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Book Worm

IMG_6265I love reading, from sc-fi to historical fiction, from supernatural thrillers to documentaries, from modern to classics. Reading is like a door to worlds old and new, seen and unseen.

Anyway, these are some of my favorite authors and some of my personally favorite works:

1) Ted Dekker

I actually can’t figure out which is my favorite book of his, but it’d have to be between the Circle book series and the Mortal series. In both(and a lot of his other books) Ted Dekker manages to capture epics of the Bible like the fall of man all the way to the redemption. Or he depicts the sovereign power of Christ’s blood in such an original way, it was flabbergasting.

Some of his other good reads include: Adam, The Bride Collector, The Lost Books Series, Boneman’s Daughters, and House(written along with Frank Peretti)

2) Frank Peretti

I’ve only read two of Frank Peretti’s many works, but I absolutely adore his Piercing the Darkness and This Present Darkness. You can definitely tell that Frank Peretti is the origin of supernatural thrillers.

3) Suzanne Collins

I think everyone knows who Collins is famous for…yes, the Hunger Games. I actually started reading the last two books, like, a few months before the release of the movie, so by the time I put the Mockingjay on hold, there were already 80+ people in line for it. I literally waited months for it to come.

I also read her Gregor the Underlander series. Just like her Hunger Games series, it was not a disappointment.

4) Richard Paul Evans

I think his most acclaimed series is the Michael Vey collection. At first when I started reading it, I was like, “Okay, this plot seems the same as the Percy Jackson series.” Not so. I just kept getting better, and better, and better!!

5) Rick Riordan

Okay, everyone knows Percy Jackson. Again, another amazing series, although it seems quite juvenile compared to other reads. Also, the Kane series was awesome. I’m still upset that the Blood of Olympus still isn’t out though. And if Riordan ruins it, I will flip.

6) Sun Tzu

The Art of War. Not necessarily fun like the others, but incredibly interesting…kinda like school. 🙂

7) C.S Lakin

I just recently finished her latest work, The Sands of Ethryn, and it was great. Rather wordy, but still great:)

Some of my other favorite books are “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and the Ring of Five series. If you want any more good suggestions, look up my sister at hyddenchronicles.blogspot.com. She’s also a big reader, but is a little different in taste and style of reading.

New Videos!!!

Hey Everybody! I have two new Youtube videos up, one of my latest project and one of my favorite songs I’ve performed. Heres the link to my latest project (I don’t have a name for it, so suggestions for a title are welcome)

Here is the Pirates of the Caribbean Medley by Jarrod Radnich(one of my personal favorite composers/arrangers), and performed by yours truly:)

Hope you guys enjoy it!!

More of Argument Warfare

IMG_6559 Being in a family of 7 other siblings, yes, we do argue quite often. Not in, like, a “I-wanna-murder-you” attitude, although we do get out of hand sometimes. More in a “I-want-it-to-happen-this-way-cause-this-is-my-idea” attitude. We all know that we love each other, although we don’t always want to admit it, but arguing in our family  is normal…inevitable really. And believe it or not, I believe it’s supposed to be that way…


Romans 12:4-5 “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”


Obviously, the reason we argue is because we don’t think alike, which could be both good and bad, but imagine if we all thought alike…no one would get anywhere! Just think, the airplane, the lightbulb, the telephone, none of these would’ve been invented if people didn’t think differently. Even in music, if there was no creativity, none of the great composers who brought great eras in musical history would’ve been around, thus no music would’ve been brought forth. Of course, then you have such events as the Civil War, WWI and II, episodes that led to many tragedies…also because people thought differently.

Picture it this way: a human body consists of many vital components, the head, the arms, the trunk, the legs, and so on. As such, they each have there respectful duties. The legs carry you, the arms help you compete different tasks, etc. But what if they all thought that they were the same thing? You would have a head that thought it was a leg, or an hand that thought it was a foot, or a face that thought it was a butt (sometimes that happens, lol JK). Anyways, things would all be discombobulated, as you can see. However, what happens when everything operates accordingly? You can see because your eyes are acting like eyes. You can walk because your legs are acting like legs. You can hear because your ears are acting like ears. The body becomes one strong mechanism made of individual elements doing its appropriate job.

Just like a family. You have the head of the house, the bread-winner in the family. The mother, the bread-maker of the family. Then all those underneath performing household duties like caring for the smaller children.

There’s also the Church, as mentioned in the verse above. You have those meant to preach, and those meant to teach. You have those that are meant to go, and those who are meant to stay. You have those meant to direct, and those meant to do.

Then there’s the workplaces. You have those meant to do blue collar work, and those meant for white collar work. There are those meant for operating on a patient, and those meant to take care of janitorial duties. You have your office workers, and field workers.

But then there’s another scenario…

What happens when you have a leg telling an arm what to do? Or an eye trying to be an ear?

Say the leg told the arm to move. Maybe it could’ve been because the arm was in the way (I don’t see how it could be, but this is just an example:D)

Or it could’ve been the leg was just upset at the arm at the time.

See the difference?

Put in a real life situation, you would have something like a janitor telling a surgeon that he’s operating wrongly.

Eh?

Then you’ve also got the eye trying to be an ear. What happens when you put something where it’s not supposed to be? Like gasoline next to a fire?

Bad things happen. (duh.)

In reality, it would be like a father trying to be a mother, or the janitor trying to be the surgeon, or the office worker trying to out up a roof on a house where the field worker should’ve been.

As you can see, indifferences can be either beneficial or destructive.

Same as arguments, but most of the time they’re just nonessential, as are the lot of them that go on throughout our house.


 

This probably would’ve made a great chapter of some sort of book if it were elongated, but, if you haven’t noticed, this is just an article on a blog. And sorry, I know I stink at endings. I never was one for endings anyway. But I hoped you enjoyed it!

Thanks for reading! – Josh

Most Confusing Test Ever Created

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Right now, I’m taking classes studying for the SAT test, and it dawned on me how hindering the test is. I mean it’s like, “Do you want me to go to college or not?” You basically have to study to take a test…then re-study all of that material in detail again in college, if, that is, you manage to make it into a college. If it were just a placement test, yeah, I could understand that. But I mean, if you don’t pass you don’t get into a good college. Good grief, they even make the questions hard to understand so you fail them.

Maybe I’m just ignorant on how that all works, but it seems a bit ironic. Some feedback from those who understand more about this ridiculous test would be great.

Thanks! – Josh