I liked it, but I didn't love it. It's very funny, but I feel like it's the same type of humor that gets a little old after a while. I think this bookI liked it, but I didn't love it. It's very funny, but I feel like it's the same type of humor that gets a little old after a while. I think this book is best read is small doses. Jenny Lawson is a blogger and I suspect that this book was written like her blog. However, blog posts come out once every couple of days and this book is all at once. It's a bit overwhelming.
However Let's Pretend This Never Happened is still very funny in a random and silly kind of way but with more sincere moments as well. I recommend this to fans of her blog or anyone who enjoys humerous memoirs. ...more
The Path of a Christian Witch is is a beautifully written account of one person's struggle to balance the faith she was born into and loved with a newThe Path of a Christian Witch is is a beautifully written account of one person's struggle to balance the faith she was born into and loved with a new found relationship with the Divine feminine. I really related to this book, being brought up Christian myself, and found a lot of comfort knowing that other people had gone through the same struggles.
This book is an important work about spiritual tolerance. People of all religions spend so much time judging one another, and a person blending two faiths gets it from both sides.
"You cannot be a Christian and practice witchcraft! That's of the Devil!"
"You worship Jesus? What a fluffy bunny."
"Real Christians would never believe in a Goddess."
"Don't worry, once you get more experience you'll drop that Christian phase."
Instead of tearing people down, why not see the common ground we share? There are many paths to God, and just because another chooses to diverge from yours does not mean their path will not reach the Divine. Allow others to walk the path they were meant to walk, and be fulfilled all the more from yours. Let go of your fear, and love.
For My law is love is unto all beings...Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in paganism or witchcraft but still feels a connection to their Christian roots or to any Christian or Pagan who wants to understand how someone could blend the two faiths together. If you approach this book with an open mind, I think you'll be surprised just how much it can teach you about your own faith and the many faces of God. ...more
I don't think I've ever read anything like The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. It is amazing, horrifying, and both a work of magical fiction and bI don't think I've ever read anything like The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. It is amazing, horrifying, and both a work of magical fiction and brutal honesty. I felt like for the first time I had found someone who could understand how I feel. I identified on so many levels with this book, both physically, mentally, and emotionally. I appreciate Emilie as an artist so much more now because I realize just how much of herself she puts into everything she does. This is one of a kind, and is well worth every cent I paid and more.
The Asylum is a book, I think above all else, about women's rights. Women's rights to do whatever they want and have freedom over their bodies, minds, and lives. This includes the right to harm their bodies and to even end their life. Emilie is all about fighting like a girl and being a total bad ass, and I love watching Emily-with-a-y grow into a Victorian warrior queen. It's just totally awesome.
I also totally loved Emilie's story as well. I think it was such a perfect blend of fact and fiction that I really couldn't tell what was true and what was bleeding over into Emilie's story. The decent into madness was so slow and subtle that I found myself thinking very odd things were perfectly normal and destructive behaviors were really the only option available. And the ending? Amazing beyond belief.
On a more practical note I loved the overall presentation of this book. It is absolutely beautiful. Every page is glossy and full colored with photos, drawings, and cut outs from journals. It really adds to the story and makes it more than just a book.
I cannot recommend the Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls enough. It has so many fascinating topics. Abuse, mental illness, historical fiction, self mutilation, suicide, friendship, women's empowerment, music, photography, art, and of course muffins, tea time, rats, and leeches. So spread the plague little rats because, as we all know, dead is the new alive!...more
This book made me rage! I was listening to the audio book in my car and literally yelling "you jerk! Don't give him money! Get a job! No, quit whiningThis book made me rage! I was listening to the audio book in my car and literally yelling "you jerk! Don't give him money! Get a job! No, quit whining! OH MY GOD ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!?!" And yet at the same time part of me loved her parents. I honestly don't know how to feel about it. They seemed like such intelligent people, but without a drop of common sense. In the beginning I was like, ok they're weird but they're teaching their kids and they love them and while they might not have anything very rich, overall their life is ok.
I think it was once they moved to West Virginia that things went to hell. I spent a lot of that part of the book wondering why they stayed there; surely they were all more happy in Arizona? Alcoholism is a horrible disease, and my heart just aches for Jeannette's father, because I really think if he'd never gotten addicted their lives would have all been so much happier. The mom I think was a lot more emotionally scarred than we knew. We only got the story from Jeannette's perspective, and she seemed much closer to her father. I think if Maureen or Lori had told the story we'd understand their mom a lot more.
I feel bad for Maureen, but in a way her story makes sense. The other kids had their desert childhood to remember, but Maureen only knew West Virginia and the horrible conditions of their life there. She didn't know the lovelier parts of their lives, before dad fell completely into his disease and mom checked out.
There's a quote from Brian that really sums up this whole book. "You know, it's really not that hard to put food on the table if that's what you decide to do." Brian realizes that it's not too difficult to to provide for your family as long as you work hard and make the welfare of your children your first priority. His parents sadly didn't do that and no matter how much you argue for their loving and spiritual nature makes them, in my eyes, failures as parents. ...more
A Little Bit Wicked is an adorable autobiography about Kristin Chenoweth that is sure to please the fans of this Broadway diva. This book is filled wiA Little Bit Wicked is an adorable autobiography about Kristin Chenoweth that is sure to please the fans of this Broadway diva. This book is filled with hilarious anecdotes about the star's early career and Broadway mishaps but also has some very touching reflections on loss, faith, and love.
I really enjoyed reading this book because I'm a HUGE musical theater fan, and in particular I am a Kristin Chenoweth fan. I liked reading about her life and the positive outlook she has on the difficult things she has gone through and how they have made her the person she is today. In particular I loved reading about all of the relationships she has formed with her cast mates from the various musicals she has worked on as well as parts of her life I didn't know about like her adoption and her run on the pageant circuit. The book does a wonderful job capturing the Kristin Chenoweth's bright spirit and vivacious attitude. There was a lot of wonderful humor in this book that was just so totally Kristin.
I was already familiar with her religious affiliation and though we d0 not agree on theology, I never felt like this book was preaching to me or trying to convince me to think a certain way. Rather, her faith is approached as just another important factor in her life that has influenced her career and personal choices. I found that take to be refreshing and open minded.
Overall A Little Bit Wicked is a great book for fans of Kristin Chenoweth who want get a deeper insight into the star's background or just for anyone who enjoys musical theater or reading humorous memoirs.
Sidenote: The audiobook is read by Kristin and since the best part of Chenoweth is her voice, picking up a copy would probably be a good idea....more
I could really identify with Gilbert in this book. I have read criticism for her being selfish when it came to her divorce but I can understand why shI could really identify with Gilbert in this book. I have read criticism for her being selfish when it came to her divorce but I can understand why she was shocked when her ex-husband didn't let things go smoothly. She had been so emotionally checked out from their relationship that she assumed he was as well. I have had similar relationships in the past, so I can completely understand her desire to end things agreeably and then after fighting for years being willing to do anything to just make it stop.
Her Italy portion of the trip sounded like a lot of fun. I can understand her need to go somewhere and recover form the emotional turmoil her divorce had created, and I can't think of a place better than Italy. It's my favorite country to visit, and it's true that Italy has a culture that truly appreciates pleasure.
My favorite part of her three countries was India. I would love to live in an ashram to fully commit myself to my spiritual practice. I found her spiritual journey to be fascinating and similar to what I'm going through currently. I really loved Richard from Texas, he seems like such an unlikely source of profound wisdom. I wish we had experience more of him.
I have also read criticisim about Gilbert falling in love in Indonesia, saying that she hadn't learned anything and that she was still a woman who defined herself by the man she was with. I disagree however. I think she needed to first learn to love herself and to be comfortable with herself before she could be in a relationship and not worry about the implications of her relationship. I think she needed to learn to listen to her heart and love herself enough to not think she deserved to be unhappy because of her guilt. That is something I struggle with, feeling guilty and therefore thinking I don't deserve happiness.
Overall I think this book was a very interesting memoir about a major transitional period in Gilbert's life. I listened to the audio book which is also read by Gilbert. This was a treat because she was reading the book as she spoke it in her head, so we could here her emphasis and conversations as if she were talking directly to us. Also, she did a lot of accents and imitated the voices of the people she actually knew, which helped us as the readers/listeners understand the emotions behind the conversations. ...more