4 Star reviews · Apologetics · book review · Communicating with God · Uncategorized

Tap into ‘The Wisdom of God'(a review)

the wisdom of god
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Tapping into the wisdom of God is a pretty big feat to accomplish. God is an unseen being, an intelligent Creator. One who sent his son Jesus to die for us all so how can we tap into His wisdom and allow it to order our steps? A.W. Tozer’s writings on this subject is quite simple but is easily recognizable and in some cases come off as extremely biased.

 

Tozer starts off describing what Wisdom is. Wisdom is an “afflatus”, a breath created by God and appears in the form of a woman in the biblical writings. Wisdom, also called Sophia, cries out to us. This divine breath. A.W. Tozer references throughout the work, is given freely. He cites  the Wisdom of Solomon. A.W. Tozer repeatedly reminds us that the Wisdom of Solomon is not divinely inspired of God like the other 66 books of the bible, yet gives us a picture of what wisdom truly is.

That was a slight problem with this work. This could be because of my own personal stance on Christianity now as to why I am cautious of what I read and believe. Why isn’t the Wisdom of Solomon included in the 66 books of the bible and who deemed it so?

After learning about wisdom being a “divine lady breath”,  Tozer begins to help us understand the activity of wisdom. Chapter by chapter he teaches us: “The Root of Divine Wisdom”, “The Benefits of Eternal Wisdom”, “The Practicality of God’s Wisdom”, and so on. Each chapter brings you closer to understanding the beauty of wisdom.

There is one teaching that really stuck to me though. In the section on pursuing wisdom, Tozer breaks down Proverbs 1:20-23’s meaning of the scorners, the fools, and simple ones. These are the ones Wisdom will “pour her spirit onto”.

“The point is, though he believes those things, he lives as if they were not so. The man who lives as if the truth were not true is as bad as the man who denies the truth.”(The Wisdom of God, Tozer, pg.108, 2017)

Some troubling areas which came off as biased(again, this could be because of my own feelings as of late about Christianity) stems from over-radical beliefs that is unproven.

For instance, Tozer says: “Millions are in hell because they simply could not resist imitating others”(pg.57) and who are these people in hell Tozer mentions? Smokers and drinkers are one of them. This part is very complex and odd because how do he know who is in hell and how does drinking and smoking land someone in hell? It is bad for health- but hell?

Also, when describing the “strange, evil woman” he calls her sophisticated and smart and “can’t remember when she last attended Sunday school”…? That was pretty low and what does being strange and evil have to do with sophistication unless she is using people and is conceited, I don’t see anything wrong with anyone being sophisticated and intelligent. Perhaps a better example could have been used.

Perhaps I can chalk it up to Tozer’s time period. He lived around 1897-1963 so his views on some things may seem myopic and biased but he is still one excellent theologian and writer.

Overall, the book had great insight and I advise readers to take note on some pages because understanding the wisdom of God is important for the Christian walk. That much I do agree with.

4heart1This book earns four hearts from me and was received for free from Bethany House.

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4 Star reviews · Anime · Film & TV · Uncategorized

A Critical Look at Netflix’s ‘Death Note’ 2017

death-note-netflixI am a fan of the anime Death Note. The idea that placing someone’s name in a book could cause their death is an interesting, moral concept. The anime was dark but with some action, mystery and characters as complex as a chess game. However ,the movie fell flat for me because for one, Light Yagami’s demeanor changed, secondly Ryuk became more of a voice than a shadow and lastly, the events just did not add up to what I remember from Death Note the anime.(4 stars)

Let’s start off with some positives, shall we?

I am excited that Death Note became a live action film(There was one in 2006). Even more super excited that  Keith Stanfield played as “L”(although you may disagree with me now, I will explain later). Also on a good note, Willem Defoe(Green Goblin from Spiderman) did an absolute incredible job as Ryuk the apple eating shinigami. His voice was just perfect for this.

On to the critique.

A Change in Light

Why did Light’s name change? More importantly, why do I feel as if Mia, the cheerleader had more of “anime Light’s” character than Light Turner in the film? In the anime, Light Yagami is preppy, intelligent, no need to be influenced by a girl and not interested in love for love’s sake. He is controlled and calculating.

I do not feel Light Turner in this film was controlled and calculating. From the very first scene, he appeared as a loner and “looking for something.”

The girl Mia…who is she really? Not the supermodel chic from the anime and I don’t mean as far as whether the girl was attractive or not, I mean…who is Mia really? She was a cheerleader in the film and someone who at first, seems to like Light. Problem: she has more control over Light than I enjoyed.

Let’s not even get into Watari and his own demise being completely different from the anime.

Ryuk: Shadow or Bully?

Ryuk, the death god or shinigami is the one character I was hoping to see. In the anime, I fell for Ryuk crazy enough. I loved his outfit, his wit and ability to just be a shadow to Light. He would float by with an apple in hand while calmly speaking to Light, explaining how Death Note worked and offer further explanations of the note’s rules when asked.

In the film Ryuk says, “Ready to play? Put the name in the book.” He also seems more agitated, sneaky even. I will say that they did a great job with the special effects and once again good job to Willem Defoe!

Finally, along with Light’s last name changing and Ryuk being more than a shadow, the film had too many differences in the plot: Ryuk first shows up in Light’s school, not his room. Light was not really a troublemaker or fighter in school yet in the film that is what we see.

Reconstructing L

“L” is not someone who do public conferences but in this film he did. What I can say though is Keith really played this role well. He even sounded like L.

I am kind of biased here because I actually liked the L in the anime. I can not even imagine someone else playing as L besides Keith Stanfield. His entire demeanor, attitude and tone spoke “L” volumes to me.

Behind the Death Note Film

Speaking of demise…why was Netflix going for gore factor? I felt like I was watching Final Destination(which is a good movie by the way), but the head decapitation and internal combustion with blood and guts going everywhere, slapping the screen in blood, had me wanting to puke my dinner.

Normally I don’t care about high gore factor but for Death Note I did not expect it.

I began to ask myself, why was this movie made in the way it was? The big names here could be an explanation. The director of this film is Adam Wingard of Blair Witch and The Guest. Also Roy Lee and other notables produced this film. Roy Lee in particular is known for bringing Asian films to American audiences like The Ring and The Grudge.

 

I guess this explains the gross effects but then we must ask ourselves, why do we have white Americans once again playing Asian roles?

This was the same issue for Ghost in the Shell and The Wall.

But I say this: If the characters stick true to the anime, I applaud the film, but changing too much could disappoint fans of the anime.

What did you think of the film? Did you think there were too many inconsistencies, or were just happy there was a live action film? Which character did you like or did not like?

Happy Reading and Blogging!

 

~The Write Web

4 Star reviews · book review · Creative Writing · New Adult · writing

D.K. Cassidy Writes About a Nation that Can No Longer Sleep

the sleepless
Image courtesy of Pluvio Press

 

I just reviewed The Sleepless(Insomnolence Book 1) over on Amazon, so check out the full review there! I’ve also written a neat haiku review over on Goodreads that quickly sums up my thoughts on the work.

The Sleepless was a very interesting story. What I learned from the author is the power of characterization and not being afraid to test premises.

In The Sleepless, the main character Kate has to navigate life not being able to sleep anymore, so she has to take on odd jobs like cleaning up dead bodies and the another horrible job she refuses: prostitution.

Thank God she has Decker, a dear friend(who could be more than a friend at this point) who does the clean up duties for her. He is actually a sleeper. One of the ones unaffected by whatever event happened a decade back. What I like most about him is that he is an artist and never had much liking for Smartphones and social media. He prefers touch and face to face communication.

D.K. Cassidy’s fearless approach to tell a story about a nation who can’t fall asleep makes the book appealing and to be honest gave me pause. I feel this nation is heading to that point now. Think about it: I can barely sleep because I am always scrolling on my phone trying to find the next Tweet, or next comedic Facebook post and when not doing that, I am reading an eBook.

By time I have to go to work, I am still up- no choice now.

When I come home, I hop on my laptop. I do real work on there, but social media takes up 80% of that time.

D.K. Cassidy is currently working on Book 2: The Dreamers. If you have not already, please subscribe to this blog and check out D.K. Cassidy’s amazing books! 🙂

~The Write Web

 

4 Star reviews · African American · book review · Romance

More Than a Client by Ambrielle Kirk( a review)

more than a client
Cover Image courtesy of Obsidian Gem Publishing

More Than a Client(Seductive Romance Shorts) by Ambrielle Kirk

Published by Obsidian Gem Publishing(2014)

65 pages

Received FREE from InstaFreebie

Martin Johansson wants to keep his customers satisfied. When he goes out of his way to make amends with one of his customers, Tiffany Winters, he gets more than he bargained for. He did not expect the woman, whose voice he’s listened to and flirted with over the phone to be a Nubian beauty.

Tiffany Winters wishes the shipping company would pick up her orders on time and when she complains, the owner of Elite Courier comes to her door and she is unprepared for the owner to be as handsome or as kind.

When they meet in person, it definitely ignites the pages in this short story.

If you want to read a story that you can devour in thirty minutes or less, then this one is for you. The quality of writing and pacing is good and the characters were okay too.

Martin stepped forward. “You heard her. I might look like Vanilla Ice to you, but if you test my patience, you will see what I look like when I knock your lights out.” (More Than a Client, pg. 50)

I liked Martin and Tiffany together and they work perfectly for this little story, but I think I wanted something essentially unique this time. In this story you have Tiffany, her bothersome ex and then her newfound beginning in love all over again.

Same recycled story from most romances but again, it is a short story and I really do like the intense heat and the characters in this one.

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-The Write Web

4 Star reviews · African American · book review · Communicating with God · contemporary christian fiction

Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren(a review)

Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren
Published by Dafina Books(2017)
ISBN: 978-1-4967-0872-4
Book received for free from Netgalley

Note: This book can be categorized as Christian Fiction but has a few disturbing scenes and language you may find distasteful.

Her Secret Life was actually a pretty good book. It had all the right ingredients.

Including the ingredient for annoyance.

Onika was born to a cracked out black mother and handsome Puerto Rican father/pimp.

Her grandmother, Earlene ends up raising her in a strict, religious home.

Every day Onika and her grandmother prayed for her mother to be healed by God and for years that never happens. Coupled with Earlene’s ornery attitude, Onika eventually gives up on Church and God completely and no one can blame her at this point.

Eventually, Onika earns a full scholarship to a prestigious college in Washington, D.C. where she meets a handsome guy at least ten years older than she and that is when things get really interesting…

 She was Judy’s child. It was inevitable that she’d be addicted to something.  [Quote from Her Secret Life, 2017]

My Reaction:

Onika, Onika.

She is not my favorite character at all.

The book itself is actually quite good. It kept me up reading very late, I talked my husband’s ears off about it, so yeah it was pretty good.

The author wrote in a way that makes me believe she actually knew these people. I think this is what made me dislike Onika all the way around.

Onika comes off as proud and even intelligent. Then she’d turn around and do something utterly dumb.

There were times in the story where I lost all pity for this girl and I feel bad because I knew people who have been in bad situations like her so she has every right to feel like she need to keep her life private.

But to lie to everyone…?

Then disrespect those helping you?

I could not take it anymore. When I lose connection to a character, the story is lost for me. I began rooting for Graham(Onika’s new love interest) and enjoying Charmagne’s(Onika’s benefactor) character. Even though Charmagne was a holy roller and attributes every single thing to God all the time, she had a Christ-like attitude and was refreshing to the story.

This book also touches on issues such as colorism, drugs, and Christianity/Churchianity.

Again, a very nice book, but I abhorred Onika’s character.

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-The Write Web