, depression, and self-worth. Ms. Yttrup really is adept at getting us inside each character's mind, emotions, and motives. We totally understand why they react the way they do. In a unique fashion, each of the four main character's chapters are written in first person. At times, this became a little confusing. I would have to remind myself who was “talking.” But in time, the characters became real enough to me that it didn't matter. Also, one of the main characters, Miles, is male. Since I'm female, I'm trusting his perspective was consistent with maleness. It seemed like it. Very believable. I have looked forward to each of this author's books and I haven't been disappointed. Only disappointed that a good book has to end and the characters are figments of the novelist's imagination. I was hoping I would meet one of them and we could have dinner at Ellyn's restaurant. Can't wait for another book from this terrific author.
vrush More than 1 year ago
Invisible by Ginny Yttrup Have you ever felt alone in a crowd, wanted to be invisible? And then someone walks up to you and the room turns into a wonderful place to be. That’s Ellyn, she’s the someone who draws people like a magnet with her personality, loving nature and her laughter…not to mention her food. Have you ever felt guilt that overwhelms you? Beautiful well educated Sabina has spent a lifetime helping others regain their sense of worth. Now when she runs to hide from the past, who will she turn to in her time of need? Have you ever felt shame when you look in the mirror? Twila doesn’t even want to see a mirror, yet at the same time she wants to reflect whose she is. Ginny Yttrup has gotten inside these women and shared their thoughts and feeling through words we will all understand….maybe too well for some. In Mendocino, California, these three women’s lives will collide into a kaleidoscope of sharing love, laughter, tears and even bickering. It’s a beautiful story of healing, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Take the journey from anguish, despair and brokenness to laughter, joy and wellness. Come to Mendocino…and find peace
TheReadingMom More than 1 year ago
Invisible by Ginny L. Yttrup is an insightful and compelling read. I loved this one! Three very different woman from all walks of life are hiding. Ellyn has a larger than life personality and is a successful business woman as chef of her own café. Sabina left her family, degrees and practice behind to heal. And Twila is working on figuring out how to be healthy and identify the triggers that affect her eating issues. And it will take the unexpected gift of friendship, lots of prayers, tears and honesty to grow them to be the strong women God created them to be designed in His image. I love the dishes Ellyn creates! You’re going to finish this story feeling inspired and challenged! I received a free copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ginny L. Yttrup in her new book, "Invisible" published by B&H Publishing Group brings us into the lives of three women. From the Back Cover: What happens when we turn our health-physical and emotional-over to God? Ellyn DeMoss -- chef, café owner, and lover of butter -- is hiding behind her extra weight. But what is she hiding? While Ellyn sees the good in others, she has only condemnation for herself. So when a handsome widower claims he's attracted to Ellyn, she's certain there's something wrong with him. Sabina Jackson -- tall, slender, and exotic -- left her husband, young adult daughters, and a thriving counseling practice to spend a year in Northern California where she says she's come to heal. But it seems to Ellyn that Sabina's doing more hiding than healing. What's she hiding from? Is it God? Twila Boaz has come out of hiding and is working to gain back the pounds she lost when her only goal was to disappear. When her eating disorder is triggered again, though she longs to hide, she instead follows God and fights for her own survival. But will she succeed? As these women's lives intertwine, their eyes open to the glory within each of them as they begin to recognize themselves as being created in God's image. First off just look at the cover, the title has a bit of transparency to it, giving you the feeling that it is trying to be invisible and the woman is out of focus. "Invisible" is a book about us. On the television shows when someone is depressed or anxious or has some sort of problem that it seems they cannot work out they turn to chocolate, ice cream or worse. This is our way to hide from the pain and not deal with the situation. These three women have their issues and each are trying to be invisible in their own way and it takes an awful amount of work to help them see themselves for who they really are and free them from their pain and their past. "Invisible" is a remarkable story about forgiveness and the exploration of who we are in God and that we are made in His image and its importance. Ginny Yttrup knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it highly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar. 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."
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that you can't put down. I read way too long at night and couldn't wait to pick it back up in the morning! This book is told from the point of view of four different characters in the book. Ellyn, a chef who is struggling with her weight. Sabina, who is struggling with depression. Miles, who is trying to move on after the death of his wife, and Twila who is struggling with an eating disorder. I loved all the characters but related to Ellyn the most. I could understand how she felt and her reasoning for the things she does and how she feels about herself. We follow each of these characters as they try to come to terms with how their lives are and to deal with the losses they have faced. I love how the author weaves faith in God throughout the book and how these people each views God in their lives. I also liked how the author intertwined these characters lives together in really amazing ways. The book moved along quickly, with many twists and turns. As I said, it was almost impossible to put down and I was sad when I was done with the book because I felt as though I knew these people and wanted to continue with the story. I highly recommend this book. It's beautifully written and will bring you into these peoples stories and leave you wanting more. *This book was provided to me by Handlebar Publishing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I just finished and I already miss the characters: Ellyn, gourmet chef and butter lover, certain her dress size excludes her from love. Sabrina, a psychologist running from pain, convinced her past disqualifies her from joy. Twila, a young woman with an old soul and a new tattoo fights the urge to make her body disappear. Together, these three women represent the many ways we hide and hurt and hope. The book struck a deep chord in me about body image and where I turn when empty and hungry in my heart. Buy this book if you or someone you know struggles with shame or body image issues,  or if you love a well-crafted story about friendship and healing. You won't be sorry! 
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Invisible: A Novel by Ginny Yttrup was not quite what I was expecting but I was surprised by the way the book affected me. The novel is centered around four main characters and each is struggling with a problem that causes them unhappiness. The three main women in the story become great friends and as they help each other they start to see themselves as being created in God’s image. At the end of the book the author states that this is not a self help book but “a story of freedom from the bondage of shame. Freedom found through believing the truth of God’s Word.” Ellyn Demoss is a chef, owns of a restaurant, loves butter, and often wonders if she loves butter more than God. She is overweight and even though she has a very poor self image, she sees only good in others. Dr. Becker, a widower, has been Ellyn’s doctor for years and when he shows a romantic interest in her she thinks that there must be something wrong with him. Sabrina Jackson is a counselor suffering from depression who left her practice and family to spend a year alone in Mendocino, California to heal. Sabrina seems to be hiding from God, is deeply grieving over the deaths of two people dear to her, and does not seem to be really working on healing. She is also the opposite of Ellyn being slim and exotic. Twila Boaz is a recovering anorexic who has a strange tattoo on her cheek and another tattoo on her wrist which translated means that she is made in the image of God. She has a very strong faith in God and works very hard to overcome her problem with anorexia. She seems to be happiest when she is helping someone especially if it means helping them get closer to God. My favorite character is Dr. Miles Becker who has such a faith filled relationship with God that others can see Jesus in him. He is kind and loving to everyone and plays a significant role in the life of the three women as he helps them to see themselves as God sees them and to help them work through their problems. The author did an excellent job in the development of all the characters, the plot, and the dialogue. She did not reveal each character’s problem immediately but slowly developed the story and brought each person’s problem to light. However, I would have liked to have known exactly how much Ellyn weighed. Not really important to the story but just something that I wanted to know. I also wondered about her age but finally near the end of the book her age was revealed. I found the book to be very inspirational and it made me want to work on my own self image and to work on having a closer relationship with God. I would recommend this novel to anyone who needs or wants to be inspired and likes a good story with a great ending. I received a free copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
Ginny did a wonderful job on this book. She shares from personal experience and makes the characters come alive. You really feel like you know them and what they are going through. This book has a powerful message! A must read!!
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Christy Award winner, Ginny Yttrup returns with a contemporary novel which will have readers examining their own physical and emotional well being.  Told in alternating first person voices, we follow three very different women who beyond their unique life stories share one similarity.  All have shaped and guarded their lives so that their true selves, their fears and desires, are hidden.  Basically, they seek to be invisible.  On the outside Ellyn, successful chef and restaurateur, doesn’t seem to have any problems.    Her customers and staff love her. Her flamboyant red hair and engaging smiles can’t be forgotten, but no one hears “Earl’s” destructive voice that constantly feeds Ellyn’s negative self-image.  When the forty­-two year old begins receiving attention from a good looking, caring widower, Ellyn cannot overcome Earl’s vision that, too fat, she will fail at any relationship she seeks.  In a desperate attempt to lose some weight and possibly prevent some health complications, Ellyn seeks the help of a young health store worker, Twila. Twila has appears to have the God-given gifts of empathy and healing.  She attributes her sensitive caring to her own past pain.  Readers will soon realize that the frail twenty-something girl with the profound tattoos battles an eating disorder and anything that threatens her self-constructed reality also threatens her recovery.  Readers will also Yttrup’s wonderful depiction of someone who daily makes the conscience effort to choose faith in God over the inner dark thoughts that destroy.  Despite her personal battles, she genuinely hopes to help Ellyn. At first our third main character will be an unlikely member of this invisible trio.  Tall and exotically beautiful, Sabina is new to the community.  A couple chance meetings thrust Sabina and Ellyn together, and a cautious friendship begins.  It is then we learn that Sabina, a highly successful counselor, has left behind her practice and husband for a year-long sabbatical at this tiny north Californian village.  While she admits that it is time she needs to heal, for the longest time she withholds her real need to disappear into anonymity.  As she begins to sense that both Ellyn and Twila need help, she also realizes that she cannot help anyone else without revealing her own hidden pain, and most of all, her refusal to see God’s presence in her life. Yttrup begins each chapter with a quotation from Saint Augustine whose 3rd-4th Century writings inspired her to see the truth of her own inner struggles.  This most powerful quotation is the central theme around which the trio of ladies find their revelations:  Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long course of the rivers¸ at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.    With characters ranging  in age from twenty to seventy-five and with a message that transcends any age group¸ Invisible will appeal to a wide group of readers.  Those whose lives have been touched by ED (eating disorders) may be apprehensive, but despite the uncomfortable memories the book may evoke, I think you’ll appreciate the insight.  I received a copy of Invisible from Handlebar Publishing for review purposes.  All opinions are mine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of INVISIBLE by Ginny L. Yttrup from B & H Books. The novel follows three women as they struggle with health issues. Ellyn hates being fat. It keeps her from having confidence in herself and from opening up to Miles, a doctor who finds her attractive. Sabrina is struggling with depression, so she abandons her family and career to rejuvenate herself. Twila is recovering from anorexia and trying to keep herself on track. The three women come together and learn to help each other as they keep their faith in God. Even though each one suffered from a different health issue, I was able to connect with each. For example, I agreed with Twila’s decision to become a vegan and I felt for Ellyn when her inner voice told her she wasn’t good enough. The novel is a fast read – I got through it in one evening. It feels like a television sitcom. By the final chapter, I knew the characters as friends. Ginny Yttrup really takes us into their minds. I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with a health problem, be it obesity, depression, anorexia, or anything else. You can experience the ups and downs with the characters, while understanding God’s love. I will be passing this novel on to a friend, that she may also experience the joy in reading this.
SusanKBasham More than 1 year ago
The storyline explores the unlikely friendships of three women: Ellyn, an overweight chef with a penchant for butter; Twila, a nutritionist battling the eating disorder anorexia; and Sabina, a counselor who has difficulty handling her own grief. The intertwining of their lives brings to light a common theme—they all want to hide…run…at times be invisible. Why? Ellyn’s former physician, Miles, wants to pursue a relationship with her, but her weight convinces her she is unworthy of love as she listens to the “voice” of condemnation in her head. She’s named that voice Earl, and this misbehaving bully has been with her most of her life. Twila’s absent father left her with abandonment issues which manifested into an eating disorder. Rehab and faith in God brought her through, but when her dad reappears unexpectedly, old issues are triggered and she’s fighting the battle again. Sabina takes a leave of absence from her counseling practice and husband after assuming responsibility for a patient’s suicide—but makes little progress until she admits that only God holds the power of life and death. Imago Dei—you are created in the image of God—is the ever present theme in the book, and one the women come to embrace as they learn to listen to God’s voice of acceptance and affirmation, and allow His healing. INVISIBLE is Ginny’s third novel, and like her first two, does not disappoint. Characters become dear friends, (sequel, please), and her lyrical writing style makes for smooth reading. Her issue-driven fiction always hits my heart with sharpshooter aim, allowing me to hear God’s voice through her words. Plan on throwing something in the crockpot before you start the book—I couldn’t stop to dial Round Table, or even make as much as a peanut butter sandwich. FIVE bright and amazing stars.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved this book! It has great characters and a great story! It grabs you from the beginning and won't let you go. I highly recommend it!
lmbartelt More than 1 year ago
Years ago I watched a movie starring Barbara Streisand called The Mirror Has Two Faces. I can't remember much about the movie except that Bryan Adams sang on the soundtrack (and I was practically in love with Bryan Adams) and the female lead was not confident about her appearance or her attractiveness to men. I could relate. When I looked in the mirror, I didn't like what I saw, and I didn't believe anyone else who said they saw something different. Almost 20 years later, the struggle isn't as intense, but it's still a battle. And it's this image battle that novelist Ginny Yttrup writes about in her new book Invisible. Ellyn is the owner and head chef of a restaurant in Mendocino, California. She's also overweight, has never had a relationship with a man and she's skeptical when a widowed doctor, Miles, shows interest in her. She hears a voice in her head (she calls him "Earl") that constantly puts her down. She loves butter. (Who doesn't?) Twila works at a shop owned by her mom. They specialize in herbal medicines, organic foods, and natural products. Twila bears a tattoo of thorns on her face, a mark of solidarity with those who suffer. She is thin and recovering from an eating disorder (she calls it "Ed") and re-establishing a healthy relationship with food. Sabina has come to Mendocino to escape. She's a therapist carrying a suitcase stuffed with guilt and battling depression. She's on a break from her practice, her family and God. Each day is a struggle to get out of bed. Ellyn befriends Twila and Sabina and as the three of them get to know each other and their "issues," they realize they aren't as different as they might seem on the outside. Each of them, with the help of the others, is on a journey to discover who they are and why they've hidden behind food, an eating disorder and professional success. I don't know how she does it, but Yttrup creates characters that could walk off the page and into your living room. Invisible is an honest look at what happens in the female mind, and how distorted our view of ourselves can be. I found myself able to identify with each woman for a different reason. This quote is one of my favorites from the book: "Beauty is more than a number on the scale. It comes from the soul." And if you like the writings of Christian saints, you'll appreciate Yttrup's inclusion of quotes from St. Augustine at the start of each chapter. A quote from his writings plays a major role in the theme of the book. (Yttrup did this with Madame Guyon in her last book, Lost and Found. I appreciate the ancient-modern connection.) Yttrup has a unique style. Each chapter is written from the first-person perspective of one of the characters. Sometimes I had to go back and remind myself who was talking, but the chapters are short and the movement of the characters toward wholeness is fluid and hard to step away from. I enjoyed reading this book on my own but think it would be even more meaningful in a discussion group with other women. So, if you're looking for a book club read or you have a group of girlfriends who like to read and talk, I'd put this one on the list. ---------------- In exchange for my review, I received a free copy of Invisible from Handlebar Marketing.
HSMomof4 More than 1 year ago
Many people deal with issues of body image. I am fat? too fat? too thin? too short? too ______ ? I am worthless... lazy... I can't do _____. How many people try to hide and seek invisibility instead of recognition? How would they feel if they truly believed that all men and women are not only created in the image of God, but also meant to reflect His image to others. Ellyn single, 40-something, chef and cafe owner, friend, believer, overweight Twila single, 20-something, studies and sells natural homeopathic healing, friend, believer, living with an eating disorder Sabina married, counselor, seeks healing from a sad past, fighting depression Miles widowed, medical doctor, believer, feeling God's leading to seek another soul mate As the story intertwines around these women's lives, the reader is pulled into their common, and sometimes, tragic issues. Each of the women have secrets they do not want exposed - eating too much, not eating at all, depression - for fear of condemnation. Yet, God draws them into each other's lives to help them see TRUTH and receive healing. Healing which only comes from Him alone. Click HERE to read Chapter 1. You don't have to have an eating disorder to relate to Twila. Her courage in the face of her illness shines through. I envy her strength in coming face-to-face with her demons. She knows God will see her through this trial. I love her tattoos! I easily relate to Ellyn's character in the book. I'm 48, overweight, and can see the good things in others but not myself. I am just truly realizing the power of being "created in God's image." He does not look at me and say negative things. He sees me and sees His creation which was made "very good." invisible will stay with you long after you finish the last paragraph. It is a powerful message we all need to hear... and accept. God love you. God loves me. Not for what we have done or what size we wear, but because He made us in His image to reflect His glory. My rating: 6 out of 5 stars The message alone makes this a must read for all women who set their identity in anything or anyone other than God. I received a complimentary copy of invisible from B & H Publishing Group for my honest review.
libraryboy More than 1 year ago
Ellyn is the owner/chef of a successful eatery in her little town.  Her love of cooking is second only to her love of…… butter.  Ellyn is satisfied with her professional life, maybe not so much about her  personal life.  Ellyn has battled with her weight all her life and now she is starting to have health issues associated with it.  When her doctor passes her off to a new physician in his office, Ellyn takes it as a sign to start working on her weight issues.  Sabina is new to town on a self-imposed exile from her life.  As a psychologist, Sabina knows the dangers of withdrawing from society and the effects that depression has on a person.  Unfortunately, the battle rages in her mind between  what she should do and what her body wants her to do.  Twila is back helping her mom run their  nutrition store in a converted church.  As she continues to struggle with an eating disorder, Twila  leans on Him to help her.  These 3 women have nothing in common at first glance, but looks are  always deceiving.  The relationship between these 3 women and various other citizens in this town  is intriguing and ever changing.  Does Ellyn ever solve her weight issues?  Will Sabina ever go back  to her family?  Does Twila continue with her eating disorder or does she overcome it?  Find out, when you BUY THE BOOK! This is my first book by Ginny Yttrup.  I will admittedly say that her writing style is not something tha t I enjoy reading.  It was a little confusing as each chapter was told from a different characters point of view.  There were times that I had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to see which character  was talking, especially when the characters would interact with each other.  With that being said, I  thought the overall story was amazing.  I’m a big guy, recently diagnosed with diabetes, so I could empathize with Ellyn and her plight with food.  Her struggle with how her weight affected her health  issues was enlightening.  The characters were well developed and their interactions were believable .  I was angry with Sabina at first, but then cried with her at the end.  The story flowed so well and gave  such a great honest look at how we look at ourselves, when we need to remember that we are “created in His image”.   Is this a "guy's book"?  It doesn’t have bombs, explosions or any murders, so if you’re judging a  “guy’s book” by that criteria, then no, this isn’t a “guy’s book”.  If, though, you can see the beauty of  His work in our everyday lives and how He will guide and direct us if we just stop and listen, then yes,  this is a book that every guy needs to read.
homeschoolmom24 More than 1 year ago
Something has to be said about the way the author Ginny L. Yttrup has laid out each chapter of this book. It was awesome! Each chapter is on a different character and their lives. My favorite character was probably Ellyn, because she is the one I mainly identify with. I love how each of the characters intertwined to form this story. It was raw and real and really came alive to me. Ellyn was alot like many women you know. She has very little self confidence but tries her best to talk her alter ego, "Earl" down when it makes her feel less confident.
Writeous More than 1 year ago
Every woman who has been broken on the wheels of living should read this book. Healing comes to three amazing women in very different ways. Each has experienced her own private trauma; yet Yttraup shows that it is possible to marvelously recover from life's assaults on our psyche and physical person. Through these lifelike characters she shows how beautiful it is to know that we are created in the image of God (Imago Dei).