.:Book Review #3:.

Hi my friends!  So glad to see all of you here!

Unfortunately, I am still having some major issues with my net and found out this morning that it was due to a fiber Optic cable being cut down the road.  *sighs*  There is no telling when it will be fixed but from what I understand, they (My Net Provider) has hired an outside crew to come and fix the issue. *sighs again*  I didn’t want to just leave all of you hanging while this foolishness is happening, so I am bringing to you another book review.  I know that I have said that I will be working on the Dark Series by Christine Feehan, but the book I have chosen this week is just begging to be reviewed.  It is called, “Left Behind : A novel of the Earths Last Days,”  by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

left behind

While there is an entire series after this one book, and I have read most of them, I am going to just be focusing on this one in particular.  If you are interested in me doing more, by all means hit me up in the comments below, or email me.

Left Behind:  A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days

by Tim LaHaye (The person behind the story)

and

Jerry B Jenkins (The author behind the story)

Capt. Rayford Steele is piloting his commercial plane on a flight from Chicago to London. Several of the passengers aboard suddenly disappear, leaving those remaining on the plane in a panic. They were in the middle of conversations, actions and normal things when poof gone.

Capt. Steele radios to London, wanting to report the incident, but the reply that he received back was nothing like he imagined. The entire world is a part of this occurrence, and the confusion only builds throughout the story.

He then sets out on a journey for answers, finding his wife and young son are both gone, but his college age daughter is still on Earth. He learns that Christ has come, and has taken the faithful with Him in preparation for the comping battle between good and evil. Those left behind must face the darkness of the next 7 years. It is then that they must choose: Join the forces of the Lord, or follow the Anti-Christ into oblivion.


Opinion:

Many of you that know me, or have read about me on this blog, know that I am Wiccan.  But I must say that I truly enjoyed this book.

While it isn’t the first of its kind to bring the Book Of Revelations into a story, you can relate with the main protagonist Rayford Steele with his feelings, and his emotional turmoil during this time.  But while there are a lot of “good” in this book, I can’t steer away from the negative aspects either.

The book is basically telling “VERBATIM” the story of Revelations.  While yes, there are some variations, I cannot help but look at it in that way.  And yes, I know this book was mostly written for those of the Christian Faith, but this is still a “BOOK,” and not a gospel itself.  I felt that it would have branched out a lot more if it had a bit of buffer.

Secondly, the secondary characters lack any type of depth at all.  You get to know them yes, but in the end, you don’t really feel a connection with them that you do with the lead character.  They are more like background noise, when many of them have a main part in the story.

I also found that there is a romance thrown into the mix, and it just didn’t fit.  It was put in like, “hmmm why not?” instead of making actual sense.  Considering that many people lost their significant others during the “rapture,” wouldn’t they be dealing with “loss?”  It was just confusing.

Now, as for my solid thoughts on whether or not it should be read.

Yes.  Yes I do feel that anyone would get enjoyment out of this book.  Christians and Non-Christians alike.  I feel that it would bring anyone to a whole new level of thinking about how we choose to treat others in our lives, and about our own actions. No matter the religion.

So by all means add this one to your library.  You might see it differently than what I have here.

Advertisements

.:Sighs:.

Okay my darlings.  To update on my update.  My net is having the heeby jeebies and is not doing what it should be doing.  So being online is touchy at best.  Thankfully it is working for long enough for me to tell all of you that once it is over with its shenanigans, I will be back up and running and bringing you some great content.  I am sorry about all this fuss, but hey, it happens right?

Stay Strong my friends!  ❤

.:A Little Update:.

I wanted to share a few updates with everyone.

First off, I now have Twitter and Facebook.  So by all means feel free to go by and give them a looksie.  I also have an email, LilEysium@gmail.com for anyone that would like to ask for advice or has suggestions on things that I might like to try.  Keep in mind, (disclaimer time)  that if you ask for advice, I will be posting openly to my blog, WITHOUT NAMES.  Your questions, and my answers, might help others, and that is what I want to do here.  We are a clan after all.

I do also want to add that while I will give advice to any who ask for it, and I will perfectly honest with the way that I respond.  It might be a weird response, it might not be the normal response, but it will be mine.  Now, while my advice might work for me, or for some others, it may not necessarily work for you.  I need you to understand that your life, your journey and your choices are your own.  I am merely giving you a guideline, a tool for you to work WITH, not to follow to the letter.  My words are not the ultimate fix.  They are just simple advice.  It is what YOU do with it, that will make all the difference. I also want to add that I want all of us involved.  If someone asks for advice, I give my thoughts and you feel that you could add to it, BY ALL MEANS comment.  Share your advice as well.  We can all work together on helping others.

I do want to give a brief outline as well as to when things will be posted.  So here is a rundown.

Mondays I will post a DIY or something of the like.  I love to make stuff so here is a perfect chance to share that info.

Tuesday I am calling, Tag It Tues.  I will post one of those Tag things that are a lot of fun.

Wednesdays will be the days that I am doing a book review.  I am currently working on the Dark Series by Christine Feehan.

Fridays will be reviews on products or stores that I visit.

And Saturday/Sunday WE will be giving Advice to those that ask for it.

You will notice that I have left off Thursday.  That is going to be my day. 🙂  So I will either be playing video games or watching YouTube.  But sometimes, JUST sometimes, I might just post for the sake of posting. That is kind of how I roll.  *laughs*

Much love to all of you and thank you SO much for being a part of this clan with me.  If you have any questions at all for me, by all means shoot me a message and I will try to answer.  I am here for you all, so don’t be a stranger. 🙂

.:Advise About Break-Ups Part 2:.

Hello my friends.  After my last post, I felt the need to address the other side of the break-up scenario.

Dear Lady,

I know that right now things looks bleak.  You feel like your heart has been ripped out of your chest and that you will never be able to smile again.  It will hurt for a while, goodness knows it will.  Everything you see is going to remind you of your now ex, and you will cry until you have no tears left.  I am not going to sugar-coat it honey, it is just a fact that none of us can change.

You are going to feel like you are stuck in a pit of pure despair: a place that you will never be able to crawl out of.  You will feel like the world has ended for you, that nothing will make it better.  You will feel so alone, so depressed but in the end honey, it will get better.

You will go through certain levels within the next few weeks, and it is healthy to let them happen.  First will come denial.  “This has to be a dream.”  “This can’t be real.”  Second will come the anger.  “That SOB!”  “I HATE HIM!”  “HOW COULD HE HAVE DONE THIS TO ME!!!”  Then will come the depression.  “I hate myself.”  “This is all my fault.”  Then, acceptance.  “I know I can’t change it.”  “Perhaps this is for the best.”  And then, most importantly, Growth.  “Wow, look at all the time I have now!”  “Finally I will be able to get my nails done.”  “I am happy.”

This next little while is going to be painful, but as you progress through the “levels,” things will get brighter.  You will see things in a whole new light.  You will evolve and blossom again.

This is the time for you to find you.  Do not jump into another relationship.  You need to fall in love with only one person now, and that is yourself.  Give yourself time to learn the ends and out of who you are.  Take up a new hobby, learn a new art medium, do something with YOU time.  Because you honey, are worth it.

And when you find that you are ready for another relationship, you can go into it with a level head, a level heart knowing that you are worth so much, not to another, but to yourself.

Stay Strong honey.

.:Advice About A Breakup:.

A young man posted this on a website and I wanted to bring it here, so I can share my thoughts with all of you.

“This morning I broke up with my girlfriend after 5+ months of having a relationship. This might not be a long time, plus we live in different countries and never once touched each other during this whole relationship, yet I feel broken and she is worse. I talked to her best friend who is really mad at me(understandable of course) and she says that Lucy(my girlfriend) is really in love with me and right now she is a mess; angry, sad, frustrated, betrayed, confused and unloved. I get all of that and I feel like the worst human being there is for doing that to her. I still care so much for her and knowing I just kinda destroyed her made me cry all day so far. The reason I broke up with her is that I no longer saw a future for us together. Not without her or me changing, and I also realized I didnt really want to change for her… Does anyone have any idea how I can make this easier for her? What is the best thing I can do right now? I dont need advice for myself, I started this and I feel like I deserve to feel the way I do. But I want to make this easier for her, and I dont know how…” ~His Original Post

Now keep in mind everyone, that I am nearly 100% positive that this fellow will not see this post, but in the end, if this helps anyone, I am doing my “job.” So here we go.

Dear Fellow,

While it was a very short term relationship, that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t as serious as one that is longer.  Many people can love quickly and it seems that you and your now ex were two of those people.  I am very sorry that both of you are going through a hard time, but in the end, you felt that it was for the best. Being in a long-distance relationship is hard to start with, and not having that physicality of a normal relationship (i.e. Looking at each other as you speak, holding hands, kissing and the like) can definitely cause a lot of issues.

But my question to you is this.  You said in your posting that you didn’t see a future with her, but you still really care about her.  You also state that you are unwilling to change FOR her, but that you want to make the transition “easier” for her.

Do you not realize how those two things do not go together?  Caring about someone, and loving them deeply means that you are more than willing to sacrifice and evolve to become a better person FOR them.  While I am trying very hard to not to say that you are being selfish in that way, I just can’t help it.  You are being selfish honey.  And that selfishness shows that you are not ready to be within a serious relationship with anyone romantically.  This is not me being hateful, this is me stating a truth that you need to learn.

Now as for making it easier on her, there isn’t going to be any way.  To her, everything was fine. She was happy and felt that your relationship was going to move forward.  And you breaking it off with her due to “not going anywhere” tore her up inside.  And NOTHING you can say or do will fix that.  She is going to carry that pain around for a long time, and it is best for you to just step away completely, and not have contact at all.  Because all you are going to do is hurt her more.

Just let her be and allow her the chance to find someone willing to do anything for her, to treat her with the respect that she deserves.  It will take her a long time before she is able to trust anyone, but she will need to do it WITHOUT you.

I feel that it is time for you to really think about who you are as a person, to find you and what you stand for.  Take this time to focus on that and not worry about any type of romantic relationship.  And remember, the coin flips both ways.  A relationship is both give and take.  You can’t take and take and take and expect someone to only be willing to give.

Good luck.

.:A Nice Little DIY:.

Hi my lovelies.  I thought I would share with all of you this little DIY to create a homemade heating pad for sore muscles.  It is simple to do, and cheap to boot.  I hope you enjoy.

What you will need:

  • Fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Uncooked Rice
  • Small Funnel or Piece of paper rolled into a funnel

Instructions:

  1. Take the fabric and cut it into a rectangle measuring 1foot by 6 inches.  The best fabric that I have found is cotton.  It can be any color that you would like, but make sure that you do not use anything like polyester or spandex.  They can melt when heated.
  2. Fold the length of the fabric to where it makes a 6 inch square like this: (I used my computers paint program for this.) FOlding
  3. Now, sew along the sides and top, leaving a small opening in the top.  Like this:  sewing pattern Keep in mind you can put the opening anywhere.  It is entirely up to you.  This is just the way that I do it. 🙂
  4. Now, take the funnel or the piece of paper and place it into the hole you created.  Poor in the rice until it is full.  Do not over pack it!  You want it to be limber and flexible.  So keep that in mind when you are pouring.  I tend to eyeball the amount and go by feel.  Just pour until you feel it is right. 🙂
  5. Sew the hole, tie it off and poof, you have created a heating pad. 🙂

All you need to do is pop it into a clean microwave for about 25 to 30 seconds (depends on your microwave of course) and place it onto the pained location.

WARNING:  Just like with everything else, I am adding a disclaimer.  You need to understand that this can get very hot.  DO NOT place it upon bare skin until you know for certain it is not too hot to use. Place either a towel, or a tee shirt over the area before putting it on.  We do not need any of you lovelies with horribly mangled skin now do we?  No we don’t.

.:Advice to the Younger Folks:.

life_advice_7

I see you young one, standing there acting like everything is okay.  I have been there.

But there are a few things in life that you need to understand.

I have seen too many of you jump into bandwagons of doing what the trendy thing is and falling down so low that the way out is blinded.  I have seen too many of you lose yourselves in the typical norm.  I have seen too many of affected by peer pressure.  I have seen too many of you become sheep to the crowd, following others on a journey of destruction.  And I understand.  I have been there.

My little darlings, now is the time that you need to start finding that inner voice: that deep buried brilliance that is so perfect.  It is time for you to find YOU, to become YOU.  It is time for you to shed the stereotypes and become one with your destiny.  Now is the time for you to start your own personal journey of enlightenment without the damaging effects of what others of your age think.  It is time to shed those fears, shed those egos and be.  JUST BE.

Many of you have lost your ability to think on your own.  Many of you have lost yourselves in others minds.  And many of you will never make it out alive.  Now I am not saying you are going to physically die, but your “death” will be the death of self.  And my God we can’t let that happen.  You must open your eyes to your OWN potential, to your own well-being.  And know that if you lose all of you, there is nothing left but regret and emptiness.  Trust me, I have been there.

I once had a girl look at me, the way I was dressed and she said, “I wish I could be like you.”  And I told her, “Honey, you can’t be me, there is only one.  What you need to do is BE YOU.  Just you.”  Her confusion was clearly written on her face.  I then explained, “You need to find the person you are, and to stick by that person, hold on to her and know deep inside you are being who you must be.  It is time for you to find who you truly are deep within your very spirit and know that no matter what anyone says, You are WORTH IT.”  Her eyes started to twinkle with something close to tears, and I hugged her while finishing, “Don’t follow others rules, create your own. Be happy, Keep Smiling, And Enjoy You.”

And I am saying this to all of you.

Find who you truly are, let go of all those preconceived notions, let go of all of that idealization and let your true self roam free.

Your life will be better for it.

SteveJobs