Posted in Book reviews, Moody Book Review

Moody Book Review: “Abraham and Sarah” by Roberta Kells Dorr

Title: Abraham and Sarah
Author: Roberta Kells Dorr
Type: Fiction, Biblical
Number of pages: 265
Source: Moody Publishing Book Program http://mpnewsroom.com/
My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Description:

Abraham and Sarah is a masterful historical drama from the moment that Abraham strides into the pagan temple to rescue Sarah. The couple set out in search of the blessings God had promised: abundant fertile land and descendents more plentiful than the stars.
But years of wandering bring the couple to Egypt where once again Abraham convinces Sarah
that as sister and brother surely they will pass safely through the territory. But
Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem where she befriends Pharaoh’s daughter, Hagar.
Together the three are ordered to leave.
Years of barrenness have embittered Sarah and she hatches a plan: Hagar must become the vessel for the child God has promised. Ishmael is born to Hagar and so is jealousy born in Sarah’s heart. But God had a plan and He was right all along. This miracle unfolds with Historical authenticity leaving the reader with a better understanding of the ancient world and the life-changing faith of Abraham and Sarah.

My Review:

I was very excited to receive and read this book. And when I got it, I was even more excited because the new cover is gorgeous (this book is re-published from 1995), and I love Biblical fiction. However, I was sadly very disappointed upon reading it. I had read a review where someone said that the author took great liberties with this book, and I must agree. It is much more fiction, than Biblical. I also feel the story is a poor representation of Abraham and Sarah and many ways. To be honest, I had to set apart in my mind the fact that this book was about Abraham and Sarah (in other words, I chose to think of it as a work of fiction completely, not relating to Biblical accounts), because it taints the Biblical account for me. I do not believe Abraham or Sarah would have acted like the author presented in this book.
I think this book had good potential, but it wasn’t executed well. I felt that quite a bit of the information presented was inaccurate and definitely not factual.
However, I am not completely opposed to trying more of the author’s books in the future, as I have read one other of her books that I enjoyed.
And please keep in mind that even though this was not my favourite read, doesn’t mean it won’t be yours. I don’t want to point others away from it just because I did not care for it. One man’s least favourite, is another man’s favourite :)

I received “Abraham and Sarah” free from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review.

Posted in Random babblings

Tulle

I really, really like tulle skirts. Which is a little odd for me, I’ll admit, because I’ve never really been… girl-y? Yes, I wear skirts, but I don’t like, dress up too often. But semi-recently, I fell in love with tulle skirts. I have one now, but I want a poofy-er one. We’re hoping to make our own at some point. :) For now I thought I’d share some of my favourite tulle skirts that I have on Pinterest:

 

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I’d wear this, but probably not with high-heels, because I don’t wear high-heels…

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I like this look – the hooded shirt with tulle.

Tulle skirt!

I love this one!

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And I like this shot of the tulle skirt with boots. I love that you can be unique with the tulle skirts. It’s not “one look fits all”. You can personalize it. :)

And lastly I’ll leave off with my tulle skirt. :)

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Not the best picture, I know. But it’s all I’ve got to share. :) So, how do you feel about tulle? :)

All images, besides the last were found on Pinterest.

Posted in Books, Random babblings, Writing

Writing Love

I admit that a lot of my posts are, and will be somehow related to writing, and books. Those two things are great passions of mine. :)

I love seeing the author’s love for their creation come out in their books. I don’t care if I don’t necessarily like the book – I love the fact that the author loves their book. That is so admirable. And I understand that. I love my book that I am writing (and nearing completion!).  All of the stories I’ve started, I love. And I don’t care if I am the only one that loves them. There is something so special about your own stories. You put so much care and love into them. And I really really love seeing that show through other authors books. This made me think of that:

 

 

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“He knew it was the first time their hands had met, though she was perfectly unconscious of the fact.”

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I don’t know exactly why that quote  made me think of the author, Elizabeth Gaskell’s love for her book (North and South! <3), but it did. Often times I just get these  little glimpses into that emotion, and it makes me feel…happy. “So happy” to quote from the movie “Roman Holiday”. :)

I am not feeling like I am getting fully what I mean across here. Sometimes what you feel can’t always be put into words. But I hope you understand a little bit what I mean! :)

Posted in Random babblings

Defined

I believe it takes courage to have a blog. It takes self-confidence to spill out your heart on what we call online-journals. I don’t know that I have that courage or confidence. I keep to myself. A lot. I will write posts in an attempt to bear my heart and try to write a good post, but they never make it live. They stay unpublished in my drafts. And I fear they’ll stay there. Because when I re-read them, I think “Why would I post that? What would others think?”. I’ve read old posts that have been published and I think “Man, why, Raechel? Why were you so immature?”. I feel like giving myself one of these:

lol!!

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A big face-palm. But those are the posts that are real.  It’s the heart-bearing posts that I enjoy the most when I read other blogs.

Maybe it comes down to being afraid of what my posts will define me by. That my stupid posts will define me. That my words won’t be good enough. So I keep to what’s comfortable.  My journal hides most of my heart. I do have to write. But I write it in my journal, where it’s safe and sound. And I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing. But I do want to write good blog-posts, that interest other people. Not just book reviews. Even though I do love books. :)

So, maybe this will begin a new journey for me here on this blog. Or maybe I will continue to hide away, only showing what I want to show. Either way, I am going to try. I want my blog to be enjoyable, not only to me, but to others. Maybe that is vain, but it’s the truth.  I want to have someone think of my blog like I do of my favourite blogs to read.

We can’t be perfect, and that’s okay. Our words don’t always have to define us.  How we live for God, that defines us.

Posted in Book reviews, Books

Book Review: For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

Title: For Such a Time
Author: Kate Breslin
Type/keywords: Fiction; WWII, Holocaust, Esther
Number of Pages: 432
Source: Author
My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars

Description:

Powerful Retelling of the Story of Esther

In 1944, blond and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric’s compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp’s prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

My Review:

Where do I begin? I’m still whirling a bit from the ending. :)
This book is so full. I mean that – it is so full of so much. So much information, care, feelings, goings-on, etc. I know I couldn’t write a book like this. Mrs. Breslin has much God-give talent to be able to write this piece of art. I can hardly imagine all the information she had to research to put “For Such a Time” together, and she did marvelously.
I really liked that there were correlating verses from the book of Esther at the beginning of each chapter. The account of Biblical Esther was retold nicely in this book. The setting, though grief-some, was fitting. That being said, it was also very sad. I knew *about* the holocaust beforehand, but I didn’t really know it, if that makes sense. And it all made me so grieved. The realness of it is very heavy. It breaks my heart that concentration camps happened. And so many innocents were killed.
But again, Mrs. Breslin handles it really well, with great care giving us a glimpse into it all.
I was very impressed with this book. It was a little hard to get into at first, but once I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and certainly had a difficult time putting it down – especially at the end!
From the beginning to the end, I loved watching the characters deepen, grow, and sometimes all together change. The characters were really good ones and built up nicely.
I also liked watching Hadassah/Stella go through the spiritual change. It wasn’t loud or in your face, which I actually liked – it was entirely believable, which I so appreciated. It wasn’t necessarily big booming fire-works, her transition; it was quiet, and peaceful, and I related at many points. Another related-note is that I was glad that Hadassah/Stella opened up to the New Testament, and had that hope, as I know that most Jewish people did not read the NT.
I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t be specific: but there was a point at the end of the book that I thought I would actually really dislike this book. I wasn’t sure how I was going to write a review on it at that point, because even though (in my mind at that spot) the story up to that point was great, if that was the ending, I didn’t like it. But thankfully my mind was swiftly changed! I was pleased with the ending to be sure. Though including that one part and then changing, it did send you through quite an emotional roller-coaster. Maybe that is just me though – I do tend to get very…involved in the books I’m reading, especially when they are so well-written.
Also, you may not be able to understand this at the beginning of the book, but I loved Aric. I really did. Like, a lot. I have officially put him on my mental ‘favourite book guys’ that I would love to marry. ;)

Thank you SO much, Mrs. Breslin for giving me the chance to read your fantastic book! It was delightful to say the least.

I was sent a copy of this book free from the author for the purpose of this review.

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Hey-howdy-hey, my name’s Woody!

Hi. *Waves*
I just wanted to pop on here quick, and say “I’M ALIVE!” Okay, that’s a bit loud. But I feel I have been hidden away for a long time. :)
i had a bad cold about two weeks ago, but just as I was getting over that I came down with a TERRIBLE flu-like sickness. I had horrific stomach cramps, aching, fever, and all that fun stuff. I don’t think I’ve had the flu or any sickness this bad ever. Oh, and I got a terrible rash all over. We went into our doctor and found that I had multiple virus’. That was also what was causing the rash. I’m taking stuff for it now, and hoping I get better completely, soon. :)

Else wise, there’s not much to report…I’ve been able to read quite a bit of “For Such a Time” by Kate Breslin that I am going to review soon as I’m done – it’s an excellent book! :)

I hope you are all keeping healthy!