I was a huge fan of The Fault of our Stars, so needless to say I was very excited to read this. I remember seeing the trailer for the movie, it reallyI was a huge fan of The Fault of our Stars, so needless to say I was very excited to read this. I remember seeing the trailer for the movie, it really persuaded me to read the book. Now after reading this book, I would say that I should have watched the movie first, maybe it would make this book come to life. In the beginning of the story, such as the prologue, it was luring but I felt that the main character was more obsessive than anything. At least that is how it came across, it just never really interest or excite me to read further into the novel..
Quentin love for Margon almost seemed like he was trying to convince the readers. Like "Look at me, I am in love with Margon, let me tell you how much I do." I also did not think it was cute or romantic when he said that his life changed when he met Margon. As he put it " I never met the queen of England or swallowed by a whale but I met Margon." Okay so who cares? That is what I thought while reading it, not to mention how forgettable the minior characters are.
I THOUGHT about giving this a three cause I was a fan of Green previous novel but I skipped too many pages. In fact, I don't even think I got to the conclusion.
Whenever I am practically rushing to see how it ends, not a good sign at all.
Not a fan of this one, but I do plan to watch the movie....more
Joan Rivers has always been hilarious to me, despite how inappropriate or blunt it may be. I am not that familiar with her daughter Melissa, but I wasJoan Rivers has always been hilarious to me, despite how inappropriate or blunt it may be. I am not that familiar with her daughter Melissa, but I was intrigued to see her perspective of her mother's life. I have to admit, I thought that Melissa attempt to be funny failed on so many levels. If her intention was to make me laugh with her jokes then she failed. Mainly cause I felt that she was trying too hard, but her mother was a natural at making people laugh. There were many scenes in this book that I laughed out loud,especially when she described how her mother did not know how to drive. Also the part when she said that her mother never followed the rules, but expected others too, the irony of that is amazing.
The pictures that accompanied the book was very warming, Joan was beautiful as a young woman. I am going to miss how much she made me laugh with her humor. Honestly I think she did not mean any harm with her jokes, she was just not afraid to tell what is on her mind. It is rare for comedians to be as brutal as she was, but she was such a lively woman. I can't recount all the scenes that made me laugh, but there were many scenes. As far as Melissa, her jokes came across as corny but Joan's was very funny.
Glad that I enjoyed this book, it made me laugh more than one; a rare instance with comedy books.
Continuing in the Grace of God, this book challenges traditional mindsets. It begs questions as: How does God deal with us when we sin? How are we cerContinuing in the Grace of God, this book challenges traditional mindsets. It begs questions as: How does God deal with us when we sin? How are we certain if our security in Jesus when some passages of scriptures seem to contradict that? What are heavenly awards? These are other questions are answered in this profound book about the wonders of God's grace. I read Paul Ellis previous book about the Gospel in ten words, it was amazing and poignant, this one was no exception.
I really liked how Paul's sarcasm shined all through this book. Taking his personal experience into account, he used humor to show how gracious God is. God is not a fault finding, condemning God but he is a Father that delights to have communion with his children. Also it is never about our willpower to please God but it is about Jesus life living his through us. We are the apple of his eye, He longs to be compassionate to us and what we do or do not do, does not change his affection towards us.
What if the Gospel you heard in churches was a counterfeit Gospel? When If God loved you apart from your good deeds? What if the Gospel declares thatWhat if the Gospel you heard in churches was a counterfeit Gospel? When If God loved you apart from your good deeds? What if the Gospel declares that it is not about your performance but the life of Christ? What if I told you that God can never be disappointed by you cause He knows everything about you and loves you the same? These and other controversial questions are answered in this poignant book about the Grace of God. I recall reading some blogs on Paul Ellis a couple of years ago. Not only has he opened my understanding about what the Gospel was but dismissed all the lies I have been taught growing up. I was a preachers kid who did all the right things: avoided sin, did not go to parties, tithe faithfully from my income, did not listen to secular music, etc. Yet none of these things left me fulfilled, but empty, worthless and ignored.
It was not until a few years back, that God began to transform my thinking about God. I received an epiphany from God who told me that He loved me unconditionally. Whether I disobeyed Him or not, whether I am listen to secular music or not, whether I went to church faithfully or not. Whether I sinned or not, His love was not dependent on my behavior but on His undying love. I let go of tradition and now I am swimming in the wonders of His grace. I am free to do whatever I please, knowing that He directs my steps and He guides my path. It is so assuring to know of His grace is not only for unbelievers but for believers as well.
These ten words such as union, acceptance, righteousness,love and holiness has really changed my perspective on what those words actually mean.
The Gospel declares that it is not invitation to accept Jesus:it is the stunning announcement that He accepts you!...more
Carlos is not ready to adjust to a new school, leaving his past belong in Mexico. According to him, he does not understand his brother Alex change inCarlos is not ready to adjust to a new school, leaving his past belong in Mexico. According to him, he does not understand his brother Alex change in behavior. Previously they were always in trouble with the law, dealing with drugs and crime, but Alex turned his life around for the better. Now he has plans to attend college, turn things around for the better and become an ideal citizen. The thought of it makes Carlos skin crawl, thinking that Alex is putting on a good impression for his girlfriend. Against his better judgement, he is sent away to a school where he is learned to adapt to American language and customs. To make matters worst, Kiara becomes his guide to the new school to his dismay.
Kiara is not like any other girl he once knew, she is plain and ordinary. Regularly she hangs out with a boy that he is mistakenly considers him her boyfriend. Little does he know, Kiara is not too fond of him either, thus they often bicker about trivial things. Yet when Carlos stays with her under circumstances, they make a deal, they wind up falling off each other harder than what they realize. Carlos bonds with her siblings, becoming a stable in their household, attracting Kiara interest. However Carlos warns her that he is not to be trusted, but is Kiara willing to throw anything away for the sake of her happiness? Carlos does not want to put her life at risk, but he is unsure if she is willing to let him go.
I thought this was an enjoyable, better than average book. On the other hand, a few things annoyed me about this book, starting with the stereotypes. I usually can overlook things like that but some scenes put a bitter taste in my mouth cause of how abrasive the characters came across interacting with each other. Secondly, Carlos and Kiara fell in love way too fast. There was hardly any build up, then the next thing you know their tongues was down their mouth.yes that was a tad bit unbelievable. Lastly, how they progressed from teens to adults was ridiculous, but I did like the last sentence of the conclusion.
It was better than your average type of romance,so I enjoyed it for the most part....more