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Friend of Sinners – Rich Wilkerson Jr. | Review

Friend of Sinners – Rich Wilkerson Jr. | Review
I received this book from BookLook for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

I know I’m a little late to the game with this book but I still wanted to read it and talk about it. Friend of Sinners is Rich Wilkerson Jr’s newest book and I knew I had to get my hands on it. I listened to Vous’ messages every week and love them but I remember reading Sandcastle Kings and just thought it was okay. Here is my review on Friend of Sinners.

About the Book

Friend of Sinners is about how Jesus would rather have a relationship with us than trying to find perfect people. Throughout the book, Rich explains all Jesus did on while He was on earth and how he associated to people. He chooses people not because of the actions they have done but simply loves us. The book is also meant to be an application to our own lives to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

Thoughts

Jesus did a lot of radical things when He was on earth and sometimes we forget that. Friend of Sinners is a great reminder that God’s grace is for everyone no matter what. I definitely enjoyed this one a lot and made me think more about how I am responding to others. Rich isn’t pushy but definitely tries to bring up a lot of things to challenge readers to break out of their perfect Christian mold. It was a great read and wasn’t too long.


Have you read it yet? What books have you been reading?

Is MoviePass Worth It?

Is MoviePass Worth It?

Going to the movies has gotten more expensive than before. In comes in MoviePass. MoviePass is a subscription service where you pay $9.95 and can watch a movie each day in the theater. It sounds like a dream for movie goers. But is MoviePass worth it? Here are some pros and cons from my experience. I just want to point out that I don’t hate MoviePass, I think it’s great. But there are more cons than pros.

Pros

  • For $10 a month you can see movies at the theater every day. That’s the best thing about MoviePass.
  • It pays itself off. A movie ticket is more than $10 so even if you just see one movie, you’ll be good. But obviously, go see more to make the most of it.
  • Available in a lot of theaters. I live in Southern California and majority of the theaters accept it. But double check your area!

Cons

  • You can’t reserve tickets in advance and you have to be close to the theater to reserve a ticket. I get why since there are people paying tickets through the theater so its a toss up to see if a movie is full until you’re near the theater. 
  • You can’t rewatch a movie you’ve already watched. This is new but let’s say you see Infinity War with your MoviePass, you can’t see it again even on a different day. This can be annoying if there’s no new releases that interest you.
  • If you cancel, you can’t sign up again for another 9 months.
  • The ticket verification process is just another added step where you have to take a picture of your ticket stub which can be inconvenient if you easily misplace them like me.

I actually really love the idea of MoviePass and will continue to use it. I feel like the cons are easily things you just have to get the hang of. However, not being able to rewatch a movie takes the fun out of it.

Do you use MoviePass? What are your thoughts on it?

Nothing to Prove – Jennie Allen | Review

Nothing to Prove – Jennie Allen | Review
I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

It’s really draining feeling like you have to prove yourself to people. But it’s something that people struggle with at one point of another. Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen looks at how we should stop trying to porve ourselves and just rest in who God is. Sometimes this is easier said than done, so the whole book tackles the idea and how we can truly live this way.

About the Book

This book is about finding freedom from the pressure we put on ourselves. This can be in all aspects of our lives like in church or in our communities. But it also looks at how we do things for God instead of doing things with Him. Jennie Allen explains how we basically need to just find ourselves in God and then we can be assured of who we are. God can meet all of our needs.

Thoughts

I feel like having to prove myself is just a recurring struggle for me so this book hit home. I love that Jennie shared her own struggles that are all too real. Sometimes it’s not a big moment that makes us feel insecure but the small every day life details. I think it’s a great book to reanalyze how we see ourselves and who God is in our lives. It’s a good book that reminds you to apply God’s views into our lives.


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Getting Real with The Chi

Getting Real with The Chi

 

 

Life and culture is always something that is amazing to see on TV. Being Hispanic, I love embracing my culture and seeing others. There’s a lot of different experiences we all have. The Chi feels real. It is showing how people live in Chicago and the experiences that happen there. The Chi is available on SHOWTIME streaming so you can watch it commercial free and you don’t need a cable subscription! Trust me, you’re not even going to want to push pause once you start watching.

Getting Real with The Chi

Coming from minority groups can be tough when we’re trying to rise up. There’s a lot of family ties and societal ties that hold us to the past. The Chi tries to navigate all that and looks at the lives of different people trying to survive in Chicago and break away for the barriers placed on them.

Getting Real with The Chi

One of the characters that resonated with me was Brandon. He’s pushing to strive for better and has big dreams of opening a restaurant. But his mom keeps coming into his life and it’s almost like a thorn at his side and with a tragedy, he has to push through his circumstances to reach his dreams.

Coming from a family of immigrants, I’ve always wanted to reach for more. I was born in East LA, which is not the prettiest part of Los Angeles. Sometimes it’s really hard because there are struggles and expectations others put on you, but we need to break out from the molds people assume from us.

The Chi doesn’t shy away from the hard topics and that’s a good thing. It’s showing life as it truly happens. That’s needed on TV. It’s fun to get whisked away to magical stories but sometimes it’s really good to just see a show that’s real.


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There is More – Brian Houston | Review

There is More – Brian Houston | Review
I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

If you’ve been following me online, you would know that I go to a Hillsong church. It’s been great. I’ve been following Hillsong ever since I became a Christian so I know all their stuff is great. Brian Houston has a new book coming out called, There is More. I absolutely loved Live Love Lead so I was excited to read this one. I love the idea that life doesn’t peak with God and there is always more that He has for us.

About the Book

There is More looks at what God can do with our lives. It brings back the whole idea that nothing is impossible with God and He still has so much more ahead of us. It’s not just about dreaming big and living the best life, but seeking God and wisdom. God is more than just someone granting our wishes, He wants more from us. In a way that we can live purposefully and with a true vision. The world can say no but God is the one that opens doors.

Thoughts

I’m a fan of wild stories and how someone made it from something small to something big. It’s amazing to see where Hillsong started and where it’s at. I don’t find it to be a cheesy “all your dreams will come true” kind of book but more of a reminder that God can still do something in your life. Essentially, it’s not over until God says it’s over. There’s still so much more ahead. The book overall is an easy read and filled with Biblical explanations and real life stories so it’s interesting to follow.


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