Friday, October 3, 2014

A Time to Die Blog Hop

For the last few months, I have been seeing many blog posts about Nadine Brandes’ debut novel A Time to Die. I am really excited to read it! The premise—a teen who discovers she will die in a year and what she does to make her time worthwhile—interests me and, once I finally read the book, will challenge me. After watching this blog hop bounce around among many different blogs, I decided to join in by answering the promt:

If I had one year left to live, I would...

If I had only one year left to live, I would do several things.

First, I would spend as much time with my family as I could. They mean the world to me. I would go home and glue my little sister to myself, get to know my dad and brother better, sew with my grandmother, and watch movies and shop with my beautiful mom. I would also spend time with my close friends, my church family, and some of the people I have loved through the years—from the elderly ladies I have visited, to the little girls at church and daycare, to my many mentors, teachers, and friends. To me, they are just as much my family as those who are blood related.

Secondly, I would want to travel. Europe or Hawaii are places I have always wanted to go, but I might choose instead to visit my relatives in other states. They are my family too and I have made many wonderful memories with my various cousins, aunts, and uncles. However, some of them live so far away from me I have not seen them for ten years or more. Since they also live far away from each other, I might end up visiting half the states on the continent, accomplishing my desire to travel.

Thirdly, I would want to be involved in some kind of ministry. Presently, I am heading towards a career in children’s ministry; so it is already on my mind. I have spent many a summer in ministry and mission trips already, and I absolutely love it! So why not spend my last year working in ministry, especially since I would never have another chance? I would help with my church’s VBS, possibly go back to the summer camp I have spent many wonderful summers volunteering at, be a leader in my Awana group, and, truly, just show Christ’s love to the many people God has put in my life.

Finally, one thing that would fulfill all my desires would be to fly to Papua New Guinea (assuming I suddenly had unlimited funds), an island country off the coast of Australia, and spend a few months ministering to the Hewa tribe with my missionary uncle, aunt, and cousin.

So, any thoughts? Comments? What would you do if you had only one year to live?

Book Blurb

A Time to Die
Nadine Brandes

Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system.

But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.

This is the first book in the Out of Time Series.

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    Blog Hop Schedule

    9.03.14 – Nadine Brandes
    9.08.14 – Ashlee Willis
    9.11.14 – Caitlin Schesser
    9.15.14 – Jennette Mbewe
    9.17.14 – Heather Fitzgerald
    9.19.14 – Kristen Stieffel
    9.22.14 – Rebekah Gyger
    9.25.14 – Lydia Thomas
    9.26.14 – Ashley Olson
    9.27.14 – Angel Roman
    9.28.14 – Rosalie Valentine
    9.29.14 – Aubrei Crooke-Adams
    9.30.14 - Sarah Grimm
    10.01.14 – Jon Del Arroz
    10.02.14 – Amy Brandes
    10.03.14 -- Emily Kopf
    10.04.14 – Kathrese McKee
    10.07.14 – Karen DeBlieck
    10.09.14 – Bethany Jennings
    10.10.14 – Angie Brashear
    10.13.14 – Adam Collings
    10.15.14 – Bree Courtney
    10.20.14 – Gretchen Engel
    10.24.14 – JC Morrows
    10.30.14 – Lisa Gedfries

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