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Posts by Jasmine Ruigrok

  1. Sixteen-years-old and terminally ill, Hazel doesn’t have a whole lot of hope for romance until she attends a cancer support group. It is there she meets handsome, charming Augustus Waters, and in that first moment of attraction, Hazel knows her life will never be the same. A story of love and loss amidst the myriad of battles that come with fighting cancer, The Fault in Our Stars has been acclaimed as the Titanic of our generation. But does it live up to the hype? Let’s review. (more…)

  2. They say a good tradesman doesn’t blame his tools. But it has also been said that such a tradesman is only as good as his tools. Although this in no way implies a writer with a crayon cannot write a good story, it is safe to say that inspiration does flow a sight better with the rolling of a good ballpoint pen, or the scratch of a sharpened pencil. Thus, knowing about such tools and the qualities that add to them being worth their salt makes for a good beginning, and that is exactly what I hope to achieve here. (more…)

  3. Every woman was once a little girl with dreams in her heart, a taste for adventure, and a thirst for the romantic. Sadly as time passes, experience often teaches a woman that these ideals are not reality, but merely a childish fantasy. Yet deep within her, she can still feel the restlessness of dreams and passions beckoning; a whisper that she is perhaps something more… If you are that woman, then this book is for you. (more…)

  4. Based on the concept of God “setting before us an open door” that is found in Revelation and coupled with a Dr. Seuss-esque style and appeal, John Ortberg’s latest book encourages people not to submit to the lie that we are meant to stay where we are, but that we are called to rise up and walk through God’s open doors. They may be big, they may be small – from a move across the country, to simply talking to a neighbor for the first time – but one thing is for certain: God has called everyone to an open door. And if we choose to walk through it… Oh! The places we’ll go! (more…)

  5. Desire. How do we define it? Or more importantly, what do we do with it? Many people believe that in order for us to be sanctified, desire should be denied: killed and buried. Others believe if you work hard enough, conjure enough faith and read Psalm 37:4 till it frays at the edges that your desires will come to pass. John Eldredge deviates from both of these popular standpoints to pull apart the true questions of desire – what it is, where it’s from, and how we deal with it in this life as God wills for us.

    We all have heart desires, and they are often a very private and protected part of our souls. So to read a book on this topic where the author made his own heart very vulnerable was quite a personal experience. It opened up old wounds and reawakened the pain of lost hopes and unfulfilled dreams. However, it was a cleansing and healing type of pain. Though it was – in some ways – a heartrending read due to the topic’s intimate nature, it carried a sense of hope. And this is the crux of the entire book. The only way to live with desire, is to carry it with hope for eternity.

    Our only hope for rest from the incessant craving of our desire is in God, and us united to Him.

    The best thing about this book is how well Eldredge takes the ethereal out of eternity. We don’t have an empty hope in heaven, but the assurance that though our yearnings may not be met on this fallen earth, they are guaranteed to be met to the full when we enter that Divine presence of God.

    You see, Scripture tells us that God has ‘set eternity’ in our hearts. Where in our hearts? In our desires.

    We are still left to live out our days in a world where desires are not always met. So what do we do till then? The author goes on to explain just how we are to “live hungry” without killing our dreams, and yet also live free from the burden of trying to arrange our lives. Jesus after all, appealed to everyone’s basic innate desires whilst He was on earth – he promised living water to the thirsty, bread to the hungry, an open door to those who knock, and discovery to those who seek. No matter our desire, the answer is always the same: Jesus.

    I highly recommend this book for many reasons: a better understanding of the reality we live in, and the heaven we’re headed towards, knowing how to hold our dreams and desires in open hands, and a better focus on the One who loves us and truly cares about our hearts desires. Desire is a well formulated and thoughtful read.

    Jasmine

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  6. In Clair’s world, the primary mode of travel is teleportation. AI’s copy a person’s pattern and deliver it perfectly to their destination in less than a minute. The whole world can be travelled in mere hours, and people who live on opposite sides of the globe can attend the same schools. But what would happen if someone altered a person’s pattern before it arrived? What if you could change a person’s appearance? What if you could make someone perfectly beautiful? When a meme claiming this very thing to be possible goes viral, Clair is sceptical, but on closer examination she discovers something a lot more sinister behind the pretty promise. (more…)

  7. Nothing is more essential than knowing how to worship the God who created us. So how is it that this incredibly important and all-encompassing part of Christian life has often been watered down to become the definition of the two slow songs sung at church on a typical Sunday morning? Obviously, there is so much more to worship as it applies to both life and music – particularly if you are part of a church worship team. Though chiefly directed towards those who serve in the ministry of music, anyone could benefit from Bob Kauflin’s wisdom in this book as he covers a variety of topics from the devastating effects of worshipping the wrong things, how to base our worship on God’s self-revelation rather than our assumptions, the fuel of worship, the community of worship, to the ways that eternity’s worship should affect our earthly worship. (more…)

  8. In a world where the word “dating” is thrown around willy-nilly and where the church stands mostly silent on the topic, it can be difficult to find sound guidance in pursuing a relationship without it resulting in heartache and trauma, now so prevalent in the lives of many young adults. In True Love Dates, Professional Counselor Debra Fileta encourages singles not to “kiss dating goodbye” but instead to experience dating in a way that is psychologically sound, emotionally healthy, and rooted in faith. We often complicate that by entering relationships with our past baggage and preconceived ideas of what it means to find “the one”.  But the good news is that it is possible to find love in a way that honours both God and the opposite sex, and this book is a great tool for teaching you how.
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  9. Church is an amazing thing, and a vital part of any Christian’s life. However, is it always what Christ originally intended? Is it run on the same basis that the apostles started with in the early church? In light of this, what would you do if you met someone you thought just might be one of Jesus’ original disciples – still living in the twenty-first century? That’s Jake’s dilemma when he meets a man who talks of Jesus as if he had known him, and whose way of living challenges everything Jake had previously known. What at first seems like a set of inspiring conversations soon turns Jake’s thinking and his church life completely upside down, and leaves him wondering: is there something we’ve missed with church, and if so, what is it? (more…)

  10. Though written chiefly for young men, the concept and title of this book hooked me so fully that I had to read it – Finishing Strong, and I believe it is as relevant for women as it is for men. In most cases, we young people tend to be consumed by the here-and-now of every day; living and loving in the present as best we can. Yet in the back of our minds, we know the clock is ticking – the days are counting down to the point where we will finally break the tape at the finish line. So it begs the question – how do we want to finish life’s race? And how can we finish it well? (more…)

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