Faith to live by

Faith to Live By

This book was given to me as  a Christmas present last 2015. I actually read it when I was in Hamburg last year and re-read it when I was in queue for my passport renewal last week. This is one of those books that you have read over and over again; gaining new perspective in the process.

The impact is strong this time, probably because I am in the season where I really have to exercise my faith and work hard in doing it. This book contains insights on what faith is, why we need it, how it grows, and putting our faith into action. What’s also great about this book is  that it won’t drown you with scholarly information but it lives up to its line, “A practical guide to the life of faith”.

This book is also  a gentle reminder of the true purpose of having faith. It is not for my own encouragement or a fuel to sustain my journey but for the purpose of pleasing God and giving Him honor.

 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 6:11 NIV

When we love someone, we do our best to show how much we love them too. We serve and please them the best way we know how.In the same way, our faith is a manifestation of our love for God. It is not about me and my own personal desires but it is all about loving Him who loved us when we were unlovable. Faith is indeed a gift we don’t deserve and unlike any gift, we should nurture it because it is given by God.

I have to stop sharing now because I might be taking too much from the book, haha. I hope you’d get the chance to read this book and maybe we can share insights too once you’ve finished it.

PS: If you are in the season of waiting like me, I also recommend this video before or after reading this book

2 books, 1 week

Listen and you’ll understand

There’s a huge stack of unread books sitting on my shelf and it has been there for a long time now, a year to be exact. I may have lost my interest in reading during the past year; I couldn’t point out the reason why. This week, I had the urge to read and I immediately picked some books on my pile (plus one on my iBook) before my mood leaves me again. I must have missed reading since I finished two books in one week. Great comeback, right?

1 of 2 : The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I only have an epub version of this book and I regret every single digital page turn. This book is for-the-lack-of-better-word freaking nuts. If not for work and my German class (also sleeping), I would’ve finish this book in a day and a half. I was literally willing my eyes to stay open and awake even if my whole mind says otherwise. For two days, I woke up with a heavy head just because I was up reading it. That’s how good it is.

They were going to turn this a movie (no surprise there) and I checked the cast prior to reading it, which made it easy for me to visualize the whole thing. I think they got the almost-perfect cast. You can check more info here:

2 of 2 : Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

So, you are supposed to listen to a track to set the chapter’s mood. Right off the bat, what an interesting material! It got my attention because of this unique “strategy” however, the story isn’t my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, it was good and well-written, even a reminiscent of Perks of Being A Wallflower. BUT I am not actually fond of high school characters in books, YA generally; although there are some exceptions. Nevertheless, it was a good cool-down after reading Girl on the Train.

My personal saving grace has to be music references and I have to give it to the author; she chose the best ones. Coldplay was mentioned too, not in the light I want but s’all good. Ikumpara ba naman sa Radiohead! Pano na, haha.

I look forward to finishing the pile of books I have…. and eventually, buy new ones to stack up. 😉

 

The Raw Shark Texts

 

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I have this book sitting at my bookcase for more than a year already; a gift from my previous boss. Apparently, she saw this book on my “Book Wishlist” and decided to give it as a Christmas present. Coincidentally, she had this book just lying around as well.

I used to read a lot of books until social media got in the way. I made a promise to myself last week that I will go back to reading and I started with this.

Here’s a short excerpt:

“It’s a stark thought that when we die most of us will leave behind uneaten biscuits, unused coffee, half toilet rolls, half cartons of milk in the fridge to go sour; that everyday functional things will outlive us and prove that we weren’t ready to go; that we weren’t smart or knowing or heroic; that we were just animals whose animal bodies stopped working without any sort of schedule or any consent from us.”

I would recommend this book for people who enjoy reading sci-fi/existential/technical books especially people who are psychology/English majors. Why? Better find out. Also, if I can somehow describe it in a *recipe, it will look like this:

1/2 cup Memento

1/2  cup The Matrix

1 tbsp Inception

1 pack Jaws 

1 tsp Self/less

Personally, I’m just glad to finish this book. It feels like fixing a closet; you keep promising your parents you’d do but you don’t unless you really have to.

PS:

There are several interesting illustrations you can find inside. Like this,

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Next book in line : The Girl on the Train

*not sure why I did a recipe but it is the best analogy I can think of