fast-paced books to read while you’re stuck at home

Hello, my friends!

It’s been a little over a week since everything shut down in Michigan. My tae kwon do class was canceled. My church is livestreaming. My ACT was postponed and my AP exam will be at my house. My musical is on hold with no definite plans to actually perform.

Most of you are probably in a similar situation. While I’m not going to be talking about COVID-19 specifically on my blog, I want to let you all know that I’m praying for us all and that you are not alone. We’re all in this together.

If you’re looking for resources to get you through all of this, here are a few things that I’ve found helpful:

Once you’re done checking all those amazing resources out, though, you’re still going to be stuck at home. So you’ll probably go do your chores, and finish up your homework or schoolwork, and take a walk down the road, and get the mail, and call or text your friends, and check social media, and talk to your family, and watch a movie…

…and you’ll still be stuck at home.

Since I, like you, am stuck at home, I’ve decided to use my extra time and my intense boredom to read a lot of books. Of course, it doesn’t mean I’m not stuck at home, or I’m not bored, but it definitely helps to reduce my boredom, and when I read, I get to experience the life of someone else who lives somewhere else. So… I sort of get to travel.

I think that reading is one of the best things to do when you’re stuck at home and completely bored — and I also think that while setting goals to read classics or hard-to-read books is never a bad thing, your boredom will not end if you’re slogging your way through Orthodoxy or North and South (both of which excellent books I have recently read).

I think that right now, the best books to read are the kind that keep you up at night, the ones you can’t put down, the ones that make you care and cry and laugh and scream right along with the characters. So today I’m going to recommend books that I can’t put down, fast-paced and addicting stories with compelling plotlines and lovable characters.

I hope one of these books helps you escape to a different world and fall in love with its characters during this quarantine!Read More »

the Christmas spirit tag

Hello there! I’ve been tagged for this tag by a good friend of mine. I’m not allowed to say who she is (for reasons you’ll soon understand), but I’m thankful for her and for her tagging me, and I’m excited to do her tag.

But first:

the rules

  1. This is an anonymous tag. DO NOT link back to the creator or whoever tagged you — the goal of this tag is to spread Christmas spirit anonymously. Consider it a sort of “pay it forward” — you don’t know who started it, but you’re there to continue it. You can say thank you, of course, in the comments of whoever tagged you, but it’s all very “Secret Santa” when you create your post.
  2. Answer the copy-and-paste-able questions (GIFs, photos, song lyrics, poem extracts, etc. are all welcome).
  3. Share one thing Christmas taught you.
  4. Tag as many people as you can thing to help spread Christmas cheer around the blogosphere (my word, that rhymed).

And now…


the questions

(and my answers)

What is your favorite Christmas Bible verse?

I absolutely love all of Isaiah 53, especially in the NIV (which is strange, because in almost every other case I pick the ESV). It’s not technically a “Christmas Bible verse,” I guess, but it reminds me that Jesus came to die. That the reason He was born as a baby was so he could save us from our sins. And in that way, it really is a Christmas verse. As is nearly every verse in the entire Bible (:Read More »

I choose to rejoice

Today is hard.

I try to be brave, but I hide in the dark. I try to do the right thing, but I mess up. Again. I try to be good, and I fail.

I try to see the good in any of my surroundings, but I can’t.

I try and I try and I TRY but nothing’s worth it. The dark presses in on me. I can’t see the light. I can’t see anything anymore.

Where are you in all of this, God?

Where

are

You?Read More »

God is enough. Sincerely, Me

Dear fellow seeker,

Today is going to be a good day, and here’s why. Because today, you’re you. No hiding, no lying, just you.

But that’s not enough, because you know what you are? You’re a sinner. A mess. A good-for-nothing disaster who keeps on doing the wrong thing no matter how hard you try.

You know it’s wrong. You know you’re massively screwing everything up. But you just can’t stop. Read More »

The Joy Within and the Power Beyond

Note: this article has some spoilers from the ancient Greek Oedipus plays and the movies Rogue One, Captain America: The First Avenger, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

OEDIPUS THE KING

Imagine you are going to the theater with your friends. You decide to watch a drama about a man who marries his mother accidentally and gets involved in a series of family arguments, national wars, love affairs, and deaths (particularly by suicide, which seems to be the popular choice in this story). It’s a three-part series, and you can’t wait to find out what happens.

You know what to expect: lots of swearing (naturally), a few extremely sexual scenes, nonstop action, deaths and wars filling the big screen, and the like. The movie is probably rated at least R.

It’s called Oedipus the King. Read More »

Great God of Paradoxes

I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Exodus 20:5

Our God is truly great. Every day he reveals His majesty to us anew. But He is a paradoxical God, yet we can find beauty in His paradoxes. Perhaps being jealous and steadfast, being avenging and loving, is not quite a paradox. But it is a shining, glorious not-quite paradox. And when law can be that numinous, grace and gospel are even more beautiful and beckoning. Read More »

What is Right?

Written in 2017 – contains spoilers for With Lee in Virginia and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Recently, I read a book that made me think a lot about right and wrong. It was With Lee in Virginia, by G. A. Henty, a book about the Civil War. The main character, an older teenager named Vincent, is a Confederate whose mother runs a plantation. He supports slaves’ rights and hates their mistreatment, even aiding a runaway slave to escape his harsh masters, yet he is a staunch supporter of slavery itself. Also a firm believer in states’ rights to secede, he joins the war on the side of the South and goes through many difficult battles and situations. Read More »