Always Watching Book Review

Thursday, 18 January 2018

As soon as I finished reading this book, I knew I needed to review it on here.
So let's get into talking about this cool book shall we?

First of, I read this as an ebook and I wasn't sure that I would like this series. I was greatly and pleasantly surprised though, because as I am about to explain there were a lot of things I really liked about it.

Back Cover Synopsis
from Goodreads
When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son. But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap.
Olivia's skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade's stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closet to him--including Olivia. But in her mind, even more dangerous than the threats to her life is the hold her handsome client has on her heart.

Wade. Wade is such a great person. I even liked him more than Olivia. Wade does such a great job as a widowed father. I loved how much he loved his daughter, Amy.
Elite Guardians is not only an agency but a family. I really liked how they 're all friends and tease each other.
The suspense was perfect. Gripping, page turning, edge of your seat suspense. It was also great that the suspense was not limited to just one main part but spread evenly throughout the whole book.
Hayley. I can't wait to read the book all about her. She's Irish!
Overcoming your fears. There are a few characters on this novel who overcome their fears. 
The romance wasn't too over powering to the rest of the plot.

I loved all of it! Really, there wasn't really anything that made me think "Oh, I don't like that". Except the stalker of course! Ugh.

I would not recommend this book for the faint of heart because there are mention of blood, weapons, and some gruesomeness. I didn't bother me so much but just so you know!
Ages 14+
If you want a full content review, check out Lindsey's review on the BFCG blog here.

A Disscusion about Thomas Barrow

Sunday, 14 January 2018

I have been hesitant to write about this topic but I have many thoughts in the matter and had to share them with someone.
First, I will introduce Thomas Barrow to those of you who are less acquainted with him.

A pretty classic pose for Thomas
Thomas Barrow starts as a footman and works his way up to being butler at Downton Abbey. It seems he enjoys making people unhappy and in constantly getting into people's business. He smokes far too much for his own good. One other important fact about him, is that he is gay. It is this fact that prompted me to write this post.

So now you know a bit about him I will say that he doesn't stay all mean and heartless. In the last few seasons of the show, we do see some change in his behaviour towards others. He becomes kinder, more sensitive to others feelings, and more helpful.

I do not agree at all with his affections towards other men. I find it very gross and disturbing. However because of this downfall I do not think we should just dismiss him as a horrible person and stop at that.
Thomas is a person who has problems and could if he put his mind to it stop doing it. I thought it would have been good if there was a woman who maybe was in love with him and maybe it would help him. You know what I mean?
If someone 'showed' Thomas what a real relationship was like, I feel that would have made a difference.

Towards the end we see him very disturbed, so much so he nearly kills himself. I think he his confused and needs people to care for him.
I love the scenes with Thomas and George, I think they are so cute.

I did feel quite sorry for him in the end. Because of his meanness, there were very few people who liked him or trusted him and so he had few friends. But as they were somewhat kind to him despite the way he had treated them,he showed a change of heart.

I always like to look for the good in people and there is good in Thomas Barrow. Normally everyone has some good in them. Sometimes it just stays hidden.

So I suppose my conclusion is that I don't hate gays like Thomas Barrow (even though he's not a real person), I just hate what they believe and do.
As Christians we are commanded to love everyone, not with the exception of gay people.

The Benefits of Water + 14 Tips for Drinking More Water

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Recently I really started drinking water a lot more. And I feel like I need to share some things to helps others realise how great it is.
*takes a sip of water*
I'm sure you've been told before many times to drink water. And maybe you do, but I know that I used to go for a whole day without any water. Terrible, right?
So I hope this puts a new perspective on drinking water.

The Benefits of drinking Water / Reasons why you should drink it
There are many, many great things about what what does for your body.
These are just a few:

  1. Increases your energy It really does!
  2. Helps weight loss(if you need to)
  3. Flushes out the bad stuff aka toxins Think about it. Water goes right through you, taking toxins out with it.
  4. Great for your skin
  5. Boosts the immune system
  6. Natural headache remedy and prevention The reason I sometimes get a headache is because I'm dehydrated, soooooo......
  7. Perform better
  8. Be less grumpy

Now here are some tips:
This video here has some great tips that helped me.

Also here are 4 of my own tips:

1. Add fruit to your water,
Cucumber & Lemon is really nice. But you could also add raspberry, strawberry, mint, citrus, kiwifruit, or lime. Any fruits will work really. Have fun experimenting with different combos to find what you like best.
2. Drink water in the form of herbal tea as well.
3. Get water into you by eating water rich food. Watermelon and cucumber are obvious ones.
4. Get a bottle that is fun and pretty

And those are all my tips! Hope they help you to get into drinking water daily!

6 Things I think that Young Women should put into Practice

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Via Pinterest

As young women I believe we should be learning certain skills to equip us in later years from an early age.
In this post I will be covering those things!

1. Hospitality
If you're like me this is something you sort of learnt through your mother. I remember many times when I was younger we had visitors over and my mother would prepare food and drinks and be kind and polite. Me and my siblings were often told to ask a guest if they wanted a drink or bring food out.
Hospitality is of course more than giving people food. Welcoming people into your home with a smile on your face and love in your heart, that is also hospitality.

1 Peter 4:9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

2. Cooking
Everyone needs to learn this to be honest. I thought I would include it anyway just because it is a great skill. Not just to be able to cook but do it well.
I myself am not very keen on cooking but I do want to learn to because it's a good skill to have up my sleeve and I don't think anyone should live on takeaways.

Proverbs 31:15 ....she provides food for her family.....

3. Compassion and Serving Others
First I will specify what compassion means. "a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering".
Some people are born with this others not as much but I think it is a very important thing to do.
Having compassion on others will most likely lead us to serving others. We will try to help them and ease their pain. This is something I would very much like to teach myself.

Proverbs 31:20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

4. Being wise with money
Save money, give money to less fortunate, be wise in what we spend it on.
This one is pretty self explanatory!

Proverbs 31:16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
Obviously this is just an example. You don't necessarily have to plant a vineyard!

5. To be an example to other younger women/girls
This one is very important because younger girls need more godly women to look up to and aspire to these days.
A lot of girls want to be like famous movies stars and singers. Some of the greatest examples for women are in the Bible. Ruth, Mary, Esther, and many more.
So please think of when you were younger and in their shoes, didn't you feel confused about who to follow and imitate? Show these girls what a true woman is.

Proverbs 31:26 She speaks with wisdom, and instruction is on her tongue.

6. Choose modesty (if you haven't already!)
This is simple. Think about what guidelines you want to set for yourself because it really depends on your own convictions.
So for me, I don't like wearing skirts or shorts that go above my knees or necklines that show my underwear.
What are you comfortable with? Consider guys in your clothing choices too.

Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity....

Book quotes I love

Thursday, 4 January 2018

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Hey, hello everyone!
Lately when I read a book I look out for cool quotes that I can write down in my notebook.
I pick quotes that are descriptive/poetic, beautiful, fun, inspirational or say wise things.
I always find it hard writing these intros so let's get on with it shall we!

"It's ironic that some plants thrive in soil that has been displaced. 
Due to the devastation around us, these flowers bloom more profusely, yet I find their tenacity and beauty uplifting."
- Shadow and Light, War Girls, Theresa Breslin

"Her freckles looked as if someone had blown cinnamon across her nose and high cheekbones."
- An Amish Match, Jo Ann Brown

"Sweet scents came in through the windows: almond scents, honey scents, rose scents; all mingled into an ineffable bouquet of youth and the quest of youth."
- The Alabaster Box, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley

"There, behind the eye of the camera, I was truly at peace."
- Picture Perfect, Janice Thompson

"Jesus wrecked my life, shattered it to pieces, and put it back together more beautifully."
- Kisses from Katie, Katie Davis

"I'm just an ordinary girl. An ordinary girl serving an extraordinary God."
- Kisses from Katie, Katie Davis

"We fought back with our music; it was the only weapon we had."
- The Mozart Question, Michael Morpurgo

"Why does this war have to destroy anything and everything that's fine and beautiful?"
- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

"She was so beautiful when she smiled, but now was not the time to tell her so."
- The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, Melanie Dickerson

"Life is full of what ifs. You can't let it hold you back. If you do, you're not really living at all. . . just kind of going through the motions with no meaning."
- Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton

"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."
- The Help, Kathryn Stockett

These are all from books that I have read. I hope you liked them!

Which is your favourite?
Do you say 'two thousand and eighteen' or '20-18' ? Just curious.

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