I am thankful for…

It is the season of thanksgiving and blessings, which has prompted me to reflect on the books I have read through the years for which I am thankful. Many books that I read impact me in numerous ways; through the dynamic characters, gripping plot lines, or the intriguing world the author creates. However, there are a few books that after I opened the cover, the world as I knew it had changed.

At a young age, the Word of God became my comfort and source for all peace, wisdom, and guidance. It is my foundation, upon which all of my morals and actions are established. Regardless of how many versions  I have received in the past, I am always eager to stroke the leather cover of a new Bible. It remains the most vital book I have ever owned and the one for which I am most grateful to have in my possession.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry is another book that has made a lasting impact on my life. I read this series when I was a child and it did me the greatest favor; it helped me fall in love with reading. It was the first time that I refused to put a book down, I felt the need to discover what adventures waited in the following pages. Also, this story introduced me to the concept of the bitter sweet moment that occurs after finishing the last page of a book and realizing the story has ended.

Another book that I am thankful for is This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. It allowed me to look at spiritual warfare in a way that impacted the way I prayed and viewed my daily life. The author presented a spiritual realm in a light that I had never considered, evolving my view. My approach to spiritual warfare is now more specific, targeting and naming the exact areas where I am most weak.

I would love it if you would comment and tell me some of the books that you are thankful for or that have made an impact on you. I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving. Gobble, gobble.



A Lasting Impact From “Legend”

Recently I have felt the yearning to flip through the pages of an action packed novel, and so I decided to remove a book from my Christmas wish list and purchase it. Based off of the description of “Legend” by Marie Lu, I knew that this plot line was exactly what I was looking for. Not once was I disappointed with the book I had chosen, and even after finishing the book days later, it is still consuming my thoughts.

“Legend” takes place in a futuristic United States that is now called the Republic. It follows a girl named June who is a soldier within the Republic, as well as a boy named Day who is a thief living in the outskirts of the city. On one of Day’s night raids, he runs into June’s older brother and has to assault him in order to escape. June is made aware of her brother’s untimely death and told that the person who is responsible is the celebrity thief known as Day.

She is so wrapped up in her rage that she insists on going under cover and portraying a girl in poverty to draw out her brother’s murderer. After being in the city’s streets for days, she finally meets Day and his friend Tess who take care of her after she had been severely injured. As June gets to know this mysterious boy, she doesn’t see a person who is capable of murdering another human. In fact, she is introduced to the reason why he goes on robbing escapades and starts to understand the boy behind the legend.

There are plenty of secrets intertwined in this plot, and dynamic characters that will steal your attention. Marie Lu did a wonderful job developing the plot, the futuristic world, as well as the people known as Day and June. There are twists in the plot that I didn’t predict and I found that to add to the overall suspense and intrigue of the book.

“Legend” is the first installment of a three book series. The second book is called “Prodigy” and I am eager to see how Lu continues the story.

Here is the link to Marie Lu’s blog and twitter.