A break from life

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As most of you know I am an avid reader/bibliophile/bookworm. To date I have read 605 books! When I was little you could not get me to pick up a book but I loved to be read to. It was a nightly tradition in our house that I’d get ready for bed and mom would read while dad and I sat an listened. When dad got sick in 2008 I found distraction in 2 things; nail art and books. Moving forward a year or so I found The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and fell in love with the word she created. Til’ this day it is my favorite series! Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that movie or TV adaptations of my favorite books tend to make me cringe. Nothing can live up to the image I created in my head, so when the movie for City of Bones, the first book in the series, came about I followed the process closely. I can say that I haven’t ever seen a cast so right for the characters that I pictured in my head. I saw the movie and wished it could have been longer, unfortunately news came soon after that they would be postponing production on City of Ashes. Fast forward to beginning of 2015. I heard that they had optioned the rights to a TV show of the series called Shadowhunters. I was interested to see how this would play out. Casting followed and I was very disappointed in the choice for 3 of the main characters; Jace, Luke, and Clary. They just did not fit my image of what they looked like but regardless I knew I would give the show a shot. Now to the present. I just watched the first 2 episodes of the show and I have to say I am both unimpressed and intrigued all at the same time. We’ll start with the latter first. I’m intrigued because of how totally different it is from the book and the movie, so I’m curious to see what else changes. Also, Alec is a total babe! Now as a ultimate Mortal Instrument fan I have to say what I’m absolutely hating about this version. First, my man Luke in the book and movie is perf! He’s my favorite character so I’m slightly biased. Aidan Turner is exactly as I pictured Luke Garroway, so when it comes about that Luke in the TV show is played by Isaiah Mustafa I was shocked! Luke is not black, y’all! (P.S. totally not racist at ALL, btw) That kinda cursed the whole show on my part. Also on Luke, he owned a book store. He was not a police detective. The pack’s hideout was in a police station, folks. Secondly Jace, Dominic Sherwood is not Jace Wayland/Morganstern/Lightwood/Herondale! Jamie Campbell Bower is the perfect Jace, imo! Now let’s talk about the Silent Brothers entrance into the City of Bones. It was in a cemetery not some bridge underpass that looks like it’s meant to found! Also the Institute! Where’s Church and why are they other shadowhunters there?! I guess lastly, my qualm with the show is the actress who plays Clary’s voice. Y’all, she is so whinny sounding I just can’t with her! I simply have to continue watching to see what other things they have taken liberties with. Also, Alec 😉

 

Called to love

loveoneanother I’ve been thinking a lot about Caitlyn Jenner and her story. There is a lot of hate and judgment being passed around at the subject. I have my opinions, as I’m sure you have yours; but I’m not here to talk about that. I read a quote one time that said something to the effect of, I will stop questioning whether they are worth loving and simply love them. That’s paraphrased of course, but it’s meaning stands in this case. We forget that these celebrities and others that we may feel justified to judge, are people too. We forget that the same God that created the heavens and the earth, you and I, the stars and the sun created this human being also. That this is a mortal, living in a world of sin and judgement just as you and I are. Whether you agree with her actions or whether you don’t, God doesn’t call us to judge one another. He calls us to love one another. John 8:7 says,

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

This well known verse is speaking to the world right now. We throw stones, drag this person personal story through the media all for the sake of money and gossip. All we are doing is stopping to question whether she should be loved or not. The answer to that is a simple yes. Yes, she is worthy of love. Jesus died for her sin just as He did for me. We, humans, were never asked our opinion on whether what she’s doing is right or wrong. That isn’t up to us. We are simply called to love. I urge to think about that the next time you throw stones at someone.

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. -John 15:12