No Limits – The all surpassing power of the Holy Spirit

Learnt from our last week’s sermon on the topic of the surpassing power of the Holy Spirit that in 1900 Dec 13th, a group of believers gathered in a building in USA, Topeka Kansas, reading on the Acts chapter when an Agnes Ozman asked the pastor to lay hands on her, and before he’d said out 3 words, Agnes immediately was speaking in a different language, which was known later that it was the Chinese language. For 3 days she was not able to speak in English, only wrote in Chinese characters. It was said that she’s considered by many to be the the first person to speak in tongues and her experience had sparked the modern Pentecostal-Holiness movement, which began in the early 20th century. Wanted to read more about what happened, and found some related books on the internet which I hope I could get hold of and read.

Also about the Azusa Street Revival about an African American Pastor, William J. Seymour who had arrived in Los Angeles in 1906, how his congregation was previously at 214, Bonnie Brae Street, then moved to a dilapidated building at 312, Azusa Street because at the previous location, not able to withstand the increasing numbers of attendees the porch fell.

If anyone of you have read these books, what about sharing with me what your thoughts are. I like reading reviews and comments.

Sunday Salon: The Grass is Singing (Doris Lessing)

Have completed 2 books this week – Man Crazy by Joyce Carol Oates, which I find the story to be a bit boring, and I also don’t like her writing style. Another one was a Lessing’s book The Grass is Singing. I really like this one, compared to her other book The Golden Notebook which is quite thick and tedious in reading.

The Grass is Singing was Doris Lessing’s first novel and brought her immediate recognition. A story of white people in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), it is both an accurate picture of Africa as is appears to the average settler and a subtle study of a doomed marriage. It’s a sad read – there’s a lot of truth about a how a person can lose herself after living so miserably in a poor living condition. Lessing’s descriptions are all very real and striking, like because of poverty, pride makes a person avoid meeting people to ask for assistance, always thinking negative thoughts of others who genuinely wanted to help; how living in a house like an oven under a corrugated iron roof for 6 years with nothing to see except farms, trees and natives in the surroundings can make a once confident girl lose her self-esteem, and become irrationally bad tempered and unreasonable etc. In this case, the protagonist treated the natives very badly. Aren’t all these universal and not just in Rhodesia? The author has painted a very real pic of the lives of people living probably during the time she spent her childhood on a large farm in Southerm Rhodesia – a time and place where the whites and the natives lived and worked together.

Though the book describes Mary Turner as a once confident person, but I find her to be very disillusioned instead, due to her own parents unhappy and poverty lives. She just wanted to live differently and forgot about her past. She didn’t know what she wanted, and thinking marriage was a way to escape, and decided on impulse to marry a man whom she had only met once just because of overhearing what her surrounding friends said behind her back.

Though the description of the surroundings and what goes inside the characters’ head slow the reading down, but overall it’s a good read. Eye-opening too.

Sunday Salon: Meg Cabot in Singapore

The author of The Princess Diaries was in town last week and I have missed it. She was here as part of a month-long publicity tour that includes Britain, Sweden, South Africa, Hong Kong and Thailand. In fact, I’ve never read her Princess Diaries series before, or any of her other books, but she seems to be very popular among the teenagers & young adults from what the paper says and they enjoy the humour and romance in her writing. She’s here at Borders for a book-signing session last Mon, and I came to know about it only through yesterday’s papers.

Some of her fans like her Mediator series, about a 16 year old girl by the name of Suzie Simon who helps ghosts resolve their worldly issues so that they can move on to the next life. Wasn’t this what I hv recently read by Heather Graham on paranormal stuff? It intrigues me in wanting to go get the whole series to read, though I’m not really a teenager and I’m not sure whether will I like them 😉

And ironically now when I come to know about her and her books, she said she’s ending The Princess Diaries with its last volume, which is the 10th of the series. Prob it’s also not a bad thing in that I can quickly grab hold of them and read before her new book comes out. I’m not sure whether I will like them as much as the youngsters, but I’m going to the library on Mon to try to get whatever i can find.

This blog is written on Sunday night, and while writing and editing the clock is ticking away quietly, until when I realised the lateness it’s already the next day.

Sunday Salon but not quite

Today is not Sunday, just wanna post something here to say I still remember this reading club. Haven’t been reading much lately, except The Dead Room (Heather Graham) which was finished on a Sat, and since it was my first blog review, was so excited I didn’t want to wait another day to write it, that’s why it was not titled Sunday Salon. Actually most of what I read are on my bookcrossing shelf. And I always seem to finish reading on days other than Sunday, so… Well, hope tomorrow will be better 🙂