A breezy warm summer day is perfect for laying around the house reading. I love nothing more that to snuggle on my bed with a bowl of cherries beside me, lost in the pages of a good book. I guess I associate summers with reading, as I remember sitting up in my tree in the front yard as a child, a book in hand. If I am honest, there is nothing better than a good book and CHOCOLATE at your side, but I tend to eat the whole bag, so cherries are better. The pits slow you down!
I tend to read fiction during the summer to ease my conscious from reading only non fiction books that better me during the rest of the year. As a writer, I love to read my friends’ books, or those recommended to me by them. Long on my list has been to read
Ginny Yttrup’s book WORDS. I was a little worried about reading it as I had heard it was her story of sexual abuse as a child and having been a victim to it as well, I wondered if it would stir up bad memories.
Trusting the Lord, I opened it and began to read. I was immediately intrigued with the author’s main characters, young Kaylee and motherly Sierra. I was swept away into the Redwood Forests of Northern California where her story takes place, and where I make my home. I felt the pain of Kaylee as she experienced her abuse; the fear, despair and shame. I too struggled with these most of my life. I cried along with her, my tears on the page. I identified with Sierra’s pain from the loss of her child due to her bad choices, something I too had experienced.
But mostly, I was carried along by the theme of God’s love and faithfulness to us when we step out in faith and follow His plan. I have found this to be so true in my life. Another theme in the book is our need to tell the truth in life, even in difficult situations and that “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free”. (John 8:32) The truth the Scripture is referring to is Jesus, as He is Truth, and only He can set us free from our wounds, our addictions, our painful pasts.
As the character of Kaylee struggles to tell her story of truth, she finds peace in the process of doing so. After reading the novel, I realized telling my own story of truth was the right thing to do, and finally found peace in my heart. I write about my journey of wholeness from sexual abuse in my new book Finding God in the Midst of My Mess: My Love Story with Jesus which I plan to self publish soon. Take a peek at my blog posts Happy Birthday to Me and Answered Prayer in the Most Unlikely Way where I share part of my story.
Do you need to tell your story of truth to someone? Will you allow Jesus to come in and heal those dark places of fear and pain? He promises to give us a new life in Him if we agree to follow His will for our life. Only He can take our shame and replace it with His acceptance and love. Don’t let the enemy of our souls, the Devil, keep you in silence anymore. Tell a friend. Contact a Pastor or Priest. Find a Christian Counselor. Leave me a confidential reply below or at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you. God doesn’t want you trapped in darkness. He is the light and wants to bring you into that light.
Dear Jesus: i ask you into my heart today. Please come take my sins and give me a new life and relationship with you. Heal my heart and wounds of the past as only you can do. Fill my life with your love and Truth and lead me each day in your way. Thank you Jesus. Amen.
I recommend Ginny”s book WORDS to you as a great read on God’s love and redemption. Or pass it along to a friend who you know has suffered abuse and help them find healing. You can find it at ginnyytrrup.com. I have already started reading her next book Lost and Found and can’t wait to read her third book Invisible.
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