Today may be the last.


Today, you may find yourself in a place so simple—a squalid building, with no air conditioning, no whimsical musical equipment, an old pulpit, low-tech microphones, and the same old routines—but may you realize that today, you are already in the best place you could ever be.

You may not like everything you see now, but soon, when you’re gone, when you’re already far away from all the things you now endure looking at, using, or doing, you’ll realize that you’ve already been in the exact place you’ve been praying for all this time. You would wish you could turn back time, but that’s never gonna happen. Thus, while you’re there, savor every moment.

Give your heart. Give your time. Give your undivided attention. Give yourself. Give your all.

You do not have all the time. Today may be the last time you could sing, dance, play the guitar, listen to the Word, place your tithes in the offering box, share your testimony, and shake the hands of your churchmates while telling them that you’re happy to have them.

Today may be the last.

No high-paying profession, no material things, no opportunity to travel and witness wonderful views first-hand, and no great achievement or noble dream of yours could ever compare to being in the very heart of God.

You have been enlisted in God’s service. You are serving the King of kings.

Stick with God. Don’t leave. Never even think about it. The grass may be greener on the other side, but remember that the One who made that seemingly greener pasture has perfectly placed you where you currently are.

He’s got great plans, which absolutely are way better than yours.

If today, you are already part of a ministry, or you are in a church where Jesus is preached, hang in there. You’re in the right place. However, please don’t just stay. Listen to Him. Really listen. Live out His Word at home, at school, at work, and in the streets. Remain in His presence during indoor church gatherings and when you’re outside of church studying or working. Grow. Don’t get stuck. Avoid all distractions.

Fall in love with Him before you go looking for someone else to give your love away.

Today, you could be anywhere else; but God is so good that He’s brought you exactly where you are because He thinks that’s where you need to be…. only a breath away from Him.

OMF Lit At MIBF 2017


I have bought a few of my favorite books from OMF Literature, such as All The Places To Go (John Ortberg) and Passion (Louie Giglio). The majority of the books I have I have won through various OMF online contests!

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You play a huge part in my bookworm journey. Indeed, you’ve awakened the bookworm in me some ten years ago! Thank you so much, OMF! ❤

For the past years, I’ve been using books from OMF Literature for both our weekly Youth Group Bible Study gatherings and Kids’ JAM School (JCEF Church’s Children’s Ministry).

We have already finished the book Mga Gabay Sa Pag-aaral Ng Biblia (Aklat 1) by Bertram Lim, which I won from an OMF online contest a few years ago. We’re now using Bible Study Guides (Volume 3) by the same author for our Youth Group Bible Study gatherings.

It’s going to be my second time to attend the Manila International Book Fair this 2017, and I couldn’t be any more excited! Yiiiiiiiha! 😍

The following promos and books heighten my excitement! Check them out!

Take note that the books featured above are only some of the books that will go on sale for 20-30% discount during the MIBF 2017. There are still more!

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They also have BOOK BUNDLES!

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For more thrilling PROMOS, check these out:

Click here for a FREE Entrance Ticket to MIBF 2017. You can also save and print the image below:


Below are the complete details to get you going:
September 13-17, 2017
Aisle I at the SMX Convention Center
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Click here for more details!

SEE YOU THERE, Bookworm Friends!!! 😉

Book Review: The Awakening of HK Derryberry


Full Title:
The Awakening of HK Derryberry: My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything
Author: Jim Bradford
Contributor: Andy Hardin

It was an ordinary day last year when I saw a post made by W Publishing Group on Facebook. I thought it was already late for me to enter the giveaway, but I still took my chances. Not a day passed when the announcement of the winners was posted.

You bet!
I won a signed copy of the book: The Awakening of HK Derryberry! Wow! Talk about an unexpected gift that would later on amaze me! Add to all that the wonderful pleasure of being friends with HK’s grandmother. Hi, Grammy!

This was a book feature I put up last year:

All right! Let’s start with the book cover. It’s simple yet one that will make you want to look at it nonstop.

TAOHD book coverI love that the book includes a few photos of HK, Mr. Bradford and his wife, Grammy, and some famous athletes.

HK and Mr. Bradford’s story is inspirational yet sprinkled with a lot of humor, and I loved it!

This book made me admire Mr. Bradford’s sincere efforts to reach out to HK, which wouldn’t have happened had not Grammy cooperated.

Every chapter has just enough number of pages, so it never bored me at all.

Reading this book made me feel like I’ve been with HK in all his adventures and amazing encounters.

I recommend this book to people whose family members have special needs or disabilities, to those who need some inspiration, and to those who want to have a new perspective on life.

This book will drive you out of your comfort zone and will make you want to love others instead of being content with receiving the same. By then, you’ll be able to see life with a fresh pair of eyes and say: “Lovely, lovely, lovely.”

Oh by the way, this book received the 2017 Audie Winner: Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction Audiobook and Earphones Award from Audiofile Magazine.

Pick up a copy of The Awakening of HK Derryberry through the following links:
Barnes & Noble
Christian Book
Powell’s Books

Book Review: Under A Desert Sky


Full Title:
Under a Desert Sky: Redefining Hope, Beauty, and Faith in the Hardest Places
Lynne Hartke

I love this book—cover, content, everything about it. This became an addition to my favorite books right away after reading just a few pages. The introduction got me crying so early.

I do not know anyone close to me who has cancer, but that did not become a hindrance in any way for me to be able to relate to this “difficult beautiful” story.

All throughout the read, I was so amazed at how the author used ordinary words to convey her and her lovely family’s extraordinary story. Her writing was creative, dramatic yet so genuine.

I love how the author incorporated the Word of God into her actual experiences that were written in this book. I also appreciate the author’s candor to tell her story as precisely as possible.

Under A Desert SkyThis made me realize how life can get all too complex and impossible but still beautiful and pleasurable because of who God is and what He does. My emotions got so mixed up that I’ve cried countless times during the entire read.

Even before I got to the end of the book, my hope and courage got reactivated. I was reassured that God is going to be with me in all seasons of this life. I’m more than grateful to have had the chance to devour this book.

I recommend this amazing work to people who are desperate for hope or those who want to see life in a different light. You’ll find what you’re looking for UNDER A DESERT SKY. You’re welcome! 😉

P.S. I thank God for Ms. Lynne Hartke (the author) for answering my questions and assuring me (when I thought the book got lost somewhere as it took a long time) by sending emails to make sure the book would reach me by any means. Awesome, isn’t she? I’m also grateful for the wonderful note cards (made by her daughter) that went alongside the book. Wow!

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Pick up a copy of Under a Desert Sky through the following links:
Baker Book House

Barnes & Noble
Christian Book
Powell’s Books

The Search For Truth


I was on my way to church when I learned that I didn’t have enough coins to pay for a ride, so I handed a bill to the driver instead. When I was given coins as change, I looked to see if I received the right amount—no more, no less. I checked, or so I thought. When it was time for me to use the coins for another trip, that’s the time I noticed that one of them was an arcade token. 

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All this time, we might be embracing something we thought was true. Our hearts will break the moment we find out we’ve been consuming a lie. We could have known from the outset, but we didn’t because we’re too preoccupied to notice. When everything becomes routine, we become incognizant of our every thought, word, and action. We’re awake but all too often we seem asleep. We’re physically present but our minds wander elsewhere. When truth slaps us on the face, only then will we be really awake. It’s exacting to distinguish what’s real from what’s not if we’re going to give it divided attention. Scrutiny takes time; but it’s never wrong to invest time to closely look knowing we’ll earn truth as the profit.