Epic (John Eldredge) – Book Review

I originally purchased this book, because much like today’s society I wanted to know what else there was to know about this life that I am living. I wanted, as the title of the book says, know “The Story God is Telling”. This book is also a pretty easy read. It is a mere 100 odd pages and can easily be read in one sitting. This book touches on not the stories of our lives, but the stories of this world; the stories of this universe.

I don’t plan on sharing every detail about this book, as I hope this may inspire you to go out and get the book to read (it’s VERY cheap and VERY worth it) but I will give my opinions on a few points.

Eldredge separates the book (and story) into 6 parts; a prologue, Acts 1-4 and an epilogue.

The idea of our lives simply being a story within a greater epic is introduced and Eldredge uses the story of Frodo from the Lord of the Rings (another reason I loved this book), as well as many other modern-day movies/stories to show how we as a human race know and acknowledge this. There is no formula for life. Sure we can predict a life event happening, and sure it may come true, but are we ever 100 percent sure that it will happen? Life unfolds itself as the best drama book ever written. You never know what is going to come next. That is what hints us to the fact that we are only playing a role in a much larger story. The story that God is telling, with each one of us as the characters.

In each of the Acts Eldredge talks about the different parts of a story and ties them to the different parts of our own personal stories. In Act one he talks about Eternal Love, and the beginning before the beginning of our lives. What was before you were. The beginning to God’s story. Act two is about The Entrance of Evil. Instantly we all think to Satan as the serpent in the garden of Eden, but Eldredge reminds us that there was more than just this. There is the story of the battle for heaven between Lucifer, the (ex-captain of the angels, but driven evil by pride) and Micheal (the archangel). This is when evil entered the world. Act three then goes to talk about The Battle For the Heart and this is when we as human finally enter the picture. Eldredge shares his thoughts on our role in God’s great epic and what each of our stories entail for us. This is the Act (chapter) that most closely pertained and related to me (as it probably will for you). The end of our human story is in Act four, the “happily ever after” of our story; The Kingdom Restored. “God has set eternity in our hearts.” Much like the endings to the stories in our culture (Cinderella, Lord of the Rings, Batman, etc.) the good guy always win. And in this situation G

od always wins.

If you are looking for a short, cheap, but very good book to read I would definitely recommend this book. There is a role for everyone in this beautiful epic that God is telling, and I pray that each and everyone finds that role. I am still searching.You’re not alone. But, in reality, are we ever done searching?

God Bless.

 

Don’t Fear : Make Your Own Twinkies at Home

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With the news of Hostess shutting down this past week I have heard a lot of people talking about stocking up as many Twinkies as possible. And honestly I don’t blame them, because they are awesome. Although Twinkies weren’t a huge part in my life, as I know they may have been for others, I still understand the importance that they may have played in someone’s life.
But don’t worry because I am here to say have no fear! I am not sure if any of you have already come across this but as I was browsing the web today I came across this article that outlines how to make HOMEMADE

TWINKIES. Yes, they are probably a bit different (I have yet to make them as I just found the article today). But regardless they will be a phenomenal substitute. The only initial bad part about them (in my opinion) is that there are a lot of ingredients that you will need to make both the cream and twinkies.

The recipe is this (as stated in article):

Ingredients:

3/4 cup white spelt or all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ground millet or cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1/3 cup cane sugar

2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons safflower oil
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 batch (about 1 cup) Snack Cake Creme (recipe online here)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a canoe-style snack cake pan. If you don’t have a snack cake pan, you can use 4-ounce loaf pans. Alternatively, create your own molds out of foil by shaping double thicknesses of aluminum foil around a spice bottle and setting the individual foil pieces next to each other in a cake pan.

Sift the spelt flour, ground millet flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.

In a dry mixer bowl with dry beaters, beat the egg whites until stiff, about 2 minutes.
Transfer the beaten egg whites to a clean bowl and set aside.

In the same mixer bowl, add the sugar, honey, water, oil, egg yolks, and vanilla and beat for 1 minute. Add the flour mixture and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Fold in half of the beaten egg whites; once the first half is fully incorporated, fold in the second half.

Pour the batter into the prepared molds, filling them 2/3 of the way full. Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking. Cool the cakes in the pan for at least 20 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely before filling with the Snack Cake Creme.

To fill the cakes, use a skewer or chopstick to poke 2 holes partially through the snack cake from the bottom, and wiggle around to hollow out some space. Use a piping bag fitted with a Bismarck (#230) tip or a very small star-shaped tip to fill the cake with the Snack Cake Creme.

— Recipe and photo from “Real Snacks” by Lara Ferroni

Gangnam What?

Being in a college setting almost all the time I pick up on a lot of the “main stream” media that is going on in the world. One of those things that has recently hit was the song “Gangnam Style” by Psy. You probably have heard of the song before, if not here it is. (Gangnam Style) Here are my thoughts on the…song.

Initially I will admit that the rhythm and beat of the song isn’t bad. It is rather catchy and it does fit well into the American style of electronic style music. But in all honesty who knows what Psy is really even saying in his lyrics? I’m not calling him out and saying he doesn’t have good lyrics or that they don’t make sense. I’m just saying that to an American, mostly English-speaking audience here in America, we don’t know what he is saying because we don’t speak Korean. It is as simple as that. Yes we have translations of the song on the internet everywhere, but there is usually a lot of meaning in words that gets lost in translation. I’m still not totally sure how the song became SO popular. I would understand if the song had its few weeks of fame and then died out, but the popularity continues. It’s crazy!

One thing that I would love to find out is if the people who listen to the song all the time know what it is about and know the message. I have only heard the song a few times, as I’m not hooked, but I managed to also find this article explaining a little about the meaning behind the song. The article takes about comparing Gangnam, a neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea, to American areas such as Beverly Hills, which yeah is a high-class area, but is always surrounded by some sort of drama one way or another. I personally don’t think living in either of the areas would be that fun or enjoyable.

Well, anyways, these are just my thoughts. I don’t know everything about the song. I just did a little research about it once I heard it the other day and thought I’d put my ideas out there.

What I am Blogging About

Well I figured I should let you guys all know what I’ll be blogging about. As of now my plan is to have roughly 3 posts a week. (That may change as time goes on). I’m looking at posting something every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday as those are the days I have the most time off. If school work gets more rigorous and time-consuming I’ll probably just knock it down to either Tuesday or Thursday.

My plans for Sundays are to have some sort of reflection on Mass from that day, whether it be about the readings, the specific feast day, or something else in the religious sphere of things.

My plans for during the week (Tues., Thurs.) is to just post about whatever I find interesting, or about something that happens to me throughout the week that I want to reflect on or that I feel would be a good life lesson for both myself and possibly others.

Why the Blog?

Hello all. I just had the urge to start this blog because, honestly, I just have too much time on my hands and not enough things to do with it. I also wanted to start the blog because I truly believe it will be beneficial for me to be able to express my thoughts and what I do throughout my week. I also do hope that what I post will be helpful and/or interesting to those of you reading this. I also want to be able to talk about and post interesting articles to people reading this so I would love to receive requests on things to write about. It can be any topic.
The types of articles that I will be initially posting will mostly be updates on things that I am doing in life (hopefully posting on a weekly basis), as well as popular news topics and what my position is on the subjects. I will most likely be putting somewhat of a moral twist on the things I write about, and as I do hope none of the things I say offend people I can not promise that it won’t as I am not one to change my opinion simply based on how someone feels about the topics. But on top of this if you have a counter opinion on something I write I will welcome it in the comments and will get to replying to it as soon as I can. Post with respect.
For now I am going to collect my thoughts and hopefully have a post up by the end of this weekend.

Happy Reading!