This was good, better than I expected. Katie is so spunky, a little bit sarcastic at the beginning. She messes up but is given another chance and doesThis was good, better than I expected. Katie is so spunky, a little bit sarcastic at the beginning. She messes up but is given another chance and doesn't waste it. I actually think I'd like to read more of this series. I wonder if Katie can get the other trouble kids to fix their lives before too late. Angel doesn't seem like a bad kid...
This book was free on Amazon at one point and I found it because of Bookbub.com....more
I enjoyed this book. It was a light read. It wasn't preachy or forced. There are some loose ends but I suppose it's a start of a series so that couldI enjoyed this book. It was a light read. It wasn't preachy or forced. There are some loose ends but I suppose it's a start of a series so that could be resolved in future installations. I just wished to see the Walt's story wrapped up too. One thing that sort of felt "off" was the way prayers were answered immediately. This isn't supposed to be like a vending machine-put coins in, get stuff instantly. Hannah annoyed me a bit in the beginning because of the way she'd refuse to accept help. I wanted to tell her that she should allow others to help, not for her sake only, but theirs. But it was a hard lesson for her; I think she got it in the end.
This was a free ebook on Amazon at some point and I finally finished reading!...more
**spoiler alert** It's a new book in the Harry Potter series. That's the only positive thing I can say. The plot sucks. This isn't the way time turnin**spoiler alert** It's a new book in the Harry Potter series. That's the only positive thing I can say. The plot sucks. This isn't the way time turning works from what we saw in Prizoner of Azkaban. I liked that they didn't (couldn't) change the past at all even though it seemed like they had. This new time turning is not consistent with that. I don't like the other theory of time travel, where you can actually affect past and create paradoxes.
There are plot holes: the Time Turner Delphi had -had a 5-minute limit on it, but then she goes back and stays nearly 24 hours in the past? How?
Unresolved issues: who was the Cursed Child in the title? Delphi? Although how was she cursed? But no one else was cursed either. What was the dark cloud around Albus that Bane was telling Harry about? Maybe Delphi again?...more
As I was reading her autobiography, I remembered I bought this book of her letters a few years ago... I thought it would help to get more in depth, anAs I was reading her autobiography, I remembered I bought this book of her letters a few years ago... I thought it would help to get more in depth, and I wasn't wrong! I was especially looking for letters between Therese and Celine, when Therese entered Carmel but Celine stayed with the father a while. But I also found a few other interesting letters before Therese entered. Just reading here and there, not straight through. ...more
This is a Study Edition prepared by Marc Foley (published by ICS). In some of his reflections on the text he draws on from other literary sources thatThis is a Study Edition prepared by Marc Foley (published by ICS). In some of his reflections on the text he draws on from other literary sources that I don't know, so it's a little odd at times. But it is very good.
We are now in Chapter 8, and I liked the reflection Marc had on the two images of God that Therese uses. 1) When Therese experiences aridity in prayer, she talks about Jesus sleeping in the boat. He's still there, even though it doesn't feel that way. He's just sleeping. Therese lets Him rest. 2) During the times when she falls asleep in prayer, she thinks of God as a loving parent, to whom children sleeping are as pleasing as when they are awake. So when one encounters these sorts of impediments to prayer, we can focus on ourselves too much, on our experience of the aridity, that desert without consolations; or blame ourselves and be remorseful for failing to keep awake... But Therese focuses on God.
On a personal note: as much as St Teresa of Avila is hard to read, St Therese of Lisieux is simple. The contrast of these two saints! St Therese is one of the first saints I learned about; she's probably my favorite after Our Lady.
I forgot how abruptly The Story of a Soul ends. Just as it seems she starts writing about the life in the community, about those she's given to draw closer to God, and about charity, she grows too sick to write. And I am left feeling that this is only half the story. I'm so glad I have the Letters (in 2 volumes) too, which may shed some more light - in fact the letters contain a LOT more pages. I also bought the book by Sister Genevieve (Celine) - The Father of the Little Flower, now a canonized saint too along with the mother....more
In the beginning the author shares her own experience, and that was was entertaining and really good. I wished she'd start on tips, but when she finalIn the beginning the author shares her own experience, and that was was entertaining and really good. I wished she'd start on tips, but when she finally did, I was a little disappointed.
She's a non-Catholic Christian so there's a limited understanding of prayer... It's good, but that's not all there is, and as someone who is being formed in the Carmelite order, I know more. It goes deeper, way deeper.
For example, a friend recently shared a story about an advice she gave to someone about prayer: "When you go outside, and it's a beautiful day, and you see a flower, say 'Oh thank you for this beautiful day'" and the person responded, "Well, that's not prayer." Of course it is. It doesn't have to have all these grandiose words. You don't necessarily need to memorize a formula. "The language He hears best is that of silent love." (St. John of the Cross)
A set time and place for prayer is good, but I don't think it should be the ONLY time and place for prayer. Whenever you are doing something that doesn't require a lot of mental concentration, such as say washing dishes, you could talk to the One you know loves you. It is in these random moments that I sometimes get the best conversations. And of course there's also Adoration, being in the presence of God in the Holy Eucharist...
This was a free ebook on Amazon, and I'm glad I got it. I'll finish it at some point......more