Books/Entertainment, Life

The Tale of A Good Book

This past weekend, I got lost in a good book. And it was like coming home to a long-lost friend.

The past 4-5 months prior to this weekend, I hadn’t so much as touched anything but my Bible. Now, reading that is always a noble pursuit, but I used to love getting lost in a book. I can still remember the hours as a pre-teen and teen when I would lay in my bed and devour a whole series in as little time as a few days. I remember countless nights where I would stay up until 2 or 3am, hiding out in the bathroom or under the covers, trying to just finish one more chapter. I wouldn’t be able to keep my eyes open for one more second, but I would push my way through just to find out what would happen next.

It was those nights, those stories, that inspired me to be a writer, get my degree in creative writing, and put the dream of writing my own book in my heart.

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Books/Entertainment, Spiritual Walk

Book Review: Draw the Circle

For the past few months, I’ve been including Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson in my daily devotions. It is a must-read for anyone who has a dream, a request, or a concern that they want to bring before the Lord. It taught me some valuable insight and provided challenges that made me think, and prayer, differently than I had before.

I started in 2017 with a “read through the Bible” plan on Bible.com called the Solid Life “Whole Bible” Reading Plan. I start off my devotional time with reading and recording in my prayer journal any verses that stand out or speak to me. After that, I would read one of the prayer challenges, then journal on the topic and listen to what God had to say about it. It’s become a very big part of my prayer life to not only bring my concerns to God, but to literally ask God what He has to say to me. It’s at that time, when I’ve been fully concentrating on God, that I allow myself to just listen and write down anything I’m feeling. I’ll admit, He hasn’t answered every one of my questions, but I’ve received true insight during those times and I thank Him for the promises he has given me.

Draw the Circle made listening to God a daily task, and while I cannot say that I am confident that everything I write down in my prayer journal is truly from Him, I’ve been learning how to discern. Day 1, page one started off with a bang: “And when you pray to God regularly, irregular things happen on a regular basis.”

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Books/Entertainment

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Myers

It’s the last week of February, and I am 3 books deep into my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017. That’s honestly not a terrible number for me. My goal for the year is 30 books, and considering I read 3 or 4 last year, I’ll be super stoked when that happens.

Side note: I absolutely love reading. But in the years since I graduated college, I also became a huge fan of the “Netflix and chill” phenomenon. Believe it or not, that greatly cuts into a girls reading time.

I was first introduced to Me Before You through a trailer I saw on Facebook for the movie. Emilia Clarke was adorable, and who didn’t want to see another side of Sam Clafin after watching him as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games. After enjoying the theatrical version, I figured the book could only be better, and recently decided to read it.

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Books/Entertainment

Book Review: “A Change in Altitude” by Anita Shreve

I want to start by saying I am a huge fan of Anita Shreve. The first book I read by her was Seaglass, and I couldn’t put it down. I love her style and her interweaving of stories. With that in mind, I’m not going to recommend A Change in Altitude to anyone, and will therefore be spoiling the entire book since I don’t think you should read it (so, if you are interested, you might want to come back to this later).

I was very interested in reading this book due to my own summer spent living in Kenya, but in the end was disappointed with the plot and character development.

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Books/Entertainment, Writing

Book Review: “On Writing” by Stephen King

A few months ago, I started feeling more and more like I was throwing away my college degree. Now, it’s not that I don’t use that knowledge every day–someone who can write and edit well is always appreciated–but I spent my college days writing stories and poems, and since that time nearly 5 years ago, I haven’t put the time or the effort into the thing I claim to love most.

I think I really started to take this seriously because, 1) I’m now published once a month in the Young Salvationist, and 2) I just turned 25 and feel like I don’t have anything to show for it. Yes, you could say, “But Rachael, 25-year-olds aren’t supposed to have anything to show for in life.” But I can’t help but disagree in my soul. As much as I love having the YS credit to my writing career, I’m feeling greedy, and I want more.

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