Saturday, April 1, 2017

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

My verdict: 3.5

Glennon blogs on and her brutally honest accounts of her life brought her popularity, then of course, a book deal.

Glennon doesn't give two hoots about what others think. She isn't afraid to tell the world she was an alcoholic, a drug addict and a bulimic. And when she finally got rid of all those toxins in her life and embraced her new-found self, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. At one point in her life she even got an abortion. Then she decided to adopt but her adoption plan fell through due to her background. So she adopted a highway instead (Yup!).

She also wrote of friends, family and strangers who came to her aid when she needed it and/or supported her decisions, impetuous or not. She's very fortunate to be surrounded by people who love her as she is.

What makes her stories stand out, to me, is definitely her honesty, almost too honest to be true sometimes. And the fact that she bares her ugly, crazy, messy life out for all to read, is just plain bravery. And the world thanked her for that. Because of her bravery, she gave hope. Because of her kindness, she shed light.

Overall it's a pretty good read with some inspiring messages throughout. She can be pretty funny, taking the mickey out of Chaos here and there. But at times I'm not sure if every detail in her story is true or she's just spicing it up for the sake of readership. Like asking a 3 yo to write down what's she feeling. I don't know any 3 yo who can write. Or when she asked her son to look a bully in the eye. Really? What if the bully ended up hitting him? He's lucky he got off the hook so easily. Just my thoughts.

What I got out of this book 
Live life with openness and honesty. Openness to embrace the challenges and changes that Life offers. Make whatever you want out of the lemons Life throws you. 

Be honest and true to yourself. Tune out the noise, tune in to your voice. The voice that tells you right from wrong. The voice that only you know is YOU. Just do what gives you joy and peace, because no matter what you do, people are going to judge anyway.

In times of crisis, sift. "...the Greek root of the word crisis is 'to sift', as in to shake out the excesses and leave only what's important." Eliminate the unwanted, keep what matters.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Flight: A Novel by Sherman Alexie

Title: Flight: A Novel 
Author: Sherman Alexie
My verdict: 5 stars
Highly recommended!

Ever wondered what's it like to really walk in the shoes of others? In this book, Zits (an angry, lonely, 15 year-old half Native American, half Irish orphan), did. Influenced by his new-found friend, whose name is, coincidentally, JusTice, Zits set out to rob a bank, with the intention to hurt and kill, to pay back for all the pain and disappointment the society put him through. This incident literally changed his life. 

As soon as he pulled the trigger at the bank, he went on an unexpected time-traveling journey. He walked in the shoes of an FBI agent during the civil rights movement, a mute Indian boy during the Battle of Little Bighorn, an Indian tracker, an airplane pilot. 

This journey, while baffled him at times, also allowed him to find himself; to see and experience the love and kindness, hate and anger, and the choices made and what became of them, at the same time battling with his own thoughts and emotions. Did they make the right choices? What would he do if he were the one having to make those choices?  

My thoughts
I felt Zits' angst, sadness and confusion all at the same time. I find his journey of discovery, of God showing him there's hope, there's love, there's kindness amidst all these chaos in the world, was so surreal that he somehow came to terms with his life. He surrendered to the fact that he needed help; that he can't continue to find love with hate, that he'll keep hurting if he hurts, that he is what he makes of himself. 

The story has a beautiful ending. A powerful one I must say. I cried a pool of tears. I sobbed. And sobbed. 

Mr Alexis writes so simply yet beautifully, with so few words that pack a punch. Looking forward to reading more of his books!


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