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Book Update; entry 4

Apparently, I skipped listing a book here that I finished previously, so I will amend that now. Caution, please note that in my second “review,” I do diverge a little into some Christian theology that not everyone will agree with. Also, apparently I am feeling wordy today.

9. Ghost Ship – Star Trek: TNG #1
I may have neglected to mention this one because it was… not good. I have to give it a little slack given that the author had basically zero character info before writing it (it was written before the first episode aired and all she had was the script for Encounter at Farpoint and some character notes). But there are some characteristically un-Star Trek things about it as well. The most prominent one is the racism that Troi feels (even though it is completely unwarranted) due to her mother’s side being Betazoid – the term “mind-slut” still really sticks out and I finished this book almost a month ago and have read three things since. That’s really outside the vision of Roddenberry’s world. Really. Trust me on this. The other thing that bothered me was Data’s use of contractions – sporadic and wrong. But no matter how you slice it, it was a decent ST:TNG story – if you take the story alone and take out the characterization problems. To sum up, I didn’t throw the book across the room, which is a good thing.

10. Forsaking All Others
This is the second book (in the series of 2?) about Camilla Fox and her life (and unfortunate plural marriage) in the early days of the Mormon church. I devoured this book, just like I did the first one. Allison Pittman is a very good writer, and a good Christian writer too. I am very picky about the Christian fiction that I read, I don’t know why.

(Warning, below this line lies my thoughts on theological things…)
I also realized why marriage has always been held up as the relationship between Christ (the bridegroom) and the Church (his bride). John 14:6 coupled with Ephesians 5:22-33 shows us that in the divine sense, there is only one bride for Christ ∴ there should be only one bride for a man. I think the idea of marriage as a model for the relationship between us and our savior is a beautiful concept and one we should keep in mind.

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Book Update; entry 3

7. This Present Darkness

8. All Living

Both highly recommended if you’re into christian fiction. There’s a reason Frank Peretti is “a name”. 🙂

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Brand New Day



I love Fireflight, especially their Unbreakable album. But tonight, listening to Brand New Day (song above), my heart broke anew. Because of Mom.

And I can hear You say
It’s a brand new day
The pain goes away
I’m headed for the door
And I’m going home

She’s home. And I’m missing her. And I’m feeling disconnected from the world, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But, the pain’s not going away, even though it is a brand new day.

There are still things that make me think that things will never be good again, that I can never do anything new again, because I can’t share it with her. But for the most part, things are OK and that scares me.

Pain is an old friend. And while my grief and grieving is new, these feelings are not. Depression felt a lot like this and these echoes are familiar. I’m not familiar with the other end of the spectrum and so I feel guilty when the sadness is not there.

Crying in the shower is not as counterproductive as it sounds.