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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Finding Noel

Finding Noel- Richard Paul Evans

This is a book that I just finished reading. It was recommended by Kate. I really enjoyed this book. Kate said that the author also wrote The Christmas Box and I love that movie, but never knew it was a book. So, I knew that I had to read his new book.

The book is basically about a girl named Macy and her sister who get adopted by different families after their mom dies. Both have very different circumstances in their new homes. Macy's is really bad. An older Macy meets a guy named Mark who has similar family problems after his mom dies. He ends up trying to help Macy find her long lost sister. Macy goes through a lot to find her and finally gives up. Both Macy and Mark help each other. The book also focuses on Macy's relationship with her roommate who is more like her mom. The book really focuses on relationships we have with people and how important they are and there is a lot of forgiving in it too. I do not want to get to deep into the plot and what happens at the end because I know Kate is still waiting to read the book. But, I will say I cried a lot at the end and most of it is a happy cry. A Christmas ornament with the name Noel on it helps solve a lot of problems at the end of the book.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good holiday read! Thanks Kate for the recommend!

Monday, November 27, 2006


We watched this movie this weekend. It was a really good movie with a very good theme. I would have liked a little less sexual scenes and cursing. I really think the movie would have been better without all of that and still got the meaning across! I think the meaning was we need to enjoy what we have now even the bad. We need to expereince it! This guy wanted to fast forward through everything and get to the good stuff. It is so important for us to go through the trials in life. I really think that we need those experiences! I think it makes us better. Unfortanually, it was almost too late for the guy in the movie to understand the importance of that. Sometimes, I have thought it would be so nice to fast forward through life. I remember when my aunts and uncles were 30 and how great I thought it would be to just fast forward to 30. Now that I am older than 30 I wish sometimes I never wished that. I am grateful for the knowledge I have that we have been sent here to be tested and going through trials are part of that experience. I cried so hard when the guy finally died, but before dying told his family what he had finally learned. "Family comes first." I was really glad when he woke up and it was all a dream! He was given a chance to use the romote again but had learned his lesson. Like I said, I really liked the theme of this movie, but hated that it had all that bad stuff added for , "humor."

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