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Book Review: Remember 

Remember by Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley. 

This is the second installment in the Redemption series and wow wow wow! I’m still not over it. After finishing Book 1, Redemption, 2 weeks ago, I just had to get myself the second book and boy! was it worth it. If you haven’t read this book, I’m recommending it now! 

I just love the way the authors manage to make the title of the book, which is usually an abstract noun or a verb rhyme with the whole story till the end. 

Remember was basically about remembering, Kari got to remember her first love, her first husband and all, Ashley’s story was the bigger one with a deeper rooted meaning and bringing Alzheimer’s patients into the novel was just beautiful. 

The authors also wrote about the 9/11 attacks in the novel. I was barely a toddler when the attacks happened, but the ability of the writers to carefully, adequately and expertly explain the attacks, from the plane crashes, to the global shock, to even little details like the smell of sulphur and ash, the smell of death, the smell of hell; I was taken to another place and time and God knows, I cried. 

The narrative is exquisite and next to none really. The ability of the writers to write the novel from several view points, giving each character particular traits and a means of observation to make the narrative style unique is simply goals! 

The ability of a Christian writers to also delve into the field of humanism, explaining the concept; giving it weight, credence and even life was beyond me. For well-founded Christians to expertly explain and showcase the minds of those who are dead-set against God, wow! Just wow! Extreme kudos to the authors, I cannot wait to read book 3.

This novel is simply a winner! The message given to readers at the end is basic. Don’t get too caught up! Remember the most important things in your life; remember your faith; remember your first love. 

Don’t forget! 

Remember!!!

👑 Àyànfé

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FOR ALL THE TALKATIVES OUT THERE

Reading the book of James in the Bible always makes me smile. I don’t know where, when or how I discovered that book (I’m yet to go that far in the New Testament) but it will forever remain a blessing to me. 

From what I understand, James either had a problem with talking too much or he must have lived with someone who did, because the central theme I tapped into when I was done with the book was how the tongue is a weapon and it should be tamed. So if you have a problem with your speech, I strongly recommend the book of James. 

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Next post tomorrow. 

A.N.T.I.C.I.P.A.T.E.

🍔 Cheeseburger. 

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MY LESSONS ON CONFIDENCE [FOR EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING]

Precisely a week ago, I was priviledged to participate in a debate of sorts in my school fellowship. I’ve been up in front of crowds a good number of times to know how best to handle the butterflies that mysteriously plague my stomach right before a public address, but my co-debater on the other hand, she was a nervous wreck. She looked like a tiny leaf clinging desperately to it’s branch while tossed in every which way during a storm. I gave her a little advice right before she went up and it worked for her to an extent, so I’d like to share a few tips on confidence (before, during and after a speech)

1. It’s totally okay to be nervous or shy, it’s part of our human DNA.

2. Although its okay to be nervous, don’t let it consume you. Once you get on stage shove it in a deep corner of your stomach and do what you went there to do.

3. Zone out. Yes, you’re giving a big speech in front of probably a million and one people, just try to forget all about that and focus on something else apart from the crowd, you could look at a wall clock, or find a familiar face to lock eyes with till your nervousness has been subdued.

4. Have you ever seen your favourite speaker giving a speech? He looked so cool and natural yeah? Well, he was probably feeling the same way you are feeling right now. You have to realise no one knows what’s going on inside you except you and it’s your duty not to show them how nervous you are. So just remember: your audience sees only what you want them to see. And what exactly do you want them to see? Confidence, that’s what. Show them confidence.

5. Keep going. If you make a blunder, if you skip a vital part, just keep going and find a way to chip in what you missed out or just go smoothly over your blunder like nothing happened. 

6. Be yourself and act natural. Don’t put on a fake accent, don’t use words that you don’t completely understand. Just do you and be proud of it.

7. Have a good idea of what you are trying to tell the audience. Whenever I’m having a class presentation, I like to believe that I am my paper and my paper is me. I am one with my paper and even if it’s taken away from me I will still be able to deliver my presentation effectively. Try as much as possible to be one with your paper.

8. During and at the end of your speech, try as much as possible to maintain a poker face. Don’t frown or scrunch up your face, don’t smile too much and don’t twitch.

9. This point should have been the first, but it comes in last also. Pray. Before and after your speech, pray to God to guide you and your thoughts and help you not to fumble.

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Next post tomorrow. 

A.N.T.I.C.I.P.A.T.E

🍔 Cheeseburger. 

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