Divergent – the book

Divergent was a GREAT book! Now I want to see the movie…which I will be doing later today. Without giving too much away, this book is about a girl who lives in the U.S. in the future. She lives in a time where people are separated by their character traits and everyone has just one main character trait they live by. Living by more than one (or thinking outside the box) is considered Divergent. The character traits are: kindness (Amity), bravery (Dauntless), intelligence (Erudite), truthfulness (Candor), and selflessness (Abnegation). When a child is in their 16th year of life, they are given a test which determines their tendencies. The day after the test they choose to stay in their faction or change to a different faction. This book is about Beatrice, who was born Abnegation, and her decision as well as how her life changes after that decision. The motto of every faction is “Faction before Blood” and sometimes that motto is tested. If you choose family over faction, you are booted out of your faction and become “factionless” which means you are now the dregs of society. If you do not pass the initiation of your faction, you are booted out and also become factionless. Once you are factionless, you will never be part of a faction again.

This was a great read and an easy read. I am already looking forward to purchasing and reading the next two books in the series because it does leave you on a cliffhanger of sorts and you want to see what becomes of the characters.

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Song of Redemption

Song of Redemption is the second book in the King series written by Lynn Austen. Like the first book in the series, I couldn’t put this book down and I will be starting the third book SOON. I love this book series! This book is all about the reign of Hezekiah, how he brought the tribe of Judah back to God…or at least tried to bring Judah back to God, and how the Assyrians marched against nations including Israel.

Three quotes that struck home with me in this book were:

  1. from page 26: “But how do I prepare for something like that?….You pray and you allow the Lord to be your strength. Remember – the Lord doesn’t GIVE you strength, Hezekiah. He IS your strength.” (emphasis mine)
  2. from page 108: “Unless you make up your mind to trust Him, you’ll never know that Yahweh is faithful.”
  3. from page 230: “Why don’t you stop feeling sorry for yourself and start trusting in God?”

I’m sure I will purchase (I’ve borrowed this series from my mom) and read this book again years from now and I will glean different nuggets of truth as I will be in a different place and have a different perspective at that time.

Gods and Kings

Gods and Kings by Lynn Austen was AMAZING!!! My mom read this entire series and told me for almost two years that it was really good and I needed to read it. I didn’t. I had a whole list of books I already wanted to read and didn’t really want to add anymore to my list until I had read some off my list. Last week, I sucked it up and started reading Gods and Kings. I am so glad I did.

This book is based on I Kings in the Bible and starts with Ahaz and his reign as King of Judah and ends with his son Hezekiah taking the throne. It also tells about Ahaz’s father and grandfather as well in flashbacks by Hezekiah’s maternal grandfather, Zechariah. It was a VERY interesting and easy read. I finished the entire 300+ pages in three or four days. It talks about Israel and how they turned from God to idolatry. It shows the consequences for turning to idols and it also shows God’s love for His people and reminds Israel of all He brought them out of and how He took care of them throughtout the years.

I have to admit reading the books of I and II Kings in the Bible is something I haven’t done. At least I haven’t read them all the way through. I’ve read some of the other books in the Bible but  I don’t think I’ve read through the two books of the Kings. Reading Gods and Kings has changed my mind on that and I will be reading both I and II Kings as soon as I finish reading this series of five books.

While reading this book, I felt as though I were having a “quiet time” with God the entire time. If this book were mine, I would have highlighted or underlined portions. Being that it wasn’t, I took a few notes and wrote quotes from the book into a notebook. Here are two of the quotes I wrote down that really touched me:

  1. “Yahweh doesn’t owe us an explanation for what He does. He’s sovereign over all….I don’t need to know why anymore.”
  2. “Belief in Yahweh doesn’t come with your mind….It comes with your heart. When you only believe in things you can see with your eyes and touch with your hands, it is idolatry….there’s no difference in God’s eyes. It’s all idolatry.”

This book really struck a chord with me and I’ve already started on the second book in the series which begins with Hezekiah’s reign. I might purchase a copy of this series so I can read it again and mark the books as I go. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

Takedown Twenty

Last week, I finished reading Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich. Again, she is one of my favorite authors because she brings humor to her writing. There were times while reading this book that I laughed out loud and there were times that I had to read portions to my husband and he laughed with me. I have read all twenty books in this series which follows Stephanie Plum. She gets into a LOT of trouble, can’t keep a car to save her life (seriously she has had dump trucks fall on a car, cars exploded by bombs, cars shot at, and so much more), and her relationships with Lula, Ranger, and Morelli are enough fodder to keep this series going for a LONG time. I really want to know which man she chooses between the two and Grandma Mazur is a hoot and a half. I will forever love this series for light easy reading and a laugh…every time!

Notorious Nineteen

I finished this book last week. Notorious Nineteen is a book written by Janet Evanovich. This is the nineteenth installment in her Stephanie Plum series which is full of mystery and romance all at the same time. Janet Evanovich is one of my favorite authors. She puts a lot of humor into her writing. Stephanie Plum is an especially hilarious character. Her grandmother is MORE than spunky and shot a chicken at the dinner table in the very first novel of this series. Stephanie is torn between two men: Joe Morelli who is a Trenton police officer and Ranger who is mysterious, dangerous, and sexy as all get out. In the first novel, Stephanie lost her job and starts working for her cousin as a bounty hunter.

This series never fails to entertain and this installment is no different. I love her writing as she never ceases to make me laugh out loud even when I’m waiting in line at the DMV or getting the oil changed in my car. I am the person sitting in the doctor’s waiting room trying to stifle a laugh and not quite always managing it.

If you are looking for a fun, easy, and entertaining read then this is definitely a book you should pick up.