I Write Because..

I write because I see.

I write because I read.

I write because I feel.

I write because I laugh.

I write because I get sad.

I write because I think.

I write because I listen.

I write because I am angry.

I write because I am hungry.

I write because I am happy.

I write for myself.

To express.

To inspire.

To encourage.

To release.

To hope.

To continue.

I write because I love.

I write because I feel loved.

I write.

Sometimes. Oftentimes.

For no reason at all.

I just write.

How I Started Reading for Pleasure

I’ve started 2018 right by reading a couple of books despite my busy schedule. It’s difficult to squeeze in time for reading when I’ve got other activities, but I’m sooo loving the feeling of being encouraged, empowered or inspired after reading a book so I’m going to keep on this pace.

Last year, a friend of mine recommended that I use Kindle just so he can give me the book he recommended. It was easy to download the app, but quite difficult to actually receive the book if it’s purchased in the US and I’m here in the Philippines. After so many back and forth, I was able to receive the book, and the rest is me buying a bunch of books from Amazon, and getting encouraged. 😁

I love reading fiction whether romance, suspence, science fiction or a thriller even before I became a Christian. However, after becoming one, it has been a struggle to read books I know would not help me in my walk with God. So, when a colleague recommended a Christian fiction novel way back when I was in GenSan, I started devouring on these kinds. Since then, I always set aside part of my income for books to read during free time. And now with ebooks, not reading a book will just be some lame excuse.

Here’s the books I’ve read and I’ve been wanting to read, for my future reference:

Legend:

Read, Wanting to Read

Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

  • series of Christian novels dealing with the End Times
  1. Left Behind
  2. Tribulation Force
  3. Nicolae
  4. Soul Harvest
  5. Apollyon
  6. Assassins
  7. The Indwelling
  8. The Mark
  9. The Desecration
  10. The Remnant
  11. Armageddon
  12. Glorious Appearing
  13. Kingdom Come

Loren Legacies by Pittacus Lore

  • series of young adult science fiction
  1. I Am Number Four
  2. The Power of Six
  3. The Rise of Nine
  4. The Fall of Five
  5. The Revenge of Seven
  6. The Fate of Ten
  7. United as One

Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers

  • series of five historical fiction novellas about the women of the Bible
    • Unveiled
    • Unashamed
    • Unshaken
    • Unspoken
    • Unafraid

Sons of Encouragement by Francine Rivers

  • series of five historical novellas about the men in the Bible
  • The Priest
  • The Warrior
  • The Prince
  • The Prophet
  • The Scribe

Elizabeth Elliot books

  • Passion and Purity
  • Let Me Be a Woman
  • Mark of a Man
  • Quest for Love

Eric and Leslie Ludy books

  • When God writes my Love Story
  • The Set Apart Woman

Joshua Harris Books

  • I Kissed Dating Goodbye
  • Not even a Hint
  • Boy Meets Girl

Other books by Francine Rivers

  • Redeeming Love
  • Atonement Child
  • Mark of the Lion Series
  • The Masterpiece
  • Bridge to Haven

Dan Brown Books

  • Angels and Demons
  • Da Vinci Code
  • The Lost Symbol
  • Digital Fortress

The Year we Became Invincible by Mae Cuito

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Gateway to Dreams by Teresa Ward

Journey to Heaven by Marvin Besteman

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Vol. 1 & 2

The Smuggler’s Quest by Lily Bear

A Warrior’s Faith by Robert Vera

Lineage of Grace & Sons of Encouragement

For the past month, I have been reading the book series Lineage of Grace and Sons of Encouragement by Francine Rivers. I have been affected by these books in such a way that it is necessary to blog about the wisdom and the faith I’ve learned along the way.

 

For my next series of posts, I’ll be sharing my thoughts about each book as an answer to the Seek and Find portion. I hope that you’ll bear with me and be encouraged eventually.

 

To start, I’ll give you a background as to why I’ve chosen the series. As a Christmas present, a friend gave Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. I enjoyed reading the book as it allowed me to immerse into the author’s unconscious and conscious mind about the protagonist’s coming of age while in the university. It talked about love, death, depression, sex and how these can affect the person mentally and emotionally. However, the after-effect of the book made me go back to the reason why I veered away from books dealing with such things:

 

Depression is just lurking any time of the day, and my mind is a battleground I need to defend from the enemies. Whatever I put into my mind will affect me spiritually, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Books and music are my weapons to keep defending my battleground against the enemy.

 

I have been depressed for a few days, so when I chanced upon Francine Rivers (my fave author) and her book series in Kindle Store, I bought the books and was not disappointed so far. Here’s a quick description of each series:

 

  • Lineage of Grace is a book compilation about the stories of five women in the Bible who have become part of the lineage of Abraham to Jesus Christ. These women — Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary — have been mentioned in the Bible for their faith in God, and their stories tell about the risks they have to take to show their faith and fulfill their calling. This book has been 2009 Retailer’s Choice Award winner, and no wonder why. I have finished 3 of the 5 books and I felt compelled to write my own realizations to share to you.
  • Books included: Unveiled, Unashamed, Unshaken, Unspoken, Unafraidlineage-of-grace_300

 

  • Sons of Encouragement tells us about the stories of five men in the Bible who supported and stood behind the heroes of the faith in their journey to lead the people of God. These men — Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos and Silas had their hearts turned towards God. As each man responded to God’s call to support His chosen leaders, each became a man with courage and purpose, and eventually changed the course of history for the Israelites, and for anyone who believes in God.
  • Books included: The Priest, The Warrior, The Prince, The Prophet, The Scribesons-of-encouragement_3001

So there. A short description apt for the series of posts I’ll be writing in the next days or weeks. Though these series have been only a work of fiction; these, however, definitely gave me an idea on what could have transpired during the old testament times. It arouse in me faith like no other, especially when reading the miracles God made through Moses and Joshua. I admit, I have a hard time reading through the old testament, but these work of fiction gave me a reason to look forward to reading those stories in the Bible again.

 

For anyone interested in reading the books in the series, I highly recommend it! You can even refer to the Old Testament stories in the Bible if you wanted to have a peek at what will happen at the end. Hehe.

 

Lastly, the books are good for group discussion with its Seek and Find portion. Definitely, if you’re up to learning more and applying it to your daily life, you can answer those and have a conversation with your trusted friends. These will be a good introspection practice on your end. 🙂