Saturday, May 21, 2011

Review of Words (Christian Fiction Book Club)

The Christian Fiction Book Club meets every six weeks at different book blogs. This month we read Words by Ginny Yttrup, and I answered a few of the discussion questions below.  This time it's hosted by Julie at My Only Vice.  Feel free to come join the conversation here and check out some of the other blogs as well!

Note: I’m not a book blogger/reviewer per se, but I am a book lover.  Hopefully it’s okay if I crash this Christian Fiction Book Club Party

I’ve not read anything by Ginny Yttrup before and I don’t read books like Words too often.  Not because they’re bad, but because they’re difficult.  The subject matter dealt with in this book caused me to read through it at a much slower pace than is normal for me.

The main characters deal with the loss of loved ones due to one’s own choices and the loss of innocence due to the choices of others.  There’s death and pain and abuse (both physical and emotional) and I could only read a few chapters before my heart was overwhelmed with all the emotions.

Through it all is woven the idea of forgiveness.  Forgiveness of ourselves, forgiving others, and forgiveness from God.  Also through this book was the mantra that the truth will set you free.

This book definitely had some edginess but a little less romance.  The romance that was there felt pretty natural and played a supporting role to the greater romance between God and His children.  This was interesting because normally in a story where there are extreme and intense circumstances, the romance feels the same, and it feels unreal.  Sometimes that’s what I’m looking for.  In this case, that would have taken away from the deeper meaning of the story.

Overall, although this book was a little hard to read, it was definitely worth it.  We all need a reminder of forgiveness and that the truth sets us free.

The questions I chose:
6. Sierra struggles to accept God’s forgiveness.  Many of us share that struggle.  How can we, as Christ’s followers, truly embrace God’s grace in those difficult areas of our lives? (see Matthew 11:28)
In order to embrace God’s grace we have to have a right understanding of how big and great God is and how tiny and bad we are.  A lot of people can’t accept grace because they think they can do it on their own.  We know in John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”  So doing it ourselves is out.  Or people think their sin is too big for God or He doesn’t love them.  Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior.  He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”  So I’d say he loves you and is pretty powerful.  So all you have left is to accept God’s grace through forgiveness of sins.  Let the truth (aka Jesus) set you free.

11. What displays God’s power to you?
I’ve really seen God’s power in the storms we’ve been having recently.  I love hearing the thunder and seeing the lightning.  It reminds me of Job 37:2-3, “2Listen closely to the thunder of His voice, And the rumbling that goes out from His mouth. 3Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, And His lightning to the ends of the earth.”
I also really see God’s power when someone comes to faith in Jesus who I didn’t expect.  I saw that a lot in my short excursion overseas.  I would doubt, yet God would prove faithful.

The next book we'll read is Pompeii: City of Fire: A Novel by TL Higley.  The date for this book is on July 2 so you have plenty of time to read it and join in on the discussion. 

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  1. Thanks for joining in the discussion! I really liked your insights into Words. Very good review.

  2. I really enjoyed this book, obviously it was difficult and heartbreaking, but I think it is one that everyone should read as a reminder of God's love and forgiveness and the redemption we find in Him.

    Too often we find ourselves thinking we're bigger than God, and we need that reminder that we can't do it on our own, or that even we think we are doing well on our own, God has his plans for us that are bigger than we could ever manage on our own. I learned that one about 5 years ago and that was a very powerful lesson.

    Shan, from Faith Filled Reading

  3. Thanks for your review and discussion. You need to "crash" the party regularly! ;)

  4. I love your thoughts! I totally agree about God's forgivenes..we're "do-ers" and we just want so badly to DO something to earn that forgiveness instead of just accepting it! This was such a powerful story. I'm so glad I read it, although it's very different from what I would usually choose.

  5. Yay for coming to the party!!! Thanks for linking up this month. And you are spot on, it was a difficult book to read but so worth it.

    About the truth that sets us free... I thought it was great that Sierra realized that she had to move away from forcing Kaylee to speak the truth and point her more toward The Truth which sets us all free. After Kaylee found Jesus, speaking the truth became possible for her. That was profound for me.