Adoring Addie – Review

Leslie Gould is a great writer! I love how she retells stories, but changes the setting and time and changes the plot accordingly. It makes the story seem less forced (as some retellings are). It seems natural. The retelling of Romeo and Juliet was very good. Though I can’t help but mention that I still don’t see how two people could fall so much in love in such a short time.

While this is the second book in a series, I believe that it could be read as a standalone. Though Courting Cate is a good book and I recommend checking it out!

Romance: 3.5 (There were a few more mature things mentioned, but I felt they weren’t too inappropriate for a teen reader.)
Violence: 4 (There was some violence, but it was more like what happens in any family home that contains young boys than anything else.)
Language: 5 (There was none.)
Other: 2.5 (There was a lot of talk of drinking and Addie’s older brothers got drunk. Probably more suited to an older teen.)

Don’t be satisfied with mediocrity!

Therese May Signature

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Les Miserables – Review

Wow…I almost don’t know what to say, and at the same time I have so much to say.

This book is incredible. It is a masterpiece of the rarest, greatest kind.

Mercy and love: these are the main themes of this novel.

With mercy we see a convict transformed into a saint. We see a prostitute’s wishes fulfilled (that her daughter be cared for and loved). We see a convict save the life of an officer of the law. We see an officer of the law give liberty to a repentant convict.

We see the love of Christ in a Bishop (who through that love redeems and transforms a convict). We see the love of a father in a convict (who through his love draws a prostitute from her misery and gives love and joy to her daughter). We see the true love of a young couple (who through their love transform each other and at last give happiness to a desperate soul).

This novel, long as it is, is well worth the half year it took to read it. The virtues, love, mercy, etc. that were portrayed were fascinating. While the novel didn’t ever really seem to be “moving” very fast, it always kept me interested because of the deep ideas and truths contained in the story.

This story is appropriate for teens, but I believe that it would be a hard read for them. Maybe that’s a good thing though. A mature reader will have the patience to work through this book and will most likely also be mature enough for its themes.

This is a book that everyone should read once in their lifetime.

Ratings (# out of 5):

Romance: 4 (There are definitely more mature topics and descriptions in this book, but they are handled and presented in a good way. There were only two kisses and nothing to worry about. If these kisses were in a shorter book they would be appropriate for a younger reader.)

Violence: 3.5 (There was violence and a little description of it, but, for the maturity level required to read this book, it wasn’t too much)

Language: There were exclamations containing God’s name, but most were used in actually calling out to God and not as blasphemous exclamations.

Don’t be satisfied with mediocrity!

Therese May Signature

 

Managing Your Life

Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”  (Matthew 16:21-23)

Yesterday, I saw a little girl trying to fit an envelope in her father’s back pocket. At first, she just tried to slide it in, but the envelope got stuck before it was very far in. She was confused. Why hadn’t her envelope fit in her father’s pocket? The pocket looked big enough to fit almost all of the envelope. She decided to try a different tactic. She grabbed the envelope out of the pocket and carefully measured the pocket with the envelope, proving to herself that the envelope should actually go farther into the pocket. Once she had done this, she again tried to put the envelope in the pocket. When it got stuck this time, rather than being confused and wondering what had happened, she kept pushing on the envelope until it finally went in as far as it could.

Sometimes we take our lives and use them the way the little girl used her envelope. We imagine something in our life happening a certain way, but we forget that there are going to be difficulties and things that get in our way. Most importantly, we keep forgetting to check our plan with God’s plan. It’s like trying to fit the envelope in the pocket.

The girl thought her envelope would fit, but she didn’t prove it to herself before she tried. When we make plans for our lives, we should always make sure that they fit in with God’s plan. If we don’t, we’ll run into the first obstacle and back down from our plan. And backing down doesn’t necessarily mean give up. It could mean that we throw a fit, get angry, or become annoyed at whoever or whatever got in our way and blame it. However, if we check our plan with God’s master plan for us and make sure it fits, once we run into those obstacles, we’ll be ready for them. We’ll know that our plan fits with God’s and that we should keep going and push through the obstacles in our way.

“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to You.” Saint Peter had a plan. His plan was to live with his Lord all his life. He didn’t want Jesus to leave, or to suffer. He just hadn’t checked that plan with God’s.

“Get behind me, Satan! Your are an obstacle to me.” Christ had checked His plan. He knew that He was doing the right thing. When Peter tried to get in His way and became an obstacle, Christ rebuked him turning away from this plea to give up His plan.

“You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Humans beings can be controlling. Sometimes we have a desire to change things and make them better. This is a good desire, we just have to make sure we’re thinking about it as God would. Humans make plans and then fall apart when obstacles confront them. God makes plans knowing that obstacles are going to come He and provides a means to overcome the them. Then when the obstacles do come, He works around them with ease. See? We’re not “thinking as God does, but as human beings do.”

So next time we make plans, let’s go about it the way God want us to. Make the plan, check it with His, prepare for obstacles, and work around the obstacles when they come.

Carpe veritatem!

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The Forged Coupon – Review

This short story (though it wasn’t very short) was incredible.

It reminded me a lot of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. In the movie we see a good man’s life and then we see how the place he lived and the people he knew would have been if he hadn’t been alive.

In this story, we follow the results of two boys falsehood: the forging of a coupon. It’s amazing and inspiring to see how one bad act could change so many people’s lives for the worst, but other good actions could reverse the damage done (or most of it).

Maybe this doesn’t happen in real life in this extent. Maybe this story was a little exaggerated in that sense, but I do believe this does happen in reality and that this is a book that every Christian should read (or anyone who wants to be good 😉 )

It’s a very good thing to reflect on. Today, will you set off a chain reaction of bad events and ruin people’s day, moment, life? Or will set of a chain reaction of good events and change people’s days, moment, life in a wonderful way they never could have imagined?

 

Don’t be satisfied with mediocrity!

Therese May Signature