American Born Chinese (Book Review)

American Born Chinese molds three seemingly separate stories into a collection of perfect balance, though the events are quite chaotic.

The story of the Monkey King, a popular Chinese fable, follows him in his power struggle in hopes of becoming a god.

Jin Wang has just moved to a new school where he is the only Chinese-American student. Jin is just trying to be accepted and make friends. He wants to be a normal kid but he quickly becomes the target of bullies.

Danny’s cousin Chin-Kee is ruining his life one year at a time. The visits of Danny’s stereotypical Chinese cousin have been causing him misery that won’t seem to end.

All in all, I loved the way in which Gene Luen Yang combined the three stories. The imagery went very well with the story. It was an absolutely wonderful graphic novel and a super quick read.

 

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Things Fall Apart (Book Review)

The storyline of Things Fall Apart follows Okonkwo, a self-made man who has had to work past his father’s weakness to prove his own strength. Okonkwo has fought for the position and high titles he holds, until one fateful incident brings his rank to an end. This, along with the introduction of colonialism from an African viewpoint, makes for an enriching story.

This past year, I’ve strayed from my previous dystopian and mystery books in pursuit of more black-authored novels. Things Fall Apart did not disappoint in this regard. It brought a fresh new look to the “savagery” of African life. Instead of bypassing topics like religion and gender roles, the novel dove headfirst, explaining rituals and ceremonies, as well as a contrasting perspective of Christianity. This book really brought forth questions and curiosities I had never pondered before. All in all, I loved Things Fall Apart.

Side Note: I will be participating in the Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention. If anyone would like to donate to this amazing organization, please click the link below, it would mean so much!

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Sunday’s Sermon (September 4th, 2016)

These are just some notes I took from today’s church service.

1 Corinthians 3:1-4
The carnal mind cannot discern the things of God for the things of God are spiritual
When you are carnal, you cannot conceive the things of the spirit
God will not feed you with mature meals if you are carnal
Stop following people, follow Jesus
The people did not listen to Noah, they doubted
Your perception of God is being attacked by the enemy
When you are carnal, you murmur and complain all the time
When you are carnal, you undermine the word of the Lord
When you are carnal, you don’t appreciate the Glory of the Lord
The flesh must be crucified
You must be delivered by the blood of Jesus
You must listen to the instructions of the Lord                                                                                       If you don’t believe, you will not receive
Pride and murmuring factions are signs of being carnal
You cannot receive your inheritance if you are in a carnal mindset                                               If you don’t have a grateful heart for the miracles of the Lord, God will stop doing miracles for you
You must be grateful, you must give God glory for the things he has done for you
Carnal people are like pigs. They undermine things
God cannot release heavenly treasure in carnal people because they will try to destroy it