Book Review: Hero of HackSaw Ridge

Hero of Hacksaw Ridge- Booton Herdon

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 stars

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

If you’re ever looking for a nice religious themed book to relax with, Hero of Hacksaw Ridge is the perfect read. 

Desmond Doss is a man of God, but he also wants to serve his country. Throughout the book his faith is constantly being tested by fellow soldiers, commmanding officers, and the enemy. It wouldn’t be much of a Christian life if our faith wasn’t tested would it? Any believer can relate to Doss’s journey. 

Military life always seemed interesting to me growing up, but I never contemplated joining. One of the reasons being because of the thought of killing. How can a believer uphold the sixth commandment and kill someone out in war? (Please, let’s not get into a debate about war and ethics.) Don’t get me wrong, in the Bible the Israelites did wipe out their enemies, but it was condoned by God. Doss, serving as a medic, demonstrates that you can be enlisted and not have to take life. Doss also believes that it is acceptable to help and heal others on the Sabbath, because Jesus Christ himself did the same when he walked the earth. I myself believe his.

Perhaps one of the most beautiful parts of the story is when Doss’s men retrieve his bible he left behind in the battle of Okinawa. Some of these men had given Doss such a rough time for his refusal to work on Saturdays and to carry a weapon. Risking their lives searching for the one book Doss lived by was the perfect way to return the favor for all those times he patched them up and risked his own life so they could keep breathing. It’s a good example of loving others. 
I recommend this book to everyone. Happy reading!

Serene Saturday #1

Hello, my friends. As you may have noticed there was no post last night about how my week went. I am sorry to those of you who keep up with my weekly reflections, but I’m putting a stop to them…..and moving them to Saturday.

Why the switch in days? (1) Most Friday evenings I come home beat from work. Mostly what I want to do after 9 o’clock is peel off the uniform and lay flat in my queen sized bed. I don’t feel like my writing is at it’s best when I’m half asleep. I don’t think it’s fair to you. (2) I never share about about my Saturdays! It makes it appear as if the seventh day is some big secret, or something I’m afraid to talk about. On the contrary, my Saturdays are actually worth sharing. They’re actually quite serene. So from here on out, instead of Calm Friday Night, look forward to…

All week like any other week it’s been work, work, work. Cue the Rihanna song. As for my workout, I only went to the gym twice this week because I had others matters to tend to, and I wanted to give my hand time to heal after cutting it on a pan. How does one do that- sharp edges. 

As I mentioned earlier this week, I wanted to take some time away from blogging to finish a book, and I’m happy to say that it is finito. I will have a short book review up later. I don’t know what it is, but just something about holding a book and brushing through the pages, eyes gazing at every line just does it for me. The book I chose to read was “Hero of Hacksaw Ridge” by Booton Herdon, the true story of army medic/ Seventh Day Adventist Desmond Doss. In the story, Doss endures everything from harsh words uttered by his fellow soldiers to heavy fire and casualties of war. Through all those thorns, he still finds a way to uphold his faith and love for the Lord. He was such a firm believer, that he refused to kill, refusing so much as to carry a weapon. 

Reading about Doss made me wonder about all those other Christians enlisted in the Navy, Army, Marines, and Airforce. Do they believe in upholding the Sixth Commandment- “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”? When somebody is coming at you with the intent to end you, would you be prepared to end them first?

This Sabbath, I went to church wearing my cobalt blue stripped suit, which I bought last Friday from GQ Fashions.

Call me a fashion bug if you want, but a nice pair of clothes puts a smile on my face. A deacon gotta look good.👀 I don’t just like wearing nice church clothes; I like dressing nice/decent in general. One thing I can’t stand is when guys have their pants hanging off their butts. At what point in time did this become cool? C’mon fellas. If you’re trying to impress the ladies with your backside, more than likely they’ll be repulsed by your dirty drawers. 

This morning at church, I was requested by church member to sing a song for special music for her. Even though my voice probably isn’t where it should be in the early morning, I am always willing to lend my voice for God. I’m sometimes referred to as God’s Minute Man because I will minister through song even when I’m requested at the last minute. The song selection was “Pass It On” by Kurt Kaiser, one of my favorites. I felt this song was appropriate for the springtime because of the second stanza, which goes,

“What a wondrous time is spring 

When all the trees are budding

The birds begin to sing

The flowers start their blooming

That’s how it is with God’s love

Once you’ve experienced it

You want to sing it’s fresh like spring

You want to pass it on”(Pass It On”)

God’s love truly is fresh like the ever blooming spring season. His love is so perfect that you want to pass it onto others. 

This week as a whole I was reminded that it is the simple things in life such as reading a book, wearing nice clothes, and singing a song that make me happy. It just goes to show you, whenever you’re having a rough time, it is the simple things, even so much as having another person smile at you, that can ease your soul.

I ask you, what makes you happy? 😊😊😊

How was your week? I wanna know!

Sources:

“Pass It On.” Pass It On Lyrics and Chords | Worship Together. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2017.

Must Read More

Hello friends,

With the exception of the Calm Friday Night posts I share every Friday, I think I might hold off on blogging for the rest of the week. Notice I said “might”. I want to use this time to be a good neighbor to all of you by reading and giving more feedback on your work. Also, I want to use the rest of my free time this week to finish a book I started about a month or two ago. It has been ages since I truly dived into a book and finished it. All the unfinished books on my shelf are crying out my name. I used to be a Booklion, but somewhere along the way I lost my roar. I can almost hear Mufasa saying, “Remember who you are”.


So this week I am going to challenge myself and finish the book up. Hopefully I can do a short review about it when I finish. Wish me luck. Be well. Be well groovy, and have a good week! 

(Images borrowed from Pinterest and Tumblr)

What is this- 20 Questions??

Happy Saturday, all. I hope you all have been having a wonderful day. Currently I am inside chillaxing on a rainy day. I can’t really complain. God is good. 

This week I reached over 50 followers. A lot of you publish something everyday. Sometimes even more than once a day. My inbox is overflowing with notifications from each and every one of you. Aside from your wonderful blogs, I don’t know too much about you guys. So what better way to get to know each other than asking some questions. Don’t worry this isn’t a test, and you’re not in trouble. Here are the questions:

1. Full Name?

2. Nickname?

3. Zodiac Sign?

4. Favorite current music artist?

5. Religion?

6. Relationship Status?

7. Any talents(besides writing)?

8. Any pets?

9. Favorite Color? 

10. Anybody who inspires you?

11. Where are you from?

12. One question you get asked a lot?

13. Favorite writer?

14. Word(s)/phrase(s) you use often?

15. Favorite subject(s) in school?

16. Favorite candy?

17. 25

18. Siblings?

19. Goals?

20. Why you became a blogger?

Itwould be rude of me not to participate, so I’ll go first.

1. Full Name? David Anthony Harris

2. Nickname? People call me Dave or King David, but David is just fine. 
3. Zodiac Sign? Aquarius

4. Favorite current music artist? Ed Sheeran

5. Religion? Seventh-Day Adventist

6. Relationship Status? Single🔓

7. Any talents (besides writing)? I love to sing, and I have been doing it for years.

8. Any pets? Fish.

9. Favorite Color? Blue

10. Anybody who inspires you? Job, for his refusal to turn away from God; Jesus, for his love for others even when they turned from him; and Dorothy Allison for her belief in not being afraid to write about touchy subjects.

11. Where are you from? Clarksville, TN

12. One question you get asked a lot? “Why don’t you just sing what you want to sing?”😒🙄

13. Favorite writer? Rick Riordan

14. Word(s)/phrase(s) you use often? “Be well. Be groovy”; “Well”; “Interesting”; “God Bless”; “Amen”; “Happy Sabbath”.

15. Favorite subject(s) in school? English

16. Favorite candy? Reese’s 

17. Age? 25

18. Siblings? 3( two older brothers, one younger sister)

19. Goals? To grow as a writer; get my own place; marriage and kids ones day; grow on my walk with Christ.

20. Why you became a blogger? I got into blogging because I didn’t want my writing skills to go to waste, and I’m glad I did. I ppray that my Savior it continues to let my blog and myself grow.

Now it’s your turn! Please answer in the comments, and I will happily respond back!  Be well. Be groovy, and have a good day.

Calm Friday Night #4

(“The views expressed on this blog post are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.”)

As you can see it is not Friday. I appreciate everyone for being so patient with me with my blog. I got some good Z’s in last night. It’s been a challenging week with making money by the sweat of my brow, but as the old song goes, “It is well with my soul.” A quick shoutout to my awesome coworkers, I appreciate all of you. God bless!

Sunday 

The church financial class was canceled for Easter, so I had plenty of time to participate in an online blog party hosted by fellow blogger StephJ of Scale It Simple, https://scaleitsimple.com/. First, if you haven’t checked out her blog, you are missing out. Second, if you haven’t already attended an online blog party,  you too are missing out. Blog parties are a golden opportunity to get into the bloggers’ community. If you’re a writer concerned about the amount of views; likes; and comments you normally get, be prepared for your statistics to skyrocket within a few hours. What I love most about blog parties is how diverse everyone is. Not just ethinicty wise, but writing wise. From all kinds of bloggers, I see stories; flash fiction; encouragement; wisdom; enlightment; fashion; lifestyle; photography; and many more. You could call it Writers’ Paradise. 

Tuesday 

I didn’t have any acesss to WiFi since Monday night. I think we call all agree that that is one thing nobody wants to hear these days. My reaction was somewhere along the lines of this

Rather than groan about it and continuing aimlessly to get back my internet connection, I set the iPhone aside; shut my laptop down; and made the most of things.

  • Swept my bathroom floor. 
  • Cleaned my bathtub. 
  • Take out all the trash in our house.
  • Dust the house.
  • Do the dishes early.
  • Go to the gym an hour earlier than I usually do.
  • Read a chapter of the book of Proverbs.
  • Do Sabbath school lesson.

Not having internet access and doing all those tasks made me consider how much of my time goes into internet activity such as liking pictures on Instagram; watching snaps of Snapchat; and watching the lastest videos on YouTube. Maybe if I spent a little more time away from the phone and computer I would have time to complete other things.

Wednesday

On Wednesday I read chapter 2 of Complete Guide to Money. It’s crazy how I went all this way through school without being taught how to handle finances. Because of it it I am going to start doing a monthly budget and setting up an emergency fund. Going to the first financial class last week made my stomach turn at the end of the lesson. Why, because I’m a 25 year old who is no expert in handling finances. I wasn’t scared; I was concerned. I wish I had know all of this when I became a legal adult, but I’m not going to ponder on the past and what I wasn’t taught by teachers and professors. I’m finding it out now aren’t I? 

Friday 
This morning, my father and I went suit shopping at the store GQ Fashions for a buy-1-get-1-free deal. I’m too tired to describe them so I’ll just give you pictures of what I chose. A blue suit and a black with beautiful vests. 



I’m not wearing any of them this Sabbath because the pants have to be altered. One of my biggest struggles is finding clothes that fit. I’m 5’6 and got a small waist. I’m what some would consider small. This week, twice in two days, the same man told me that he would lend me a jar of Jif Peanut Butter to fatten me up. In my head I was thinking, How ironic, buddy. If only you knew I’ve been eating that stuff for years. Prick me, you’ll find a mixture of blood with and peanut butter and jelly. 

Trying on those blazers and gazing at myself in the mirror took away any frustration I had before walking into the store. My spirits were so lifted that I ended up buying my Dad’s suit for him as an early Father’s Day gift. No, this was not me flaunting my money or me sucking up to him. I just love the guy. Plain and simple. There is nothing wrong with dressing your best for Christ. Honestly, if you don’t have the clothes, come to church as you are. Not just in appearance, but spiritually. The church is not a saints only club. I see the church as a hospital full of sick people looking to be healed by the healer of all healers. 

As always, how was your week? I care to know. Enjoy your weekend, and God bless!