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Unashamed by Lecrae

Back with another book review! Wooh! Look at me go. I am on a roll!!

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*cough cough* ANYWAYS. Today I’m gonna be reviewing ‘Unashamed’ by Lecrae…and for those of you who don’t know. Lecrae is a rapper/songwriter and honestly one of my favs at that. This is a book he wrote about his life and ohmygoodness it was just so amazing for so many reasons.

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If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.

Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft. The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be a Christian in a secular age.

This is the story of one man’s journey to faith and freedom

 

My review:

So I’ve recently discovered my growing LOVE for non-fiction. Especially Autobiographies by famous people I know and look up to. There is just something about these where you get a more personal sense of who they are and instead of putting them in the spotlight more I start to realize. Man, these are people just like me. They’ve all struggled and had hard times like me too.  Cause thats something I’ve come to realize and my dad has also helped me learn when it comes to meeting people who are considered famous. He’s always reminds me by saying ‘They are only people like you and me.’ and I agree. They are people like you and me but they have accomplished things, turned their lives around and its inspired me to do the same. So thats why I’m loving autobiographies more and I couldn’t wait to read this book.   and let me tell you, this book did NOT disappoint.

Some parts of this book were definitely hard to read. Not because they were hard to follow or bad, mind you, but just because Lecrae was so open and honest about his life and struggles whether is the good, bad, and ugly (😉 ) parts of his life.

I love hearing about others and their lives just because you get to see another side to these people that many hold in a spotlight and in this book there is just so much honesty in the words written that it makes me feel like hey, maybe my life and my struggles mean something too. Maybe, just maybe, my story and my life means something and can help others. Maybe I should tell my story too. (I’m not gonna go writing an autobiography at this point in my life but you get my point) Because who knows who it could help!

“Talking about wounds is important, but talking about our healed wounds is just as important.” Pg. 36 of Unashamed by Lecrae

Reading Lecrae’s story and his discussion on his mistakes he made in life was simply amazing. Why? Because he wasn’t afraid to share his story. As you can tell, that aspect got me over and over and over as I read this book.

He left out nothing. Unashamed (literally, as it seems) of it all. This whole book has basically been, “But i felt like God was still with me. I was making a mountain of mistakes, but I was not alone. God has seen my failures, but He hadn’t left me as a result.” ~Pg. 101 (Unashamed)

It was also amazing to see, as I read this book how Lecrae’s life was literally turned around. He was suffered from anxiety and depression and also struggled with drug and alcohol abuse in his life so just the fact that he has turned his life around with the help of God is just amazing and just goes to show that no one is ever beyond saving.

 

This is most definitely a book I would buy for everyone if I could because its honestly a book I think everyone can learn something from. Doesn’t matter who you are or what your story is.

This is probably a book I will CONSTANTLY be bugging people with but I could honestly care less.  Its amazing and basically everyone should just read it😛 That is all.

 

 

My rating:

5stars

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Hey look at that! I FINALLY have a book review on here again. I just read this book this weekend and have been reading through it this month with Briana Morgan and I just finished it this weekend!

I had a lot of thoughts on this book so lets get started😀

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Fun fact. This cover glows in the dark…or at least mine does lol

Rating:

4stars

 

My thoughts: 

I really enjoyed how The Rest of Us Just Live Here strayed away from the cliche ‘Chosen One’ plot and decided to take a look at well… ‘The Rest of Us’ or rather the ‘innocent bystanders’ in a novel with the Chosen One plot. It definitely was not one of my favourite Patrick Ness novels (I’ve only read one other so far but have one more on my TBR pile) but I still enjoyed it.

I loved the idea of the two story lines and focusing more on the background characters as opposed to the ‘chosen ones’ but I enjoyed how you still knew what was going on with those characters at the same time. I loved how that were just normal people as the main focus. Normal people with real and honest problems. Especially mental illnesses.

Now I’m not saying that because I like to see people suffer but because I have struggled with some mental illnesses (yah, its honesty time here) so I like to be able to feel a connection that way and go: ‘Oh! I know how that is.’ gives me more of a connect with the main characters.

The main characters were fantastic by the way.  They were all so unique and amazing and loveable and squishable and yah. I wuv them.

I just love how they casually mention things like the rebuilding of their high school and other buildings due to recent ghost or zombie attaches and whatnot. It was all so casual. Made it feel like it was all normal (which for them it was) and it was really well written.

Overall:

So overall I liked the book but it wasn’t a huge ‘LOVE’ on my end. Hence the 4 star rating.

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Why I’m Ashamed to go to Victoria’s Secret

Trust me, I couldn’t care less what Victoria’s ‘secret’ is and despite that story carrying necessities a woman kinda sorta needs, I still feel ashamed stepping foot into the store (or La Senza too but you get my point)

Why?

Because our bodies are being sexualized just to sell a product.

Because their ads are basically saying: ‘ Buy this and you’ll be sexier/skinnier/more attractive” – take your pick.

Because the outside of the store and all their advertisements are things like this:

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and honestly this ad is mild in comparison to some.  But nonetheless these ads are sexualizing the bodies of women and I feel embarrassed and ashamed of it. Ashamed of what our society is doing and how they are objectifying women’s bodies.

But to me, it seems women’s bodies are so sexualized in our society and we and our bodies are turned into some sort of pleasure for the eye. And what do we and our bodies then become? Eye candy.” ~ From my most recent post.

Trust me when I tell you that my shame goes as far as I won’t step foot in the store unless I absolutely need to and when I do its in and out so fast so I can get away from there. and if I’m just walking past the store its a whole ‘eyes down and keep walking’ kind of deal. Its sad that I’m like this and maybe I’m the only one with a problem but I don’t like it! I don’t like how women are objectified and their almost completely naked bodies plastered all over store windows and the media. I know I spoke of this a lot in my recent post but I feel its something that needs to be talked about. Shouted from the rooftops even.

Why are you doing this to our bodies? We aren’t eye candy and our bodies are not to be objectified! Our bodies should be for no one but ourselves!

 

Something needs to change in our society (actually a lot of things do) – what needs to be changed to change this idea of how women and their bodies are displayed and used in many ways in the media? How can it be changed? Do you think its even possible for it to happen?

Well, We Don’t Like Being ‘Eye Candy’ Either…

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So I recently went and saw the Ghostbusters movie in theatres with my sister and co-worker, Taylor, and I really really enjoyed the film (maybe I’ll review it another time) A few days after watching the movie, I stumbled upon some posts and articles posted on Facebook written by some enraged guys about Chris Hemsworth’s character Kevin in the film.  People were mad that he played a dumb guy who was basically just there for his looks. (The term I read that was used frequently was ‘Eye Candy’ )

Now normally I’m not one to whine or complain about this kind of stuff but I just want to say this. ‘Us girls don’t like it when you do this to us, either.’

Normally I’m not one for the whole time to give you a taste of your own medicine thing…but right now this actually applies quite well. I think it was interesting and kind of nice to have the roles reversed for once because finally…FINALLY people are starting to slowly come to the realization that ‘hey. It totally sucks when this guy/girl is a total dummy and only there because they are attractive. What does that make me?’

My question and main concern is Why? Why aren’t people taking a stand against the creation of characters like this? Like, don’t get me wrong. These kinds of characters are HILARIOUS. But what is that also telling us about how much people and the media seem to take the looks of people for granted and nothing else really matters? – Now I’m NOT saying we all need to riot till things are changed but do you think there is any way this kind of thing can be changed? or should?

I ask this for the reason looking at it from a girls point of view here. But to me, it seems women’s bodies are so sexualized in our society and we and our bodies are turned into some sort of pleasure for the eye. And what do we and our bodies then become? Eye candy. There for the pure and simple enjoyment of the eyes of others. Women these days don’t seem to be held to high standards because they are clever. Its based a LOT on how we look and its one of the many things messing with many people in our society today. As women we want to be like these models or whoever and have a body like theirs to even get a guy to look at us or get their attention but then we have to worry about guys who may not wanna keep their hands (or words) to themselves. Everything has spiralled out of control based on this whole idea of people and characters only being around for the sole reason of being ‘Eye Candy’ to others.

 

Until Next Time,

Adriana G.

 

Please Note: I’m not saying all guys are horrid people or whatever. I’m just looking deeper into an issue that can and is spiralling out of control even with simple and further promptings with characters who are dumb and really only there cause they look good to the other characters or whatever.  (and I’m using the example of women cause I am a woman and yeah….you get my point)

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The Dying of a Dream… But thats okay!

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to get married and honestly its something I still want to do one day. I’ve always dreamed about the wedding venue, what my dress would be like, what my Fiancé/husband would be like, what our relationship would be like and so much more.

Sounds like a wonderful dream right?

Well… That dream has died.

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No No No. I’m not saying I’m never getting married and that I don’t want to! I’m just saying that particular dream has died for this following reason alone: I wanted to be married the summer I turned 19.

HAHAHAHA. Guess what, younger me. Its the summer. And you’re 19…

 

It might sound like I’m complaining but honestly, I’m okay with it.  Yes, my ‘dream’ may have ‘died’ but I’m content where I am in life now and just because I’m not married right now doesn’t mean I can NEVER get married.  I kinda talked about this a bit (in a different context) in one of my more recent posts about being content with where life and the ‘bumps in the road’ have taken me. But I honestly want to and can’t express it enough. Just because life isn’t what you wanted or you aren’t where you wanted to be in life RIGHT NOW doesn’t mean you will never get there or never do what you hoped or dreamed of.

Besides. Looking back on this dream or desire of little 9-10 year old me wanting to get married at 19 years old (the same age my mum was when she got married and had me)  it makes me smile BUT…Boy am I glad I’m not married yet. I only just graduated and am still trying to sort out what I’m gonna do with my life and what I’m gonna be when I grow up (😉 ) as is and even though I would like to get married one day I don’t think I’m QUITE ready yet. I still got a fair bit to learn I must say…

So basically what I’m trying to say (and hoping I sound somewhat encouraging) is that even if there was a dream that you had that was more or less time sensitive (Like getting married in July  the year you turned 19)  and didn’t happen doesn’t mean it never will. All you need is patience and also trust that your life is going to work out and things will make sense….Just…maybe not in your timing…or the timing you wanted when you were 10 years old…

YC 2016!

Hello Lovelies!

So as you may or may not know depending if you’re new around here or not…. in which case. IF you are! WELCOME!

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ANYWAYS. As you may or may not know. May 27th through the 29th I was at a Youth Conference in Edmonton, Alberta called YC.

I did film vlog footage while I was there so this post is to announce that I have finally put the 3 Days together in vlogs for you lovely people. Considering this is my first time putting this kind of vlog together I think I did pretty good but yeah. I would love to know what you think!

I would tell you some awesome stuff (and even the bad thing you will hear about in Vlog 1😉 *hint hint* ) but I don’t wanna spoil it all for you so I’ll embed the videos in this post for you.

 

(In the off chance the embedding thing doesn’t work out click the titles of each video I’ve typed up and it will take you right to Youtube Instead!)

ALSO if you’ve ever been on the fence about vlogging while doing something you wanna share with others or whatever JUST DO IT. Its SO much fun and yes, people might give you weird looks sometimes, but its so worth it. So just do it.

YC 2016 – Day 1

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YC 2016 – Day 3

Man, Myth, Messiah

Hello Readers!

Iiiiiii am back with another book review for you! Today I’m going to be reviewing one of the books I received from BookLook Bloggers and that book is called ‘Man, Myth, Messiah’ by Rice Broocks

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review: I first heard of Man, Myth, Messiah in the movie God’s Not Dead 2 and I was instantly intrigued as to what it was about. So I was quite excited to have been able to read this as a review copy. “Man, Myth, Messiah” is a great book that shows you how and talks about defending your own faith and what you believe about God. As well, the book explores the proof behind who Christ is, why Christians believe in him and it backs it up, with proof, from not only scripture but also proof from history. I found it both shocking and amazing how many other sources, aside from scripture, pointed to proof that Christ exists. I mean I myself know that everything in creation points to Christ but even sources that were supposed to lead away from any proof of Christ’s existence still pointed to him anyways.

I would encourage everyone to read this book. Especially if you have questions about who Christ really is and are maybe on the fence about if He exists or not. It is an intrersting and intriquing read and if you are someone who likes books with a lot of facts and helpful information you can use in your everyday life, this is definitely a book to check out!