Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes by Jessica Pan

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes by  Jessica Pan

I usually just do short term reviews at the end of the month but this was such a spectacular book I had to write a longer book review. Jessica is a shy introvert who realizes she doesn’t have a lot of friends. She starts doing bold things. She goes on friend apps on her phone, does improv, stand-up comedy, travels alone,  and networking. She is braver than I have even been. I admire that so much.  The most beautiful I think she does is host a Thanksgiving dinner party at her house. She invites people that don’t know each other. In England they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but they have always been jealous of that holiday tradition. She says “A dinner party is social and unpredictable and requires juggling many things at once — all things introverts aren’t crazy about.” She made me realize even though it is really hard to put yourself out there, it is worth it. She says ” I wanted to know what it was like. To be able to make a choice about what kind of life I had.”

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What I Am Into – May 2019

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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans (3/5) – Rachel always makes me see the bible from a different perspective. While I don’t always agree with her she stretches my thinking patterns. This book mainly talks about how the Bible isn’t supposed to be torah since it was written to a certain group of people. I have a hard time believing this all the way because Jesus says the instructions in the Gospel is for all of us. The question is… What rules and commandments in the Bible are not suppose to apply to this century. What stuff should we still adamantly believe and follow. This book was sometimes confusing but I think it was because it is filled with such richness and depth. I need to reread the part on war stories again.

Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace by Christie Purifoy (5/5) – Christie talks about all the places she has ever lived. She sees the beauty in each place. I can’t believe she lived in my city at one time. There is a park really close to my house that has always been my favorite. She loved it too. In the end I learned that this was a book about her longing for peace and realizing that peace and place are indistinguishable. This book is also about God’s longing. She says “God longs for the place he has chosen as a dwelling for his Name.” My favorite quote in the book is “If peace is a state of harmony, if it is  a kind of wholeness or completeness, then we will never find it by running away from broken things and messy places.”

Movies:

  • Good Sam (5/5) – A great movie about some guy leaving tons of money on people’s door steps. It was very heart warming. It makes me realize there aren’t many movies that focus on kindness.
  • Her Only Choice (5/5) – This movie is about a lady who gets breast cancer and pregnant with her first child at the same time. Doctor and husband encourages her to get an abortion so they can start treatment. She refuses to abort the baby. Check out the rest to see what happens. 🙂

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In Remembrance Of Rachel Held Evans

Dear Rachel,

You died recently. We had different views on Christian ethics. You were LGBTQ affirming in the church. You were egalitarian. You were a Democrat.  You disagreed  with and had somewhat resentment towards your evangelical upbringing. Despite our different views I always admired you. You taught me things about the Bible that I had never grasped before. You gave me new outlooks to certain bible passages ( like the proverbs 31 woman). I strangely miss your presence and voice even though I never have met you.  You were always for radical inclusion. You taught me that I can learn from people of different faiths and people with different points of view. You challenged me in ways that I will never be able to fully comprehend. Your words were balm for me during difficult times. You are unforgettable and my heart hurts to see you leave this earth so soon. It is amazing how someone that I have never met in person had such an impact on me.

Love, Megan

What I Am Into – April 2019

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  • Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved  by Kate Bowler – In this book she discusses the negatives and positives of the prosperity Gospel. She also discusses her journey through having cancer.  This book really opened my eyes to different views on life. At the end of the book she tells people some good ways and bad ways you can to say to people who are suffering.

Movies:

  • Like Father (5/5) – this was a cute movie about a girl who took her father ( who she hasn’t seen in years) on her honey moon. This was because her husband stood her up at the altar. It was a nice change to see a movie based on other family bonds besides the romantic ones.
  • Kiss & Cry (5/5) – This movie was about a girl who got cancer. It is based on a true story. She went through some hardships. Then one day she decided she didn’t want cancer to stop her. Unfortunately, she eventually died.
  • Instant Family (5/5) – This movie was inspired by a true story. A family adopts three siblings. One of the them being a teen which melts my heart even more. This movie gave me all the feels. It made me laugh and cry. The foster system is broken and the kids go through so much. I have a lot of empathy for them now.
  • The Hate U Give (5/5) – This movie was about cops and racist against black. It is going to be controversial movie but I think everyone needs to watch it.
  • Walk.Ride.Rodeo (5/5) – A girl who is a passionate rodeo rider ends up getting into a horrible car accident. She is paralyzed from the waist down. Although she could never walk again she learns to ride again using mouth noises to lead the horses instead of her legs. This is a based on a true story which makes me loves the movie even more.

 

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What I am Into – February 2019

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  • I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel (4/5) – I loved this book which discusses what a book nerd’s life is like.
  • Nourished: A Memoir of Food, Faith & Enduring Love by Lia, Huber (4/5) – This book was supposedly about food but I felt it focused more on her personal life. This book discusses how she became a christian, her struggle with fibromyalgia, her travels, and the process she went through to adopt her daughter. This was such an amazing spiritual memoir.

 

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  • Kells Korners Singles – She is setting up single christians via Instagram. How cool is that? Apparently she has done this through her blog for a few years. There has been 13 marriages that came out of it. She has such a pure heart.

 

 

What I am Into – January 2019

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  • Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression (1/5) – This was such a confusing book to read. The only part i liked was how it explained that there were people in the Bible who wanted to die ( were depressed). Elijah is one example and I am going to go read about it in the Bible since I never heard the story.
  • Remember God by Annie F. Downs (2/5) –It wasn’t that great. I couldn’t really see how it linked to God half the time. I did like the end though when she confesses that life is still not good. The guy she was dating ended things. In the amidst of all what was going on she still remembered God is kind.
  • Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe Is Coming Apart by Kathy Escobar (3/5) – This book gives some various ideas on what to do when your faith unravels. It gives a lot of spiritual practices you could use. I found it very informative and helpful.

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Movies:

  • Kissing Booth (5/5)- This is a movie about a girl who falls in love with her BFF brother. The problem is they made rules that are against dating each others family members. Super cute movie.
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (4/5)-  This movie is about a girl whose little sister sends out love letters she wrote to boys she had crushes on. She ends up fake dating one of the boys she wrote a letter too. They end up actually falling in love. This movie really was boring and dragged on at the beginning. By the end it was super intriguing.
  • Christian Mingle The Movie (5/5): A cute movie about an atheist girl going on christian mingle trying to find a great guy. She ends up finding Jesus and becoming a missionary in Mexico ( she also eventually gets the guy too).
  • Sierra Burgess is a Loser (5/5) – A girl cat fishes a guy pretending to be a “hot and popular girl”. He figures out that is a lie and still loves her anyways.

 

What I Have Read Lately

  • The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp (4/5) – This is a wonderful book about how we should be more vulnerable with others. The church should go where the suffering is because that is what Jesus did.

 

  • Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me by Amanda Beck (3/5) –What a wonderful book. I didn’t agree with everything in this book. I do think exercising and eating healthy are very important for us emotionally, physically, and spiritually. However, It made me look at some things differently. I also learned there are fun ways we can do exercise instead of dreading the going to the gym routine. It also taught me a few things about Catholicism.

 

  • Well: Healing Our Beautiful, Broken World from a Hospital in West Africa by Sarah Thebarge  (5/5) – I loved Sarah’s first book. This one is just as a good. It is about her time in medical missions where the world’s unhappiest people live (togo). I can’t imagine all the suffering she had to endure and witness. At the end of the book she also taught that we can do important missionary stuff on american soil. We can love the refugee in the USA or even our neighbor. Sarah also taught me that we have to do and say everything with love.