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​Review: All These Things Added by James Allen

What does it mean to enter Heaven while we still walk the Earth? And what exactly does one have to do in order to enter it? These questions and so much more are examined and introspected upon in James Allen's All These Things Added.

Storyline:

The title, a guiding theme of the book, is borrowed from Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” As this Bible verse suggests, Allen's short book expresses priority of attaining the kingdom of God and personal righteousness in life and claims that all other aspects of one’s well being will fall into place after attaining this ideal state of spiritual renunciation and purity first. The book is written from the perspective of an author who has already undertaken the quest to relinquish selfishness and become entirely loving. The journey starts in hellish states of being and progressively enlightens readers as to the various stumbling blocks of human nature as one attempts to overcome their inner shortcomings.

What’s good:

The book is overflowing with wisdom and sage advice from a deeply spiritual and compassionate man. The suggestions come from Allen's personal experiences with overcoming his baser nature and of selfishness, attaining peace and joy as a loving being who identifies and lives as spirit.

Communication and secrets

On Shut Up and Take My Hand

A while back, a girl I barely knew told me something interesting 'you seem really interesting, like you've got a lot of secrets' ._. Errrr...ok?

To be honest I don't know if I'd agree. Well yeah there's a LOT said person didn't know about me, but of course, I barely knew/know her. And I'm not just not including her name for privacy reasons I just...don't remember her name ._.

Hmm well lets see, there are I'd say, about two people who know 'everything' about me. In quotation marks cuz there's still I'd presume, things that these two people don't know about me, not things I intentionally hide or avoid but just things that they don't know yet. These two people are my best friend, Bunny~! And my boyfriend (do I just call you Dobbsy on here ._.?)

And these people know a lot about me since I communicate with them frequently, on various different 'levels'. We talk about stupid, trivial matters, topical things and wider philosophical ideas as well as sometimes about ourselves, flaws and good points. I think it's because I communicate with them so frequently that these people know so much about me. Obviously its cuz I'm comfortable with them and I trust them that I feel so free when it comes to talking about more sensitive topics or showing them my weaknesses.

That said, its not like I hide anything in particular about myself. Well...lets see. I act around people a lot but I still wouldn't say I hide anything about me. I just act more happy, more sociable than I would be if I were with people who I were comfortable around. Though, if I were around people that made me feel comfortable, I wouldn't have to ACT happy.

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