Wednesday, May 30, 2007

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya - Ruth A. Tucker

It's a most inspirational book. I finally learn what it means to obey the Great Commission - Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

It is simply awesome. Nowadays people complain about how aggressive Christians are trying to convert them. And children of God get scared. Really, its simply to share the love of God, to be an effective witness for Christ. Just tell them what Christ has done in your life.

Man, Paul was stoned, shipwrecked 7 times, whipped, imprisoned, yet he kept true to his calling. Missionaries have helped saved millions from starvation by providing aid, like World Vision has, and they have also been eaten alive, was it Studd, sailed to islands, never to be heard from again. All to save a world destined for the netherworld. With one life to live, with a cause to die for, they certainly led a glorious life, but were always humble, giving God all the glory.

We see how missions can be bad for individual families, with the heavy commitment upon their shoulders, and how ordinary people lived up to their calling in an awesome way.

This book chronicles the exploits of the major personalities of missionaries in the past 2000 years, and we see how the flow has changed throughout the years.

Excellent book for a believer.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult

Working at a bookstore during the holidays now and apart from the trashy historical romance novels that corrupts my mind, I have this bestseller to keep me away from them.

It starts off rather well, but gets draggy in the middle, I can't wait for it to end. Keeps going around the same issue over and over again. Still somewhere in the middle on page 238. Notwithstanding the fact that I can't read it in one sitting, only when no customers are around and when boss isn't around.

Its about cloning, ethics, and more importantly, humans and their emotions. This books is a very real 1st persons narration of the events that take place in their lives and their very real responses. All the characters have their own reasons, needs to be fulfilled and you can really empathize with them as you go along. One character for every person. Julie for the single career woman, Jesse for every delinquent child who was once good, Brian, the parent in the middle, Sara the mom torn apart by her sick child and more.

Interesting book. And I hope to lay my hands on Nineteen Minutes by the same author since Attributes bookstore stocks it.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Battlefield of the Mind - Joyce Meyer

One of the essential books every Christian should have. This books deals with many issues that confront us today, wrong thoughts, wrong beliefs about God that we've created ourselves, and God doesn't want us to have.

After reading this, your maturity level and spiritual level will increase several notches. This is one of those books that after reading, you'll know uncover so much revelation and be positively swimming in that some people would have to take years in church to realise.

Everything begins in the mind. You are what you believe. So you must believe right thoughts, that God loves you, that God condemns slothful living, that God is a merciful God.

Go through the 10 Wilderness Mentalities and review if you're living a proper life, and if you're a Christian living in depression, this book is certainly for you. For the joy of the Lord is my strength.

In easy, bite-size chapters, it is like a series of quality sweet treats on a plate, lasting, impressive yet not too cloyingly sweet, that you want more and more of it.

Joyce Meyer is indeed a most anointed writer, so check this book out!

Thanks Rochelle for the book!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Wake Up Call - Glenn Lim

This is a most inspirational book that Yi Xuan lent me. And I devoured it all in one day. Read it on my way to driving school and back home.

It's a mini autobiography of Glenn Lim, once a drug abuser and rebel, then reformed by Teen Challenge, a group led by Sam Kuna who focuses on the marginalized in society. He talks about himself, his childhood, the angry teenage years, and the wild, rockin', drug-filled young adult years before it all came crashing down on him. Wake Up Call tells us how Glenn got a rude awakening from the law. The possibility of a lifetime in prison was the turning point of his life.

Someone once mentioned how people, especially those talented ones, are prideful, and rely on themselves, denying God the rightful place in their life, until it is too late. But it's never too late. Glenn Lim realized that and is here today, telling us his story.

It is written in first person, in a simple but emphatic style. Most people would take to it, and with its clear font and spacing, it is easy on the eyes. The pace is kept up with all the action in the life of Glenn Lim, from a teenage rebel, a rocker upstart then a humbled prisoner.

It ain't perfect, there are some repetitions here and there, when he talks about his family relationships. However, these faults make the book endearing and real. Unlike a highly polished biography, this book keeps it raw and real. The pace is fast, and you'd keep wanting to move on to the next chapter of his life. This book is a real page turner and an avid reader would probably finish it in a day.

Very touching too, pages 82 to 88. Brought tears to my eyes as I was reading it.

All in all, I'd recommend everyone to read it. Not often you get a local author who openly talks about how hard teenage life is, and shows us his scars, his faults, but also how he has overcome them with the help from many people.


I love to read. Seriously. So here's a little blog chronicling my latest reads.

Hope it proves to be helpful.