Home by Ginny Yttrup

Just finished Ginny Yttrup’s book Home.

Home is a story of life. A writer goes on a journey of self discovery as she struggles to write a novel. Relationship struggles, mental illness, infertility, fear, temptation and many other real life situations come together to make this story real but beautiful. It went where I never would have expected it to go. There’s no predictability in this book which is fantastic! Love how the story within the story helps better understand the character writing it. The character development is great. Such depth. The characters are believable and feel things that everyone would feel. I loved how they all dealt with their emotions and many went through the stages of grief in their own way. The beginning of the book was a little bit of a struggle but stick with it and you’ll be happy you did. The timeline was confusing when switching between character’s point of view. At first this was really obvious but as the book progressed the chapter separations by character overlapped (in terms of parallel concurrent timing) a little less so the flow was better. Overall the book was great. I could see myself in the characters and the topics covered were ones I deal with myself. This book led to a lot of self exploration in ways similar to the characters in the book. I love when a fictional book has this sort of effect on me as a reader. It makes fiction seem more like nonfiction!

I received a hard copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways and a digital copy from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

 

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“I am the vine; you are the branches.”

While preparing for small group I came across the verse John 15:5 “I am the vine; and you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” The branches on the vine are completely dependent on it for everything, much like my children when they were babies were completely dependent on me to sustain them. I am completely dependent on Jesus. Without God my heart would cease to beat, my lungs wouldn’t fill with air, my life would be over. Apart from Jesus I can do nothing. I am insufficient on my own. No amount of gifting, studying, learning, or collecting of money will be able to help me with everything. I have to constantly ask myself if I’m relying on Jesus or if I am relying on myself in some vain attempt that most of the time proves useless. My God is creator of the Universe, sustainer of life, and supplier of all my needs. Who are you relying on? No matter what the branch does it cannot bear fruit apart from the vine. Are you attempting to produce fruit in your own power? Abide in Christ and you will bear much fruit. God gives in abundance… He overflows us with gifts and blessings. Do you see it? Or are you stuck frantically looking around to keep up alone?