Jesus Called. He Wants His Church Back (Book Review)

I was recently given a copy of Jesus Called: He Wants His Church Back by Ray Johnston to review from Book Look Bloggers.



As early as AD 50, Christians had gotten away from knowing who Jesus really is. Our generation is no different.

In every decade we, as Americans, lost something important that we couldn’t afford to lose: • In the 1950s, we lost innocence • In the 1960s, we lost respect for authority • In the 1970s, we lost love • In the 1980s, we lost values • In the 1990s, we lost faith • In the 2000s, we lost security • In the 2010s, we lost hope in the future

What can restore what we’ve lost? Only Jesus. Jesus gave us His name, His friendship, and a commission to accept responsibility for ourselves and for the world. When introduced to His words and ways we’ll rediscover the Jesus who:

• Wants His enemies won over, not wiped out • Wants you to stop playing it safe • Believed great things were possible no matter what things are like right now • Was full of grace and truth • Unleashed compassion • Believed no one was too far from God to return to Him • Came to seek and to save that which was lost • Loves the church

Pastor Ray Johnston shares the Jesus of the Bible and how we can be Christians without being jerks. He reveals how the radical message of the gospel calls us to love and serve not only our neighbors but our enemies as well. That’s the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.

Jesus’ mission is clear—risk everything in order to take care of people, starting in our home, neighborhoods, cities, and those in need around the world. That’s the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.


My Thoughts

I wasn’t entirely sure what this book would entail and I’m still not sure what to make of it. The book wasn’t bad! Just not what I was expecting. I’m unsure if maybe it;s the fact I’m still getting used to reading more non-fiction or what. I’m starting to ease myself into non-fiction books so sometimes I don’t know what to expect. Aside from that fact I quite enjoyed the book. Though for a non-fiction this one was very factual. In this novel the writer discusses how, since the 50’s, the church and Christianity has changed.  The one thing that jumped out to me was the following statement by the author:

  • In the 1950s, we lost innocence.
  • In the 1960s, we lost respect for authority.
  • In the 1970s, we lost love.
  • In the 1980s, we lost values.
  • In the 1990s, we lost faith.
  • In the 2000s, we lost security.
  • In the 2010s, we lost hope in the future.

This was definitely a good read with facts on the church and how it has fallen from God in some senses then this is definitely a good read




Unashamed by Lecrae

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

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


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!

Book Review – Tuesdays with Morrie

Hello Readers!

So its been a while since I’ve written a proper and full book review so I am going to apologize now for the possible mess of a review this could turn out to be. BUT moving on from that warning, Today I am going to review Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom.


Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.

Belle talking books

Tuesdays with Morrie is this years novel study for my 30-2 English Class. I’m happy to be graduating but SUPER sad that it means I won’t be able to attend my favourite teachers English Class anymore and just like last years novel study (My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok) I ADORE it.

I’ve really come to enjoy non-fiction novels more and more over the last year – so tell me some of your fave non-fiction! – and a bit as it kind of gives you a peek into the lives of other amazing people AND you always come away learning something. Not that you don’t learn something or aren’t impacted by works of fiction (All The Bright Places anyone?) but it is a different effect and approach in non-fiction vs. fiction.

But anyways, I fell in love with Tuesdays with Morrie. When I first got the book in the mail (online homeschooler, yo. ) I looked at it and kinda frowned at it. I was very hesitant and unsure of the book at first so I wasn’t too keen to start it because there is NOTHING worse than having to do a novel study on a book you hate. But it was short so I figured that, either way I would just read it and get it over with. BUT THEN I WAS VERY SURPRISED GUYS!

Myself and Ms. Dunn at the Graduation Retreat I went to in March.

Myself and Ms. Dunn at the Graduation Retreat I went to in March.

A few says before we started the novel study my English teacher Ms. Dunn spent a lot of the class talking about how much she loved the book and was excited for us to read it and then I got really excited! Because I could tell her excitement and love for the book was genuine. (and the whole time there was part of me who was also pretty sure the book was good from the start as well cause Ms. Dunn and I like a lot of the same books and yeah she’s pretty cool so..)

I swear that I was in LOVE with this book by the first page I probably finished that book in a span of 3 days I think and right now my copy I borrowed from the school is covered in Dalek Sticky Notes to mark my favourite chapters, pages, and quotes. This book was definitely one of those amazing and impactful books that more or less changes your outlook on life. Basically I’m needing my own copy at this point so I can highlight and underline and then give the book to others to borrow.  Amazing book with some WONDERFUL life lessons.

5 Star Rating!


Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR || Top Ten Tuesday

Hello readers!

I’ll bet you guys thought I failed to get another awesome post done today, didn’t you? Welllllll you were almost right. Cause I nearly forgot…. Oopsie. BUT anyways. I’m gonna try and get a writing post up for tomorrow morning but it might be a little later tomorrow. We will see.

Before I get started with today’s post I wanna let you know to stick around at the end cause I need you lovely people’s opinion for something concerning this lovely blog!



So! My fall TBR includes a few ARC’s I need to get read and once those are done I’m gonna get to the others 😀


1. Castle of Sighs by Jennifer Murgia (ARC)

2. The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea (ARC)

Soooooo I have blog tours for both these coming up in the second week of October….AND I only just started reading the sound of Silver. (If you WANT, you can keep up with my live tweets about Rachelle’s book by looking up: #AdrianaReadsSilver on Twitter. They’re spoiler free.) So I really need to get on that. I just need to find time. *deep breaths* Cursed 12th Grade. So busy.

3. The Lost Heiress by Roseanna White (ARC)

This one I don’t have a blog tour coming as soon so I can hold off on this JUST a bit. But let me tell you I cannot WAIT to read this!

4. Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko (Non-Fiction)

I meant to read that this month….but that just didn’t happen :/ BUT I wanna read this this fall because it looks amazing.

5. House of Hades by Rick Riordan

6. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

So so so….I didn’t start House of Hades earlier this month cause I just couldn’t bring myself to do it until I had Blood of Olympus to move on to…Because I don’t trust Riordan to even have a plot twist free ending in one of his books. I just don’t. So I took safety precautions. I’m probably gonna read these two on the 6 hour bus ride to and from camp next week….

7. Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

I need to read this. I could probably do so in an afternoon but you know. High school. Its a pain.

8. Boys, Boys, Boys by Jamie Grace (Non-Fiction)

So I just need this book. It seems wonderful and its only $5 and I NEED it!

9. Prairie Fire by E.K Johnston

Read the Story of Owen then I bought this book…and still haven’t gotten to it >.>

10. Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

I LOVED Francine River’s The Atonement Child and I saw my Gram had this so I borrowed it from her. (We borrow each others books often)

And that is my post for today!

Now for the important thing I talked about above:

So come Friday I’m gonna be a busy little thing and will be going from a weekend long conference to 3 days of camping. (Only being home less than 24hours between both O.O ) Meaning that I have a couple tags I’m going to try and schedule till I’m back Wednesday and so on and so forth BUT here is my question: When I come back, would anyone enjoy (Or HATE I suppose as I want honest opinions) if I did a journal/day in the life post or two? I’ve been considering doing it semi-regularly but am curious if anyone would be interested in it? I would love it if you could comment and let me know your thoughts. 😀

ALSO: In case you missed the announcement a little earlier this month. You can keep up with more of my reading stuff on my new Instagram account called ‘The Librarian Files’. I post photos of books I’m currently reading and tons of other bookish stuff. The same happens on my Twitter as well ( @ABookishFangurl) So yeah. I mean following social media is totally up to you and no pressure. Just wanted to put that out there for you lovely peoples 😀

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle.


2014 End Of The Year Book Survey

Hello Readers!

So, I have decided, after seeing Cait Drews version of the link-up on her blog, to jump on board on this 2014 End of the Year Book Survey in which I will be answering many delicious questions about books/book blogs and the like! So I shall get started right away, because it is most definitely going to be a very very full post!


2014 Reading Stats:

Number of books I read: Wellllllll. Lets just say I failed my Goodreads Challenge…This year was not a reading year for me >.< School always gets in the way. I only read 36 books this year. *sniff sniff* Okay, well I have read more, but I just got lazy with adding them to my read shelf…but I still don’t think I reached my 50 book goal anyways :/ Oh well! Always next year and I still loved the books I got to read!


Number of Re-Reads: I read The Follower by C.F Barrows 5 times this year people! And I only bought the book in February of this year. I would well be past my Goodreads challenge if Goodreads counted Re-Reads…


Genre I Read The Most From: Okay, Okay so I just went through my Goodreads to figure this all out and it seems that the Fantasy Genre won out with me reading 10 from that genre. Just cause I wrote up this list I’ll tell you how many books from each genre I read.

Fantasy- 10

YA Dystopian- 9

Historical Fiction- 7

YA Contemporary- 7

YA Fiction- 3

Non-Fiction- 3

Sci-Fi- 1

Best In Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014? (If have to cheat break it down by genre if you want)

Oh my goodness. Ummmmmmm… I would probably have to say ‘How I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ by Joshua Harris. (Non-Fiction) Probably the best book I read this year 🙂

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I really didn’t like it but was so sure I would…
3. Most Surprising (in a good or bad way) Book You Read in 2014?

Rising by Holly Kelly. Really, the only reason I got it was because it was free. I wasn’t expecting much and oh my goodness, I was surprised!! It’s amazing!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (and they did) In 2014?

It’s Complicated by Laura L. Smith. I always tell people to read her books 😛

5. Best Series You Started In 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
6. Favourite New Author You Discovered in 2014?

Holly Kelly is by far my favourite author I discovered this year 🙂 Her books are amazing! So happy I discovered her books! 😀
7. Best Book From A Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

Once again, Non-Fiction is making an appearance here, but the book ‘Fighter: Five keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams’ by rapper Christopher Greenwood of Manafest was probably the best book I read that I don’t typically read. I don’t read much Non-Fiction and this one was absolutely perfect.

8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book Of The Year?

Descending by Holly Kelly was definitely unputdownable for me! I even read it twice! (Lots of re-reads this year you guys. Like seriously!) It is such an amazing book and definitely had trouble putting it down!
9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Ummmm let me see…Probably either Seeing Through Stones by Rajdeep Paulus OR Swept To Sea by Heather Manning. I really can’t decide. I will probably re-read both…
10. Favourite Cover of A Book You Read In 2014?

Ohhhh. I have so many favourite covers! But I LOVED the cover for Descending by Holly Kelly! Such a beautiful cover!



11. Most Memorable Character of 2014?

AHHHH! Why torture me with such a horrid question???? I really can’t pick…..Too many options *sobs* I really can’t pick between my babies and I shall not pick!
12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2014?

Seeing Through Stones by Rajdeep Paulus is most definitely my favourite book published this year and probably the most beautifully written for sure! Such an amazing story.

13. Most Thoughts- Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014?

To Save A Life by Jim and Rachel Britts without a doubt. This was definitely the most Life Changing book I have ever read! ( Fighter by Christopher Greenwood as a close second) So amazing.

14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited UNTIL 2014 To Read?

Ummm…The Maze Runner! Definitely that. I had actually heard of it a couple years ago, but I only just read the entire series and I wish I read it a lot sooner.
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

Ummmm. I really don’t know! I’ve had so many….let me think on this for a moment….

Oh I know! I find that Minho comes to me speaking such amazing words of encouragement that really helps me get through life and that would definitely be this lovely quote: “Be careful. Don’t Die.’

Haha…okay so I’m kidding but I really can’t think of a quote. It was that one about or this:


So take your pick….

16. Shortest and Longest Books You Read In 2014?

The longest book I read was Becoming The Chateran that was 499 pages (according to Goodreads anyways. I don’t remember it being that long…)


and the Shortest book I read was ‘Skinny’ by Laura L. Smith that was 169 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most?

Oh boy…I really don’t know. I wasn’t really overly shocked by any books per say….
18. OTP Of The Year

What??? More torture? Really?! Not fair… I have so many ships! I don’t even know if I cna really pick my OTP of the year….I’m stuck between three of my favourite ships!

I can’t decide so I will just tell you all three of my ships instead! (Yeah, yeah. Totally cheated.)

-Xanthus and Sara (From Rising by Holly Kelly)

-Kyros and Gretchen (From Descending by Holly Kelly)

and Sheth and Yannah (From The Follower by C.F Barrows)
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship of The Year

Umm…Did I even read any novels with Non-Romantic Relationships this year?? Haha kidding….of course I did. Ugh. Just wayyyyyyy too many to pick from!  Probably the friendship between Siobhan and Owen in The Story of Owen by E.K Johnston. (a.k.a my ship that never could have existed)

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You Read Previously

It’s Addicting By Laura L. Smith!!

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That you Read SOLELY Based On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?

Oh! Oh! Oh! That would definitely by Waterfall ( River of Time Book #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren. My best friend and fellow blogger, Natalie Noel suggested I read it and so I did and LOVED it!

22. Newest Fictional Crush From A Book You Read In 2014?

Newt from The Maze Runner!!

23. Best 2014 Debut Novel You Read?

Swept To Sea by Heather Manning! By far the best debut novel!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Oh my…I’ll probably say ‘Swept To Sea’ by Heather Manning again 😛
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most Fun To Read?

Oh boy, I’m not really sure about that one…
26. Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2014?

I sobbed when reading To Save A Life. I don’t usually cry when reading books….
27. Hidden Gem of The Year?

A hidden jem? How about all the books I read???? Haha. Seriously though, I don’t really know about that….I feel a LOT of constant repeats of the same novels here…but yeah, I really don’t know.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Death Cure by James Dashner seriously crushed my soul! Oh my giddy goodness DX So much crushed feels.
29. Most Unique Book You Read in 2014?

Black by Ted Dekker was definitely interesting! Like Mah gosh!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad? (Doesn’t Mean You Didn’t Like It)

I know  book that made me mad because I didn’t like it….All I’m going to say is its initials are: TFiOS


Blogging/Bookish Life:

1. Favourite Review That You Wrote In 2014?

My favourite review I wrote this year was probably my review of Becoming The Chateran by S.J Aisling

You can read it HERE
2. Best Discussion/Non-Review Post You Had On Your Blog?

Probably one of my blog tags/linkups….
3. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Probably when Holly Kelly commented on my book review of Rising (in an E-mag I write in) and also a comment on the review from the author on her other book ‘Descending’ on my blog! That made me so very happy!
4. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (Whether by views or comments)?

My most popular post (comment wise) was my Character Interview with my NaNoWriMo Character Claire. (You can check it out HERE)
5. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I’m really not even sure to be honest! I have a lot of blog love already! So I don’t really know!


So, thats my post! Hope you liked it!

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

Book Review|| Fighter by Christopher Greenwood

Hello Readers!


Welcome to the first post for Share The Love! So, I’ve decided now that Share The Love will be book reviews or just a little blurb with a reason why I love a certain book or what I learned while reading it…so basically just sharing the love of books! Fun right?

Okay, today I am gonna just talk a bit about ‘Fighter: 5 keys to conquering fear and reaching your dreams’ which is a non-fiction novel written my Christopher Greenwood




This book was absolutely fantastic. It was part biography and part inspiration. I read through this book within a couple sittings and scribbled away notes in my notebook throughout the entire thing.

Christopher Greenwood (a.k.a Rapper/Hip Hop Artist called Manafest) used his story of his childhood and building his career as a musical artist in an effective way to show how you can conquer your fears and reach your dreams, no matter what they are.

It was a great book and I highly suggest it. This book left me so inspired and thinking of ways I can reach those goals and dreams I wanted to reach but everyone tells me is impossible.

Because of this book, Ive decided to reach for my dreams and not let anything drag me down or stand in my way….

…and that is why I love this book and want to Share The Love.


Have you read this book? Heard of it? Is there another book you’ve read that you want to share? I’m always interested in hearing about new books and such, so fire off a comment and I shall see it and love it 😛

Until Next Time,


Top Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer

Hello My Fellow Bloggers!

So today is once again Tuesday! So Time for Top Ten Tuesday. *cheers*

Though I will admit I was struggling to decide wether or not to write this post right now…I’m here and I’m doing it. It may or may not be due to the force of my friend…I was reading a book…and relaxed…Thats my reason for not really wanting to. What better way to spend your birthday than being lost in Renaissance Italy? I mean, seriously, can’t get much better than that…Anyways. I’m rambling XD




Top Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer.

Okay. I will admit that picking only ten for this list will be hard. I have more than that that I plan to read this summer.

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I bought this WEEKS ago but I am determined to save it until this summer. ( I go camping for 3 weeks on the 27th. Those three weeks will be filled with Hot Springs, Lots of reading and writing and Lots of music and fun!)

2. The Story of Owen by E.K Johnston

I bought this one when I bought Fangirl. I was wandering around and I looked in the ‘New Releases’ section at Chapters and saw this… Dragon hunters? Yep. Sign me up. I cannot wait to read this *to self* Just a few more weeks. Only a few more.

3. Between These Lines by Jennifer Murgia

I am dying to re-read this amazing book again. (and this time write a review too :P) I LOVED it when I read it the first time so I will LOVE it again.

4. Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk

5. Perfect Glass by Laura Anderson Kurk

These two books I received in the mail (paperback copy, people) about a month ago and I am SO happy to read them again. (Seeing the books in paperback is wonderful. The covers are absolutely scrumptious and totally complete my book shelf.)

7. When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy

8. When I kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris

9. Boy meets Girl: Say Hello To Courtship by Joshua Harris

Okay, So neither of these three books are fiction (but there was no rule they had to be, right?) but I need to get reading these books. I read ‘When God Writes Your Love Story’ when I first got the book (I was like 12) but I want to re-read it. I also started ‘When I kissed dating goodbye’ a couple years ago and kinda lost interest. But now I think I’m at the right age for it… I mean, hello. I’m an adult in a year…. *has a freak out cause being a legal adult is too much responsibility*

10. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak 

I know, I know. I said I was gonna read this MONTHS ago…but I haven’t…so yeah…


So, this is my Top Ten Tuesday Post. (Be expecting more book review this summer than anything else. Just so you know. I have a series review coming up and a book review on It’s Over on its way as well 🙂 )


Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie! (Pick Your Own Topic)

Hello My Fellow Bloggers!


So, today I am once again, linking up with the Broke and Bookish and doing Top Ten Tuesday!…On Tuesday this time… Today is a Pick your own topic day, SO, I get to pick my own topic for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday Post.

That topic is: Top Ten Books or Series I Wish Had More Recognition (Translation: Top Ten Books I Wish Were Bestsellers).

So, on with the post.




1. The Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti

I believe I have expressed how amazing this book (is (and all the others on this list) but this book is simply a must read and NEEDS to be a best seller!

2. When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy

This book is one I read a couple years back and spotted on my bookshelf the other day when I was organizing and thought, ‘Hey! I should probably read this again. This book was really good’ but, yeah. Amazing book. It is fairly popular but could always use more recognition.

3. The Status Update Series by Laura L. Smith

Once again, I have expressed my LOVE for this series and I will do it again! 😀 I love it to itty-bitty little pieces. Gotta read it… And definitely needs more recognition.

(Reviews of the series to come!)

4. Nowhere Girl by A.J Paquette

This book is definitely an easier read but still an amazing story nonetheless. Totally needs more recognition… And I am NOT just saying this because the author is my second cousin… It’s AWESOME! Read it now.

5. Rising by Holly Kelly

6. Descending by Holly Kelly

Okay, I guess I could have wrote it as ‘The Rising’ series…. but I’m running out of books here… 😛 Anyways. Book 3 comes out soon and this is an AWESOME series. (Review of Rising HERE and review of Descending coming soon.)

7. The Sehret Chronicles by C.F Barrows

Once again… Another series I LOVE LOVE LOVE! (Well what I’ve read of it anyways. Book 3 is coming soon!!!) gotta read this boo. One of the best fantasy series I’ve read in a long time.

8. Between These Lines by Jennifer Murgia

So FAN-FLIPPIN-TASTIC! Love this book. (I really wanna re-read all these books on my list…)

9. The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill

Loved this book! I also loved how this book was about a teen writer like myself! So awesome! Loved the series.

10. How I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris

This is a book I am going to re-read this summer. (As well as ‘When god Writes Your Love Story’) an amazing read that I love! This, as well as ‘When God Writes Your Love Story’ are non-fiction books but still amazing and need more recognition.

So, this has been my Top Ten Tuesday post! Hope you liked it!

Until Next Time and God Bless!

Adriana Gabrielle