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"What a treacherous thing it is to believe a person is more than a person."

— Quentin Jacobsen, “Paper Towns” by John Green

+ TODAY! It’s out in paperback today. Grab your tissues!

TODAY! It’s out in paperback today. Grab your tissues!

"Sometimes God says, ‘Follow me, I’m right behind you.’"

— Pastor Steven Furtick

"Thank you, Jesus.
Just as I am I come.
Hallelujah!
Oh what amazing love."

Maybe it’s because I’m older than her and I’ve already lived my teen years, but when she speaks in this video all I hear is, “Brat, brat, brat, brat….” What a hateful little girl. The song is not even that great. It sounds like some mess Good Charlotte would have put on their b-side. It’s perfect for her age because it’s basically an immature rant. But she has a great voice. She has raw talent, but she’s not going to last long. She needs to check her attitude and grow up. I remember girls like this in high school. Mean, hateful, envious and never satisfied, but always playing the victim. I cross my fingers and pray she gets the world’s best publicist…or wakes up. Whichever comes first.

Posted 3 weeks ago.

I love my church! I really do! Elevation Worship is releasing a new EP on Tuesday, April 1st. It includes a new version of “Raised to Life”, “Jesus I Come” and one other song. I’m too excited!

In the Beginning, God

Why did I go see “Noah” many will ask, and I will tell you. I am a woman of my own mind and I am very stubborn. If I’m going to have an opinion about something I want it to come from my own personal perspective and not another’s. Attending the most loved and hated church in Charlotte will teach you a thing or two about perspective.

Religion aside for the moment, I don’t understand where the raving reviews are coming from. I love Darren Aronofsky as a filmmaker, but he could have done better. The writing and acting were mediocre, which is sad considering the talented cast. The special and visual effects and cinematography were incredible, I’ll give it that.

The story of Noah is only three chapters long in the book of Genesis, so I understand filling in the blanks or adding characters and conflict. I’m not a fangirl. I understand when taking a story from one medium to another some things have to change, but a story shouldn’t have to lose its essence. Plenty of faiths have a great flood story, but he picked the Judeo-Christian faith. Why? He obviously has no respect for Judaism or Christianity. If he did, many things would would have been different. They kept saying “The Creator”. The word God was mentioned once and it was barely above a whisper. I’m naturally analytical so I kept wondering why. Their public reasoning will probably be inclusivity. They want to take a biblical story about destroying every living thing on the Earth and make everyone feel included.

Okay.

Using “The Creator” doesn’t point to one God, but Noah belongs to THE God. The God who created Adam and Eve and who would later send his Son to die for our sins. Noah and other characters quote Genesis 1 and 2, skipping 1:1, but still, God is reduced to “The Creator”.

In Genesis 6-8, God is called two names: Elohim and Yahweh. Calling him “The Creator” means they don’t understand His role in this story or who He is. Noah is a hard story to grasp because why would He do such a thing? It’s easy to say, “He created everything and he can take it all away.” It’s a way to justify God’s actions, but God doesn’t need to be justified, nor does He require our approval. It also denotes a distance between us and The Creator, which is understandable coming from an atheist. But He is not The Creator. He is MY Creator. Yahweh. A God who seeks to build a covenant with us. Darren Aronofsky missed the point. Noah is not the lead character. God is, and His pain. And yet…he’s almost nonexistent.

If you’re a bible-believing Christian, you’re not going to like it. Don’t waste your time unless you’re like me and you want your own opinion. It’s more of a pagan Sci-fi flick where Anthony Hopkins plays a hobbit and Adam and Even are translucent yellow aliens than a movie based on a biblical story.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

— John 16:33 (NIV)

+ Ten years ago today, this single dropped. Youngest solo female artist to reach #1, youngest artist to be nominated for a VMA. Legend has it she never cared for this song as a single, but it was THE girl power anthem of 2004, and I had this song on repeat. I couldn’t relate to the words, but that was a tough time and I needed someone to be angry with me. Happy 10th Anniversary!

Ten years ago today, this single dropped. Youngest solo female artist to reach #1, youngest artist to be nominated for a VMA. Legend has it she never cared for this song as a single, but it was THE girl power anthem of 2004, and I had this song on repeat. I couldn’t relate to the words, but that was a tough time and I needed someone to be angry with me. Happy 10th Anniversary!

+ I decided to do Joel Books’ book tower challenge,  as seen on “A Book Utopia”. I don’t feel too well, so didn’t use a timer or put anything in order or collect points, but I did do it in under 3 minutes. 


1.) A first book in a series. (City of Bones, Cassandra Clare)

2.) A second book in a different series. (Frostbite, Richelle Mead)

3.) A book with blue on the cover. (Archetype, M.D. Waters)

4.) A book that’s title is 7 letters long. No more, no less. (Half Bad, Sally Green)

5.) A book you’ve never read. (The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey)

6.) A book with the sky on it. (Divergent, Veronica Roth)

7.) An author with the same first letter of their forename as yours (for me that would be J for Joel eg. J.K Rowling). (The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King)

8.) A classic. (Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë)

9.) A non-fiction. (Righteous Indignation, Andrew Breitbart)

10.) A book with four or more colours on its spine. (Catalyst, Laurie Halse Anderson)

11.) A book that says “#1 New York Times Bestseller” on the front… yes these are very precise things you need to find. (Looking for Alaska, John Green)

12.) The smallest (smallest width and length, not just by pages) book on your shelf. (The Vampire Diaries, Volume III: The Fury, L.J. Smith)

13.) The latest book you bought (if you bought more than one at once, just pick one of those at random). (Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi)

14). A book that has a cover with a face on it. (Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson)

15.) A spin-off book. (Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare)

16.) A book that was published over 10 years ago. (True Grit, Charles Portis)

17.) A book with a sequel coming out next year. (Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard)

18.) An author who has got the same first letter of their forename as their surname. (City of Lost Souls, Cassandra Clare)

19.) A book with an epilogue. (The Program, Suzanne Young)

20.) And lastly, a book that has a title that features a made up word. (The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis)

In my defense, no one knows when the “Pretty Little Liars” series is ending. And, yes, I am obsessed with YA Fiction. I am not ashamed.

I decided to do Joel Books’ book tower challenge, as seen on “A Book Utopia”. I don’t feel too well, so didn’t use a timer or put anything in order or collect points, but I did do it in under 3 minutes.


1.) A first book in a series. (City of Bones, Cassandra Clare)

2.) A second book in a different series. (Frostbite, Richelle Mead)

3.) A book with blue on the cover. (Archetype, M.D. Waters)

4.) A book that’s title is 7 letters long. No more, no less. (Half Bad, Sally Green)

5.) A book you’ve never read. (The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey)

6.) A book with the sky on it. (Divergent, Veronica Roth)

7.) An author with the same first letter of their forename as yours (for me that would be J for Joel eg. J.K Rowling). (The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King)

8.) A classic. (Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë)

9.) A non-fiction. (Righteous Indignation, Andrew Breitbart)

10.) A book with four or more colours on its spine. (Catalyst, Laurie Halse Anderson)

11.) A book that says “#1 New York Times Bestseller” on the front… yes these are very precise things you need to find. (Looking for Alaska, John Green)

12.) The smallest (smallest width and length, not just by pages) book on your shelf. (The Vampire Diaries, Volume III: The Fury, L.J. Smith)

13.) The latest book you bought (if you bought more than one at once, just pick one of those at random). (Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi)

14). A book that has a cover with a face on it. (Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson)

15.) A spin-off book. (Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare)

16.) A book that was published over 10 years ago. (True Grit, Charles Portis)

17.) A book with a sequel coming out next year. (Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard)

18.) An author who has got the same first letter of their forename as their surname. (City of Lost Souls, Cassandra Clare)

19.) A book with an epilogue. (The Program, Suzanne Young)

20.) And lastly, a book that has a title that features a made up word. (The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis)

In my defense, no one knows when the “Pretty Little Liars” series is ending. And, yes, I am obsessed with YA Fiction. I am not ashamed.

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"I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be."
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