Post #11

I have many passions and dreams in my life.  I love writing (and blogging) and hope to be a published author some day.  I love reading and hope to be an excellent reviewer of books.  I love music and want to create songs that reflect who I am and why I am that way or what I’m going through.  I love teaching and hope to touch many, many lives and encourage my students to dream big and achieve their goals.  But when I die, I don’t want to be remembered for any of these things.  That is, unless they bring glory to God.

When I die, I want to be remembered for following God with my entire life.  I want to seek Him with all of my life and sacrifice myself and my desires for His glory.  I want to proclaim His glory and His saving grace!  That is what I want to be remembered for!  God is so powerful!  He created everything.  He sustains everything! Only He can save us from our sin.  We are depraved, sinful, selfish people.  We need God.  In his infinite love and grace, He can choose to save us.  God is so awesome!  If I am remembered at all, I want to be remembered for Him!

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Eat, Pray, Love

This memoir has garnered mixed reviews lately, with most people – especially women – either loving or hating it.  I must admit that I fall into the loving it category, though I can realize that this story is probably more accessible to a more introverted personality than to an extroverted personality.  Since I am definitely an introvert, I love her tale and the thoughts it provokes.

I found that this book is one to be savored.  I first read it over the course of an entire summer, an impossibly long time for me since I love to read novels in a day.  Elizabeth Gilbert’s prose captured my thoughts and imagination and really made me think.  Her use of words and images invited the reader into her thoughts and her world.  Gilbert’s language was accessible, imaginative yet understandable.  I loved that she told her story in a series of short stories, giving the novel structure while highlighting only the important moments in her life.  This structure eliminated long transitional passages, something I appreciated.  Gilbert wrote an engaging and well-written novel that is a pleasant read.

While some critics complain that Gilbert ran away, I think that she did what she had to do to pursue happiness.  I can relate, which is perhaps why I love this novel so much.  The way that she approaches her life, her thoughts themselves, mimic my own though I do not have the same opportunities that she does.  While Gilbert lived a life abroad for a year to learn about herself, this is not always possible.  However, I don’t think that this fact should negate the book’s overall thoughts and lessons learned.  People should give this book a fair read before passing judgment.  Let it sit and soak into the mind.  While rereading it quickly, I was more turned off to it.  It was too much, too deep to enjoy on a surface level.  I think that the movie encountered the same problem – too much, too quickly.  Give this book some time, absorb it slowly – it’s worth the effort.  Eat, Pray, Love is a spectacular read when given the chance.

 

Revamp

After much consideration, I have decided how to revamp this blog!  I will be posting three times a week – on my Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Mondays, I will post a book review.  This will just be my thoughts and impressions about whatever I happen to be reading!

On Wednesdays I will write about the English language and/or writing.  This part is a little un-thought-through still, so please be patient while I sort it all out!

Fridays will be a free day for me to write about whatever I want.  Books, writing, photography, culture, travel, music, movies, you name it!  If you have anything you would like me to talk about, feel free to leave a suggestion!

This format should both give this blog some much-needed structure and give me an outlet for all things non-China related.  I’m pretty pumped!  Let me know what you think!  Oh and this will officially start no later than Wednesday.  I have just finished a book, but I’m not sure if I’ll have the time to write a review tonight.  Maybe I’ll be able to post it by tomorrow.