A really good and inspiring book on evangelism. I like how Bill Hybels presented simple and practical examples of how to transform ordinary circumstan...moreA really good and inspiring book on evangelism. I like how Bill Hybels presented simple and practical examples of how to transform ordinary circumstances/conversations into an opportunity for sharing Christ to others, particularly the non-believers, and of course through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.(less)
If there's a poem I've learned back in high school that I'll never forget, I think it's the poem entitled When I Was One and Twenty by A.E. Houseman....moreIf there's a poem I've learned back in high school that I'll never forget, I think it's the poem entitled When I Was One and Twenty by A.E. Houseman. It goes like this: When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say, “Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies But keep your fancy free.” But I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to me. When I was one-and-twenty I heard him say again, “The heart out of the bosom Was never given in vain; ’Tis paid with sighs a plenty And sold for endless rue.” And I am two-and-twenty, And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.
This book reminds me of the message of the poem. God-honoring relationship does n0t only require keeping our physical body pure but also keeping our em0ti0ns pure and well guarded. Emoti0nal intimacy must be also reserved before marriage to avoid further pain caused by failed relationships. (less)
Just so you know, I praise and thank God for this gloomy day because He allowed me to have an extra time to spend with Him and time to read this book...moreJust so you know, I praise and thank God for this gloomy day because He allowed me to have an extra time to spend with Him and time to read this book which I find very encouraging to my current spiritual state.Generally, this b0ok provides a m0re practical illustrati0n of what God's grace is all about, which I think, what I need most right n0w. Proper review to f0llow.(less)
well, what can I say? At least my office crush is not an IT guy or else I'm doomed.
Okay, I really don't know how to start with my review because I sti...morewell, what can I say? At least my office crush is not an IT guy or else I'm doomed.
Okay, I really don't know how to start with my review because I still can't get over with all the kilig I felt after finishing the book. Perhaps, I should start with this warning:Never use your company email for telling personal stuffs (specially your office crush) to your friends at work!(view spoiler)[because some cute IT guy (who also happens to be your crush)might be prying on your email (hide spoiler)].
Attachments is really a very lovable story. I love everything about it specially the way the author used the(email)epistolary style for presenting the female characters and a third person perspective for the guy character. To be more specific, I love the email exchanges between Beth and Jennifer because yes, I also happen to do that often in our office. I mean, we usually maximize this internal messaging feature in our company email to chat with each other about personal stuffs like, in my case, crush sightings, LOL. I think, that is the reason why I find the story so realistic.
I have so many things to say about this book and I had a lot of self reflection during my reading. proper review to follow.
"Did you know it typi...moreI have so many things to say about this book and I had a lot of self reflection during my reading. proper review to follow.
"Did you know it typically takes seven to nine exposures to the Gospel before a person makes a decision for the Lord? Or that most unbelievers trust Christ because someone they know invested time in them? That makes friendship evangelism one of the most attractive and effective ways to witness to others." This summary statement at the back of the book was actually the reason why I picked this up and bought it during the 2013 MIBF (view spoiler)[ and would you believe it only costs PhP 20?! (hide spoiler)]. As a relatively young Christian, I can personally attest that this fact is very true to me. It actually took me at least 4 times of hearing the gospel before I was able to grasp it fully and made that decision to commit myself to Christ. And I know I came to know Christ because someone (or even several people) has really prayed hard for me. My life was never been the same after that, and though it's not really that easy, I can say that it's still far more better.
When Jesus called His first disciples, He never said that they would have an easy life. Instead, he said to them, "come and follow me and I will make you fishers of men." I believe that even today, this calling remains true for every Christian. It has always been His will that no one should perish so He left this Great Commission to every disciple so everyone would be able to hear the good news and accept Jesus' gift of salvation. However, even though I know this truth, I admit that sharing my faith to others, especially to my friends and loved ones, is really a great challenge, probably because I'm so afraid that they would make fun of me for talking about spiritual things or worse, they would outrightly reject me for saying such things. It was always easier to approach some random stranger and start sharing the gospel to her than sharing it to someone I personally know.
Reading this book urged me to really live as salt and light to the people around me. I've always wanted to bear fruit and lead other people to Christ and the best way to do this is to share the very life in Jesus that God has given me. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Ever since I first get to know Jesus personally, it has always been my desire to grow and mature in my faith in Him. As a relatively young Christian,...moreEver since I first get to know Jesus personally, it has always been my desire to grow and mature in my faith in Him. As a relatively young Christian, I know I still have a long way to go to reach at least that same level of maturity exemplified by Paul in the bible. I still find it hard to submit to Jesus completely and I still commit sin over and over again. My only consolation is that I'm holding to God's promise that He will finish into completion the good thing He has started in me. I'm holding to my faith that in Him I can have eternal life not because of my performance but because He is gracious and loving.
Jesus said that if we will accept Him as the Lord and Saviour of our life, we can have eternal life. When I first heard about this, I refuse to believe it. Is the way to heaven really that easy? Just by accepting Jesus in my life I can be assured of going to heaven? I don't think so. The bible even says that you have to choose the narrow road before you can go to heaven.
But then God opened my heart and He made me accept the truth and truly, accepting and believing in Jesus as our Lord and Savior is actually not that easy. Well, believing that He is a Saviour, yeah maybe, but as Lord, that's a different thing. Imagine allowing someone to tell you things you need to do even if you don't want to. Who would want that? But then, that's what Jesus really wants from us. He cannot be our Savior unless He is Lord. It may seem difficult to surrender our life to Him but the truth is, it's the other way around. Life with Jesus is a lot more easy. He can even make us the kind of person that He wants us to be, if we will only let Him do the work for us. All we need to do is align our hearts with Him. And the message of this book revolves around this truth.
The message of this book is not actually new for it is a universal truth for Christians that doing the will of God should be our greatest desire. It is only by living the life according to His will that we can have a full and meaningful life - a life that is filled with purpose. As mentioned by the author, "Learning to desire God's will is not something we can accomplish by resolve and willpower. It occurs only when we live so close to God's heart that the rhythm of our own heartbeat comes to reflect the divine pulse."
This book is actually an encouragement and a challenge for me. Somehow God used this book to reveal to me and make me realize that I'm really doing things the wrong way. No matter how many sacrifices I made for God, it will be useless unless I do it with the right motivation, and that is love. Love for God, for other people and for the world. What really matters to God is the state of our heart and I know this is still one of the process items in my life. But, I don't despair because I know Jesus will help me and make me change my heart. A heart that is beating and longing only for Him. :)(less)
I must confess I don't really like hard rock music. I never did but this book has really achieved something in giving me a better image of rock music....moreI must confess I don't really like hard rock music. I never did but this book has really achieved something in giving me a better image of rock music.
Honestly, i dont find Five Flavors of dumb a catchy title but thanks to the high ratings given to this book here in goodreads, i got curious enough to give it a try. Indeed, this book is really great! I love every part of it--the characters, the plot, the theme. Who would have thought that a deaf girl can be a manager of a rock band and Piper is perhaps one of the str0ngest character i've ever met. She never let her disability keep her from getting what she want. (less)
Exceeds expectation, if not outstanding. This is my favorite book for this year so far! Proper review to follow soon as im trying not to cry for Black...moreExceeds expectation, if not outstanding. This is my favorite book for this year so far! Proper review to follow soon as im trying not to cry for Black Beauty because of joy.
Ok, how should I start with this?
I have no idea about this book except for the hint on the cover that this is about a story of a horse. I always find a copy of this book in the children’s section of booksale but I always ignore it since it doesn’t have a Newberry seal in its cover and I am not fond of pony books so I thought it will not fit me. It was until I‘ve found a Php10 copy of this book in one of my bargain book-hunting sessions in booksale that I decided to buy it and give it a try and I’m glad I did for when I started reading and found out that it is written from a first person point of view a horse in an autobiography form, I changed my mind for thinking that it’s not interesting. In fact, as I go through the chapters, my love for the book increases despite the shifting emotions I felt while reading it.
Living in an era when horses are no longer used for transportation and in a country where a horse is not a common farm animal, I can definitely count with my fingers the times when I was able to come face to face with or had a horse experience, and one of those was when we had a “calesa ride” as we tour the historical streets of Vigan. That is the sad truth about horses in our country. We can usually see them in our historical tourist destination spots like Intramuros and Vigan and you have to pay a large sum of money just to experience a kalesa ride. Reading this book brought me to the panoramic view of 19th century England where horses are the most common means of transport as Black Beauty narrates the experiences he had with his different owners and the other people and horses he met along the way. As the story develops, I learn a lot about horses and their work during that time and see the different kinds of treatment that they receive from humans. Despite the hardships that he’d gone through with those cruel masters, he was able to keep his spirit and good temper up. It made me think though that it’s good for Beauty for he was able to meet good masters several times in his life, but for those who ended up with cruel masters, I can’t help but feel sorry for them. There are actually scenes from this book that really broke my heart which made me feel ashamed of myself because admittedly, I can be one of those cruel people sometimes. Not being an animal lover, (not for the domestic animals at least as I cared a lot about endangered animal species), I always feel some sort of distaste for dogs and cats that I would not hesitate to hit them once they made a wrong move to me. I think this book made me realized I have to stop doing that and try to be at least civil, if not more caring, to them. As what the author had said “we have no right to distress any of God’s creatures without a very good reason; we call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”
Today, Black Beauty is considered as a children’s classic but Mr. Wiki says that the author did not actually wrote this book for children. For the author Anna Sewell, horses are one of her most beloved animals that she wrote a book about them and hope that her work, as she explained in a letter to a friend before she died, “would induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment with horses” and I think she was able to effectively do that in this book. The message of this book is actually more than a story about a horse but also about us humans, and how we treat animals who cannot speak for themselves. (less)
I first learned about the Little Prince in one of the my values education lesson back in high school. Our lesson then was about friendship and the exc...moreI first learned about the Little Prince in one of the my values education lesson back in high school. Our lesson then was about friendship and the excerpt of story of the Little Prince and the fox was used as an example of how friendship is formed among individuals in the textbook we are using that time. I didn't know about the beauty of the book then until a college friend of mine told me how she loved this book.
When I first read this, I honestly didn't like it that much,except for the illustrations of the boa constrictor and the baobabs. I guess I just didn't get the message of the story that time. It was only last year that I decided to read it again and pay more attention to it that I was able to appreciate and see the beauty of the story. I love how the author wrote the story in a simple and innocent way yet full of wisdom as he narrates the story of the little prince, the rose, and the fox through the pilot. I love how the author creatively discussed the flaws of the grown-ups as compared to children in seeing the most important and pleasurable things in life and with that, this book deserves to be included in my list of books that I will read for so many times. (less)
As usual, this is not part of my reading list for October but because of my ever impulsive tendency in choosing my next book to read, I decided to rea...moreAs usual, this is not part of my reading list for October but because of my ever impulsive tendency in choosing my next book to read, I decided to read it this soon so I can join the discussion in Filipino Group read for the month.
Ever since I've joined goodreads, I've been reading a lot of good reviews about this book so I think it's really worth reading. I am cautious though in reading this one because some of the reviews I've read said that it has similarities to Hunger Games so I have to warn myself to expect a lot of blood-shedding, brutality and gruesome killing - the only thing I don't like about Collin's novel. (I know it's unfair to the author to set an expectation based on other author's work so I hope she will forgive me for doing so.) I think I like it better than the former.
This is actually my second dystopian novel and I don't think I am a fan of this genre yet but reading Divergent made me think I need to explore more on this genre. And my verdict after reading through it is of course IT WAS AMAZING that I want to read it again to savor every moment of it! I was so engrossed that I remember myself smiling, shrieking, and gasping while reading it. I like it (less)