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Book Review- Divergent by Veronica Roth

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After I finished The Fault in Our Stars I immediately started on Divergent. I had heard a lot about it, yet I knew nothing about it. A few of my bit more conservative Christian friends had even read it. And as with TFIOS there is a movie coming out soon, and I wanted to read the book first. (It’s funny, the girl who plays Hazel and the boy who plays Augustus in TFIOS are the same ones who play Beatrice and her brother, Caleb, in Divergent.)

My immediate thoughts were that it felt like mouthwash after reading TFIOS (only one minor cuss word) and that it reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games. Only, without all the killing. In the Hunger Games, every kid from 12-18 is subject to the possibility of their name being drawn and having to compete in the Hunger Games, where they kill other kids until there is one victor. It is set in future North America, called Panem. There are no longer states, but districts, 12 of them. In Divergent, when you turn 16 you are required to choose which faction you will be in for the rest of your life. There are 5 factions. You are free to choose whichever, but not choosing the one that you were born into, may mean shunning from your family and faction. You are given an aptitude test which helps you decide which faction you belong in. And after you pick your faction you go through an initiation process.

Beatrice Prior has 5 unique factions to choose from.

There is Abnegation, the faction she was born into. The people in it are known to be selfless. They are a lot like the Amish in a way. They believe that not one person is to be higher than another, therefore, they all wear loose fitting, dull, gray clothing and only cut their hair every 3 months. They cannot look in a mirror and the only adornment they are allowed is a watch, as it is practical.

There is Candor, the honest.

There is Amity, the peaceful.

And Erudite, the intelligent.

And finally, Dauntless, the brave.

Which will she choose?

She falls in love with a man in her faction of choice, but it is not easy. And on the way, Beatrice learns of many secrets. Secrets of her mother, secrets of her brother, secrets of her new love and she, herself is keeping a very important one.

Now, as a final review….

I loved the book. I actually liked it more than The Hunger Games series. It’s set in future Chicago, which made it interesting, since I have been to Chicago recently. It made it real, as a lot of the landmarks I saw were still there, like the ferris wheel I rode. It would be appropriate for about 14 and up. There were no bedroom parts, per se. Although, she almost gets raped by some of the other initiates, and it mentions that they “grabbed” her and laughed saying that she was no more than a little girl. She and the man she loves kiss quite a bit and he unzips her jacket and kisses the tattoos on her collar bone. They do not sleep together though, as it is made known that they are both afraid. I did not have a problem with any of this, I am just letting you know as I know some mothers may be reading this review with their kids in mind, so I hope to give you an idea of what they will be reading. I would be okay with my 14 year old sister reading it, but not my almost 13 year old sister. I cannot wait for the movie and I look forward to reading the second book, Insurgent. (I will write reviews on both)

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Book Review

 

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Book Review- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I am on Instagram a lot. Too much. That’s a different story, but through it I get a pretty good idea of what “kids these days” are into. Well, I recently have seen a lot of “Okay? Okay.” and a lot of #tfios going around. So, curious ol’ me asked what TFIOS meant. The Fault in Our Stars, I was told. Apparently it’s being made into a movie coming out this year. I am a bit of a movie geek and searched it on one of my favorite apps, IMDB. Through that I learned the synopsis. The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green who is a vlog brother if you are familiar with them on YouTube.) is about a teenage girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster who is fighting lung cancer who meets a teenage boy named Augustus “Gus” Waters who previously fought cancer and lost his leg. They fall in love, as predicted, but there is a whole lot more to the story. So, anyway, I decide it actually looked pretty good and put the book on hold from the library.

It took it’s sweet time getting to me, of course, as it had over 100 holds on it, but the other day, I finally got it. So, what did I think about it? Let me start by mentioning that growing up, I picked books mainly from the children’s section. At that age, they didn’t have to be Christian, as they were usually fine. However, if a book had even one cuss word, I returned it without finishing it. As I got older I ventured in to Christian fiction in the adult section. I rarely went into the young adult area, because the normal fiction was disgusting and the Christian fiction was made for either boys, and was about dragons, or for teen girls and was about shopping and boys. Neither interested me. So I stuck to the adult section. I read mainly historical fiction and some Christian romance. I am not very adventurous in my reading. So to read TFIOS was different. It wasn’t Christian, it was in the young adult category and just not what I read.

I’m not sure it is appropriate for under 18. MAYBE a mature 16-17, but I don’t know. There was too much language for my taste. At least two uses of every word I am aware of. But plenty more than two of several words. I wouldn’t normally finish a book with that much language, but I never felt like I shouldn’t continue. There was a one page risqué “scene.” It wasn’t awful, but again, not PG. It was a cute story, sad too, just more than I was prepared for, having read “safe” books all my life.

Would I read it again? No. Would I let my siblings read it? No. Do I want to see the movie? Yes, I do, but I am positive there will be “stuff” in it. IF I watch it, it will probably be with my mom only, without my siblings around.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Book Review

 

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It’s Been A While

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I’m sorry guys! It’s been forever, hasn’t it? I’ve been pretty busy. In the time since I last wrote we moved, but in a way, we’re not settled. We have unpacked and all, but there’s still stuff to be handled. I sold Lady and Jazzy, because it was only feasible to keep one horse since I would have to board. Rivver has the best possible home that she could have without living with me. She is only a few minutes down the road and I see a her at least once a week. She isn’t as clingy as she used to be, but she still gets excited to see me. She’s 7 months old now. I can’t believe it.

I got my license, finally. *insert clapping sounds* I also managed to snag my dream job! I haven’t officially started yet, but I am looking forward to mucking stalls and getting paid for it!

This winter we have already had 3 snows! We’re just grateful that it isn’t an ice storm like we typically get. Snow seems to melt a bit faster. And we haven’t lost power.

2013 was a very DIFFERENT year for us. It wasn’t the typical year. I’m not sure what a typical year is, but 2013 wasn’t it. It’s sort of ironic. In the beginning of 2013 we had all complained that 2012 had been a boring year and nothing exciting had happened. We wanted 2013 to be much more eventful, and boy it was! Just not quite in the way we had hoped. I do have high hopes for this year though, not sure what or why, I just feel pretty good about it.

Top 13 Events of 2013

  • Became a Whovian.
  • Was in a wedding for the first time as a bridesmaid.
  • Cantered Lady bareback.
  • Met some British people.
  • My cousin became a believer!
  • Rivver was born!
  • Turned 18.
  • Got Rivver to come in the house.
  • Watched the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
  • Started an all natural skin care company. (See more below)
  • Got my license.
  • Got a job.
  • Watched Matt Smith regenerate.
  • I recently started a small business creating all natural body care products, Eagle Falls. Check me out! You can also like me on Facebook, Eagle Falls Body Care, or on Twitter @eagle_falls. I’ve got 5 scents of whipped body butter for you to check out! Peppermint Rain, Butterfly Kisses, Whispering Oak, Sweet Almond and Spiced Orange!

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    Faith Without Borders

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    I love this song. Take the time to read the lyrics. 🙂 I attached a Youtube video link (my link to text thingy isn’t working) so you can hear how beautiful it is.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Ddy9nwe9_xzw

    “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United

    You call me out upon the waters
    The great unknown where feet may fail
    And there I find You in the mystery
    In oceans deep
    My faith will stand

    And I will call upon Your name
    And keep my eyes above the waves
    When oceans rise
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    For I am Yours and You are mine

    Your grace abounds in deepest waters
    Your sovereign hand
    Will be my guide
    Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
    You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

    So I will call upon Your name
    And keep my eyes above the waves
    When oceans rise
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    For I am Yours and You are mine

    Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
    Let me walk upon the waters
    Wherever You would call me
    Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
    And my faith will be made stronger
    In the presence of my Savior
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    I will call upon Your Name
    Keep my eyes above the waves
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    I am Yours and You are mine

     
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    Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Random Thoughts, Uncategorized, Worldview

     

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    Through Clouded Eyes

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    When was the last time you cried?

    Did you grow up believing that crying was a sign of weakness as a friend of mine did?

    Let me tell you something. It’s not. To cry is to let go of the pride holding back the emotions inside. Perhaps crying is not a sign of weakness, but in fact, a sign of strength.

    I have cried quite a bit this year. Sometimes not with physical tears, but I can feel it inside.

    There are so many reasons we cry.

    I have cried out of fear.
    I have cried out of uncertainty, out of missing a sense of steadiness.
    I have cried out of conviction, as Wednesday night sermons have been preached.
    I have cried out of worship, as I feel the Spirit of God moving.
    I have cried out of disappointment in myself.
    I have cried out of worry and fear for the young girls on Instagram that are cutting or suicidal.
    I have cried out of desire.
    I have cried out of frustration.
    I have cried out of sheer, overwhelming hormones. 😛
    I have cried out of confusion.
    I have cried out of surprise.
    I have cried out of love.
    I have cried out of anger.
    I have cried through movies.
    I. Have. Cried.

    Have you?

    Crying is a release, a way to peace. It brings us to our knees. It brings us back to God, back to where we belong. Have you noticed how sleepy you get after a good cry? Maybe that’s a sign of the rest that we need. We need to take a break. Take a break from worry, from fear, from frustration, from disappointment, from anger.

    Go ahead, cry. I have Kleenex.

     
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    Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Random Thoughts, Worldview

     

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    Coming Soon!

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    I apologize for not writing lately. I’m sure you miss me. 😉 My life has been crazy. My grandparents were in town, I spend a lot of time playing with and training Rivver, on top of moving and such. I just don’t have the free time to write. I do have a list of things to write about though, so you should see more coming through.

    I have been working on something. Only a few people know about it. It’s about to come out real soon though!
    Any guesses? Here’s a hint…

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    Posted by on October 5, 2013 in Eagle Falls, Just For Fun

     

    Left Behind

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    I have never made it all the way through the Left Behind series. I am determined to now though. There is a new movie on it coming out next year and I want to have them all read by then.

    The first book, Left Behind (written by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye) follows the journeys of Capt. Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, Pastor Bruce Barnes, flight attendant, Hattie Durham and reporter, Cameron “Buck” Williams as they seek to discover an answer to the mysterious and sudden disappearances of thousands of people. Join them in their earnest search for truth.

    In my opinion, the first book, up until the last couple of chapters, is somewhat hard to get through because it’s very political and I am horrible with politics. The last two chapters are honestly rather scary, but it’s worth reading, I promise.

    So, will you be joining me?

    “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” -1 Corinthians 15:52

     
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    Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Book Review, Worldview

     

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