SUMMARY: What happens when we turn our health - physical and emotional - over to God?
Ellyn - chef, cafe' owner, and lover of butter - is hiding something behind her extra weight. While she 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 - 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. Why?
Twila 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, thought she longs to hide, she instead follows God and fights for her own survival.
As these women's lives intertwine, their eyes will open to the glory within each of them as they begin to recognize themselves as being created in God's image.
REVIEW: This book is phenomenal!!! The way Ellyn, Sabina, and Twila interact, lift each other up and challenge each other is fresh and enjoyable. Ellyn and Sabina argue with each other and move each other out of their comfort zones but do it with love and respect and not out of anger. Twila, even though she is much younger than Sabina and Ellyn, is full of God-given wisdom and understanding. I love how all three women encourage each other and help each other through rough spots and in hard times.
Even though the story deals with weigh issues (both overeating and anorexia) and weight loss, the author is quick to point out that it is a story about freedom from the bondage of shame, which is found through believing the truth in God's Word. I can relate to Ellyn's struggles of weight, love of food and not seeing herself as others do - beautiful, loving, fun, and amazing, but Twila's insight on seeing yourself in God's image has stuck with me the longest.
We all struggle with how we see ourselves and how we perceive others see us, even if we would never admit to it. When we see ourselves made in God's image, no matter our size, coloring, or abilities, we have great freedom.
While this review does not do this book the justice it deserves, you will not be disappointed when you take the time and read it yourself.
This book was provided by Handlebar for review without compensation.
Ginny L. Yttrup won a Christy Award and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for her award-winning debut novel, Words. Also a speaker and life coach, she ministers to women wounded by sexual trauma. Yttrup has two grown sons and lives in California. For more information, visit her website at www.GinnyYttrup.com.