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Doomsday

Posted on: May 21, 2011

So if you haven’t heard, today, according to Harold Camping, is supposed to be the beginning of the end. The day of rapture when God‘s people are taken up into heaven and the rest left to suffer for five months before the ultimate end of the world.

Now obviously this theory is a bust as it’s now the 22nd in Australia and other parts of the world and we’re all still here. No earthquake occurred to resurrect the souls that had already passed on and no global disaster has ensued.

While everyone is off having a laugh at this man I feel kind of sorry for him. I mean he must be crushed by the fact that something he believed in so profoundly was wrong. But that’s the price you pay for playing the prediction game.

I wish people would just stop making predictions. I mean it’s not just him there have been tons of predictions about when the end will be. There was 1989, Y2K and the looming 2012 among others.

This does nothing to help Christianity. All it does is to push non-believers further away from the truth. They’re acting like the boy who cried wolf. If every couple of years someone tells you the world is going to end at some point you’re going to stop believing them and everything they say.

Now, do I believe God will return for his people?

Yes!

Do I believe someone will be able to pinpoint the day and the hour?

No!

God is going to come in his own time, in his own way and all you have to do is make sure you’re ready. It’s as simple as that.

The rapture could happen today, tomorrow, ten million years from now. If you’re ready it doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t.

People need to stop trying to predict when the world is going to end and just start preparing themselves for their inevitable end.

We’re all going to die, there’s no way around that and there is no repentance in death. So if we focus on getting ready before we die instead of worrying about when the rapture will be, then we’ll be fine.

So let’s get ready together. 🙂

Title: The Notebook

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Published: 2004

Description: A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn’t understand. Until he begins to read to her. The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love, a story of miracles that will stay with you forever.
Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.
Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape. (Taken from Shelfari)

I’ll admit after my recent let down with A Walk to Remember I was a little skeptical going into this one. I had all my rules laid out in my head and I was ready to face the reality that the book might not live up to the movie in my eyes.

However I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this book immensely. It was a great romance that had me choking up in the end even though I knew exactly how it was going to end.

The movie takes a very linear path, the story he reads her starts when they met, then moves on to their summer together, the break up, the reunion, and ends with the choice. The story in the book however starts in the middle, right before the reunion with only flashbacks to the past. Although I enjoyed seeing the romance blossom in the movie it was quite evident from the flashbacks just how great their love was without going over it moment by moment.

The moments that grabbed me the most in the book however was whenever the story would come back to the present, back to them in their old age. The book does such an amazing job at showing you just how much Noah loves Allie, just how deep this love runs and how powerful it really is. I don’t think the movie brought such a deep emotion with it, probably because you miss the details while watching a movie, you’re looking at the big picture the big story. However for a book to work the author has to describe the scene in such detail that you’ll have a mental image to enhance the story for you.

Even if you’ve watched this movie a million times and it’s your favourite movie of all time, they have such subtle differences and the book evokes so much emotion that I think you’d still enjoy it immensely.

I recommend this book to everyone and I give it a five out of five.

That was my second book for my Nicholas Sparks Book Challenge. I read it in April but due to my hectic exam schedule I’m just getting around to reviewing it.

How are your book challenges going? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂

Freedom!

Posted on: May 12, 2011

Today is officially the second day of summer!

My final exam ended at 6pm on May 10th and I was so so very VERY happy.

So happy that I went home and slept like there was no tomorrow.

I know I know that doesn’t sound very exciting but when you’re as tired as I was it was simply heavenly.

Imagine the joys of going to sleep and knowing that when you awake the following morning there would nothing demanding your attention.

No exams to study for, no papers to write, no labs to finish, no classes to attend.

You were going to enjoy a day or pure, clean, unadulterated NOTHINGNESS!

It was a wonderful feeling and thanks to my wonderful parents I got to wake up to my dream world.

I got up at 10 and everyone was gone, the house was mine and I could do whatever I wanted with my day.

Granted while I was studying I had set aside this day to catch up on all the chores I had avoided due to my crazy exam schedule.

I’d even named the clean up Operation Whirlwind.

But after awaking to my lovely dream I couldn’t ruin it by doing housework. That would ruin the point of the first day of summer.

So I put Operation Whirlwind off till the weekend and enjoyed my day.

I watched House and NCIS and played Mario on my brother’s Gameboy.

All in all it was a great day that left me rested and relaxed to enjoy the freedom of summer.

How was your first day of summer? Did you sleep it away, party it away or relax it away?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Summer! 🙂


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