So What Happened in September?

Nothing exciting in particular, except for the MIBF and because of that, a number of books had been added to my ever increasing pile of to-read books. I was also able to finish 8 books, none of which is included in my september reading plan. And oh, one good thing though is that I was able to go back to Palawan, one of my favorite place on earth. 🙂

Desiring God’s Will: Aligning Our Hearts with the Heart of God

Desiring God’s Will

Ever since I first get to know Jesus personally, it has always been my desire to grow and mature in my faith in Him. As a relatively young Christian, I know I still have a long way to go to reach at least that same level of maturity exemplified by Paul in the bible. I still find it hard to submit to Jesus completely and I still commit sin over and over again. My only consolation is that I’m holding to God’s promise that He will finish into completion the good thing He has started in me. I’m holding to my faith that in Him I can have eternal life not because of my performance but because He is gracious and loving.

Jesus said that if we will accept Him as the Lord and Saviour of our life, we can have eternal life. When I first heard about this, I refuse to believe it. Is the way to heaven really that easy? Just by accepting Jesus in my life I can be assured of going to heaven? I don’t think so. The bible even says that you have to choose the narrow road before you can go to heaven.

But then God opened my heart and He made me accept the truth and truly, accepting and believing in Jesus as our Lord and Savior is actually not that easy. Well, believing that He is a Saviour, yeah maybe, but as Lord, that’s a different thing. Imagine allowing someone to tell you things you need to do even if you don’t want to. Who would want that? But then, that’s what Jesus really wants from us. He cannot be our Savior unless He is Lord. It may seem difficult to surrender our life to Him but the truth is, it’s the other way around. Life with Jesus is a lot more easy. He can even make us the kind of person that He wants us to be, if we will only let Him do the work for us. All we need to do is align our hearts with Him. And the message of this book revolves around this truth.

The message of this book is not actually new for it is a universal truth for Christians that doing the will of God should be our greatest desire. It is only by living the life according to His will that we can have a full and meaningful life – a life that is filled with purpose. As mentioned by the author, “Learning to desire God’s will is not something we can accomplish by resolve and willpower. It occurs only when we live so close to God’s heart that the rhythm of our own heartbeat comes to reflect the divine pulse.”

This book is actually an encouragement and a challenge for me. Somehow God used this book to reveal to me and make me realize that I’m really doing things the wrong way. No matter how many sacrifices I made for God, it will be useless unless I do it with the right motivation, and that is love. Love for God, for other people and for the world. What really matters to God is the state of our heart and I know this is still one of the process items in my life. But, I don’t despair because I know Jesus will help me and make me change my heart. A heart that is beating and longing only for Him. 🙂

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a reader would find that books worth reading are worth reading twice and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is definitely one of them.

Pride and Prejudice is actually the first classic book I’ve ever read from cover to cover. Since I’m not used to reading classics back then, it took me ages before I get the hang of the story and eventually finish it. Nevertheless, I was able to appreciate the story and it instantly became my favorite. Well, who would not fall in love with the story of Lizzie and Mr. Darcy?

Three years later, this book was chosen as the featured book for the October face-to-face discussion of my book club. So, I decided to read it again since I wasn’t able to retain most of the details of the story in my memory. It was worth reading twice indeed for I find it sweeter the second time around. For some weird reason, I am really a fan of love-hate story and it was only when I read this book the second time that I realized that this is the best love-hate story I’ve read so far. It was also when I read it again that I was able to appreciate more the care-free character of Elizabeth Bennet, the snob-outside-but-soft-inside character of Mr. Darcy, the annoying character of Mrs. Bennet and the cool father character of Mr. Bennet.

Pride and Prejudice is truly an enduring classic so no wonder it became one of the most popular books in English literature and inspired most of the novels of today and became the favorite subject for film and tv adaptations.

Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Copy: Owned/e-book
Rating: 5 of 5 stars false
Read from September 24 to October 01, 2012