Finding Inspiration

Still a child, chasing my destiny.

12:26 AM


It is comforting to realize that my heart is still young; that I am a child yet.

The world is cold and terrifying and unfriendly. Life is a complicated thing, ever so much more confusing that I once thought it would be. Sometimes the days wear me out so that I want to fall into the deepest of slumbers and never wake up. The dreams I built for years seem even farther away, perhaps unattainable, and I am tempted to settle for less. For security, for comfort, for the ease of normality.

But then words touch my heart. The lines of a poem. The prose of an artist. And I can hear the wind talking to me through the window pane, and the sun beats down on my head with the pressure of a warm embrace, and the raindrops pelt my skin and send shivers up my spine. And I want nothing but to walk the road, run the secret pathways, and lie down in the tall, tangled grass and feel the comfort of the earth beneath me. I shut my eyes and listen to stories that have never been told, and would be sacrilege to repeat. And when I open my eyes, there are pictures in the clouds.

My heart soars. I am alive. And life IS a beautiful thing. And I will work, and wait, and chase the dreams I have been given, with the fire that is burning in my heart. I will not settle. My soul will not grow old. I will be a child, who dreams, and laughs, and dances.

I owe my God my life and breath. He is indescribably glorious, and He has given me a destiny. And I am ready for it.

-Amanda

Book Reviews

Cake (A Review)

10:17 PM


So, the lovely people at Zondervan sent me another book to review, and this one is adorable. Middle-grade fiction is my favorite genre and I love discovering new releases that have a blend of old-fashioned charm and contemporary appeal. Cake, by Joyce Magnin, definitely fits that bill.


I was in the midst of a busy few weeks of rehearsals (for a local musical) while reading this, and it kept me coming back for more, despite all the distractions that were swirling around. That's saying a lot.

12 year old Wilma Sue was abandoned by her mother when she was just a baby, and she's lived off and on at Miss Daylily's Home for Children (or, as Wilma Sue calls it, Miss Daylily's Home for Unwanted and Misunderstood Children). At least, when she wasn't in a foster home.

When the family she currently lives with (and despises) wins the lottery and takes off on a tour of the world, she's relocated to a new home, and it's unlike anything she's ever experienced before. Naomi and Ruth, two retired missionaries living in an old-fashioned parsonage, eagerly accept her into their lives and hearts, but Wilma Sue is hesitant to let their love creep in. She's sure that she'll be sent back to the Home again sooner or later.

But Wilma Sue can't help befriending the chickens in the coop in the backyard, and helping Naomi make some very special cakes for the neighbors. The cakes seem to be almost magical, and they change people.


Cake caught my attention from the very beginning, with its quirky descriptions, funny character surnames, and a reference to Emily of New Moon (by my beloved L.M. Montgomery) right off the bat. It feels as if it was made, like the cakes it describes, with a lot of love, and a pinch of something special. This story has heart.

All those lovely things said, I want to be completely honest in my review and say that sometimes the style of writing seemed to change, and occasionally pulled me out of the story. I'm not sure if this was just me, or if the author purposefully (or accidentally) meandered and took time with description in some chapters, and then hurried through others. (The places where she meandered were my favorites.)

Lastly, I wish I had seen the growth of main character more clearly over the course of the story. I felt that in the end some things weren't quite resolved, and it left me feeling as if I was missing a piece of the puzzle. Perhaps this was intentional... is there going to be a sequel???

But, personal writing style and pacing preferences aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this fun and easy read and I definitely recommend it.

I will also give a warning: This book may make you crave cake. :)

-Amanda