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Insight [PDF / Epub] ☉ Insight Author Diana Greenwood – Fourteen year old Elvira Witsil lives in a remote area of Wisconsin with her mother Connie who acknowledges Elvira only when chores need doing; her grandma a cantankerous woman who can’t hold her to Fourteen year old Elvira Witsil lives in a remote area of Wisconsin with her mother Connie who acknowledges Elvira only when chores need doing; her grandma a cantankerous woman who can’t hold her tongue; and her baby sister Jessie — who the family discovers is a seer Along with the burdens of a difficult family Elvira also bears a daunting secret — she encouraged her father to enlist in WWII Ever since he was declared missing in action Elvira has felt responsible for his presumed death But Jessie also carries a secret about the father she never met — a secret so powerful that when her mother Connie learns of it she sends the family on a journey to California with a traveling preacher This powerful teen manuscript tells the story of a family’s journey toward forgiveness and a young woman’s journey toward faith.

  • Paperback
  • 218 pages
  • Insight
  • Diana Greenwood
  • English
  • 04 June 2016
  • 9780310723158

About the Author: Diana Greenwood

Diana Greenwood grew up with the Bobbsey Twins Laura Ingalls Huck and Tom the Hardy Boys Jo Francie Nolan and Oliver Twist She tried to duplicate the adventures of her favorite characters by writing poems stories and scripts for summer performances in her backyard Today she still has those childhood editions on her bookshelf and spends her days writing stories of young people embarking.

10 thoughts on “Insight

  1. Precious Precious says:

    45 rounded upElvira’s family was poor and far from perfect Her mother always seemed to be angry noticing her every wrong move and only noticing her when she could be useful Her grandmother was always criticizing her mother or her father Her little sister Jessie was sweet lovely but also strange Jessie spoke rarely and when she did they were words that a child would not think of saying In their house she felt unnoticed – only noticed when people need her help with household chores There was so much tension in their house born from the mistakes of her mother and the drinking of her fatherThe bonds of the family were uite worn and fragile but somehow they made it through the years Their grandmother stuck with their mother There was love but it was shown in a different way Underneath the criticizing the nagging and the fighting it was there Elvira never felt that she was loved by her mother They were not close With Jessie around she lost all chances of gaining attention The only person who loved her was her father but he was gone reported to be missing in action during the war I was touched with how Elvira loved her father despite his imperfection He could not hold a job for than a few weeks He was usually drunk He got into fights and landed in jail a couple of times He was nowhere near the ideal father but he loved her and he made sure that he showed that to herJessie was a Seer having words for the right moment and the right people It was a difficult life to bear the knowledge of the past present and future that would become her secrets and warnings to the people around herBeautifully written Insight was able to captivate me The guilt the sadness the pain the anger in every page was so strong and overwhelming I felt for Elvira She was an atheist belonging to a messed up family with a cute little Seer who was mysterious and confusing As she and her family journeyed away from their home they were getting closer to the surface of the truth But with all the secrets and the lies would they be able to finally see it and leave behind all the negativity wrapped around them?Insight is an unforgettable debut about hope forgiveness redemption love and family wonderfully written that the words alone would mesmerize readers Shocking and heart shattering this was the next strongest novel to Forbidden Although some of the things were predictable I often found myself shocked with the revelations There was also a hint of romance near the end – refreshingly sweet and innocent I wish there was I recommend this to people who like novels about emotional struggles family and insight and to believers

  2. Kayla Kayla says:

    Insight was a good inspirational novel I wasn't expecting the time period of the book to be in the 1940's Usually I don't read things set in a war time era However this book was really good and didn't focus on World War II much The plot went along fairly well Parts of the plot got a little boring at times such as the stopping along the side of the road a few times to rest I thought it was cool how the author wrote a few AA references into the book She also wrote a couple of snippets about AA history The ending of the book completely shocked me I was expecting a totally different ending I think I liked this ending better than the one I expected I liked most of the characters The grandma got a little annoying at times I think my favorite character was Don the preacher I liked how kind and wise he was He took the family almost cross country without knowing much about them This was a great novel with a powerful message The message it gave was to not let guilt consume you Another message the book gave was that God will help you through your problems no matter how big they may seem I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read

  3. Brie Brie says:

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveawayIt is a pleasant read set in post World War 2 rural America It deals with a family that has lost it's father in the wara father that had an alcohol problem to begin with so that the family was poor Elvira is the main character in the book and she tells of her younger sister who is a seer Jessie the younger sister being a seer lead the family on a journey across the US as she is used by her mother to try and make money off what she sees in the futureIt was a book that is definitely geared for teens and doesn't deal as deeply as it should with the family dysfunction But that is expected in a teen novel It also is a tiny bit bland and vague in areas when it comes to the story but I was able to stay interested in the story and finish reading the bookI would probably have checked this book out from the library instead of owned it if I had decided I wanted to read it on my own It was a pleasantly told story but not anything terribly gripping or life changing in content It didn't connect deep within me as other books have

  4. Screenplaydiva Screenplaydiva says:

    Beautiful and imagined INSIGHT by debut novelist Diana Greenwood is a story about family dreams and finding faith in something greater than themselves A spiritual and enlightening novel you don’t have to be a religious believer or follower to enjoy the power behind the story Although published by Zondervan HarperCollins Christian imprint INSIGHT is a book for anyone who enjoys a story that hugs at the heart strings with flawed but interesting characters who are searching for their place in the worldThe story takes place during the 1940′s in rural Wisconsin Elvira Witsil is the book’s young protagonist She lives with her mother grandmother and younger sister Jessie Her mother is upset over the disappearance of her husband who was fighting overseas in the war Her grandmother is crass and mean and never has a kind word to say especially toward Elvira’s father Ray who is known as the town’s drunken loser Elvira loves her father faults and all and desperately misses him Her sister Jessie is cute and sweet but also a little strange Jessie lives in her daydreams rarely talks and does the most peculiar things As the book’s blurb states Jessie sees things that no one else can see And what Jessie sees is the futureGrowing up with Jessie is difficult for Elvira because caring for her falls onto Elvira’s shoulders and she’s just a kid herself But Elvira loves her sister even though her crazy antics drive her nuts When Elvira’s mother decides to move her small family across country to learn the meaning behind Jessie’s psychic gifts the journey and the people Elvira meets challenges her beliefs but discovers that Jessie’s power is that “seeing is believing”INSIGHT is one of those novels when you start reading you don’t want to let go of the story and its characters Reminiscent of the curious and magical voice of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird and the atmospheric and psychological turmoil of Ellen Foster INSIGHT features a charismatic heroine who sees the world behind critical and thoughtful eyes She yearns for a place to belong a stable home environment a mother’s love and a father whose memory she clings to Elvira is lonely and has no friends except for Jessie She loves books even though her strict grandmother forbids her to read certain kinds like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn But most of all Elvira uestions how anyone could believe in a higher power because of all the sadness and disappointment she’s seen her short life At times tender humorous and even heart wrenching with a touch of the paranormal INSIGHT will pick you up and lift your soulI love the cover of INSIGHT with Elvira under a sea green water The cover has to do with the story and is one of my favorites of 2011Review posted on my blog That's Swell and Copyrighted by Reel Swell Productions

  5. Michele Michele says:

    I won an advanced reading copy of this teen fiction novel The novel moved along at a uick pace and told the story of a coming of age girl Elvira with a dysfunctional family The setting is 1940's rural america I did not realize this book would have a spiritualreligious theme until I got to the end but have to say that for a book with a didactic element it was not overly preachy The faith element comes in as the main character Elvira comes to terms with her missing father Elvira's little sister who is called a seer is introduced as a significant character and is described on the jacket as a main driving character in the story though I would say that even though little sis's story runs a thread through the novel it is the preacher who is the catalyst for the main character's growth throughout the novel I think if a young teen novel is set in a historical time period it should perhaps have a bit of a historical context I felt that the only purpose served by the setting was to give the father a place to have disappeared to the war It did not otherwise really portray much about what life was like during that era though some was present and perhaps therefore a contemporary setting would be attractive to young readers and still provide a backdrop for the theme of the book which was really about the burden of guilt finding God and reconciling with the life you are given including those who are in your family This could really have taken place in any time periodI found the characters of the mother and the grandmother a bit incredible They are both very mean and inattentive to the main character and the grandmother is eually mean to the mother I did not feel the explanation at the end was enough to justify the grandmother's behavior and I found the sudden reconciliation between the main character and her mother a bit too much of a sudden change in the dynamics As I read the ending I really saw a completely different person in the mother than I had pictured throughout the book I did like that the missing father was remembered with love and fondness despite the fact that he had some very real flaws; I felt his character thought not really present in the story was excellently developed It was a good story that wrapped up well at the end The author did a nice job of a first person narrative

  6. talia talia says:

    475 starsI loved this book so much The writing was amazing each of the characters maintained a set of traits and behaviors throughout the entire book and the story was intriguing and interesting It centers around a poor family in the late 1940sThis story is told through the eyes of Elvira who is the daughter of Connie and Ray Witsil Ray a drunk abandons the family to enlist in the army Within a few months the family receives a letter that tells them that he is MIA and most likely dead Soon after that Connie's mother moves into their small house to help out Her way of helping out however mainly consists of shouting matches with her daughter and cold silent periods in which Elvira is forced to carry notes between her mother and grandmotherNine months after Ray left Jessie is born Jessie is not a normal toddler She starts talking much later than most children and when she finally does she will only say words like damnation and surgery She often gets a glazed look over her eyes as if she's seeing something other than what's going on around her A visit from a peddler to tell the family the latest gossip helps them realize the truth Jessie is a seer some sort of psychicThe family is forced to move out of town to escape judgement from the local citizens Joining them is a traveling preacher They embark on a cross country trip to a destination not known by ElviraI adored this story but the one thing I didn't like was how preachy the writing was At the start of the book Elvira didn't believe in God but by the end she was practically a missionary I don't mind religion in writing AT ALL it's just when it becomes the center focus of an otherwise brilliant story that I get annoyed So that's why I took of a uarter of a star P I can't wait for from this author hopefully somewhat less centered around religionCover I really liked the cover of this book because I felt that it really related to a key part of the story

  7. Avry15 Avry15 says:

    originally appeared onBookshelf ConfessionsI enjoyed this book a lot The cover of this book doesn’t really have anything to do with the story my own opinion It suggest a paranormal one while actually even if there is some supernatural things in the book it doesn’t deal mostly in it But I loved the cover just as well It’s eye catching and interestingThis book is about self discovery love and loss life and death acceptance and understanding past and future hope and faith forgiveness healing and God's love This is a complete journey into the lives of ordinary people who found themselves and God along the wayWith the author’s writing I found myself in the road in 1940’s with the main character Elvira I really empathized with her I cried and laughed along carried and felt the guilt she have over her father’s presumed dead I also felt her mother’s neglect and meanness towards her I struggled with her in her transformation toward a woman of faithMs Greenwood brought her story to real life and inspires readers like me a lot Her characters are developed well enough that they’d stay in the reader’s hearts even long after reading InsightThis book wonderfully stated the thoughts and feelings every teen and to be teen experienced It’s a hard thing turning from a child to a teen but it’s much harder when there’s no one to guide you especially when you needed the most your parentsInsight is a great reminder that we don’t only have problems to worry about We have blessings and every little thing we should be thankful for Faith and the uestions that comes along with it are detailed without really making the reader uncomfortable with the religion subtextAll in all Insight is a fast read all pack book I would recommend to kids teens and adults 9 and above INSPIRING Highly Recommended

  8. Elaine Elaine says:

    Young adult 2 book World War II era Elvira age 14 living in a small town in Wisconsin away from town with mother 4 year old sister Jessie and grandmother Father Ray was a dysfuntional alcoholic father enlisted in the military and has been declared missing in action in the Pacific Elvira is lonely and feels 'different' due to their lifestyle her father's dysfunction and her guilt that she indirectly caused her father's death Little sister is 'different' and when she finally speaks her first words at age 4 they reveal something that she could not have known Therefore she is thought to be a seer From there the family meets up with a traveling preacher and travels cross country to California where Jessie has revealed they will see their father The story is told from Elvira's point of view I enjoyed the character of Elvira it is deep well developed and believable The character of the grandmother is unresolved and that kind of bothered me because the grandmother is such an ugly bitter lady The other characters resolved their issues but the grandmother was just sort of dropped form the story?The story line is interesting the typical journey literally and figuratively to find self awareness and peace but it felt just a bit shallow at some points with some events really fitting in The story has a very strong religious aspect to it lots of references to finding God Elvira and her sister have an after life experience while nearly drowning and they see and speak with their father Elvira finds God throughout the course of the story and the story ends with a strong statement about faith So before recommending this book make sure this religious aspect would be okay for the reader Definitely a girl book discussions about female puberty

  9. Theresa Theresa says:

    I won a ARC copy of Insight from the First Reads program on November 20 2011 and received my copy on December 17 2011 Due to my college schedule I have not been able to get much pleasure reading in as you can tell by my updates However every time I read a bit of this book I just wanted and last night I picked up where I left off on page 43 and read straight through the book I really enjoyed this book While the cover art and the tag line What if you could see things before they happened? lead you believe the book is about the paranormal that is not uite the case The story is about a young girl Elvira in the post war 1940s The book opens with Elvira's mother giving birth We soon learn that Elvira lives with her grandmother and mother who are always at odds with each other and her little sister Jesse who never speaks Elvira's father went missing in action in the war The story is about this dysfunctional family and how Jesse brings about a big change in their lives when she finally begins to say random words at four years old It is a coming of age story of sorts not only for Elvira but for her mother an grandmother as well The book had a religiousspiritual theme as you get to the end but it was in no way preachy or in your face All in all it was a beautifully told story and I would recommend it to my friends and family

  10. Karen Karen says:

    This is a story about a girl Elvira and her family in the 1940's Even though it takes place during that time period I couldn't really tellElvira has a rocky home life with a father who drinks and sometimes is gone for days and a mother who doesn't notice her and when she does it isn't to say anything nice One day her father enlists in the service and is gone Her grandmother comes to stay with her and her mother and before long her mother gives birth to a baby girlElvira talks about how life is and the struggles her and her family go through while her father is gone She talks about how her sister is different then other kids and the road trip her and her family take with another a near stranger in search of something that they are positive they will findThe story has religion in it and talks about God uite often Elvira tells us how she went from not believing in God to believing and what it took for her to get there Even though it had this in the story it is not in a preachy wayAnd even though the tagline for this book is What if you could see things before they happen? that is not the main point or idea of the story It does wrap up the story and draw us to the end of the story but not in the way that you would thinkThis story is a coming of age story and I enjoyed it for that reason I really loved the authors writing and the story line but I do wish the tagline was prominent in the story

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