Christianity

My Favourite Spiritual Quotes!

November 29, 2015

Hello Spirit-Seekers!

I hope that you all are doing phenomenally well! I certainly am (not, hahaha)
I finally got together some spiritual quotes that I love, and know that  I really have a lot, Whoops! (or at least a lot more than I really should)

I previously made a blog post on this, only it was Biblical quotes, and if you want to see it, click here!

So I have a We Heart It account (click here to see it!) and I have been using it a lot recently to browse Spiritual Content during my Quiet Times (which I really want to do a post on, once I have sort of gotten back into doing them and perfect them... I digress)

Disclaimer:
I don't own any of these gorgeous, beautiful photos! I will credit any author if they contact me, as I haven't seen the authors as I have taken these off of a social media website. I don't mean to infringe any copyright. All rights go to the creators :(

P.S. This is actually my home screen on my phone. :D

Books

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry- Review

November 22, 2015

Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry

I received this book for free from the publisher to review, however all opinions are my own and the review is completely unbiased.

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry is a novel about a girl called Emily who has lived in sunny Florida all her life. Her mother came from Kentucky, a place far away from her and left her past there, starting afresh with her daughter as a baby.

During a lengthened trip to Kentucky, Emily realises that the safe home and life she had lived for so long wasn't really reality, and secrets begin to unravel and her past becomes clearer as she finds out the truth about her family.

As well as this, she meets mysterious Oz, a bad boy with the reputation to go alongside it. But she learns a lot about him, and he already knows a lot about her. They both want something; Oz to join the Reign of Terror, a prestigious Kentucky biker gang and Emily wants to find out the truth about her family. And they have to work together if they both want to get their way.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really interesting and definitely different compare to the other YA novels out there. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting from it, but that is good.

The characters and setting were well thought out and I think that McGarry did really well with that. I loved feeling like I was hanging out in Snowflake with the characters.

In terms of the writing, I really got into it, and it was really professional yet easy to read. I feel that with Netgalley, they tend to skip letters like 'fl' and 'fi'. I guess that is to stop people from copying the novel. But that is pretty frustrating when the story is set in a place called Snowflake.

The reason the novel lost a star is because it was really angst-y and I wasn't really into that. The teenage love was all hot and steamy body parts and lusting over each other and that frankly, wasn't very appealing. I would have rather Oz and Emily liked each other because of their quick wit and then realized how hot each other were, but hey ho.

I still really enjoyed this book and it won't stop me from reading the rest of the Thunder Road novels, and I definitely want to try some more of McGarry's writing. Just bear in mind that some of the writing in the book isn't really suitable for younger teens.

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NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo- Half Way Through! NaNoWriMo 2015

November 20, 2015

(Image Courtesy of National Novel Writing Month)

Hey Guys,

I hope that you didn't expect too much of me.... All of words have been going into my word count. Sorry!

I thought I would quickly make a post with a couple of things I have been doing to write more. 

Tip 1:
Reward yourself
My best friend during the month of November are my darling Pringles. And shortbread. Christmas offers are starting with good time! Take advantage; make the cashiers hate you and think you are secretly feeding a hoard of sweet-toothed children. Clear out whatever s left of the Halloween sweets, if it's too late a box of Celebrations will do! Just take them all! *insert mouth stuffing emoji*
Hang on, don't you dare just pig out until you have got that day's word count! Hide the sweets or hold someone accountable for them. Let yourself a sweet every 500, 1000 words. Reward yourself every 150 or 200 words when you pass your goal; you'll be more tempted to carry on if you have a bigger incentive!
I let myself have 3 Pringles every 400 words because I write quite slowly, but at the start of NaNo I did it once every 750 words! 6 or 7 (or 35) Pringles can get me through the day!
(Until I have a mental breakdown lol.)

Tip 2:
Surround yourself with inspiration
Write little post its, set reminders on your phone, do anything that reminds you that YOU HAVE 1,667 WORDS TO WRITE TODAY. even if you let your mum ring you up every day at 5pm to ask you if you've done your word count, that is enough. I think that it's really helpful and I would definitely recommend this!

You shouldn't forget anyways, but this is also a brilliant reminder that you really shouldn't procrastinate.
Procrastination
Is
Bad.

Tip 3:
Watch other people.
I find seeing how other people are doing extremely helpful. Have Writing Buddies. Watch vlogs, talk about it with your friends! Tweet me! @IamRachA201 if you have no one to chat too! (That'd make me smile!) I'll tell you how rubbishy I am doing and you'll feel better.
I only have one friend doing NaNo and I don't see her much, so I challenged myself to always be in the Top 5 of my writing buddies. I go up to my Writing Buddies on the NaNo website and go from 'Word Count- High to Low' and by the end of that day, I need to be in the top five or on the front page. Then I do it and sleep
Otherwise I watch Katytastics old vlogs. mandiLynn, ThenewCSLewis, Christina Horner, people like that. They are great and help me a lot. Because sometimes it's better to watch people fall over, it helps you to stand up.

Tip 4:
Enjoy!
No one is forcing you to do NaNoWriMo (and if they are then that's sad... I'm sorry) but enjoy what your writing, or else it just isn't worth it, okay? Life is too short to waste time doing the stuff that stresses you out! (Unless it's working, eating or sleeping. I hold no responsibility of you don't, sorry.  

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Christianity

#PrayforParis 13/11/15

November 14, 2015


I wrote this poem in memory of the massacre that happened in Paris on Friday 13th Of November, that left many people dead.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

I hope you like it.
In Memory of the dead in the massacre, and my response to those who did this.
C'etait affreux



I hear on the news 100 Frenchmen dead
Paris is crying
I kneel at the end bed and pray
"My Lord, why would you let this be?"
I say
"We all mourn the dead
These men run around, and they kill and slay
But what makes this worse, is they do it in your name.
They have made Your Love in a dirty bloodstained game."

He replied to me.
"It was not in my honour
That these men slay
They praise gods of violence
Make the innocent people pay.
I made a promise I would not intervene
I told myself, not even for an Islamic regime.
I gave you free will, and I want to take it back
For some people a conscience they lack, and they are ruthless
Bringing shame on their families
In the name of me, but I am not who they praise
Their Allah, their God, is one of war, and they are dazed
By greed and sin and Satan and war
They have turned their back on their Father’s law
They have put my name in vain, they have bloodstained hands
But a grin is on their faces as they sing my praise.
Rebuke them, my followers, but love them the same
As I said Love thy neighbour, even through darkness and pain
As I said forgive those who sin, although they stain my name
As I said through Jesus, I love you all the same"

There are more angels in heaven
But more bodies on Earth
People mourn, people cry.
As their loved ones die.
But I will love you even more.
As even before you were born,
You came from above.
Before you were thought of,
You had eternal love.
Show evil what good can do.
Let them not see what they have done to you.


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