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Books pt 2

Hey everyone,

So I’m absolutely amazed by how many hits my last post got my blog! I was so happy!

So I’m writing another post on the subject. :)

I feel like I didn’t really explain what I meant about the romance novels. I bashed them a bit too much, I’m afraid. I do enjoy them when I’m on vacation and just want some brain-candy reads, and times like that.

But they bother me. A lot.

Girls are told everywhere–ads, friends, movies, music–that the most important thing in life is getting a guy and keeping him. Whatever it takes to keep him, do it. Our identities are tied with who we’re going out with or have gone out with in the past, according to the world.

Unfortunately, it’s a mindset most girls take on without even realizing it. And I think that the same message is given in many Christian romance novels.

Girls, the point of life is not to get married. The point of life is not to find that special guy. The point of life is to live in such a way that a part of heaven shines through you. Anything else is shallow, temporary and unfulfilling. Even if what you’re aiming for is a godly marriage. You need to understand that. Love is amazing, and you have no idea how much I want to meet my future husband. But if love is our first priority, and not God, life has no meaning.

I’m afraid that more and more girls are being fed the lie that life is about marriage, and God is being shoved back a little. Even in Christian romance novels.

Now, like I said, I have nothing against said novels, and I read them, too. I just don’t really enjoy them, and so I only read them when I need a no-brainer book. :) Hey, we all need some brain-candy sometimes. But I just don’t completely agree with the worldview they give. It is possible to have romance in a story without it being the main plotline, and those are the books I love. :)

Now, a couple of you have asked what books I recommend, and so I’m going to give a very short list:

  1. anything by Agatha Christie, especially “and then there were none”
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee–makes me cry every time.
  3. Anything by George Orwell–but make sure to have a study guide kind of thing so that you understand everything he’s talking about. He’s just great. But ask your mom or dad before reading 1984, even though it’s a classic.

Right now I’m actually reading The Cantebury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, written in the end of the 14th century. In the original old English. And yes, I know I’m insane. :P It’s on my iPod, so I can read it while working out. :) Double win! (yeah, it’s free on iBooks if you’re interested)

So what do you think? What are some of your favourite books? If you like Christian romance novels, which are your favourites? I’ll let my sister know, and she’d probably love to have some suggestions!

Becca


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Books

In case you all hadn’t noticed yet, I’m a bit different in a lot of ways. :P

For instance, I really hate reading Christian romance novels. Almost every other girl I know loves reading romance books of some sort–but I really don’t.

The characters are all the same. They’re between 18 and 24, are all gorgeous, and all have at least 3 men ready to carry out any desire she has. And she ends up marrying one of them. And that’s the plot. I know they switch it up every now and then–sometimes the girl marries someone to escape another marriage, but it’s all generally the same.

Or else they’re about the Amish. Who actually fascinate me with their way of living–I dont’ think I could survive without my computer. I think it’s amazing how they live, but all the books on them are exactly the same. Honestly–you can start any Christian romance novel on the Amish people and there is guaranteed to be (a) a shunning, or close to one (b) a fire (c) a stubborn dad.

So I don’t read them. I used to all the time. To the point where it almost was an obsession. But that stage is over. I picked up one book, started to read it, and realized that it was the same as all my other books, and so what’s the point?

I like books that make me think. I love Animal Farm by George Orwell and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is just amazing, and any Agatha Christie book is my favourite. I want to read books that most kids wouldn’t even think of picking up, too, since I want to re-read the Cantebury Tales, since I read it for school a while ago, but I forget it.

What do you like to read?

To make things clear, I am not bashing any romance book, since they definitely are loved by lots of my friends, and my sister collects them insanely. I personally don’t enjoy them because I find them kinda pointless–the point of life isn’t to get married, but something greater than that. I just wish that a lot more books could understand that.

Becca

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What I’ll be up to…

Hey everyone,

So I’m warning you in advance, but I’m not going to be posting very much at all until probably halfway through January, maybe even not until the end of January.

I have some pretty hard courses right now with school, and exams are coming up, and I’m just finding it really hard to keep up with everything, in case you hadn’t noticed.

So I apologize for not responding to comments like I did a little while ago, I’m sorry for the lack of posts, and for not commenting on all of your blogs. But I’m taking a break, and when I come back I’ll be back to my old self. :)

Thanks so much for your patience, and feel free to e-mail me or leave me a comment any time. :)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Becca Danielle

 

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Giving Up Dreams

We find it really easy to surrender some dreams to God. The dream of having the newest car, for one, is an easy one to give up. If you felt that God was asking you to use that money to build wells in third world countries, I’m sure that a lot of people would be ok with it after some thought, even if they had been saving up for a long time.

But what about your dream of getting married?

I know this is a huge one for a lot of girls—it definitely is for me, I’m not going to lie. (If any of my guyfriends are reading this, don’t worry. I won’t be husband-hunting for a while yet. ;) so no cause for alarm) Girls want so badly to be loved—don’t we? I know it isn’t just me. We all want to believe that there’s the perfect guy out for us, and that God is going to present him at just the right time. Not only that, but it’s going to be more romantic than we could ever imagine.

Every Christian girl has their list of the things they need in a husband. It varies from girl to girl, but we all have one. Don’t try to deny it.

But have you ever thought that God might call you to be single?

It’s a scary thought, isn’t it, to most of us? It actually completely scares me—I don’t think I could live alone my whole life. But the point remains—he could call you to be single. He could call me. There’s no way of knowing until the time comes for him to reveal that part of the plan to us.

Would you be willing to hand your dreams of marriage over to God, and allow him to use your life however he sees fit?

Something to think about.

Becca

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What I’ll Never Understand…

Hey everyone,

So today I’m going to be a little more on the light side, since I’ve been thinking recently how we humans are honestly interesting creatures. I’ll never understand some things about either gender.

I’ve narrowed it down to 5 things for each gender. Of course, this being me, it’s still going to be a long post. ;)

What I don’t understand about girls

  1. I’ve never understood why girls put picture on facebook and ask for edits of it. Do you honestly want other girls to be looking so closely at everything about you to make it look perfect? Also, why would you put something on facebook which would be incredibly creepy for a guy to do that wouldn’t be weird at all for a girl to do? I mean, if a guy gave you a photo which he had edited for you, you’d kindly tell him to back off. But if a girl edits a photo for her friend, the conversation goes like this:
    Picture girl: Awww! That’s soooooo x 1million sweet of you!!! I love you soooo much!
    Editing girl: It was no problem!!! You’re SOOOOOOOOOx 1billion pretty! I wish I had your nose!
    Picture girl: You kidding? I wish I had your eyebrows!
    Editing girl: Aww thanks, but really. It was fun editing the photo!!!!! I’ll do another soon!!!

    Now if a guy edited the same picture for the girl, it would go more like this:
    Guy: Uh, I edited this picture of you. Hope you like it.
    Girl: Bug off, creep.

    See what I mean???

  2. Fights over who’s prettier than whom. I mean, I hate it when people reply to comments of “You’re so pretty!” With “Yeah right, but thanks!” or “Not as pretty as you!”
    It’s asking for attention. And it’s annoying. Cut it out. NOW. There`s a really easy reply:
    “Thanks! Right back at ya!”
    Was that so hard?
  3. (boy this is getting long) PERFECT  NAILS.
    I hate it when girls have perfect nails and hands. I’m so jealous.
  4. Vegetarians. I put this under girls because I have yet to meet a male vegetarian.
    How could you live without meat? Honestly? I couldn’t…
  5. Wedding planning.
    Honestly, when someone’s 13, they don’t need to know what colour the pew bows will be. Enough said.

What I don’t understand about guys

  1. Video games.
    I have yet to find a girl who plays them to the same extent that guys do on average. I have never ever understood how someone can play the same game for about a week straight.
  2. Their stupid stunts.
    Why would you jump off a bridge into a river? Why would you try to bike into a pond? Why would you try to run downtown pushing someone in a shopping cart as fast as you can?
    These are all true stories told to me by friends.
  3. Low pants.
    Ok, baggy pants are fine. Even if their hanging a bit low if I don’t see anything I’m ok. But when the crotch is down past the knees so it actually looks like they’re wearing a tight denim skirt over their pants?
    I don’t get it. It doesn’t even look good…
  4. How freakishly skinny they stay for the most part.
    I’ve seen a guy eat a full pizza and a bag of chips and down at least 5 pops in a day (like, the BIG ones) and not even give a thought to his weight. You know why? He’s stick skinny. STILL. And that amount of grease intake wasn’t abnormal, either.
    I don’t get it. (Of course, there are girls like this too, but guys tend not to build up muscle as well as girls do.)
  5. How guys are extremely clueless about some things but can pull random things out of a hat.
    No joke. I reminded one of my guyfriends about something SUPER important that had been planned for months and he completely forgot about it.
    A week later I got my hair cut and the same friend said “Wasn’t the last time you got your hair cut mid April?”

I was so confused how he could remember that and not this huge event our youth group had planned… anyone have the answer?

So yeah. Those are the five things I don’t understand about each gender! What are yours?

Becca

Btw, how do you like the new background? I think I’ve found the right one…

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