Every relationship for a Christian is an opportunity to love another person like...– Joshua Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye
An Abundance of Katherines: My Theory
Next to TFioS, An Abundance of Katherines I think is John Green’s second best story. It’s quirky and intelligent I was seriously entertained the whole time. :) Imagine an operating room at the start of a daring but well-rehearsed procedure and you will have something of the atmosphere of ”An Abundance of Katherines”: every detail considered, the action unrolling with grace and...
Without empathy, you cannot teach.– F. Sionil Jose
Intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings.– Salvador Dalî
Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it...– Plato
Do not waste your time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor;...– C.S. Lewis
We learn to love on the midst of brokenness and imperfection. Those who hurt us...– Stephen W. Simpson, Assaulted by Joy: The Redemption of A Cynic
Fear dims when you learn things.– Lois Lowry, Son
The Lotus Eaters
“When she first came to Saigon, full of the country’s history from books, it had struck her how little any of the Americans knew or cared about the country, how they traveled the same streets day after day—Nguyen Hue, Hai Ba Trung, Le Loi—-with no idea that these were names of Vietnamese war heroes who rose up against foreign invaders. That was the experience of...
Take it from Shel:
“When the world doesn’t greet your great writing with open arms, that’s all the more reason to stick by it. Just as The Giving Tree supported the boy through thick and thin, artists should embrace their work even when the world doesn’t. With a little tenacity, your work will find its home.” I’m currently working on my classes’ project, and been looking up the title font of the wonderful...
The Calligrapher's Daughter
Although a work of fiction, The Calligrapher’s Daughter, is set in Korea during the occupation of Japan. Through its nameless protagonist, Najin, it narrates the personal struggles of many, particularly women, to find their place in such demanding time, which brought forth dramatic changes in society, not exempting familial traditions, that has long been practiced and cultivated by the eldest of...
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
“3. My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057.” Reading that from the second (which is really numbered 3 in the book) chapter, and you are certain that you are in for a different ride through the pages. The protagonist indeed is far from your typical pixie-like (sorry, I don’t...
The Fault in our Stars
I recently read the book by John Green in one sitting (because it makes it so hard for you to put it down), and I have to say I am enthralled. The story was beautifully crafted though very simple, and yes, it speaks volume. “Life is not a wish-granting factory” but anyone can possibly fall in love with it… and you know as a booklover, once you’re through its pages, a part...