Quotes to Live By

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
(John Quincy Adams)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)

It takes ten years to build up a reputation, but only five minutes to ruin one. (Anonymous)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Second Chance at Life

I got this book from: bloggingforbooks.

Sometimes people mess up in life, and that's okay because we are all sinners born into this world. Although, we all wish that we could go back and erase that incident that occurred, we can't.

In this book by Cindy Woodsmall, Mattie Lane learns to forgive the hard way, and Gideon learns that sometimes the truth though it may be harder is the best way to go. So for this Christmas, snuggle beside the fire and read this warm story about second chances and being forgiven. Merry Christmas and have a happy new year!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Back to the Past

The book: Sierra Jensen collection was refreshing. It brought me back to the past of teenage years. Of course, I never dated anyone, but I have snuck looks at guys in middle and high school. I have also read these books in middle school from my church library. These books have such good morals, that I'm going to let my daughters read them too.

It guides young teenage girls onto the right path, when they are starting to look at guys with a new interest in mind. I downloaded the book into my kindle and brought it everywhere with me.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Reasons, Reasons, Reasons...

There are reasons to just about everything that as to do with action: learning, eating, love and playing are the most common things that people reason with. With this said, I want to learn much more than just mere learning. I want to encompass learning. I want to be embody myself fully into the Korean language so that I will be like water and salt together. It can't be separated once mixed together.


Monday, August 29, 2011

There is a time for everything

I got this book from: Blogging for Books

In this generation, people are always looking for the easiest way out of things. No one has the patience now to "smell the roses". They can't even wait for the roses to open to enjoy them. People are always rushing around now and with the latest technology, they are now taking the speed of the Internet for granted along with other things like the smart phone and the ipad 2.

In the book, the bride and the groom-to-be, works out a plan to get what they both want. By the fate of God, they both end up falling in love with each other. But the process was very intricate, as both wanted to use each other to get what they wanted.

I learned in this book that most often times, the things you want in life is not always the best things. God is right in telling us to wait a little longer or saying no when we ask for things. Because He knows the future, we should just leave everything to God and let Him take care of our tomorrows.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hand in Hand

I got this book for free from: Blogging for Books

As a child, no matter how far you stray, someone is bound to come after you and pull you back. That's how I felt about this particular book. It seems that God is the alarm clock that suddenly Awakens you in your reverie and pulls you back into an intimate relationship with you.

This book greatly aroused me in my dreamland and got me back on the right track with God. Stovall Weems helps put the Awakening into words that helps each person get right back on track with God. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Shades of Gray

I got this free book from: Blogging for Books 

We live in a society now where shades of gray is actually acceptable now. The world is no longer black and white. We justify our actions now through shades of gray. "Oh, that one ice cream bar won't hinder me. I just exercised." "The doctor won't know if I ate that one chocolate bar. I'll just work harder next week."

Hence, the little white lies that spread. In "Every Single Women's Battle", Shannon Ethridge talks about these areas of grayness that hits almost every woman through the sexual sins of our society. This book explains that even though we aren't physically involved in anything, our minds can still commit adultery through our fantasy imaginations.  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bearing Fruit

note: I got this book for free from Blogging for books.

What does it mean to bear fruit abundantly? Most people when they hear "bear fruit", it's to have more and more children to fill the earth. That's what some select groups say. But other people have no idea what it means to "bear fruit". In this book by: Darlene Marie Wilkinson, she explains the secrets of the vine for women. Her husband is Bruce Wilkinson and he was the one that wrote the prayer of jabez. When Darlene explains how we can achieve abundance through our blessings to other people, it made my heart feel very peaceful for some reason.

I highly recommend this book to women all around the world who wants to "bear fruit" in abundance.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Link Between Heaven and Earth

note: I got this book for free at Blogging for Books
 Chapter 1 Excerpt

Have you ever wondered about miracles? Are they only things that Jesus did way back in the past or his disciples? What about those "Charismatic" people? They are often talking about the Holy Spirit and the signs. How do we as a normal individual experience such wonders? In this book by Bruce Wilkinson, he talks about how to see the "signs" and how to be a servant to God's miraculous missions.

I personally learned a lot. I learned to be open to "nudges" as God gives me missions to accomplish. I confess that through my early college years, there were a lot of times when God would nudge me and I would ignore them because I was WAY out of my comfort zone. Looking back, I regret that I wasn't man enough to reach out and help someone else because of my selfishness. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Light in the Darkness

note: I got this book for free from waterbrook multnomah.

Sneak Peek: When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley

When Miranda is down in the valleys of despair, half brother-in-law steps into help with a surprising turn of events. Jack, an ordinary professor that teaches fiction to college students ends up in Slades Creek caring for six children. What turns out to be an ordinary baby-sitting job, results in protecting his sister-in-law from a pastor who is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

The book's theme really goes with the modern-day churches. Almost everyone in America goes to some kind of religious organization. It's kind of scary what kinds of people profess themselves as Christians these days. They say they believe in God, but their actions show something completely different, and people just follow along with the Pastor. The scariest thing is that the congregation is being brainwashed and they don't even know it. So the lesson to be learned is not to trust the Pastor and deacons, but to also read the Bible and ask God to give you a discerning heart.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Destined One

Lots of young people these days are always wondering when they will meet their fated one, the one that God destined for them to meet. Every young man that catches their eye, you think "Is he THE one, God?"

How do you know if HE's the one that God wants you to marry? Are there any signs or symptoms? There are lots of books out there that help deal with the process, but there are no specific books that teach you how to pray for your future husband.

In Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer's new book, "Praying for your Future Husband", it goes into specifics. It's like a step-by-step manual for young women looking for guidance to praying for their future husband.

I always thought that you just pray a list of husband qualifications to God, and somehow He will just bring you to the right guy. People have always told me that you "just know" when God has the right person for you.

In this book, readers learn about the authors' mistakes and experiences and get led to praying for their future husband as well as learning to change themselves to being Christ-like at the same time. 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Dark Side

Note: I got this book for free from Blogging for books.

What does foster care, Satan worshippers, and the Vatican have to do with each other? In this book called, "The Canary List" by Sigmund Brouwer, EVERYTHING. Take a normal school teacher laden with grief with a dead daughter from cancer, divorced and has a five year old son and a twelve year old foster child, and you get a deep plot with the Cardinals and the whole "DaVinci Code" thing going on. This book is almost like the DaVinci Code with the whole Vatican cover-up deal, but in this book, there are unlikely characters that seem to make the plot more interesting as a whole. Not that many people can connect Cardinals with Satan worshippers at the same time as foster care children.

I don't want to spoil the book for other people, so I won't exactly say anything other than the fact that from the first word of the prologue, I was totally glued to my seat. It was a thriller that took readers to every nook and cranny, from America to Italy all in one wild ride.

I personally thought that there wasn't a straight ending, and it's more like the book had several endings that I didn't really get. I would advise readers not to read this at night, since the Satanic group mentioned gave me the chills, even in the morning. The author really knows how to describe things and the rituals and the chantings themselves gave me the creeps. Other than that, I would recommend this book.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Going Through the Narrow Path

Oftentimes, I will wonder why. Why do I have to wait? Why does everyone else around me have this, but I don't? When will it be my turn? I know God is telling me to wait, yet I don't have the patience. I guess sometimes we as humans have to experience it firsthand to be able to completely trust God and his timing.

Even my mom has told me to wait awhile. God will give you the perfect man in his own timing. I thought I was patient enough to wait for 21 years. Alright God, I waited long enough. I'm ready for a boyfriend.

So I took matters into my own hands. April Fool's, I fb the potential guy and ask him to go along with me in a fake relationship. It was all good, until the goodwill of my church friends back home did me in. They were all wishing my good luck and blessings about my relationship. It wasn't until I realized that I fooled a lot of people, and it wasn't a good prank. It was pretty funny at first. I made up a million things about the guy and so forth, but after awhile, my heart strings were pulled out by the people that really wished me well.

So instead of playing a prank like I thought, I actually damaged some trust I had going with various people. Not only did they wish me their blessings, since they thought it was my first relationship, they also sympathized with me when I went back to being single. I kind of regret doing this, since it was the first time I was in a relationship on the web.

So now, even though I have experienced a "short relationship", I will definitely not stray down the wider road following everyone, but making my way to the narrow path where God's open arms will be waiting for me at the finish line.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Imagine what it would be like to change from Cinderella to a princess. Some people have this instant "luck", whereas others have to slave their way up the feudal system of society. Nowadays, anyone can "look" like a princess with a change of new clothes or a new hairstyle. A poor person can instantly look rich, if given a sports car, along with a new suit. A homey and plain woman when given a complete makeover can look like a model.

Although these changes are superficial, we as human beings still fall for the same old act each time. When I first got my haircut a few days ago, I was reminded that I was still the same person inside, even though my outer appearance has changed. I look different, but my heart is still the same. No matter how much I change myself on the outside, our heavenly father from above only looks at our hearts.

So to change ourselves, we should do it from the inside out, instead of the other way around.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

God Gave Us the World, by: Lisa Tawn Bergren

This heartwarming story is about a mother and daughter pair of polar bears. The little cub questions all about her identity and why God didn't make every other bear just like her. She learns from her mother that God makes all bears differently because God is creative and it follows his plan to make special bears from all over too. Mother bear gives an example that even bears of the same kind are different inside. Some are quiet bears, whereas others are loud bears.

This book is especially for children, but the theme revolves around older folks too. Oftentimes, we are associated with different people from different cultures that do things differently than we are used to. Too often, we judge what we see based on what other people do. I often make the same mistake too. I have asked God to help me understand the people different than me, instead of acting way more superior than they are. We are all humans created in the likeness of God. To criticize someone different is like criticizing God. So in order to understand different cultures, we have to reach out with helping hands.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"