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:

“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.”


“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.

“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.

“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.

“When you leave, you begin to understand the worth of what you have walked away from.”

“I want to be sought after for the way that I love, for my capacity to inspire, for a big faith.”


“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. ]

The Search

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I’ve been trying to read “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn via the WORDsearch app, but something has been making it hard for me to do so. There might be some glitch or something, which I already reported to the developer. Still I’ve thought of getting back to reading it every once in a while. Just last month, I saw it at a bookstore, and it was a hardcover edition! OH MY!!! 😍

I couldn’t afford it at the time, so I had to pass up the chance to finally own it and smell its pages. 😢 Since then, I couldn’t get it out of my head. It’s an awful case of finding the right book at the wrong time… 💔

Fast-forward to today, I’ve already moved on. I’ve learned to accept the things I cannot change. 😉 Earlier today, I had to buy some stuff. Then I remembered there’s a branch of the same bookstore where I was going, so I thought of taking a glimpse of their collection of books. I might just find “Heaven” there! 😍

A few seconds after I went out of the store, I checked my watch. The supposed “glimpse” had taken me almost two hours! 😱 I might not have found “Heaven,” but these made my heart full! 😍

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In life, we don’t always get what we want… but sometimes, we get more than what we originally wanted! 😉

Attention, Please!

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I was in haste and on a mission to catch someone earlier today. I had to meet her or all preceding efforts would be in vain.

I was about to cross the street. There was a private vehicle approaching. I waited for it to get past me. Then I took two steps forward all the while looking to my left to see if there’s another one. There was none, so I went on. As I looked to my right while taking another step, I bumped into the rear end of the vehicle that I thought was already distant or at least far enough for me to completely get to the other side. That one caught me by surprise! But I still managed to laugh at myself. Nyahahaha… 😄

How often does a person bump into a car instead of the car bumping into the person? Unusual, it is! Isn’t that what happens when we are always in a hurry? Miscalculated mishaps here and there. We get annoyed by the littlest of things. We get so focused on where we want to be that we don’t care anymore how we get there. In five years or less, one may be in a different situation—the one he’s worked hard for, but he may also become a different person—the one he’s never wanted to be. Hence, paying attention to what we’re becoming as we work hard to reach our goals is of great importance.

The Wind Beneath

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Day 011 January 11When schedules get tight, workload gets heavy, sleep becomes elusive, we thank God for the people who understand and support us all the way. They make our burdens bearable. We know we are blessed because we have them by our side. Their just being there is enough to overwhelm us in a positive way. We are only able to go on with whatever we’re tasked to do because of them. They’re the wind beneath our wings.

As for me, it’s always been my family who has sacrificed a great deal in order for me to do what I love to do. They have allowed me to spread my wings wide enough to get past through what’s in front of me. Aside from family, I thank God for friends who also extend their support in some ways.

P.S. I thought I had many Facebook likers; but after taking a second look, all I had was my mother!

 

Book Review: Shaken

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Full Title: Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms
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I was super excited to own a copy of this book because I thought it was going to be a great read, and I was right! This book went over my expectations.

Prior to reading this book, I didn’t know much about Tim Tebow although I’ve already been hearing and reading about how he’s been living out his faith. Then there goes football. What do I have to do with football? I know not a single thing, not to mention playing the game itself. I neither want to watch it on TV.

On the contrary, this book made me admire Tim Tebow—how he’s kept his faith in Jesus despite all the pressures of being a celebrity, how proud he is of being a Christian, and how he turned down a million-dollar deal… Whoa! He made me admire Jesus more than I admire him, so mission accomplished!

And oh, I was so delighted to discover that Tim was born here in the Philippines, and how much his father loved the Filipino people. I never thought I’d be able to identify with Tim Tebow at all, but through this book, I did. As I go through circumstances similar to his, his life story gives me hope.

I love Chapter 3: “Love Matters.” The story about the guy in the suicide watch is my favorite. What a powerful encounter that was!

I so love the fact that I can watch on YouTube the games that Tim Tebow was talking about in this book. Oh, the quickest overtime win in NFL history—Broncos over Steelers!

This book had me crying here and there as it reminded me of Jesus’ perfect love. The last pages were so awesome that they were able to take me back to my first love.

Order the book here:
Official Website
Amazon | Hardcover, Ebook, Audiobook

[I received a copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.]

Stealth Mode

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day-010-january-10While everyone enjoys the limelight, it’s nice to work behind the scenes sometimes. You can work without the interference of others because they don’t even notice you at all. (All right, that kind of hurts! ) But it doesn’t change the fact that you are part of what’s happening. Working in stealth mode doesn’t make you subservient. You just have to find ways to enjoy ordinary moments, which most people may otherwise find boring. The upside is: you can still keep the fun!