Audio vs E-book vs Print

​Some books, like Artemis Fowl, I need on my bookshelf. Classics with brilliant cover art that add to the splendor that is #mydustybookshelf.

Book lovers all have preferred formats. Whether it’s your Kindle collection, a bookshelf in your house, or listening to your favourite audio book. We devour our favorites in different ways.

 

Personally, I can’t follow along with audio books. My mind meanders and I often find myself three chapters later wondering what happened.

 

E-books are cheaper, of course, and convenient but I still find that there’s nothing quite like holding a copy in your hands.
My brother, on the other hand, loves audio books. He can listen while commuting, doing assignments, or coding. He can’t stand e-books or print.

Some books, like Artemis Fowl, I need on my bookshelf. Classics with brilliant cover art that add to the splendor that is #mydustybookshelf.

Which format do you prefer?

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Fantasy Friday

I am thrilled to be back in the Stillness.

My current fantasy adventure is with N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy. I started reading “The Obelisk Gate” earlier this week and am thrilled to be back in the Stillness. If you’re reading/have read any of The Broken Earth books feel free to share your thoughts.

Top 5 Tuesday: Childhood Favourites

I came across this Top 10 theme on The Broke and the Bookish and thought it would make a nice “getting to know me” post. I started book blogging last month; it’s been different. As with any book, a new world is opening that I never knew existed. As my archives show, this blog has gone through quite a few changes. For the past 5-ish years I’ve been posting poetry, random thoughts, and devotionals. My poetry seemed to draw more attention so I stuck to poetry which was great. I’ve gained some great and supportive followers

For the past 5-ish years I’ve been posting poetry, random thoughts, and devotionals. My poetry seemed to draw more attention so I stuck to poetry which was great. I’ve gained some wonderful, supportive followers and I’m grateful for them.

Last year though, I decided to venture off in pursuit of publishing my poetry. Sadly, most of my favourite pieces are on this blog and publishers aren’t too keen on that. I took a break from my blog but missed it. And thus the book blog was born. I’ll still post poetry from time to time – Book Spine Poetry is a thing after all. I digress.

My Top Five Childhood Favourites

life expectancy#5 Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz: I enjoyed Velocity so much that I had to get another Dean Koontz read. Life Expectancy was intriguing.

 

 

 

 

 

velocity#4 Velocity by Dean Koontz: I had read way too many Sweet Valley High and SVU books. I needed to move on to fiction that was more substantial. I chose Dean Koontz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

the children next door #3 The Children Next Door by Jean Ure: A story about a young girl who moves to a new town and befriends two mysterious children who live next door.

 

 

 

 

 

to kill a mocking bird#2 To Kill a Mocking bird by Harper Lee: Need a say anything. A classic told through the eyes of children playing their little games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

51t54wtqRVL._SX299_BO1,204,203,200_#1 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: Green Gables has always been my escape. I’ve read it countless times and always cry. Anne of Green Gables is the timeless tale of an orphan girl whose wildest dreams are coming true. Read it with a box of tissues.

That’s my Tuesday Top 5. What were your favourite childhood books? Have you read any of the books on my list? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the Comments below.

 

From Cape Town with Love,

Robyn-Lee

Being David – being unhidden

So why am I hiding?

I want to be unhidden. I want the omnipresence and omnipotence of God to wreck me – to be so real to me that I will not be afraid of uttering things He already knows.

David was raw.  He let it rip and poured his heart out with no shame or restraint.  I can’t seem to put sentences together without thinking for a second or two. What made him so – I want to say authentic but that’s not it – so unhidden?

Transparent may have been a better word. God sees it all. I guess David had revelation on that. God sees it all, He knows it all.

I suppose David found freedom in that. I guess it allowed Him to be transparent before the Lord. Essentially, hiding things from Him is senseless because He knows it anyway.

And not even sin just thoughts and emotions and fears and the reality of my soul’s downcastness. Being vulnerable before Him is okay because He loves me and wants me to be whole and complete and unhidden. For freedom’s sake Christ set me free.

He set me free so that I can be free. So why am I hiding?

I need to write

It’s been so long
and I don’t know
what’s been going
on; but I need
to write.

There’s a void in
me waiting to
be filled somehow.
I guess I need
to write.

There’s so much I
want to say – so
much I long to
whisper into
your ears

but I can’t. I
can only feel the
unspokenness
eat away at
me. Sigh.

So I will write.
I will write all
that I cannot
say and end the
silence.

take the shakles off my feet so i can dance

Remember the Mary Mary classic “Shackles?”
I could never listen to that and not dance or sing or shout at the top of my lungs… Sang it en route from work today.
For the first time I thought about what I was singing. Just in case you have no idea what I’m on about here are the lyrics to the first verse – the lyrics that hit me.

“In the corners of mind
I just can’t seem to find a reason to believe
That I can break free
Cause you see I have been down for so long
Feel like the hope is gone
But as I lift my hands, I understand
That I should praise you through my
circumstance”

And yes I was dancing across the square as I made my way to the station but at the same time I had this nagging thought, “How badly bond must someone be to get to that point where you don’t believe you can break free.” Yet many people are in bonds, shackled, with no reason to believe that they can be free.

Then I remembered how Paul and Silas sang hymns in jail and while they sang there was an earthquake and their shackles unfastened (Acts 16:25-26). They were just singing hymns like my mom does when she’s cleaning. No warfare. No rebuking the enemy just singing hymns and talking to the Father. But doesn’t the psalmist say that He inhabits the praises of His people? No wonder!

My heart breaks for those who feel hopeless tonight. Father I pray for your children who are in bonds and see no reason to believe that they can be freed. Send Your word into their lives and shine Your light. Write a song on their hearts. A new song for their soul to sing. In Jesus Name Amen.

He knows the plans He has for me.

Around this time last year we were restructuring our plans for the Amped 4 Christ Youth Camp. I had this thing against “popular” scriptures like Jeremiah 29:11. This one day I prepared devotions for a planing meeting and lo and behold Jeremiah 29:11 it was.

And I suppose that verse has been an anchor for me this past year. See it was a reminder to the Israeli exiles in Babylon that their Lord is in control. So often while we wait for the promise to be fulfilled we get despondent, we want to give up, we listen to other voices and we think maybe the Lord changed His mind.

And then He comes and he reassures His people “I know the plans I have for you.” He declares it. And this year I’ve had to remember that He knows the plans He has for me. He knows why He created me and the potential that is within me. He knows. And if He knows than it should be okay even if I don’t. I should be okay with the mystery because His plans are good, pleasing and perfect. So instead of worrying about how be fruitful in the now and praise Him where you are. It may be in the fire, in the water, on the mountain , in the valley. Praise Him and worry not what the next 5 years hold – He knows.

With love from the vineyard,
Robyn-Lee Samuels