My boss at church, Monica, picked up this book at a bookstore and insisted that we both read it because the title was way too cool to pass up . . . la...moreMy boss at church, Monica, picked up this book at a bookstore and insisted that we both read it because the title was way too cool to pass up . . . largely because our youth ministry kids call me Lulu for reasons which are way too complicated to explain but involve a seven-year-old trying to insult me and mixing up "loopy" and "loco" or something like that. Anyway, you don't care. But the point is that our reasons for wanting to read this book were entirely superficial and completely focused around the SHEER THUNDERING AWESOMENESS of the title.
The title doesn't really tell you anything about the book. But the book is still really good. It's a cute fluffy sparkly pink book about the glamorous world of New York artists, and how not-actually-all-that-glamorous that world really is. Having been there, I appreciated the author's honesty. But it's a charming romance combined with a classic woman-finds-herself-through-creative-expression story and the narrator has a likeable, quirky voice. And Lulu, the title character, totally fascinated me.
All in all, I think this was perfect for exactly what it was - a fabulous poolside read for when I was in Arizona at a 4-day conference but wanted to decompress during the few hours of the day I didn't have to be at Mass or taking notes in youth ministry seminars. (less)
Okay, fine. Not technically a book. Whatever. I didn't create this entry, I just happened to locate it. And it's one of the best CDs ever. So I will a...moreOkay, fine. Not technically a book. Whatever. I didn't create this entry, I just happened to locate it. And it's one of the best CDs ever. So I will add it to my list of books with no guilt or shame.(less)
"When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer. To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side, I learn who I am and what God's grace means."
"The gentleness of Jesus with sinners flowed from his ability to read their hearts. Behind people's grumpiest poses and most puzzling defense mechanisms, behind their arrogance and airs, behind their silence, sneers and causes, Jesus saw little children who hadn't been loved enough and who had ceased growing because someone had ceased believing in them. His extraordinary sensitivity caused Jesus to speak of the faithful as children, no matter how tall, rich, clever and successful they might be."
"Whatever our failings may be, we need not lower our eyes in the presence of Jesus . . . we need not hide all that is ugly and repulsive in us. Jesus comes not for the super-spiritual but for the wobbly and weak-kneed who know they don't have it all together, and who are not too proud to accept the handout of amazing grace . . . There they are. There we are – the multitude who so wanted to be faithful, who at times got defeated, soiled by life, and bested by trials, wearing the bloodied garments of life's tribulations, but through it all clung to the faith.
My friends, if this is not good news to you, you have never understood the gospel of grace." (less)
This book was astonishing. The mysteries of these women's lives sort of weave in and out of each other so all these different...moreHaven Kimmel is my girl.
This book was astonishing. The mysteries of these women's lives sort of weave in and out of each other so all these different stories pop up and you see, at the end, how they're all connected. Beautiful, beautiful writing. It's not laugh-out-loud funny like "A Girl Named Zippy" or "She Got Up Off the Couch," but there's plenty of wit and quirky character development. The story is so moving and poignant, and the characters are so human that I would recommend this book to anyone who liked her other two novels and the way they explore people's real lives, with all their past baggage and trauma and fears and weaknesses, in a generous and sympathetic way. This book made feel like Haven Kimmel just really loves people. I totally want to be her best friend.(less)