Month: December 2017

Reflections

Posted December 31, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Reflections / 0 Comments

Reflections is a weekly meme hosted by Kristin of A Simply Enchanted Life and Fizzy of Fizzy Pop Collection. Every Sunday we will dig deeper in our recent reads to explore the real-life lessons within the pages. Reading the book yourself is not necessary to participate. If you would like to host your own reflection, you’re welcome to copy and paste this introduction, with the link to our pages. You may use our current or prior reflections or come up with your own.

In ‘Like Moonlight at Low Tide’ by Nicole Quigley, the main character Melissa struggles with finding her place in the hierarchy that is high school.  Having been bullied through middle school, Melissa and her family moved away.  Moving back several years later she had concerns about returning and trying to recreate an identity.  In all that happens at school and in her family upon her return she carries a lot of regret and self-doubt.  Befriending the ‘boy next door’ who slowly introduces her to the idea of faith and takes her to church, Melissa feels that becoming a Christian would be ‘too convenient’ and too easy to erase the regret she carries. Have you ever felt like you could never be good or pure enough? How did you deal with those feelings?

If you tell me that you have never felt like you weren’t good enough for any reason I’ll take you straight to Maury myself for the lie detector test.  If you tell me that you’ve never had doubts that you are worthy of God’s love, the Gibbs’ Smack will come out.  The truth is that self-doubt about our goodness and worthiness is as old as sin.  And that’s what they are … sin.  If I tried to list all the different ways that I’ve fallen into both these sins you’d get bored and I’d die in the telling.  It’s not always the big stuff, that’s easier to identify and eradicate.  It’s the little stuff that is way more insidious.  Hand in hand with this is the thought that ‘it’s too minor to take to God’.  ‘Other people have bigger issues’.  Guess what?  He doesn’t care!  God wants you when you feel not good enough.  God wants you when you feel not pure enough.  God wants to blanket you in his love and wash the self-doubt and fear and dust away.  Dealing with those feelings is an entirely different matter than identifying them.  I’m blessed beyond measure with loving friends who keep me on target and help me see the bigger picture than just my own mirror.  They remind me that I’m good enough right where I am and how I am.  Snaufling and all.

Your turn!  Have you ever felt like you could never be good or pure enough? How did you deal with those feelings?
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BOOK REVIEW: Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

BOOK REVIEW: Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

I sit here staring at a blank page not sure how to proceed.  I finished this book last night without an abundance of fanfare.  It was entirely too many hours past bedtime, which I paid for all day, but it wasn’t like jumping from my fuzzy socks exciting.  .I enjoyed the story, the twists and turns, getting to know the characters.  I just didn’t fall in love with the story.  It’s like someone forgot to glue the glitter when they poured it on. The characters were well developed and memorable.  There were a few too many for my ability to remember names and I would frequently have to go looking back to figure out who was who.  That is always a me problem and seems to be more prevalent in the first book in a series as the stage is set for the continuation.  I think where it fell apart […]

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BOOK REVIEW: An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

BOOK REVIEW: An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

When I saw this book I knew I had to read it.  I didn’t pay enough attention to the fact that it was fourth in a series.  In my goal to read ‘all the books’ this was just a minor hiccup, not a setback.  Until it was.  All the books people, it’s harder than it sounds.  I found other books slipping in and pushing this book back because there were three that needed to be read.  I found the end of the year creeping up on me and books that were still waiting in the wings for their turn to shine.  I took a leap and crossed my toes and dove into ‘An Inconvenient Beauty’ hoping on hopes that it would read well as a stand alone novel.  I was not disappointed, nor was I lost, as I flew through the pages.  Yes, the experience would have been enriched with […]

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BOOK REVIEW: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

BOOK REVIEW: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

Posted December 26, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Jane Kirkpatrick / 2 Comments

This book was not at all what I expected.  The synopsis did not set me up for the book that I read.  Before I get into that though there’s a couple of warnings I need to throw out here.  This book is based on a real person.  It is a work of fiction but we all know that there is always a nugget of truth even in pure fiction.  While based on a real person and a lot of research was put into her there is not a play by play account of Jennie’s life.  Much can be ascertained from historical records and those ideas are used to create this book.  That being said there is mention of spousal abuse.  There is mention of alcoholism and drug abuse.  These are things that may be offensive to some Christian readers as well as triggering to other readers.  I do not in […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My Little Words Devotional by Michelle Prater Burke Illustrated by Holli Conger

BOOK REVIEW: My Little Words Devotional by Michelle Prater Burke Illustrated by Holli Conger

Posted December 25, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Michelle Prater Burke / 0 Comments

Let’s talk the idea of toddler and children’s devotional books.  You don’t see many of them.  I don’t know why that is but it’s a trend that needs to catch on.  There’s devotionals for women, moms, dads, men, college students, teens, even t’weens.  There are devotionals for different career paths.  There are devotionals everywhere but few focus on our younger and eager to learn children.  Learning how to communicate with God and learning scripture at a young age translates into a stronger walk into adulthood, in my opinion.  There are things about this book that I love and things that left me disappointed. Let’s talk disappointment first.  When I think of ‘devotional’ I think of a life application that is derived from scripture.  I think of personal anecdotes that correspond with the intention behind the scripture.  I think of the author’s takeaway that leads itself into finding your own relevant […]

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