I grew up with having four older brothers. As a child I remember them watching Star Wars with Mom, but I don't remember the sActual rating: 3.5 stars.
I grew up with having four older brothers. As a child I remember them watching Star Wars with Mom, but I don't remember the scenes from the films in particular; I just remember loving Yoda. (view spoiler)[ Really, though, who doesn't? (hide spoiler)]
Fast-forward to now, in a galaxy far, far away...
Star Wars is one of the most talked about science fiction film franchises in the United States (and probably in the rest of Western civilization): the space action, the lightsabers, the wonderfully crafted and sophisticated dialogue, the hilarious banters, the droids and various creatures of different species, and everything else it has to offer. This was such a fun read, though at different intervals I was rather bored; it's the reason for which I rated this a 3.5 stars.
There's no need for me to write a summary for the book. George Lucas, the man behind the films, wrote this film novelization. So it's straight from the film. People recommend watching the films first before reading these, but I've done the very opposite. Yes, my dear readers, I have yet to see the movies. I just haven't had enough time. Whenever I try to watch the movie, there is always something I have to do or constantly interrupted. Therefore, I took it upon myself to by the books and read it on the go: on my to and from work, in my room before bed, at my cousin's house, etc. I know the movie is far, far better because you have the exact visuals and graphics needed in order to enjoy yourself.
I'll get to watching them soon. Hopefully.
Anyway, the writing for this is simple, yet very informative. I absolutely adore Threepio and Artoo-Deetoo! Their love-hate relationship and thrown insults had me chuckling and smiling. I need these two together and more of them throughout Star Wars!
Luke Skywalker was a real pain 95% of the book: he constantly obsesses over Princess Leia and never listens.
Han Solo and Chewbacca are my second pair of favourites. Solo is just an all-around witty and sarcastic character.
The rest of the characters are pleasing and nicely crafted.
I have incredibly high expectations of the films and I know the books just aren't going to give the films justice. But it's worth a shot.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This isn’t a review, per se, but more of my thoughts. I’ve only read the NT thus far and will be getting start***Review for the New Testament only.***
This isn’t a review, per se, but more of my thoughts. I’ve only read the NT thus far and will be getting started on the OT.
What a beautifully written, God-breathed text. What I thought I understood in the past about the Christ, His following, and the Word of God in of itself is nothing compared to what I understand today, but it is not because of the will of man, but of God. During the commencement of college in 2013 my thoughts of God became biased, closed-minded and angry. I was not a believer. I questioned God here and there. I liked the Christ I thought I understood, and wasn't really feeling the Father. I rejected church completely.
Until I was shown the Word quite differently from what I was taught before and I shut my mouth and listened. When I finished hearing, I decided to get baptized into the church of Christ and began calling myself a Christian. But it didn’t stop there; on that day of August 2, 2015, I went home and cracked open the Word of God and actually read it without preconceived notions. Without biases. Without leaning on my own understanding and own interpretation as I’ve tried countless times to do–only to find myself falling asleep or closing the book because it was just so boring. I started with Matthew, of course, but found that I devoured the four Gospels of Jesus Christ.
Wait a minute, this wasn’t the Christ I believed to be. Who was This? Every day since then I’ve been reading and rereading the books of the New Testament, studying daily to know more about God and how to live righteously. I was wrong, so wrong. I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind, but now I see (view spoiler)[y'all queue the music! (hide spoiler)].
This book isn’t just a book. It’s the book, the book to all the unanswered questions I had, the book that told me about the Way, the Truth and the Life. And I am now persuaded and convinced that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; who was manifested in the flesh to save the world; who died and rose again. And I am not ashamed of the gospel of the Christ (Romans 1:16).
What is amazing to me is how each of these works were written in different time periods and in different locations by different authors; yet, the words are inerrant and are absolutely harmonious one to another. The historical background of which these texts were written is pretty cool, too:
For example, you have Matthew the tax collector and apostle of Jesus Christ directing his viewpoint of the gospel to the Jews who have been so focused on the Messiah being of noble seed with a royal coming. They certainly were not expecting the Christ to be birthed; not only that, but coming from a horrible place called Nazareth. The former Jew and apostle of Jesus Christ, Nathanael, in the book of John expressed his uncertainty, too, to Philip with a “can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46, KJV). But Matthew made sure to prove the royalty of the bloodline of Christ with, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1, KJV).
And you have John the fisherman and apostle of Jesus Christ, directing his viewpoint of the gospel in a purely evangelistic way to everyone; of making the infallible proof that Christ is the Son of God with a “But these [miracles that Jesus performed] are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:31, KJV). The gospel of John is wonderfully expressed through love of the Christ.
And you have Paul the apostle, one of the most talked about apostles given his background. He started in the Jew’s religion, persecuting Christians; until one day on the road to Damascus did he believe Christ is the Son of God and became baptized. His letters to various churches (assemblies) of Christ to various saints (another word for Christian) in various locations emphasizes the power of God and the grace Christians receive through Christ. Paul’s personality and prose is what makes him the most interesting character to most people. He’s emphatic and he’s passionate throughout his letters. Before he was fierce and passionate about the destruction of Christians and hate for Christ, then he was fierce and passionate about the salvation of Christians and love for Christ.
And the other disciples's gospels or letters like Peter, James, Luke and Jude that will take up most of my characters for this review. Moving on to the writing:
There are no words to describe the beauty of the prose that flows like water. My awe expressed through this typed review cannot give it justice. So just to cite a few (click "view spoiler" to read it):
(view spoiler)["13 Jesus answered and said unto her; Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:13-14, KJV).
"35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35-39, KJV).
"23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." (1 Peter 1:23-25, KJV). (hide spoiler)]
This translation used to be very difficult for me to understand, but I found that, through diligence and aid of the Holy Ghost, it's as simple as pouring a glass of water.
The most important thing I learned, though, from experience, through conversations with atheists, and reading about false prophets throughout History using the Word for their political purpose and propaganda: one can’t crack open the Word of God and take everything literally and at face value and come in leaning on one’s own understanding, because that’s when one can grab and misuse the scriptures for their own purpose, not evening looking at the context. It is rather important to additionally add that using the Oxford dictionary and modern-day society’s definition of words will most definitely not help with understanding the Word. We have to keep in mind the Bible was written in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, so using a bible app with the aforementioned languages’ definition comes in handy.
Looking back, I wouldn't change anything that occurred in my past, for if none of that had not happened, I wouldn't be where I am today in Christ. I now walk by faith and not by sight. For the things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 5:7; 2 Corinthians 4:18). ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more