Purposeful Pages: August 2016

I saw this thing called “Purposeful Pages” on one of my Goodreads friend’s blogs, and it looked like fun! Purposeful Pages is “a monthly link-up designed to unite bloggers on answering questions about life, blogging, the Bible, writing, and books”. The link up was created by two Christian teens who run the blogs Scattered Journal Pages and Furious Ever Afters.

I think this is a cool way for bloggers to connect and for readers to learn more about the people behind the blogs. I decided to give it a go!

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What book of the Bible has taught you the most this month?

I’ve been reading a lot of the Psalms lately, and it struck me for the first time this month how the Palms are really prayers. I knew this before, but I don’t think it fully dawned on me how much the Psalms are the writer’s pouring out of his heart to God. Several of the PsalmsI’ve read lately seem to fit exactly what I’m thinking.

How would you react if you were in the positions of either Esther, if you’re a girl, or Daniel, if you’re a guy?

I’d like to say I’d do what Esther did–trust God and go where He told me to go. Honestly, though, I think I would be a little more timid and spend more time trying to figure out why God called me then actually fulfilling His calling for me!

If you could have a book character for a sibling, who would it be, and what makes you two alike?

I think Thalli from Krista McGee’s Anomaly series and I have some things in common. We’re both full of questions about, well, everything–the world, God, life, our place in society–and want to know all of the answers to hose questions. And we both tend to respond to situations on a very emotional level!

If you’re a novelist, answer: How would your main character most likely spend his or her Friday night? If you’re not a novelist, answer: How would you most likely spend your Friday night?

Ha.

The protagonist of my dystopian novel would spend a Friday night studying. 😉 (I promise she isn’t as boring as she sounds! She just happens to live in a society where a lot of emphasis is placed on how successful one is when they take a certain test she’s trying to prepare for…)

The protagonist of my fantasy novel would spend a Friday night reading. Which sounds like a great plan to me.

What are the top three books you’re just dying to read?

Three? Just Three? How about closer to fifty? But, here are the three I’m most eager to read:

1- Jupiter Storm by C.J. Darlington. I loved the first book, Jupiter Winds, so I’m super excited for the sequel!

2- The Returning by Rachelle Dekker. This is the third book in The Choosing series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

3- King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen series is one of few secular series I really enjoy. The second book ended on a horrible cliffhanger, so I’m eager to read the third.

Can you briefly share the story behind your blog’s name?

Um, well the blog’s name is my name, so…..

Basically, my dream is to be a published author, so I initially created this blog just as a way to build my platform. But I’ve grown to love blogging, and I hope God can use it to encourage and inform others.

What do you consider to be your blog’s “branding,” or signature? What sets your blog or social media platform apart from others?

I do a lot of posts about books, which is actually pretty common for blogs. The longer I’ve blogged, though, I think I have a unique angle I approach my reviews and my book-related posts with:

My senior year of high school, I took American Literature. I realized in that class how important books and other forms of entertainment are, in how they both reflect and influence culture. You can learn so much about a certain time period just by the opinions the authors and poets and journalists expressed through their writing. How did people view God, science, technology, family, marriage, government, and various social issues? This is such an amazing concept to me, this power that stories have. I now love analyzing what our entertainment says about our twenty-first century American culture.

Because of this power entertainment has, when I read, I want to know 1) what viewpoint the author is trying to convince me of, and 2) what does this viewpoint say about the world we live in? I think we, as Christian readers, should be aware of the lies this world tells us….in the form of entertainment, which I’ve learned is anything but just “entertainment”.

In my book reviews, I like to talk about the content and worldview presented. I also write a lot of posts about what the Bible says about entertainment, what lies teens are often told in the books they read, and some of the ways I think books are changing how we perceive sin and morality.

(Sorry. That got a bit long.)

Who are a few of your favorite bloggers?

I really like my my friend’s Gabrielle’s blog. She does book reviews with very detailed analysis of plot, writing quality, content, etc. Her reviews are really good! The Write Nook is a blog with tips for writers I enjoy reading.

If you could go on a road trip of your dreams, where would you go and who would you spend time with?

Narnia, of course, to visit Aslan and Reepicheep and–

Wait, you can’t get there by road trip? Hmmm, well…

I would love to travel around the US and explore various historical sites. Our country has such a fascinating history, and I would love to go see some of the places I’ve only read about in novels and textbooks. As for who with? Not sure yet!

Using five words or less, tell a story.

God’s light overcomes the darkness.

A lot of my stories deal with the theme of hope as my characters struggle through harsh worlds, stand against corrupt villains, and fight for an unpopular faith. I love writing stories where God’s love and steadfastness shine through, even when life is rough.


What is your idea of a perfect Friday night?

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9 Comments

  1. Loved the post! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. 😉 It’s good to know my reviews benefit others-after all, that’s the whole point of writing them in the first place!

  2. HAVING PARTIES AT TWO IN THE MORNING!!!! YEAH!!!!! ?????
    Just kidding, I like drawing and listening to music on a Friday night. And watching TV.

  3. My idea of a perfect Friday night is sharing conversation and a meal with family or friends. Watching a good movie together would be dessert!

  4. I’m so glad that you did this link-up!!! 😀 Your answers were very neat. I love how you like to analyze how entertainment affects us. I sometimes forget about that.

  5. A perfect Friday is making snack food with my daughter and watching movies or playing games with her and my husband. Of course, we just dropped out daughter off at college so now a perfect Friday could be a romantic dinner and a movie 🙂

    Enjoyed reading all your answers!

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