The title of this book prompted me to read it. Rifqa Bary story how she came to know Jesus was very touching. I learned a lot about Muslims,practicesThe title of this book prompted me to read it. Rifqa Bary story how she came to know Jesus was very touching. I learned a lot about Muslims,practices and rituals. Some things I knew,but for the most part,I was surprised.
I would have liked to see her journey explored more,in the eyes of her parents. I never really got to know what were their deepest thoughts. I knew that Rifqa ran away after telling them,but I still would have liked to see an impending reconciliation.
Still was a solid read,love how transparent and daring the book was....more
Madeline has a rare disease called Severe Combined Immunodeficieny, also known as SCID. Basically she is allergic to anything and everything, at leastMadeline has a rare disease called Severe Combined Immunodeficieny, also known as SCID. Basically she is allergic to anything and everything, at least that is how she describes it. While most young adults obsess about first kiss, prom and things of that nature, she is consumed with her health. Staying in her house is her mom's order, thus she does not go out to have fun or at least attempt to. The nurse beside her side is her only true friend, she always looks out for her well being. Madeline takes a risk when she becomes interested in Olly a tall lean boy who always wear caps. Together they trade messages to each other via internet not being brave enough to admit that they are attracted to each other. Olly is the first to admit that he likes her, surprising Madeline enough to want to keep distant from him.
Yet it does not turn out the way she wants, cause she thinks about him more than she likes. Often she wonders of very little they share in common with hobbies and interests, but something about him makes her trust him more. Olly remains a secret to her mother, she prefers to keep their relationship as private as possible. However when her life is put in jeopardy, she must face her mother's impending wrath.
Witty,sad and memorable are three words to describe this novel.m It reminded me a lot of The Fault in Our Stars, at least in content and how the characters were a lot like. There were many highlights in this book, but the main thing that stuck out was the relationship between Madeline and Olly. It was so cute and romantic ( hey I am a guy who is a romantic, can't help it).
Pleasantly surprised this is Yoon first novel, highly impressed!...more
Over the course in my life, I have read hundreds of books from various genres. However I would say that I am extremely picky with Christian books, maiOver the course in my life, I have read hundreds of books from various genres. However I would say that I am extremely picky with Christian books, mainly cause they tend to follow the same format. As a Christian I look for something to surprise me or make me question why I believe the things I believe. Not so much to prove me wrong, but to explore different things that I may have not known growing up. Based on the synopsis of this book, I was very intrigued with the title, but even more impressed with how this turned out.
The book was mainly about the hidden truth that Christians ignore while preaching. Things such as how it is Christ living His life through us, not us trying to perform for him with our religious duty. It is Christ love that compels us to resist sin and to say yes to Jesus. I really love how divided the chapters were in,it first had a question and answer, then it tackle controversial topics such as the Ten Commandments,the law, etc. The catechisms was really eye opening for me, this book really exposed me to the lies that I have been taught growing up. Also it really answered every curious question that I had, cause it broke everything down. It explained the Lord's prayer in detail and it expounded on why we should search truth for revelation and not information.
The author viewpoints regarding most things, I completely agree with. As far as Salvation being by faith through grace, Christ death, resssurection, ascension, etc. It really made me THINK, that is something that I look for in Christian novels thus this did a terrific job doing that.
Although this book is well deserving of the five stars ( EXTREMELY RARE for me, for books generally, especially Christian), it confused me towards the conclusion of the book. On one hand the author said something insightful, but then he would later change his mind or clarify what he meant in the previous chapter. Therefore I was very confused at the point he was trying to make, it seemed like his approach was to remain as neutral as possible.
Lastly, the last section of this book was unnecessary, he basically rehashed his point on a particular topic that I felt that most readers already got.
Nevertheless, this was an astounding book for the church and non church goers. ...more