Are you for God? Or against Him?

Are you for God?You’re either for God or against God. Yes, I know, that’s a pretty bold statement. It may seem very harsh and cruel (though know that I’m not trying to be that way). But it is a true statement. It’s a very hard truth to realize, but it is still true. And that’s the stark reality of it.

Just think for a moment, there are trillions of people living in this world. Trillions. And all of them, each and everyone are for God or against God. There is no in between stage. It’s one way or another. It’s black and white. There are no grey areas. All those people must live their lives either for God or against God. Every one of them has a decision that has to be made at some point in their lifetime: Will they be for God, or will they go against Him? Everyone has to make that choice.

Why? Because we can’t be a part of both sides. It’s impossible.

God doesn’t want us to be for Him some of the time and then not at other times.

He doesn’t want us to love Him, but not live for Him. Or vice versa.

He doesn’t want our bodies to be for him, but not our hearts.

God wants our full devotion or none at all.

And that Bible makes it pretty clear.

Mark 9:40

Anyone who is not against us is for us.

And again.

Matthew 12:30

Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.

Jesus makes it very clear that you’re either on one side or the other. There is no in between. You can’t be in both places at once.

God wants our devotion. Our total and undivided devotion. He doesn’t want us if we aren’t going to choose to totally be for Him. He doesn’t want a piece of us. He doesn’t want just a part of us.

That is one of the reasons why God had the tree of good and evil in the garden of Eden. It is one of the reasons that Jesus sacrificed so much for us. He died, knowing that some would choose God and some wouldn’t. He went through all of that, knowing that everyone wouldn’t come to him. Isn’t that incredible? That God still gave us the chance to choose. He wanted us to have the chance to choose. He didn’t want us follow Him like robots, just doing what we’re told. He wants to follow Him because we want to. Because we love Him. And for no other reason than that.

God has given us a choice. A choice. I don’t think any of the other religions really have a god that gives you a free choice like this. But God does. He always will.

And it’s life decision to live for God or not. Have you made that decision? Do you live for Him? Do you love Him? I hope so. If you choose to live for Him, it will change your life forever. You will never be the same.

-G. Paige 

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Book Review: The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy: Book 3)

Rating: 5/5 stars.

Well, well, well… That was a swell ending. I’m not sure how I expected it to end, but certainly not like that. That was tricky and surprising.

Arin is convinced that he doesn’t love Kestrel. That she is now like every other Valorion. That she only wants to rule the empire. That she feels nothing for him. But if only that were true. Arin prepares for war against Valoria. He has made a treaty with the Dracan Queen to help Herran. But is there any real chance of winning? And if they do win, will the Queen take over their weakened country. Meanwhile Kestrel is in a work camp up in the northern tundra struggling to survive. She was caught and now she is paying the price of her traitorous actions. She wants Arin to know what she sacrificed for him. She wants him to rescue her, but that’s impossible. She lied too well. And Arin believed her.

Kestrel changed so much. She goes through the the lowest point in her life in this book. How she comes back, how she builds herself back up, how she puts herself back together, changes her forever. She’ll never be exactly the same. But she doesn’t have a lot of time before her skills are put to the test. And she begins to question herself, how well does she know her enemy? No matter what Kestrel did, there is still a place in Arin’s heart for Kestrel. He tries to make it not so, but that’s impossible. More and more Arin begins to listen to the god of death who whispers in his ear advice and orders. The god protects him and his hands are stained with much blood. He becomes more protective and more caring in his silent way.

The plot wasn’t as fast paced as the others, but that doesn’t mean that it was no less fantastic. There was much strategy that was so fun. There were sweet romantic moments that made me so happy that I just wanted to squeal. The battles were thrilling and intense. I was so worried for my favorite characters. They were very bloody and descriptive, so I wouldn’t suggest this for the squeamish. I wasn’t able to guess how this was going to end. It just kept surprising me all the time. By the time I got to the end, I was mind blown. What a tricky and plot twisting ending! It was perfect.

There was a bit of language. But not enough to really bother me. It was just maybe a handful of words. One man mentioned to enjoy the company of men more than women. It didn’t go into any more detail. Another problem I had were the love scenes between Arin and Kestrel. It happened about three or four times. Thankfully, it wasn’t very descriptive and it was short, so it wasn’t as bad as some other books I’ve read. But it still mentioned that at least one of them, if not both of them, taking off their clothes (or just their shirts). That annoyed me. But it hardly described the physical aspect of it, so it didn’t make me feel as uncomfortable as I could’ve felt.

Overall, this was a pretty great book. Though it may not be my absolute favorite book of the trilogy, I really enjoyed this conclusion. It was quite thrilling. I’d recommend this to older teens for the stuff mentioned above.

-G. Paige

 

Christianity Isn’t Just About Believing

Christianity-2.jpgSo I was listening to a bit of Not a fan. by Kyle Idleman yesterday while driving (No. I wasn’t driving. My dad was. I have not yet learned that skill.). Well, right at the beginning Mr. Idleman made a major point that I thought I’d like to talk about. A point that I hadn’t really thought about, but it struck me at how true it was.

You see, to become Christians, we’re told to believe in Christ. Believe that Christ is who he says he is. Believe that he died on a cross. Believe that he rose again in three days.

Believe that Christ’s death paid for your sins.

I took that step of faith around six years old. Now who knows when I really believed. Not everyone knows the exact moment when they believed. I just know that at one time I didn’t and at one time I did. I was later taught the ABC method to becoming a Christian. Do you know what that is?

  1. A-Admit that you are a sinner.
  2. B-Believe that Christ died and rose again. That the Bible is absolutely true.
  3. C-Confess your sins to God and you will be forgiven.

That was great and all. Especially for such a young kid like me at that time. I’m not saying that any of this is bad. But those are not the only things that make us a Christian. There’s another part, one that is even bigger than believing Jesus, and that’s following Him.

Believing and following Christ go hand in hand with being a Christian.

But we separate them, because the reality is that many people who believe in Jesus (who say they’re Christians), don’t actually follow him. When really the meaning of being a Christian is not just believing, it’s following.

Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.

You must follow him, if you’re to be his follower, a Christian.

Now that’s hard.

It’s one thing to just believe in Christ. It takes faith; it is not that easy. But it is a lot easier than actually following Christ. Following Christ takes more sacrifice. It costs more.

And that is what turns people away. They, we, don’t want to sacrifice anything. We don’t want to do anything that costs us anything.

But that verse above says that you must give up your own way. Another version says, “you must deny yourself”.  You have to give up your own desires and take on God’s desires as your own. But when you love Jesus, taking on his desires is what you want to do.

Then you must take up your cross. Your cross. Just like Jesus took up his cross and sacrificed so much for us. He sacrificed even his own life so that we might live in Heaven for eternity. Now we must take up our own crosses.

We may not want to, but if we’re to be true Christians, we need to do more than just believe in him. We need to follow him.

-G. Paige

Book Review: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy: Book 2)

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

Whoa people. Just whoa. How could a book end like that? I must have the next one like now! This had so many plot twists. It was so intense. I loved it.

Kestrel is planning to marry the emperor’s only son. Most people would be excited and joyful about the planned marriage because soon they’d be inheriting the empire. But Kestrel knows that as soon as she marries, she’ll be trapped in a cage. She wants to Arin why she really married the emperor’s son: to save him. But she knows the decisions he’ll make if she does. So she does her best to convince him of the lies. Arin knows that Herran, now a separate territory but under the rule of the emperor, is free, but it won’t last long and he must find a more permanent way to keep the Herrani free. What he doesn’t know is that Kestrel has begun to work as a spy for Herran and is about to discover a deadly secret. If she is found out, everything is undone.

Kestrel. Oh my goodness I loved her. I understood her struggles. She made some of the hardest decisions anyone ever has to make. She kept up the lies and deception for a purpose. She was such a strategist. She was smart. She thought through her decisions. She was strong, but not in a physical way. Arin, I feel bad for him. He’s so clueless. Kestrel tells her lies too well. And he believes her. But for some reason, he still loves her. He still trusts her in a way that defines all understanding. The emperor was sly and terribly evil. He was smarter than he looked. He was definitely more than meets the eye.

This was intense. Very intense. Kestrel doing traitorous things that could get herself killed literally right in front the of enemies’ faces, scary me. How can it not be intense, when one wrong move could mean the end of all your favorite characters’ lives? It was like the quiet before the storm. Your just waiting for it to break out. The secrets were horrifying. It was shocking how cruel the empire was, how far they were willing to go to expand the empire. Then the ending. It was heart wrenching!

There wasn’t a ton of violence, but where there was violence, it was very descriptive. It was a bit disgusting, if you really thought about it. So for those who can’t stand violence, I wouldn’t recommend this.

The writing was beautiful. I loved all the metaphors and similes. It was beautiful. It was emotional. It was made my heart beat fast. It thrilled me. I really loved it, if you can’t tell.

There was maybe a handful of bad words. Not a lot at all. There looked to be the start of a sexual scene, but it was skipped over. There was one intense kissing moment, but it didn’t go any farther.

Alright. So I just loved this book and I recommend this to older teens and up. It was really amazing. I love this fantasy world.

G. Paige

Book Review: The Wildcat of Braeton (The Rise of Aredor: Book 2)

wob-final-coverRating: 4/5 stars.

This was great!!! I loved seeing all these characters again and meeting new characters that were just as fantastic.

Aiden has finished his seven years of service to Lord Rishdah. He stays a little longer, but then knows he must head home…to Braeton. He is frightened. He does not know how his family will receive him after running away so long ago. Even more important, is the troubling news he hears of Clan Canich. Someone is slowly taking control of his clan, from the inside. He has to save them all before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Corin is struggling to rebuild his country from the Calorin War a year before and to take on the responsibilities as leader of the warbands. While all this is hard, he has a nagging fear that rumors begin to affirm: war is coming to Aredor.

So…we get to see a lot more of Aiden (known as Emeth in the first book) which was so sweet. I loved meeting his bothers! I love the Braetons’ accent. Ranulf was the oldest. He was wise, had a bit of a temper, and was such a leader. Will was adventurous and most like Aiden. Tam was the youngest and was a amazing bard. He was quiet, caring, and shy. Rona was a orphan. Kind and not made for war, though she knew how to fight. She was stubborn and brave. Now let’s talk about some Aredorians. Corin changed. He had to take responsibilities as a leader, and as much as he hated it, he still did it. It meant a lot of paperwork. He fell in love and it was perfect. Martin, didn’t play as big as a part as he had in the first book, but almost every part he was in was hilarious. His humor is the best. Mera, Martin’s sister, was the sweetest. She worried her poor little self to death. But so was brave and full of strength. There were so many great characters, but I won’t go through them all.

This was exciting and intense in many moments. There was action, but not as much as the first book. In this one, the focus felt more on developing and growing the characters. Many of them fell in love and I desperately wanted them to be together, while worrying which ones would die in some battle. The battles were always thrilling. Some people lived; some people died. Though it was very sad at times, in a way, it was realistic.

The writing was much better in this one. It was not choppy at all. Though I will say that there were still moments when it seemed like the stories switched point of views randomly. But it totally flowed smoother and was better written.

So, I’d recommend this to teens and up. Don’t hesitate. This was a really good book and I definitely should not have waited so long to read it.

I got this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

-G. Paige

Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing withIronically, my dad gave me the topic for today. I was struggling with being disappointed with certain family members doing something without asking if I wanted to do it.

When Dad saw my reaction, he said something like, “Oh look. Here’s a new blog post for you: dealing with disappointment.” And actually, as I’ve thought it over, it really is a good topic to do a post about. So here I am, actually writing a post on a topic my dad had only joked about doing.

We all get disappointed some times, don’t we? People let us down. They don’t live up to our expectations. They fail us.

Everyone, at some point in their lives, will disappoint you.

They’ll disappoint you because they are human. We, are all human. We are not perfect. We are sinful. We are full of faults. We are broken people (from Twenty One Pilot’s Screen).

Romans 8:7

For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.

So it’s a fact of life that people will disappoint you. And you will disappoint others.

For one, we can’t always live up to the expectations people have of us. For most people we can’t even really know their expectations of us. So how can we live up to them? In many ways, most expectations are unjust and unrealistic. They are unable to be lived up to in the first place.

For two, we’re human just like everyone else.

But when we are disappointed, what should we do?

Remember that everyone makes mistakes. Tell them why your disappointed, in hopes that they’ll learn from it.

But then, move on. Don’t let your disappointment ruin the rest of your mood. I know that I have let disappointment take control of my attitude, my day. We don’t have time to waste on such things as disappointment though. Our lives are short. Let’s live them well.

But most importantly:

Trust in the Lord. When people let you down and fail you, trust in the Lord.

For He is the one person who will never disappoint you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

He will never fail you. He will never disappoint you.

For God is perfect.

God does not have a sinful nature.

God does not fail.

He is good. The absolute definition of good.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.

Trust in the Lord for no matter what happens, because it will all be part of His plan.

A plan that is for your good.

Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

When people disappoint you, remember that God has a plan. Remember that He will never disappoint you no matter how many people do.

Don’t let disappointment get the best of you. It’s not worth it. Instead, focus on what matters.

-G. Paige

 

Book Review: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive: Book 1)

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

Uhhh… I am just so shocked, so amazed. Even after waiting almost a week to write this review, I still haven’t gotten over it. It was magnificent. And that doesn’t even begin to describe how great this book really was.

The true Desolation is coming. The world of Roshar is not ready to face it. The Heralds have abandoned their duties and the Knights Radiant have turned against them. Szeth, an assassin, is bound to do what his master says, even if it brings ruin to the world. Kaladin, once a respected darkeyes, now is the worst kind of slave and has no hope. Everyone he has tried to protect has died. Shallan is a girl on a mission to save her family, even if it means stealing something priceless from someone very important. Dalinar was once revered and honored, now people think he’s going insane. Is he? He can’t even trust himself.

OH. MY. WORD. Let’s start with these amazing and complex characters. Szeth, I loved him. He isn’t focused on much in this book, but the parts he is in are very important to the plot. He was so interesting. The assassin who didn’t want to kill. But he still did it, as he wept with sorrow. Kaladin was my favorite. He was so broken and it hurt my heart. It was terrible to see him brought so slow. But hope was brought back to him by the most unsuspecting thing. He was a leader, but willing to do what the lowest man did. He was caring, so much so that it hurt him at times. He wasn’t one to let go for any reason. Willing to use all her skills, she will save her family. Shallan was smart and clever. She always had a witty quip ready for any remark. But there is something about her that will shock you. Dalinar is a hardened warrior. Called the Blackthorne, he is one of the most dangerous people alive. But his views are changing. Now he hardly ever longs for battle, but only for peace. He fears that something terrifying is coming. Something that will destroy them all if they are not united. Adolin, Dalinar’s son, fears for his father. He doesn’t know what is happening to him and he definitely doesn’t understand it. He wants to get him help, but how? Adolin is his father’s son.

The world building is one of the best (if not the best) I have ever seen. The sheer complexity and uniqueness that went into it was overwhelming. You could really tell how much time the author spent on it. But thankfully it wasn’t to complicated to read. I was swept into it from the start. There were tons of interesting creatures. There were lots of diverse plants. Their money system was totally different. The different countries had separate and distinct cultures. It was amazing epic fantasy.

The plot was intricate. It could feel slow to some, but I thought it perfect. The book itself was probably the biggest book I’ve ever read. The pace gave me plenty of time to connect and get to know the characters well. And it definitely wasn’t boring. It was very exciting. When it got to the last part of the book I was literally freaking out. I never believed that it could get so intense. Whoa. I mean, whoa. THEN THOSE LAST FEW PAGES!!! I about died. What just happened?! I’m so glad that I have the next one. I can’t wait to see where all this is leading to.

For content it was pretty clean. The word b****** was in it a few times, but that was it for language. Adolin courts a different girl every few days, but it is only mentioned. One character saw a woman kicked out of a man’s house because he wouldn’t pay her for her “services”. It doesn’t go into detail. There was a lot of violence and it was very bloody, but not overly descriptive.

I just loved this book. I have always heard that Brandon Sanderson’s books are really good, but I never truly knew until I read one. It totally did not disappoint. I am so ready to read more by this author. I’d recommend this to older teens. If you even slightly love fantasy, read it. If you don’t, read it anyways. It is too fantastic to pass up.

-G. Paige

 

 

 

It’s My One-Year Blogiversary!!!

It's MyBlogiversary!So I realized yesterday morning that it was my one-year blogiversary!!!

I had already had a post published for that day and I was too great of a procrastinator to scramble and write another. Life got in the way, you know. 😉 So I guess that today is really my one-year-and-one-day blogiversary. But we’ll just celebrate my blog reaching a year, okay?

To think that it was only a year (and one day) ago that I was at Amanda’s house and she was helping me set up my blog. It feels so long ago.

I have changed a lot since then.

I’ve liked writing more and more as I’ve blogged. I did NaNoWriMo for the first time mainly because of seeing all these bloggers do it. I ended up winning though I started SIX days late!

Then I tried Camp NaNoWriMo (for the first time) in April and I’m doing it this month! It is so fun and I’ve met so many great people! I hope to keep doing this for a long time.

So some fun things that have happened this past year (and in no particular order)…

  • Moving to Puerto Rico.
  • Getting more and more followers.
  • Getting all the sweet and encouraging comments.
  • Then getting those fangirl comments…they’re awesome.
  • Finding some great blogs!
  • Doing NaNoWriMo and winning!
  • Getting a Twitter account.
  • Buying books.
  • Doing Camp NaNoWriMo!
  • Making some great blogging friends.

Blogging friends I’ve made this past year…

From starting my blog, I’ve made so many blogging friends and found just some amazing blogs (Click on the link to see their blogs!)! Here’s to naming a few…

  • Shantelle – I have loved all our chats! You’re really an amazing person!
  • Katie – You are so fun! I love all our fangirl talks!
  • Aimee – You’re awesome. Your novel tore my heart out. And you have reawakened my love of Daredevil.
  • Anna – I love your blog and I need to read more of it. It seems we have a lot in common.
  • Jonathan – Your blog is awesome! I love your humor. And I love getting all your comments, they’re are just great.
  • Zac – I love your blog (You must blog more!) and you’re crazy Tweeting. It’s spectacular!
  • Wendy – You have made me laugh too many times to count. I can’t wait to read more on your blog!
  • Hannah – You are just so fantastic to talk too! I can’t wait to check out your blog more!

Some questions…

So I’m thinking of doing blog posts on random Saturdays about movies, tv shows, books, writing, maybe guest posts, etc. What would you think about that? Should I do it? Should I not? Do you have any other ideas? I would love to hear what you think!

Thank you!!!

Since I have started my blog, I have gotten 114 followers! More followers than I ever thought I’d get. Thanks you guys! This blog wouldn’t be here without you readers! You guys have made it so worth it!

It late and I’m signing off. Goodnight!

-G. Paige

 

 

Bookish Book Lover Tag

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I was tagged by Hannah to do the Bookish Book Lover Tag!!! I haven’t done a tag in awhile so this is great! Thank you, Hannah!

What book are you currently reading?

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It is really good right now!

What was the last book book you finished?

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This was very interesting.

What is your favorite book you’ve read this year?

*runs to my Goodreads account to see* Woah, I have read a LOT of good books this year! I can’t choose one, but I’ll “try” to narrow it down to my top favorites.

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What an incredible story! I’m so shocked.

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This whole series was great!

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I need the next book…um…NOW.

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*flails insanely* AAAHHHHH!

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Goodness gracious! JACE!!!!!

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Whoa! The torture!

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THIS WAS THE MOST INTERESTING BOOKS EVER!

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EEK! So cool and the betrayal!

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This was such a beautiful story.

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I AM DEAD TO THE WORLD. I STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN OVER THE SHOCK OF READING THIS. FANTASY…..

What genre have you read most this year?

Probably fantasy. I love it!

What genre do you want to read more of?

Paranormal and thriller, I think???

How many books have you read this year? And what’s you goal?

I have read seventy books this year and I hope to get to one hundred and fifty before the year is over.

What’s the last book you bought?

I just bought have five books on Barnes & Noble.

  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ruined by Amy Tintera

What book are you saving up to buy next?

I want to get a lot of books, but I would really like to get the whole Reckoners series. It sounds so good! I also want the whole Red Rising series! They both sound AMAZING!

How many books did you check out last at the Library?

I haven’t been to a library and gotten some books in like a year. But if you count ebook libraries then I only got one. All my books are on hold so I get them randomly. *shrugs*

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

Exiles by Jaye L. Knight!!!!!!

What’s a series you recommend to everyone?!

  • Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight
  • The Blades of Acktar by Tricia Mingerink
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Who’s an author you hope writes more?

Um…all my favorite authors (which all of them are writing more)?!

A few books your heart adores:

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This was heartbreaking, but hopeful at the end.

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Beautiful. The emotions!!!

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*sighs* What is an exciting book! With such a sad ending! *cries forever*

What series coming conclusion makes You sad?

The Blades of Acktar!!! It can’t be over so soon!

What books do you have on your wishlist?!

Uhhh…a bunch. Books like:

  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
  • New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Trafficked by Kim Purcell
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

And there are a hundred others.

Guidelines:

  • Use the Banner
  • Answer the Questions
  • Use LOTS of Book Covers

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-G. Paige