Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bill Hybels Power of a Whisper

Bill Hybels Power of a Whisper Review
Blurb:
The greatest buzz of the Christ-following life comes from hearing directly from God- sensing his guidance to lean into some situations and steer clear of others, to speak a word one moment and fall silent the next, to adopt bold new practices and ditch the self-destructive habits that only do us harm. By his own declaration, if Bill Hybels could wave a wand over the entire world, he could wish each person alive today to have this type of personal, meaningful, and frequent encounter with the living God. "God's wish to speak into the situations faced by every individual, every family, every church, every school, every business, every government, every media outlet, every organization and every organism imaginable," he says, "and to train their steps according to his good and perfect will."
Copyright © 2010 Zondervan 

In Bill Hybels Power of a Whisper, I found myself being swept away into a world of religious piety not from the very start, but it was one of those books that if you kept on reading you started to feel intrigued Hybels POV of view in his life. I enjoyed his use of telling the reader that there is evidence all around us from God that makes us believe and he guides you along a path of spiritually oriented action. Which would be that Chapter 3 to me engaged me to think about the links between faith and life have. Being raised from a Catholic family, it made me think of God's direction and his path of light he gives to others which rescue one from temptation and apathy to being whole-hearted and pious. Hybel threads profuse and much-needed scriptures throughout the book. These divine words from God are whispers of faith, knowledge, and trust. I found myself re-connecting to my Catholic faith while reading this book and found the stories from other peoples "evidence from everywhere" quite astonishing, believing, and affectionate. Therefore, Hybel truely recognizes that if you lead a quiet + bright path in life you can finally hear God's spoken whispers and realize that all around you God is connecting to you, even if it is in unexpected ways. This book, is a book that you can reflect upon and turn to it a few pages each day--> it's not one of those books in which you HAVE to read the whole thing. It's a book reminding you to be faithful--> no matter your religious views in life.  

A very powerful book written by Hybels and a must read for anyone wanting to delve back to religious piety. 

I gave this book a five out of five stars, because I founded his stories centered around everyday life humorous and he really connected the real world to faith.

HEARING GOD. HAVING THE GUTS TO RESPOND.

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P.S: I posted my review on Amazon. com, goodreads, and LibraryThing.
Also, I recieved the book from Zondervan via LibraryThing --> But, all thoughts were my own and I wasn't paid for this review whatsoever.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

A SACRED OATH, A FALLEN ANGEL, A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Blurb:
"When Nora and Patch are forced together as lab partners, Nora would rather fall to her death than put up with his elusive answers to her questions, his teasing, and his infuriatingly handsome face and hypnotizing eyes. It seems Patch was put on earth to drive her crazy.
But before long, Nora's defenses start to break down as her curiosity about Patch heats up. Why does he always seem to be wherever she is and know exactly what she's thinking? How does he know what to say to both attract and repulse her? And what is up with those V-shaped  scars on his chiseled back? 
As their connection grows stronger, Nora's own life becomes increasingly fragile. Nora needs to decide: Is Patch the one who wants to do her harm or the one who will keep her safe? Has she fallen for one of the fallen?"
Copyright © 2009 Simon & Schuster 

Part of My ANGEL challenge for 2011: Book 1


Overall, I gave Hush Hush a 4 star review. Here's why:

Vulnerable Nora Grey is paired up with menacing Patch in their biology class when the coach decides to change up the seating chart to separate sexual Vee Sky away from Nora. Patch is a flirtatious tease to Nora throughout the book without revealing his past and what he wants to do to Nora which is to take over her body to be an angel again. Patch wants to be angel again, because humans are considered to be weak and powerless. In the end, Patch ends up being Nora's guardian angel.

Twilight Rip-Offs:
1. The fact Nora + Patch are meeting in their biology/science/sex ed class is pretty much identical to Edward + Bella meeting together when their paired up.
2. Jules/Chauncey was similar to James in that he killed Nora in the gymnasium (like Bella was frantically trying not to be killed by James in the dance studio).
3. Another character that I find similar is Irina to Dabria in the book--> from their personalities to their looks.
3. Nora's vulnerability and her devotion to school seems pretty much similar to Bella's in Twilight; I wish Nora was stronger and duked heads with Patch which I believe Fitzpatrick said in a Simon + Schuster interview.
4. Also, when Nora looks up online on her "vintage IBM" on looking for an explanation for Patch's strange v-shaped marks on his back; like Bella trying to figure out "the cold ones."

I loved Fitzpatrick's use of crime sense and interrogation (almost) between Patch and Nora. In the author's blurb in the back of the book, it says that she watches "crime dramas on TV." I love the way she took Patch's playfulness and Nora's unwillingness to trust Patch into wittiness and cleverness between the two characters.

I also liked her use of magic and creativity when Nora figures out online of the world of the fallen angels. Fallen angels were stripped of their wings, because they had an urge to control the human race and they had lusts that were disgraceful for the angel race. Nora also finds out she's special, because she has Nephilim blood and Jules can sense her fears and lurch into her mind like Patch can.

I also have to agree with everyone else (on Goodreads) that the Archangel part was lame and the four pictures on the ride represented Patch...pretty lame.
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But, I loved Fitzpatrick's thoughtfulness in the characters centered around Nora. You have all these strong characters like red-flag alarming Patch and sexual (think Sex and the City's Samantha) Vee. I loved how they teased and pushed Nora on edge. You can feel the tension between Nora and Patch; you knew from the beginning something was going on between the two. Whether Nora denied it or not, she knew that Patch would be the one like Dorthea (the maid) determined Nora's decision for Patch. Even though the characters provide great detail & background...there was a huge tinge of annoyance regarding Nora's agitated outlook on life.

I would have hoped Nora would be a little stronger for Patch, because of Patch's eagerness to control Nora Grey from the start. However, Nora displayed perservance and she showed heroine attitude when she was going to do anything in her will to help Vee, her family, and her beloved farmhouse (where all her memories are with her now dead father.)

Overall, the 4/5 stars comes from the Twilight rip off's, but I found it very enjoyable and a couldn't put my hands down sort of a read. Definetely worth the $9.99 and I'm going to be picking up Crescendo and soon Fallen in the future.

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