The Road by Cormac McCarthy

 

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‘The Road’ is such a well written piece. There are no chapters, therefore nothing there to encourage you to have a break from the story. He has a wayof forming his sentences that can give you the wrong idea which made it hard to put the book down. With the stench of death smeared on every page, it was refreshing and an absolute delight to see glimmers of hope shared between a father and son. Even with such chaotic circumstances, Cormac beautifully depicts a loving relationship between the two main characters.

“When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him.” A brutal story of a father and son trying to survive a country that’s been ravished by war.

I was amazed at how the characters’ tiredness and haze toward the end was actually being transferred on to me as Cormac deliberately writes less and less about the day, time, where they are, how long they’ve been there. This made it scarier and even more gripping as you feared for their lives, not being able to make out what their surroundings might look like and who might be around.

I give this book a 5/5. I can see myself coming back to read it again down the track. I have not seen the movie. Yet.

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Let’s experiment!

So, unfortunately I had a bad fall on a trip to Europe about a month ago. Broke my ankle and now I’m stuck with these two means of getting around the house…Image

It stops me from doing ordinary things I could usually easily do. Like cleaning the house, cooking, getting to the car on my own and grocery shopping. But I have grown a deep appreciation and admiration towards people constantly living this way. They are strong and have not failed to keep up with this fast-paced society. Incredible! I’d hardly call it being ‘disabled’.

This last month has definitely been a very frustrating time for me. My husband has been helping me out so much and if it wasn’t for him, I’d be living in a dump right now.

However… I should be able to walk again normally come the 7th July! Fingers crossed! With that in mind, I’m looking forward to trying an ‘experiment’ based on Sarah Wilson’s book “I Quit Sugar”. The book has a range of recipes, particularly focusing on breakfasts, snacks and desserts. It’s a great find and almost like reading a magazine! Colourful, thought-provoking and intriguing. This doesn’t surprise me given Sarah Wilson’s past at Cosmopolitan.

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“The research is growing to show sugar is indeed poisoning us. Studies are proving sugar to be the biggest cause of fatty liver, which leads to insulin resistance. This then causes metabolic syndrome, which is now being seen as the biggest precursor to heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Sugar isn’t just a bunch of naughty, empty calories. Some leading scientists are saying it’s responsible for 35 million annual deaths worldwide.”

I also believe in this research and I think it’s about time the health industries jumped on board. 150 years ago, sugar wasn’t so readily available for people and there wasn’t a high percentage of overweight and obese people either. But now it’s everywhere! Sarah makes it clear that those ‘health-focused’ foods hitting our shelves, like low fat yoghurt and sugar free muesli bars, actually have a higher quantity of the white stuff than original, whole foods. I’m excited to see how my body will react to this experiment. Come on the journey with me…

I’ll keep you updated with recipe photos and my withdrawal symptoms. 😉 

This is my food plan and my exercise plan will start beginning of August when I’m technically allowed to exercise. I have some exciting plans for that one too! Don’t miss out. Follow me and stay in the sugar-free loop!

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Keep your fists up and fight!

“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. But I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10

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The thief’s work is to minimize; to make little of. These actions capture the feeling of having four walls close in on you. Breathing becomes harder and your end becomes a deafening echo that just can’t be ignored. Anxiety, hopelessness and fear are constantly knawing at you, destroying you more and more. These three things: steal, kill and destroy, are the very things that happen to someone being kidnapped and imprisoned. They feel trapped, unable to get out but even if they did, could they ever be the same?

 

But to have life and have it to the full. Those walls are stretched out as far as possible, breathing is easier. You have so much space to walk and live your life out to every corner you can. Yet, we who have been redeemed still gasp for air. Why is that? We fear being exposed, being seen as who we really are. We are covered and re-covered in shame. Some of us try so hard to brave it, addicted to sin but trying so hard to look “Christian” and strong on the outside. Now I’m not talking about people who fake it, that’s been talked about enough. I want to know why the heck we’re still in bondage when Jesus said “it is finished”. Don’t you?

 

I don’t believe Jesus is a liar, I don’t believe he ‘accidentally’ got it wrong. But I do believe that there’s a war and Christians are lying on their backs and taking it. Hit after hit after hit. The enemy continues to steal, kill and destroy. But often when we’re stuck right in the midst of temptation, we don’t turn to the One who has come to give us life to the full. 

 

I don’t know about you but I have been in the midst of temptation and I have literally had a thought that almost sounds like someone else was in the room with me. The thought? It’s simple. “Pray”. I can tell you that 100% of the time when I did pray, I received strength to get up and walk away from it. Even sometimes, the temptation was no longer tempting after a short “Jesus, I need your help”. But unfortunately there have been plenty of times when I didn’t pray. I fell straight in to the trap.

 

Here’s the harsh truth…sometimes we don’t pray or ask God for help when temptation hits because:

  1. We like the sin too much. We WANT to give in to it. That piece of gossip is on the tip of our tongue and we can stop before it gets out, but oh, it’s just too good! If we only knew the stealing, the killing and the destroying the enemy is doing to us and the people around us… I don’t think we’d like sin so much after all. Be honest with God about this. And ask that He helps you find your sin absolutely disgusting and not worth your time. Even better, ask Him to open your eyes to see how much more desirable He is over any sin!
  2. Our shame stops us from reaching out to God. There is no shame in being tempted, but if we were to make a deal with the enemy and give in to the temptation…that’s where shame can really grip us.
  3. We think it won’t help and it’s too late anyway. It’s never too late with God! NEVER! I mean, if God takes us back after the sin is done and the repentance is there, ofcourse He’ll help you in the midst of it all even though you’ve fallen already. Obedience matters to God. That’s when the rubber really hits the road for Him. And, believe me, it helps. Our God is Faithful and True, trust Him in the midst of your weakness, He can be your strength. Just call on Him.