For those who fear an early death, do not listen to those voices. It is the enemy terrorizing, and putting crippling fear in you so that you will not rejoice in the Lord or serve him. Learn to take authority if you are a believer in Jesus and cast those thoughts away from you. Jesus had no problem telling Satan to get behind him. We must do the same thing.
A Collection of Short Stories is a stunning collection of ten stories that all are unique but focus on different characters and their very different lives from places all around the world. The collection of short stories are fantastic, and from the first one I was hooked; I was hooked because the readability of the author’s words is flawless, Catharine LJ Parks managed to captivate me with her stunning literature and compel me to read until the very end. Parks is an author whose words have gripped, charmed, and thrilled me thanks to her outstanding talent at writing as well as her craft for writing memorable stories. The story of A Collection of Short Stories is a phenomenal one that all readers will love…. Especially those that adore fiction laced with real-life experiences and stories that are relatable as well as inspirational and moving!
A Collection of Short Stories features ten stories and all of them I believe are based on real-life experiences and feature humor but also poignant themes such as grief and loss. There are many stories laced throughout A Collection of Short Stories, but my personal favorite was one about PTSD. This is a story that really moved me and what was so special about it was that throughout it the story provides advice on how to help those with it and how to guide them back to happiness and health. Another favorite of mine was about religion and how nobody should ever judge another religion, and I thought that was incredible. Because even if you do not believe in the religion, you have to respect that people are entitled to their own opinions and that they should never be judged. Another beautiful story is about one woman’s spiritual journey as she is on her deathbed and that was an extraordinary but emotive story that should be read by everybody.
The stories laced throughout A Collection of Short Stories are not only entertaining but also moving because all of them deal with poignant themes that will move, motivate and inspire readers. As I read the stories, I found that some of them resonated with me and certain experiences within my life. That is the beauty of A Collection of Short Stories because all readers, no matter where you are from in the world will be able to relate to the stories in some way and that is an exquisite quality about this book.
Catharine LJ Parks is an astounding author who is an expert storyteller who knows how to keep her readers entertained with her many different, emotive stories. A quality I love about Park’s literature is her ability to develop phenomenal characters and make them realistic as well as believable. Each character the reader comes across in the novel will spark interest within a reader, whether it be bad or good interest; this is because each character is well developed and different from the last, some readers may like one character, and some may dislike one. That is the beauty of literature and the incredible author’s literature.
Overall A Collection of Short Stories is a stellar read that will move, charm and delight its readers with its many compelling stories that will captivate you from start to finish. That is why I have no choice but to award A Collection of Short Stories a magnificent five stars! Please do have a read of the preview below book lovers as you will not regret it!
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Trapped in a nightmare
From which I never wake
Each morning I lay there
My heart about to break
Again my bed is wet
I lay there paralyzed
Never once do I forget
It’s too late to regret
Here comes mother
Calling out my name
Fear strikes like no other
Adding to my shame
Trapped in a nightmare
No one else to blame
Can’t hide anywhere
My disgrace, my shame
Asleep the nightmare begins
They wait till after dark
Skeletons out to win
Their goal to leave their mark
Sleepwalking and dreaming
Of sitting on the toilet
In reality I was screaming
Alone in the dark
Harassed at school daily
I was trapped in a nightmare
That fit so aptly
My soul became ensnared
Years later the memories intact
Remembering the shame
Those were the facts
Was I to blame?
Once I asked her
Why do that to me?
Laziness was her answer
For she could not see
People need to be educated
More sympathetic, and tolerated
Children are our legacy
They deserve love and dignity.
I remember as a child that I would dream about being on the toilet. Also I would sleepwalk into the bathroom, but not sit on the toilet and go. The house that I lived in as a child was very strange because it was the only house that I would sleepwalk in and also have nightmares. Skeletons coming to me at night.
As an adult I realize it was the enemy attacking my soul, trying to prevent me from reaching my calling in life. If the enemy can make you full of pain and distrust towards other people half his battle is won. We have to recognize how the enemy works, and put on the whole Armour of God to fight his fiery darts.
True life stories should inspire and encourage as well as inform or educate the reader. All the stories offer valuable lessons such as discovering that God still speaks to his people. These encounter stories show how God uses dreams and prayers to keep peace and bring victory even in a dangerous situation.
There are people in this world that receive signs and warnings in their lives and disregard them. When you read about these signs and warnings inside these stories my hope is that you will identify them as signs in your life and choose the right path. Then you will be better equipped to avoid the pitfalls, and hard knocks that life often throws our way.
“Pick this book up, you’ll not only fall in love with Catharine’s writing style but you’ll find priceless nuggets of wisdom as you flip through the pages.” – by Orlena Naamah of Virtue Christian Book Award.
We need books for such times as this. There’s a spiritual warfareand we need to be equipped with prayer. Brilliant subject matter on this book. I just bookmarked the Amazon page. – Griffins from the VCBA website.
Let me begin by expressing how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book The School of Hard Knocks: Life Lessons From the School of Hard Knocks(Heaven Sent Signs and Wonders). As a writer, I feel you are very talented. I found your warm and engaging writing style to be very refreshing. I read many books, and other writers whose work is too wordy and confusing often turn me off. I found your writing style to be very clear, easy to read and easy to comprehend. You were able to capture and maintain my interest from the very beginning, until the very end. – reviewed By Lucinda Weeks for Readers’ Favorite
Nov 07, 2015 J Jackson rated it it was amazing
A riveting collection!
Firstly, I must say this author has done an excellent job by inscribing such a riveting book. The recollection of her stories are neatly structured, simple and detailed enough for understanding. I came with an expectancy to learn more about our relationship with Christ and dreams and boy, was I amazed. Not only did I learn life lessons through the life of the author, but I see how they are applied.
At times I do struggle with anger management and at times I just loose it and enter into sin. But thanks to be to God, for he has used Catharine life to demonstrate the implications of my actions. Now this is a lesson I will never forget!
I am recuperating at home after receiving my new hip replacement. I had my left hip replaced in December, and now I have just had my right hip replaced September 18.
I was discharged from the hospital on September 25, five days after my surgery. On the day I was discharged I fell. I have had to contend with extra bruises on my right leg and butt. But by the grace of God my new hip did not dislocate.
You do not know what it is like to be helpless and completely dependent on someone else when you cannot do the simplest things to help yourself until you have a hip replaced.
I thank God that I have had my younger sister here to help me with things that I could not do myself.
If you want to know how much your body depends on your hips to do the simplest things – dress yourself, pick things up from the floor, bending, etc. Just have a hip replaced and you will find out quickly how much we depend on our hips.
Enough ranting for now…