beautifully written, but of course...man...this is Kahlil Gibran :) he made me feel like there were thous of butterflies fluttered in my heart...
...i...morebeautifully written, but of course...man...this is Kahlil Gibran :) he made me feel like there were thous of butterflies fluttered in my heart...
...i am seeing Jesus through the eyes of a poet:
let me quote Jesus first encountered with Miriam:
For mind you, my friend, I was dead. I was a woman who had divorced her soul. I was living apart from this self which you now see. I belonged to all men, and to none. They called me harlot, and a woman possessed of seven devils. I was cursed, and I was envied.
But when His dawn-eyes looked into my eyes all the stars of my night faded away, and I became Miriam, only Miriam, a woman lost to the earth she had known, and finding herself in new places.
And now again I said to Him, “Come into my house and share bread and wine with me.”
And He said, “Why do you bid me to be your guest?”
And I said, “I beg you to come into my house.” And it was all that was sod in me, and all that was sky in me calling unto Him.
Then He looked at me, and the noontide of His eyes was upon me, and He said, “You have many lovers, and yet I alone love you. Other men love themselves in your nearness. I love you in your self. Other men see a beauty in you that shall fade away sooner than their own years. But I see in you a beauty that shall not fade away, and in the autumn of your days that beauty shall not be afraid to gaze at itself in the mirror, and it shall not be offended.
“I alone love the unseen in you.”
Then He said in a low voice, “Go away now. If this cypress tree is yours and you would not have me sit in its shadow, I will walk my way.”
And I cried to Him and I said, “Master, come to my house. I have incense to burn for you, and a silver basin for your feet. You are a stranger and yet not a stranger. I entreat you, come to my house.”
Then He stood up and looked at me even as the seasons might look down upon the field, and He smiled. And He said again: “All men love you for themselves. I love you for yourself.”
And then He walked away.
But no other man ever walked the way He walked. Was it a breath born in my garden that moved to the east? Or was it a storm that would shake all things to their foundations?
I knew not, but on that day the sunset of His eyes slew the dragon in me, and I became a woman, I became Miriam, Miriam of Mijdel.
this book is definitely the work of fiction, an effort of retelling the story of one great woman in the bible with modern language and perhaps interpr...morethis book is definitely the work of fiction, an effort of retelling the story of one great woman in the bible with modern language and perhaps interpretation. If we make that stand before opening it's first page i believe we'll enjoy it even to the boring details (for me the details stand in the plus points of the book).
i have discussed it with several friends and many of them viewed it in the 'perception of the Book of Esther' so they said the interpretation is too loose, the book makes the character of Hadassah unimpressive, that Xerxes is not Biblical Esther's Xerxes whatever blah blah, someone said as fiction the book lack sexual passion...come on this is Christian fiction, no one will find steamy sex in there.
the book of Esther itself doesnt speak much of theology so dont expect an exposition of some sorts in there. It's a story of one remarkable woman in history and through the words of Tenney and his team, we allowed to the possibility of what went on in her mind!
the point of Mr. Tenney has succeeded in fictionalized the book of Esther, for me, an accomplishment!(less)
an anthology. very nice and entertaining Christian romances. They are light and delightful and you'll get the author's fave chocolate recipe in every...morean anthology. very nice and entertaining Christian romances. They are light and delightful and you'll get the author's fave chocolate recipe in every story.
i read it while sipping my cup of cappuccino and pampered myself with crumbs of cinnamon roll, how sweet was that :)
Contents: 1) for love or money by Terri Blackstock 2) the trouble with Tommy by Elizabeth White 3) what she's been missing by Ranee McCollum(less)
What i learned from this book is that this book is all about HOPE, in every sense of the word. Here's my case with HOPE, bear with me:
i read this book...moreWhat i learned from this book is that this book is all about HOPE, in every sense of the word. Here's my case with HOPE, bear with me:
i read this book ages ago :) back in 1998 and last night i re-read it to refresh the memory about the storyline and all, guess what...it felt like i have traveled back in time remembering how difficult it was to find Christian books, moreover christian fiction, back then, yet i found this one in Immanuel Bookstore, one fated afternoon...
I liked it very much and went back the next day to find the rest of the series only to get my hope plummeted. The Lady who was sitting next to the cashier said it was the only one they had. I remember asking her if it would be possible for me to place an order for the next shipment for the rest of the series or any similar books (while saying that my brain had wandered in different direction calculating the conversion, how much would that be in Rupiah? would it be affordable?).
that lady (happened to be one of the owners, fact i only found out later) just shrugged her shoulders, and smiled slightly(she always sit at the cashier beside the cashier girl and never smile, but this time she smiled...how wonderful was that). She only smiled and didnt say a word. The girl at the cashier translated her smile to me, she said right out: 'dont give too much hope' (jangan terlalu berharap) thus the smile was either softening the blow or expressing something that means impossible to get.
So i went back home thinking: i shouldnt give too much hope, or i may hope a little teeny weeny hope, nah, must not hope and naturally the hope was forgotten in time...such a hopeless case for a book about hope...
i would have rated it ***** back then, but now after encountering so many books which they said made one wiser i would have given it *** but gave it **** for old time sake...
ps. that lady is now very old, i saw her when i went to Immanuel Bookstore last christmas to buy stuff for Christmas candlelight service...if only she knew what happened to me back in 1998...for people with obsessive compulsive streak, not being able to get it meant only one thing: sleepless nights to think of ways to get it...hopeless case!(less)
the first time i read this book about 20 years ago and re-read it again many times over since then...the plot, characters and storyline are so vivid i...morethe first time i read this book about 20 years ago and re-read it again many times over since then...the plot, characters and storyline are so vivid in my mind. i love lovestory and this one is the greatest ever written...
talking about true love that overcoming obstacles and all, this one is...
the way the author characterized nero, sort of bizarre. He made nero so blatantly inept, comically evil and impetuously violent as if by those bizarre characterizations nero was innocent in a way...he had reasons to act bizarre since he was crazy somewhat...in essence he made a historical nero, fictious!
great book, thats what i think! the fact that i have re-read it so many times (i lost count) must have proven i love the book!(less)