Tuesday, August 9, 2016
A Book or Two
The play opens with the last scene of the final Harry Potter book as well as the movie. Harry and Ginny along with Ron and Hermione are at Platform 9 and 3/4 seeing their children off on the Hogwarts Express. This play focuses on Harry's struggles to father a child who he feels is very different from himself. And Harry is a bit resentful that Albus does not realize that he is lucky to have a father at all. Draco Malfoy and his son are predominant characters in this book. I always felt that Draco really wanted to be Harry's friend but his envy got in the way. This story is explored in The Cursed Child.Time turners are back and I have to say I never liked them in the first place. And finally, Harry's scar is hurting for the first time since the battle of Hogwarts. What does that mean? Several readers stated that the book was rather like bad fan fiction. I would not go so far as to say that but I do think that it would have been better if Ms Rowling had just sat down and written us a book on these themes. Really Harry needs JK's pen to make him truly come alive. I have heard that tickets to this play cost $900 each. I love Harry but I would never pay that much to see this play as it is written. I gave it four stars on Good Reads, mainly because it was good to read about my old friends again but please do not think it will be as good as the previous books because you will be disappointed.
I also read this book, When God Doesn't Fix It by Laura Story. I gave it four stars. I think we all struggle with areas of our lives where we feel that God should step in and make every thing ok. But it doesn't always work like that does it? I was unfamiliar with Laura Story. She wrote the songs, Indescribable and Blessings, which I was familiar with however. After a year of marriage to her high school sweetheart, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on his pituitary gland which was pushing on his adrenal gland causing him to grow an inch and making him sleepy all the time. At first they thought he might have narcolepsy but by the time Martin was diagnosed the tumor was threatening his eyesight as well. The doctor said, five days in the hospital and he can go home. Well three months later they were home and Martin needed full time care. That was ten years ago and Martin still struggles with routine things. He has NO short term memory requiring him to ask Laura the same question over and over. Being the impatient person I am, that would drive me crazy. And Laura shares that she is not always gracious so I appreciated her honesty. This book encourages the reader to look for God and his promises in every situation. We are reminded that we were never promised there would be no trials in life but we are promised that God will be there with you. Laura's trial inspired her to write the song, Blessings. Here is one of my favorite verses of that song,
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know you're near
What if the trials of this life
Are your mercies in disguise?
I think we can all relate to those sleepless nights when our mind races with the "what ifs". This book is a keeper and it is one I will read again.
So two good books in one week...not a bad week for a reader. Oh and I looked up the "real" name for Boopie and it is Berwick by Anchor Hocking. I think I like Boopie better!