The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I was drawn to this book by the title.  It sounded intreating, so I decided to buy it.

The narrator of the book is Death, as in a Grim Reaper type character.  The story is about a girl named Liesel.  She lives in Nazi Germany, with her foster parents.  Her brother died on the train ride to their foster home, which lead to her first act of book thievery.

Liesel struggled to adjust to her new family life and new school.  However, she had a scrappy attitude that won her the respect of the other kids in the neighborhood.

In spite of the hatred around them, she learns compassion and love from her foster parents.  She also learns about courage and how to survive during difficult times.

The book is a bit weird, but interesting.  I thought it was interesting and thought provoking.

Sci-Fi Fan Part-Time

I am not a Sci-Fi fanatic, but I do enjoy the genre.  I guess I am more of a part-time Sci-Fi fan.  Anyway, I like Sci-Fi films and books for three main reasons.

  • It makes me feel as if the future is full of unlimited potential.
  • The scenarios are creative and complex.
  • The characters overcome extreme obstacles to defeat evil in whatever form it may take.

If you are a Sci-Fi fan or fanatic, let me know why it appeals to you.  I’m curious.

 

Who Controls You?

Who controls you?  Do you have an internal or an external locus of control?

Those who believe outside forces completely determine what will happen to them, have an external locus of control.  They view obstacles as insurmountable and believe they are unable to change their life circumstances.

Those who believe they can impact their life through their own actions, have an internal locus of control.  They are not immune to unfortunate  events, trauma, or other obstacles.  However, they focus on finding solutions to their problems.

It is important to notice, bad things happen to people in both groups.  The difference is in how they view negative events and in how they deal with the problems created by those events.

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This Ain’t Nothing

This song has great meaning to me and I find it inspirational.  First, it reminds me to remember what’s important in my life.  Second, it makes me think about all the hardships, obstacles, and even the horrible experiences that almost destroyed me in the past.

I am still here.  I am an overcomer, so I know I can handle whatever life throws my way.  I look at the newest obstacles in my life, think about what I already conquered, and say to myself, “This ain’t nothing.”

 

  • As a side note, I apologize to all the grammar police out there.  You can send your completes to Craig Morgan, if it makes you feel better.

The Last Time I Saw You Alive

My brother died three years ago today.  I keep thinking about the last time I saw him alive.  We spent the day eating pizza and playing air hockey.

Three years ago, I lost my brother, Gwen lost her father, and Mom lost her son.  Our family was shaken to the core and the struggle to overcome this loss still continues.

Aaron Thaler – We miss you more than words can say.

 

 

 

Hoping and Enduring (Matthew 10)

Jesus sent out the twelve apostles to preach the gospel and minister to the people.  He warned them of the possibility of persecution and encouraged them.  Jesus also told them to not be afraid, because their faithfulness will be rewarded.

It is easy to lose hope in the moment.  At times, the world looks bleak and the mission appears to be failing.  Some people will even mock your efforts.

It is important to remember, there is a bigger picture that we cannot see.  It’s like looking a few puzzle pieces and trying to understand what they represent.

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God knows how each piece fits together.  What I do is only one piece of the puzzle and what you do is another piece.  In time each piece will come together and the entire picture will be known.

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When you feel discouraged and it seems hopeless, remember you are only seeing a piece of the puzzle.  With hope and endurance, continue your good work and know the picture will be revealed in time.