The Reason – How I Discovered A Life Worth Living By Lacey Sturm Book Review

There is a reason you exist . . . 

The day Lacey Sturm planned to kill herself was the day her old life ended. As an atheist who hated Christians, she thought church was a place for hypocrites, fakers, and simpletons. After a screaming match with her grandmother, she ended up in the back of a sanctuary, hating everyone in the room. But what happened in that room is The Reason she is alive today.

With raw vulnerability, this hard rock princess tells her story of physical abuse, depression, suicidal struggles, and more–and her ultimate salvation. She asks the hard questions–Why am I here? Why am I empty? Why should I go on living?–showing that beyond the temporary highs and the soul-crushing lows is a reason each of us exists and a purpose for our lives. (Taken from Http://Bakerpublishinggroup.com.)

So, I’m just going to say this right off the bat, how many people are getting this book because they listen to Flyleaf?

To  be honest, you don’t even need to listen to Flyleaf to read this book. This is the story of one woman and how her life turned completely around, having one mind frame, and then having something completely different. It’s raw, crazy, beautiful, amazing – I could probably have a big long list of words I could use to describe this book, but I’m not sure if you would have time to finish reading this review.

The reason that I decided to get this book and review it is because I knew who Lacey was, being in Flyleaf. I only had heard a few of the songs before, but I recognized the name.

Why do I like this book so much? Because of the passion you can read in the words on the page as she’s writing them down. It’s just a beautiful and wonderful book, the ups and downs and everything in between and how God changed her life. It’s a crazy book, but that’s what makes it beautiful. She isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind and you can definitely feel the raw emotion.
I was so absolutely excited to get this book. There were parts that I was reading, and I was thinking it’s kind of like me in a way.
It’s simply an absolutely, truly amazing book and you can just feel the thought and dedication she put into writing it.

Just go buy this book and have your mind blown at how amazing is it and how much you’re life will change.
Just do it.

Lacey Sturm is a mother, wife, writer, speaker, and musician. Originally the voice behind the platinum-selling international rock band Flyleaf, she is now a solo artist. But most of all, she is one of God’s works of art, and she wants others to know and understand how special, how beautiful, how kaleidoscopically wonderful we are all made. Lacey speaks for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and its Rock the River events. She cofounded the Whosoever Movement and helped begin the RESET movement as one of their key speakers. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. For more information, visit http://www.laceysturm.com.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

 

“As a follow up to her two bestselling books, Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table.” (Taken From Chapters.ca)

First off, if anyone’s thinking what I’m doing having a book with the word wine in the title, don’t worry, I’m not drinking nor will I ever.

Secondly, I like food, and I like to eat. This book has both, though I can’t eat the book, though I can eat the food that’s talked about in the book.

Why did I get this book in the first place? When I got the email regarding reviewing this, it said the  book had recipes in it and that’s what drew me to this book. Though I am a guy, some of the stuff, that’s talked about really wasn’t for me.

Another thing that I like are stories, I love to read and this book definitely has stories. Stories about food and cooking and meals and gathering with friends and family for a dinner party or just friends sharing a meal. I like to cook, and I absolutely agree with the author of the book. Food brings everyone together. People can laugh and cry at the table while sharing a meal or  just sit there because the meal was great and they can’t get up because they ate to much.

Life is kind of like cooking. We keep trying new recipes out, or some of the old ones with a new twist to it. We need to try new things with our day to day life or it will become stale like old bread.

I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but am planning on it sometime, just not sure when. Food connects with everyone no matter where you are. It’s like music, being a language that everyone connects with and you don’t have to say anything, food speaks for itself.

This is such a great book. and I had many favourite parts. I had one that I was going to put in here, but I completely forgot what it was, but a new part was brought to  my attention when reading this and it’s something that completely blew my mind away.

Shauna was talking about communion (I just got the book because recipes in it, I didn’t know it would have anything like this in it! exciting) and in referencing the title, I can’t remember the exact words, but she talks about how the bread is what the peasants would eat, and the wine is what the rich would drink. I never thought of it like that before, simply amazing. Basically saying, it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your background is. Anyone can follow Jesus whether you are rich or poor.

There’s Beauty in it, there’s beauty in food and cooking and sharing a meal with people you know, or sharing a meal with people who bring people that you on’t even know. It doesn’t have to be anything difficult at all.

Read this book for yourself and experience it. Spend time making the recipes. Come around the table with friends and family.

This is an Advanced Reader’s copy courtesy of Zondervan for review purposes

2012 – The Year Of The Ska

or The Year Of The Horn, either works.
But with either one that you choose, it only means one thing – you better have your dancing’ shoes on.

If you haven’t heard, or found out after (like me) you know that the O.C. Supertones are back!

Few months ago, it was Five Iron Frenzy announcing a comeback with a new record and a crazy amount they raised for their Kickstarter. On their Facebook page, the Supertones announced something big was going to happen on March 9th, and the first that came to my was a new album. Sure enough, I was right, but when I actually saw those words, I think I exploded with happiness all over again. If you haven’t already yet downloaded their new FREE song from Noisetrade, you need to do that pronto. It is such a fun and catchy song. One Kickstarter that I definitely think that I will back.

I never did see these guys live, and this is like a second chance, maybe it would be a better chance if they came to Canada, but one can hope right?

Here’s the link for their Kickstarter – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theocsupertones/oc-supertones-new-album
(the link to the new song is at the bottom and right now 40 days left, their at just over $3800)

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

I can’t believe I haven’t made a post on here in a while. I can’t believe I haven’t written anything about Christmas yet!

So here it is!

Last night I watched the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, which is my favourite Christmas special. I’ve watched it I think every year since I was a kid (only missing a few years) it’s one thing that I get excited for this time of year, because I don’t want to miss it (Last year I watched it online because I missed it on tv)

Another note: I like Christmas music. I was just watching the George Stroumboulopoulos Christmas special tonight, and it was amazing.  a certain Mr. Michael Bublé knows how to sing the Christmas songs.

Speaking of Christmas music (Like the title suggests if you know what song it’s referencing) That’s one of my favourite non traditional Christmas songs. My favourite traditional song that I have liked ever since I was a kid is Little Drummer Boy – amazing song with a very amazing story to it.

 

So anyways, I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! :D

Free Christmas Music? Michael Bublé singing Jingle Bells?

THought everyone could use a liyyle holiday cheer even though it isn’t Dencember yet, but you could use this anytime of the year right? THought so

Well anyways, I just happened to find this little amazing song by an amazing artist. I don’t have the whole album yet, but I’m hoping to get it.
http://canadianlivingbuble.rhinorecords.ca/shop/branded/canadianlivingbuble/Content/default.aspx

Hey look! another one of these blog post site thingies and NaNaWriMo Day #8

Hey, Look! another post. Oh wait! It’s a whole new blog! Can you believe it?

Because I can! (Well I better believe it because I made it :P)

Now you’re probably thinking, why should I bother looking at another one of these blog things?

And to answer that, I have no idea. You can read it, you can not read it, it’s not up to me to decide of you read it or not because I can’t make you read it. This is me just rambling on and on, and on, and on, and on, and you get the point :P

I’ve been actually debating about doing this for the last little while, share my voice with the rest of the world. (would you  really want to read it since you can’t hear my voice on hear?)

Well this is just a very super cool introduction for myself.

  • I’m John
  • I’m Canadian
  • I’m Christian
  • So yes, I automatically like Tim Hortons
  • No, I don’t drink coffee *le gasp*
  • But I eat poutine
  • I like art
  • I’m currently listening to Mat Kearney’s City of Black and White album while I’m typing this
  • I’m a picture taker (Canon rebel T2i)
  • I like music a lot (Ido really like mat Kearney and the above album is seriously so amazing)
  • I’m so into movies
  • I’m a tea person
  • I also like hot chocolate
  • I’m getting back into comic books (thanks to a reboot, but that will probably be saved for another blog post)
  • Oh, and I’m 26 if I hadn’t mentioned it before :P
  • I like going through thrift stores (one reason for starting this, so you know there will be a post about this
  • There will be more, but you get the basic picture

So there, you get a basic idea of who(that would be me) will be writing these blog posts that you will be reading and hopefully enjoying, or you know I could be putting these online for the world to see and if anyone doesn’t see them, well, that’s not my problem.

So, Let’s talk about the other portion of this title – NaNoWriMo!

If you don’t know what it is, then you should definitely check out http://www.nanowrimo.org

In a nutshell, it’s basically to see if you can write a 50,000 word noel in a month. Crazy? I know!, that’s why I’m doing it again this year :D (I totally failed last year, so not happening again). It’s day number 8 of NaNoWriMo and I’m currently at 12,874 words. Yes It’s hectic and everything, but I kinda like that about this (if you want to check out my profile thing on there my screen name is CanadianJohn, so not original :P)

and to fellow NaNoWriMoers, good luck!