Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dawn by Octavia Butler

I have never read any Science Fiction books. Believe it or not, I have never watched Star Trek. I owe Octavia Butler a thank you. Because of Dawn I now have an interest in Fantasy and Science Fiction. From the very first sentences, Dawn by Octavia Butler is impossible to stop reading. As I read her novel, many themes entered my mind. The main character is Lilith. Lilith's life made me think of change and readjustment to new ideas, places and people, in this case th aliens known as Olinka. Lilith quickly becomes a portrayal of a strong woman.She is definitely a survivor.

Lilith never slides into self pity. Due to war, her husband and son are dead. She finds herself under the control of strange slimy creatures likened to slugs. After a deep sleep, she wakes up. She acquiesces to their learning process. Her old way of life must be forgotten. If Lilith is obedient to the wishes of the aliens, she will become the first leader on the new earth. Leadership on this future earth will give Lilith the ability to teach and train other captured earthlings.

However, change is never easy. Lilith will become the enemy of her own kind. Every day a choice must be made. Should she succumb to the thoughts of the rebellious earthlings or remain on course believing there is a chance to make something close to the planet where she once lived with family. If she kowtows to the rebellious earthlings, she will never see a revitalized Planet earth. Her decisions are difficult. I really felt sorry for Lilith when she had to fight off an overly sexed earthling. Starved for sexual intimacy, He falls upon Lilith like a giant rig out of control. He injures her body and mind. Still, Lilith does not give up.

Lilith is a Hebrew name. In Jewish Folklore, Lilith is thought of as the first wife of Adam. Octavia Butler's Lilith is a symbol of the Jewish Lilith. Butler's Lilith is the first human to experience the new order on earth. Like Adam/Eve, she is the first to experience a type of the Garden of Eden. This new earth, like the Garden of Eden, is a forest. A forest that needs to be tamed for the growth of food and also, for the growth of future families.

Science Fiction is entertaining and also meaningful literature.  Science Fiction gives the reader the chance to think outside of the box about a new normal. Like Poetry, it jerks the mind. I am looking forward to traveling into another Science Fiction novel.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wondrous Words


A few people had also been cutting pineapples and picking papayas and breadfruits from existing trees. Most people did not like the breadfruit until Lilith showed them the seeded form of the fruit.."

 Breadfruit is used widely in Caribbean cuisine to make both savory and sweet dishes. Throughout the Caribbean one can find many breadfruit trees. Breadfruit was brought to the Caribbean during the colonial era by Captain Bligh on behalf of the plantation owners who wanted to find a cheap but filing type of food to feed the slaves.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Evangelism Study Bible NKJV New King James Version

When I first received The Evangelism Study Bible in the mail, I had no idea where to begin or end in order to write a book review for Kregel. Thank goodness, I could see from the contents and other Bible aides that user friendly would be the perfect term to describe this Bible. I became very interested in reading this Bible and looking through it.  My knowledge about the term evangelism is almost nil. It is my desire to describe in a goodly manner the fine points of this Bible.

For one, there is a short, simple synopsis of the Bible books. These short plot outlines do not veer away from the subject evangelism. For example, one of the descriptions of Job is: "How to Witness to Suffering people(6:14-21). Under the subject of Job there are seven topics about evangelism. I had no idea the Book of Job could be used for witnessing. Another topic is: How To Witness In The Aftermath Of Tragedy." It's easy to see that the books are for everyday usage. These are subjects any person would want to turn and read immediately especially if they are witnessing to a friend, relative or an acquaintance. So, there are many, many topics for each Book of the Bible about evangelism.

There are also subjects blocked off in each book. For example, in the Book of Matthew,  one inset block is about Inviting People to a Relationship, Not to Regulations. The words here are very encouraging to a Babe in Christ. "Salvation is not about being good enough to be accepted by God. No one can meet that standard."  In Matthew again, this blocked off topic is about "Illustrations: Valuable Tools for Evangelism."

There are marginal aides and footnotes. In Jeremiah, there is one footnote about sin and not taking it lightly.  The word "weeping" in Jeremiah is a footnote. I can't believe so much is written just about "weeping." It's easy to understand too. Here is an example. "The issue here is not tears but sincere repentance....."

In the back of the Bible is a Glossary of Evangelism Terms. Here is a word I've seen but have no idea of the meaning: Apologetics. "the field of study devoted to the defense of the origin and teachings of Christianity." Isn't that a nice, concise definition?  Oh, there is a big concordance in the back of this Bible. With so many aides you would think the Bible would feel heavy to carry. Not so, I have carried it easily from one room to another room, and I'm one of those people who suffer with a lack of strength in my arms.

This Bible really is fun. It's like going on an adventure outing and coming back with pretty rocks to look at over and over again. This Bible would make a fine gift also.

By the way the cover is lovely. There is a fisherman's net and a quote from the Holy Bible. "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19.  It's a purpose statement before you all the time in one complete sentence.
Thank you to Kregel for the chance to review this Bible.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wondrous Words

A lychgate, also spelled lichgate, lycugate, or as two separate words lych gate, (from Old English lic, corpse) is a gateway covered with a roof found at the entrance to a traditional English or English-style churchyard. Examples exist also outside the British Isles in places such as Sweden.Wikipedia (Bing)

Lychgate appeared more than a few times in A Saintly Killing by Martha Ockley. Took its appearance for granted and didn't write down a sentence. I had no idea what one would look like. I had never heard or read the word. In this instance, the lychgate is part of a vicarage.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

"The organist was taking his seat. He glanced round to check that she was ready for him to begin playing a short piece to introduce the service, Faith nodded. Confronting Pat would have to wait. She made her way to the pulpit."

First Chapter First Paragraph

"When Caroline Meeber boarded the afternoon train for Chicago, her total outfit consisted of a small trunk, a cheap imitation alligator-skin satchel, a small lunch in a paper box, and a yellow leather snap purse, containing her ticket, a scrap of paper with her sister's address in Van Buren Street, and four dollars in money. It was in August, 1889. She was eighteen years of age, bright, timid, and full of the illusions of ignorance and youth."