Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WRITING A NOT SO GOOD REVIEW AND NO AUTHOR BASHING

     Have you ever got caught up in the hoopla of a long awaited book by an author?   Have you read the ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) reviews of the book?  Excitement builds and you just can't wait to get your hands on the book and you even have it on your calendar to remind you when this book will be released. 

     The day arrives either you pre-order it for your reading device or through your local bookstore or you even received an ARC Copy of the book for your honest opinion.  It  comes in the mail;  you wake up to download the book on your reading device or on your lunch hour you rush to get the book at your local bookstore.  You start reading it and you try for three days to get into this book.  It starts in a downward spiral and you are just not feeling this book.  It is a struggle to finish, but you don't want to quit reading it, but things go from bad to worse.   Reluctantly, you find yourself giving up on the book and putting it down.  It is time to move on to something else.

     Now comes the time for you to write a review for this book.  How do you write a not so good review without bashing the author?  How do you say you don't like this book without bad mouthing the author?  These are some of the questions I find myself asking about a particular book and the author too.  I am encouraged through speaking with others about the book that this was not their favorite book by this particular author, but they like her other works.

     How would you approach this without totally not only being negative about the book, but also about the author too.  Do you sometimes put the book down walk away from it and only to pick it up later and look at it again with "fresh" eyes to see if you can get into the book again only to realize it was not as bad as you first thought.  Have you gone back and edited a review that you posted, because you have jumped to conclusions and only discovered a gem in the rough.

    Have you ever walked away from a book?   Why?   Have you ever went back and picked it up again?



Blessings,

Tia

     

    

Friday, March 7, 2014

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

     So, this year instead of making a New Year's Resolution that I could not keep.   I have made one that I could keep and that was to read books from different genres and authors that I have never read before.

     This journey is really exciting, because I am finding what I like and don't particularly care for in books and love discovering new authors instead of the safe ones.  My last read I really adventured out and read a satire.

My Imaginary Jesus
by: Mike Mikalatos

     It is a satire of a man's journey to find the real Jesus.   It wakes you up to see how we try to fit Jesus into a neat little box and make Him fit our needs, wants and desires instead of really seeking His face and His will for our lives.   It was funny at times and really soul searching at others.   It was a neat read that made me think of what imaginary Jesus' have I dreamed up for myself in my life.   Am I following the real Jesus or just one that fits what I need at the time.   Do I allow others and situations to control me or am I really allowing time and space for God to work in my life?   I really enjoyed Mike's search for the real Jesus especially after a loss and how he was angry and questioned God in the midst of the circumstances.   But, when he really allowed the Balm of Gilead to be applied to the hurting place then he was able to find the real Jesus.  Experience healing and true joy in his life.

    The question that I found myself asking is:  What imaginary Jesus am I following or am I truly following the real Jesus?   Or is it what fits "my" needs at the time?  I enjoyed reading this book and discovering lots of truths in it mixed up with a funny and soul searching story.  So I have this one question to ask.   Which Jesus are you pursuing?  The real Jesus or an Imaginary Jesus.

     I gave this book a five star rating on Goodreads.   It grabbed my attention, kept my attention and was very thought provoking too.

    Enjoy your cup of Joe along with your favorite book or your favorite Bible Study and dig deeper!


God Bless,

Tia