Book Review: Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God

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screenshot_2017-02-21-16-03-56-1-2I can’t be more grateful to have read this amazing book—Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God—just in time for Love Month! How sweet it is to be reading letters these days…

Reading the book felt like having a face-to-face conversation with the author. All throughout the read, it seemed like the author knew me personally as she’s gone through the same experiences I had. I’ve been encouraged and reminded of how much God loves me and how great and enough that love is. This made me realize that most of the disciplines that I have now are healthy, although I still need to work on some.

I love how she plays with words; Ms. Isa Garcia is a certified wordsmith! Reading the book made me want to meet the author in the near future as we have a lot of things in common—we share a lot of the same sentiments. I’m thankful for the author’s courage to share her heart with us, readers.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

1. “Love is the Man who takes the blame, who feels the whip on His battered back, and carries a wooden beam. He climbs the hill, and is nailed to the cross even though he did no wrong, all because of love.”
2. “Your heart’s not glass. It’s made of far better and tougher stuff.”
–> This one’s for those who are afraid to love again.
3. “Going along with someone is to know that to share love — no matter how brief or how long the moment — is always a privilege. The space we get to love somebody is always just enough.”
–> This reminded me to savor every moment.
4. “So many of the things you say Yes to in life will determine who you are and where you’ll end up. Your Yes is far too sacred to be squandered.”
–> This is something we should be reminding ourselves of every once in a while.
5. “When you leave, you begin to understand the worth of what you have walked away from.”
6. “I want to be sought after for the way that I love, for my capacity to inspire, for a big faith.”
7. “Truth is just that: The thing that stands tall even after everything else has crumbled away.”

–> I love how she defines truth in this book.

The calligraphy artworks included in the book are a breath of fresh air—wow! Check them out!

Found is available at OMF Lit and Passages Bookshops and PCBS branches nationwide (stock availability varies per bookshop) and through their online store: passagesbooks.com.

It is also available as an ebook through the following:
Amazon
Google Play Books

[ I received a complimentary digital copy of the book. This review is part of the blog tour for Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God. ]

Willing To Wait?

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day-009-january-9Who wants to wait really if there is another option? We have a lot of things to do, right? Why wait? If we want something, we want them now! We think waiting is costly… And we’re right! Most of the time when we wait, we run out of patience, we feel awkward, and our schedule gets ruined. We hate it! We don’t want to wait. On the contrary, there is beauty in waiting. While we wait, we get to think straight. We get to weigh the pros and cons of our choices. We see things in a different light. Our character gets molded.

I wanted a hot and crispy chicken tonight, but I was asked to wait for 20 minutes. What? 20 minutes?!

Willing to wait!

Transitions

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Change usually makes us uncomfortable. It’s inevitable sometimes. It can be intimidating yet exciting at the same time! Change may not always be in our favor, but it’s like a bridge that gets us from one point to another.

Before 2016 ended, I had already anticipated that 2017 is gonna be a year of sundry transitions for me. Today marks the start.

Last Day

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007-january-7January 7 was the last day that this is going to appear on my timeline. It has been 4 years. That was swift! I still remember the first time I got elected. I couldn’t believe how it all happened. Was I just in the right place at the right time? No. I believe it’s God’s will. I may not understand God’s ways sometimes, but I rest in the fact that wherever He takes me, He’ll sustain me… And so He did.

“Lord, thank You for standing in the fire beside me. Thank You for sustaining me through it all. I couldn’t have done anything good otherwise.”

Someone Too Special

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Do you know someone who gets out of his comfort zone to take care of others’ needs? Someone who works hard but remembers to do everything with love? Someone who inspires others by merely doing his tasks? Someone who leads with passion and wisdom? Someone who’s generous even when he doesn’t have much? Someone who never runs out of creative juices? Someone who makes others feel appreciated?

Thank God I do!

P.S. To me, that someone is my eldest brother, Kuya Dennis!  Thank you for everything Adidas!

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