Never. Trust. Kiera.
In “Cloudburst” Book 2 of the Storms/March Family saga, Sasha is a senior at Pacifica and is confident, has no limp in her walk and is very popular. Her exotic looks from her mom, her witty intellect, and her intriguing past has gotten her a fan club and students at Pacifica treats her words and law and gold.
Kiera March has since moved away to a charm school and regularly emails and phones Sasha. It is amazing how close they have gotten since Kiera left her parents’ home and for a while there the story seems to shine for Sasha.
Until Ryder Garfield, a troubled but handsome young mans enters Pacifica. His parents and brother are celebrities from the movies and for a while he simply ignores Sasha. She eventually finds her way into his heart and they hit it off, causing quite a stir around the school. This stir bubbles and boils over when Sasha-stupidly- trusts Kiera and her world comes crashing down in a tragedy and she wonders if the silence which has defeaning before would now welcome her.
I used to think: Poor Sasha! But when she trusts Kiera’s invitation for her and Ryder to come up to a hotel where she was going to spend the weekend, flags flew up to me. Why trust Kiera? Even though it has been three years, we must understand that when someone hates our guts totally and we still live in their rich parents’ home- they will continue to be evil.
So when Sasha invited Ryder up to the suite as well, I braced myself for a storm - and I got it. Kiera’s plot to get Ryder and Sasha to separate permanently actually hurt me- and this is fiction! I did not enjoy this part of the book at all. Sasha should have been smarter.
And no. Kiera does not sleep with him. She does something much-much worse.
In the meantime the Marches are going through their own marital problems and Mr. March seems to have his eyes out for young girls…
Read ”Cloudburst”. It is almost the perfect, fictional study of human psychology and sociology
Recently I have been reading some really awesome self help books, and although this is a writing blog, these books have been written to help people navigate the tumultous spiritual and mental waters. I have read and reviewed these books on one of my sister sites, however I have taken notes from them and will(try) to apply the advice. These books range from living past mistakes in relationships, to worshiping God freely to learning about how your brain works in order to “train it”. So here goes:
Living regret free is something everyone wishes to do(hopefully), but regretfully never make that first step to truly living beyond past mistakes.
Stephen Arterburn is founder and chairman of New Life Ministries-the largest faith-based broadcast, counseling, and treatment ministry and is host of New Life Live! daily radio. He also authored helpful books and manuals such as Being Christian, Every Man’s Battle, and Midlife Manual for Men.
What Arterburn Reminds Us
The first thing Stephen reminds us in the beginning is that we must take responsibility for our portion of the hurt. This is one way to live regret free and another way to become mature. One can not honestly move forward until they figure out what stake they had in a relationship gone sour. This is cleansing and it will hurt to own up to those responsibilities. Arterburn even mentions his own unhealthy patterns of always running away when he “felt someone was doing something to him rather than with him”(30). (Read more at Suite101: Live Past Your Mistakes With Regret Free Living | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/live-past-your-mistakes-with-regret-free-living-a386638#ixzz1Woyvuy2y)
Matthew Lee Anderson’s Earthen Vessels comes off as judgmental to Christians and Nonchristians, however the topics are timely.
Earthen Vessels is one of those books where the author uses scripture, “old school” theology, and many writings from philosophers in order to make the illustrious point that what we do and how we do things actually does matter to our faith. Matthew Lee Anderson speaks to the reader with brutal honesty when he says “I’m a white college educated evangelical from middle income”(16). This was to highlight that he will not be touching on issues of race at all (so I did not expect ideas on how Blacks worship although that would have been nice) and I also expected there to be some apparent American, western traditional beliefs sprinkled in the work.
A Purely Evangelical Background
What Anderson means by earthen vessels are our bodies in relationship to how we worship, what we listen to, and how we define beauty among other things. A little background on the author shows that he comes from a purely evangelical background, graduated from Biola University and spent a year at Oxford. Anderson shows off his research and arguing prowess within several disciplines within the book. However the book only gets interesting once he starts on tattoos. From there he hits on several topics which Christians should pay attention to and question namely: Tattoos, our physical bodies, and the online church. (Read more at Suite101: Earthen Vessels — A Bit Judgmental, Great Conversation Starter | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/earthen-vessels—-a-bit-judgmental-great-conversation-starter-a381978#ixzz1WozM2sxE)
How do you pay attention to your mind? How can you know what you are thinking and sensing so that you can make some positive adjustments in your life?
Dr. Curt Thompson works out of his private practice office as a psychiatrist in Falls Church, Virginia and develops teaching materials and training manuals to help people explore neurobiology and Christian spirituality to help transform lives. One book in particular, Anatomy of the Soul has a wealth of knowledge brimming with medical data about the brain, the physical make up of the brain and he shows us how we can “pay attention to what we are paying attention to”(Thompson, 2010).
How can someone pay attention to what they are paying attention to? Dr. Thompson understands that each person has a battle going on within themselves, however if we are to know each others narrative we can begin to understand our problems and work through them. For instance, the book includes an activity within each chapter, and one particular activity calls for writing your own biography or narrative(just a page or so long). After you finish you would then look at it and reflect on how you have reacted to certain situations in the past which would explain some of your current behavior. The book gives a more precise method for this and it gets more technical towards the end, but for now knowing your own story is key to answering some of your life’s problems. (Read more at Suite101: Anatomy of the Soul, a Reflection of Your Brain and Narrative | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/anatomy-of-the-soul-a-reflection-of-your-brain-and-narrative-a381081#ixzz1WozpAsoY)
*Here is to hoping you will find the strength and motivation you need through the right words on The Write Web!
Midnight Sun, Book 3 in Northern Lights SEries-Lisa Tawn Bergren
Lisa Tawn Bergren strikes gold with this one. The Northern Lights Series concludes with Midnight Sun following the Norwegian friends: Elsa Ramstad, Karl Martensen, Kaatje Janssen, and Tora Anders. Here’s a snippet of my review…
Midnight Sun follows the first two books in the Northern Lights Series, and even in this final installment, readers are sure to be enthralled, appalled, and mesmerized all at once with Tawn’s impressive writing skill. Several things happen in this book:
- Someone gets married.
- Someone is severely injured.
- Someone dies.
- Someone is presumed pregnant.
Elsa Ramstad lost her husband to the turbulent seas in Book 2: Deep Harbor and must now raise their two kids on her own. Elsa discovered that Karl Martensen has secretly has loved her since they were children.
Rating: 5/5 stars.
WaterBrook Press for print and ebook formats.
Lisa Tawn Bergren website.
Sometimes an author just wants to show what hope looks like instead of telling. This is what J. Evan Johnson has done with his latest release, When its Too Late to Tell.
According to PR Log, “When It’s Too Late to Tell features four characters — Mark, Craig, Jade and Berta — all holding issues from the past which suffocate every lasting relationship they have.(Read more)
Below you’ll find the link to an article I wrote last year on marriage and divorce. As a person who believes in God I am 100 percent for marriage. When there is violence and infedility involved, should you stay married for the sake of the children?