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Monday, 30 April 2012

'I am Second'... NEWSBOYS

I'm taking a quick study break to share this awesome song I've come accross recently by Newsboys:' I am Second' :)



There's a me that I don't really like
A me that says I'm
In control til the day that I die
And I dont know why
I push I pull I fight I fall
I end up crawling back to
That place where I figure it out
That I, that I, that I


I'M SECOND TO ONE
REDEEMER, THE WAY, THE LIGHT
I'M SECOND TO ONE
THE SAVIOR
NO COMPROMISE
I'M LAYING EVERYTHING
AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS
MY PRIDE, MY LIFE, MY ALL
I AM SECOND TO ONE
AND HE IS SECOND TO NONE


There's a change when I swallow my pride
And I surrender
There's a peace when I open my eyes
Cuz I remember
To live's to die
To fall's to rise
To kneel's to find the Savior
Here I am and I've figured it out
Tonight tonight tonight...

He said "You come alive
When you lose your life"
so I lay it down
Yeah I surrender all

Sunday, 1 April 2012

And the winner is...

I am pleased to announce the winner of the book ''Miracle for Jen'' which I was giving away last month. Through the aid of random.org the winner chosen is...

Debbie Phillips

Congratulations Debbie! A special thanks also to everyone who entered and supported the giveaway:)

Saturday, 31 March 2012

What I'm looking forward to... (Book Lookout)

I'm so excited! For this:



The Kingdom by Bryan Litfin

You may or may not have heard of the Chiveis Trilogy, by Bryan M Litfin. Let me tell you, they are are a must-read! With a unique, action packed plot and engaging characters, The Sword, The Gift and The Kingdom will keep you hanging onto the edge of your seat!


Four hundred years after a deadly virus and nuclear war destroyed the modern world, a new and noble civilization emerges. In this kingdom, called Chiveis, snowcapped mountains provide protection, and fields and livestock provide food. The people live medieval-style lives, with almost no knowledge of the "ancient" world. Safe in their natural stronghold, the Chiveisi have everything they need, even their own religion. Christianity has been forgotten—until a young army scout comes across a strange book.
With that discovery, this work of speculative fiction takes readers on a journey that encompasses adventure, romance, and the revelation of the one true God.

 

I found this series to be unique and gripping in both its story and message, and have definately taken away something good from them. I loved the various sybolisms I was able to draw from the plot, and also the message of God's sovereignty throughout the ages.


Check out the book trailer below: 



Monday, 12 March 2012

Tyndale Blog Tour: MIRACLE FOR JEN + Giveaway!

A tragic accident,
a mother's desparate prayer,
and heaven's extraordinary answer.
On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family was driving home from church when their van was struck by a drunk driver. Fifteen-year-old Jen suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma and was not expected to survive the night. But against all odds, she did. As she lingered in a coma, doctors warned that if Jen ever woke up, she would be cursing and screaming in confusion due to her brain injuries. Instead, after five weeks she opened her eyes and began praying and praising God. Jen didn’t remember her middle name, recognize her parents, or recall that she had a little brother—but she remembered Jesus and every word to every praise song and scripture she had hidden in her heart before the accident. As any loving mother would, Jen’s mother Linda wanted God to heal Jen—make her like she was before. Normal. But a loving God had something else in mind—instead of making her normal, God is making Jennifer—and the whole Barrick family—extraordinary, miraculous. Miracle for Jen is the remarkable true story of a family who overcame tragedy and learned to trust God's plan for their lives in a whole new way.
My Review:
What can I say? It always amazes me how God can use even the most hopeless of situations for his good purpose. Jen Barrick is a living testimony to God's healing power and grace in her life. There were times when I laughed, there were times I cried, and also times I was shaken to the core by the absolute horror of what the Barrick family had to go through. Miracle for Jen challenged me to step back and look at how I am living for God in my life.

Written from Jen's mother's point of view, Linda Barrick, MFJ takes the reader on a remarkable journey of Jen's life. The writing is both gripping and detailed, and is intensely moving. One of the thing I grew to look forward to were the snippets of Jen's journal at the beginning of each chapter, a glimpse into the mind of the amazing girl whose relationship and love for her saviour is extraordinary, in the midst of unbearable pain and suffering.

This is a very meaningful story which is hard to describe. There are so many personal elements added, which makes it all the more special. The whole book is very encouraging and is sure to give you a new perspective on the important things in life. One of the most important things I took away was a lesson in trusting God through every situation, just like the Barrick family were able to do.

Find out more about Jen here.


About the Author:
Linda Barrick is an inspirational speaker with a broad record of radio, television, and writing experience. Linda leads a weekly Bible study of five hundred women at Thomas Road Baptist Church, and cohosts the Christian television program Lighting the Way with her father, Dr. Ed Hindson. She and her daughter, Jennifer, are accomplished speakers who frequently share the platform at church, school, and community engagements. The Barrick family lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.


And now for the Giveaway!
Enter below for a chance to win a copy of ''Miracle for Jen''. Please leave your name and email in the comment section. Winner will be notified after ending date.


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Monday, 5 March 2012

THE INCONVENIENT MARRIAGE OF CHARLOTTE BECK~Kathleen Y'Barbo

Unlikely romance is sometimes just an inconvenient marriage away...
Book Description: Charlotte Beck may be entering adulthood, but she can’t seem to keep to her stubborn, independent spirit from bucking social protocol. Fed up with her behavior, Charlotte’s father Daniel pressures her to settle into a nice marriage despite knowing she is set on going to college. Then Daniel sees Charlotte with the handsome but annoying English astronomer Alex Hambly, and everything changes.

Though Alex and Charlotte can barely stand one another, Daniel offers them a deal they can’t refuse: if they agree to marry, he will save Alex’s family from financial ruin and grant Charlotte the freedom to go to college. Reluctantly the couple agrees, but in private they plot to annul the marriage as soon as possible.

But when Alex’s feelings change and he refuses to dissolve their contract, will Charlotte find a way out of her vows? Or will she discover that maybe this marriage isn’t so inconvenient after all?


My Review: 3.5 stars
This was the first book I have read by Kathleen Y'Barbo, which is the final installment in a trilogy. However I didn't feel lost for one second as I was caught up in the very sweet and humourous life of Charlotte Beck!

There were times when I literally laughed out when I was reading this. Charlotte was a funny character, and I liked her almost instantly despite the fact that sometimes she acted like a spoilt child when she didn't get her own way. She still had a good heart, and I admired her desire to make amends where she had done wrong.

Viscount Alex Hambly was a witty and roguish character, who was the only one who could 'handle' Charlotte's uncompliant persona. I liked his chivalrous behaviour, especially how he sought to help a more often than not, hysterical Charlotte.

The 'Marriage of convenience' aspect was quite well portrayed and very believable, and the fact that one party was unwilling to annul it after they had pre-arranged to do so made it all the more interesting!
The plot did seem a bit cliched at times, however it was still very enjoyable.

The previous books in this trilogy include''The confidential life of Eugenia Cooper" and "Anna Finch and the Hired Gun ", and backtrack on Charlotte's younger days. I flew through this book in one sitting, especially since Katheen's writing style is very smooth and not overly descriptive. A good one time read!

~Read the first chapter here

About the Author:
Kathleen Y'Barbo is a bestselling author of 40 award-winning novels and novellas with over 950,000 books in print. Kathleen is a tenth generation Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, and the mother of three grown sons and a daughter. She recently enlisted for a happily-ever-after of her own with her hero in combat boots. Find out more about Kathleen at http://www.kathleenybarbo.com/.

*FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Philosophical truth

There I was sitting in Philosophy class, doing what all good philosophy students do best...Thinking.

I listen to Mr L excitedly shout on about Aristotle and Plato, Socrates and reality, the relationship between the body and the mind and Life after Death.
I have been faced with questions such as 'What is the nature of external reality?' 'Why is it possible to know anything at all?'
Philosophy makes my head hurt.
In a good way.

What I found quite interesting is that philosophy supposedly ''undergirds every subject!" as my teacher likes to say. According to him, it should be compulsory to study it. Maybe he's right, for without philosophy we wouldn't have mathematics, the sciences, or even the reasoning to write the amazing essays we somehow manage to produce for our exams.

 What was even more interesting was the fact that philosophy also has a basis. What we think of the following topics will determine our recourse on philosophy, and subsequently life itself.

Theology. Who is God?
Veritology-What is truth?
Anthropology-What is man?

If you think you are a biological being who through the miracle of evolution, somehow went from an amoeba, to an ape, to a human being; a cosmic accident, a random mutational product, you will live your life that way. For you have no purpose. You will supposedly return to the earth from whence you have come and so will the great random cycle continue...or will it?

Ifyou believe that God, the creator of the heavens and the earth made you for a purpose, you willl live to fulfill that purpose. You'll live for his glory. You'll live for the truth. You will not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, of God's salvation to man. Eternal life.

Which is all so often unimaginably hard to do and comprehend in this corrupted word filled with chaos, pain and evil.
But continue to strive to fulfill the purpose God has given us. To be like Jesus. To be found in Him.

How does this relate to philosophy, you ask?

What is truth? Reality as seen by God.
God.
Do you know what the truth is? Do you know who He is?
Do you REALLY believe that what YOU believe is REALLY real?

 Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” -John18:37

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

'Times' by TENTH AVENUE NORTH

Here's the song which inspired the name of my blog:)
Its about how God will always be there for us, and how his love is in every situation.
Hope you are encouraged!

I hear You say,
"My love is over. It's underneath.
It's inside. It's in between.

The times you doubt Me, when you can't feel.
The times that you question, 'Is this for real?
'


The times you're broken.
The times that you mend.
The times that you hate Me, and the times that you bend.
Well, My love is over, it's underneath.
It's inside, it's in between.



These times you're healing, and when your heart breaks.
The times that you feel like you're falling from grace.
The times you're hurting.
The times that you heal.
The times you go hungry, and are tempted to steal.


The times of confusion, in chaos and pain.
I'm there in your sorrow, under the weight of your shame.
I'm there through your heartache.
I'm there in the storm.
My love I will keep you, by My pow'r alone.
I don't care where you fall, where you have been.
I'll never forsake you, My love never ends.
It never ends

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Blog Awards!

I was pleasantly surprised to get my first blog award from Melanie over at Christian Bookshelf Reviews :D
The rules to accept the award:
1.Share 7 things about yourself
2.Pass the award to (10) other bloggers

I also received another award from Crystal over at Just another Book Lovin' Girl:D

The rules to accept:
1. I must tell seven things about myself
2. Pass the award on to (15) bloggers

I'm gonna combine rule number one, and pass these both onto 5 other bloggers instead of 15. So here goes!
 7 random things about me: 
  1. I looovvve coke and chocolate. Not a very healthy combination...
  2. I struggle to find the motivation to do things sometimes (especially if it involves work lol) but once I begin I usually finish pretty quickly
  3. I love curling up on a rainy day next to a window with hot chocolate and a good book:)
  4. I enjoy jamming on the piano, and occasionally have a stab at writing songs (though they usually don't make sense to anyone but me;)
  5. I hate snakes
  6. I don't have a TV....and still don't have enough hours in a day:P
  7. My main source of fitness comes from vacuuming...gotta love that chore:/
I'm nominating the following bloggers for both "The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award" and the "Tell me about Yourself" Award:
  1. Cass from Fash and Boo
  2. Beck from You can run, but you can't hide
  3. Rachelle from Inspiring Daring
  4. Eve from The Chronicles of His Swordmaiden
  5. Katie from Legacy of a writer
Congratulations all and a special thanks to Melanie and Crystal for the Awards:)

Friday, 20 January 2012

Book Review: THE PAWN by Steven James


The Pawn (The Patrick Bowers Files, #1)
Book Description:
As an environmental criminologist, Patrick Bowers uses 21st-century geospatial technology to analyze the time and space in which a crime takes place. Using an array of factors, Bowers can pinpoint clues to solve the toughest of cases. Bowers's skills have made him one of the FBI's top agents-until now.
Called to the mountains of North Carolina to consult on a gruesome murder, Bowers finds himself in a deadly duel with a serial killer who seems to transcend Patrick's analytical powers. Forced to track the killer's horrific murders one by one, Bowers finds his techniques and instincts are put to the ultimate test...

My Review: 4 stars
Wow. This was a reeeaaaly creepy book. Gave me nightmares:P
But seriously...Steven James is an amazing author. His descriptions are vivid and his plot is really intricate and intense. At times I was overwhelmed by what was going on, especially in trying to grasp some of the  background details, but I reckon the writing was still top-notch.

The book is a crime-thriller novel. Special Agent Patrick Bowers is called in to help catch a mysterious serial killer known as 'The Illusionist' who leaves a Pawn chesspiece at the site of his victims. His twisted game becomes deadlier as he gradually closes in on Patrick himself. But all is not as it seems...
There are more people involved in this than Patrick anticipated...as well as a secret history thought was long buried.

I found the characters really interesting and well rounded, especially Patrick. I liked his theories about humans and how there isn't always necessarily  a motive for the things we do...
The killer(s) themselves were creepy as... but I found their background stories gave a good indication to the reason why they were who they were.

 All in all The Pawn was a good action packed suspense which kept me on the edge of my seat! However there was a bit too much gruesome aspects in this novel for me, namely the murders, so I would reccomend it for older readers due to some disturbing content.