Sunday, January 6, 2013

When Red Is Blue

When Red Is Blue

When forgiveness comes it usually takes awhile and involves working through a great amount of pain. This seems to be the case of daughter Kate as she relives the hurtful moments that she encountered from both her parents. Upon the death of her mother she must deal with the lost as well as the life that was lived before. She can blame and walk in pain or choose to forgive and move forward as best she can.
Author Sabrynne McLain in her book; "When Red Is Blue", writes a beautifully detailed event of a mom who is emotionally unbalanced and an alcoholic dad who works hard to provide for his family yet loves the bottle more than them. There of course is daughter Kate that is raised in a very unstable family and yet she never gives up or blames the system. She tries to make the best of each situation that she encounters even when she is notified that her mother has frozen to death and must now prepare for her funeral.
It wasn't long afterward that Kate took her father to the doctor for tests only for him to be admitted into the hospital for additional tests and procedures. Soon Kate found out that her father wasn't going to live long and she must prepare for that. Again, Kate walks through losing a parent and all the steps involved with the funeral, grave burial as well as their belongings at their home. I was allowed to experience pain and heartache as well as the opportunity to learn how to start fresh and new in life even when dealt unhappy moments.
I found this to be a very interesting book and appreciated the author’s hard work at allowing me to follow along Kate's life in both the happy as well as the sad moments.
4 of 5 stars

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Epic of God

Michael Whitworth in his book; "The Epic of God" does a beautiful job of weaving the story of creation and other biblical stories into this fine book. Abraham, Jacob, Joseph are just a few of the main characters detailed within that keeps me turning page after page to follow their life's story. 
There is a great weaving of details that are within the pages that allow me to be transported deep within the story in a very easy manner. While the author writes with great penmanship and the use of words in a very flowing manner there is also the richness of depth of the biblical meaning found within. It appears that most all of the major points found in Genesis are covered and given enriching thoughts and meaning. 
The author also includes, "Talking Points" at the end of each chapter where he gets even more personal with the reader. I find these few pages at the end of each chapter are very rewarding and beneficial. I appreciate how the author speaks of his own personal life and experiences. He allows me as the reader to relate to him on a personal manner.
Covering the Book of Genesis the author helps me to see how my life can be valuable by learning from those in the past and looking forward to my future while enjoying my present. Preparing my life for eternity is the closing point of the book and a great way to allow me to look within my life for spiritual direction.
5 of 5 stars