October Book Haul
Stories, we all tell them, not just to our friends, but to ourselves. These “stories” stem from the unresolved hurts of our past, which eventually manifest in our adult lives. It’s a no-brainer how this happens. This book is about what “triggers” us, and how we respond both in the workplace, and at home.
Academic, yet simple, Dr. Brown explains every typical “trigger” response in easy to understand language. I confess, I’m guilty of every response she mentions. What’s notable is her suggestion to use journaling as a self-introspective solution. I for one, do not like her journaling method, and prefer the use of my own. However, I see the validity in her reasoning and find myself asking “what’s the driving force behind why you feel this way?” in daily interactions now.
Mercy Like Morning
I previewed this before it’s official release with feedback provided to the publisher. Part personal memoir, and part Christian instructional handbook. Jane’s personal story towards motherhood is gut-wrenching, yet one I personally cannot relate to. I’ve simply, not felt the overwhelming urge to reproduce. There were times I felt “annoyed” by her anguish and I had to remind myself that this was her dream as a wife, not mine.
Jane’s story (all of it, there’s more) is inspirational, and I argue that it could have been a stand-alone, yet I understand that her faith, and her studies kept her moving forward. I wish the editor had separated this book into two parts: memoir, than her biblical studies. I also felt too many examples were used when attempting to explain how she breaks down biblical word translation. However, for students of the Bible who wish to have an in-depth analysis, a textbook approach to this process, Jane does a wonderful job.
Crazy Rich Asians
A plot known to everyone, used again and again, and will be used… again. Normal girl meets rich boy and falls in love, then drama, some drama, more drama and OH drama, this time with an Asian flair. The family history is in-depth (be prepared), and there’s plenty of characters to identify with.
I personally liked Astrid more than the main character and although she is a side-note, she has her own heartbreaking story, her own layer of “cake” in the overall plot. I promise I won’t spoil it for you.
I’m not sure if I will continue with this series, however I am interested in seeing the movie. If anything, read this for the ending. The mother’s story is very relevant to the issue of immigrants/immigration in the United States. It’s revealing, nay thought-provoking how someone would leave everything, and everyone one behind to start a new life.
Look life hurts, it sucks. We don’t win all the time. Not happy? Do something else. Stop doing things that serve you no purpose and do what you want to. But be realistic.
Brutal honesty that’s in your face. Frankly, I want to throw this book at so many people, and not in a lady-like way. This isn’t a law of attraction book, this isn’t a simple solution. This is a rude-wake up call if you haven’t sat down to look at yourself, like really look at yourself and your desires.
For the most part, I discovered most of what the author talks about after I returned to college as an adult. I confess I felt a lot better about my experiences in that process of “finding myself” after reading this book. The major take-away for me, was the reminder that everyday is a choice. What are you NOT willing to accept? What do you NOT want in your life. We spend so much time focused on what we want to achieve, we forget sometimes to ask ourselves, what we simply won’t put up with.
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