God and I Broke Up by Katarina MazettiFor all of her 16 years, Linnea has been a thinker. She thinks about everything from boys to zits to why parents get divorced to whether or not God really exists and what happens when you die. When she and Pia become best friends, Linnea becomes a talker. Whether the subject is guys, school, the afterlife, or politics, Pia is someone she can talk to about everything. Theyre so close they’re like twin souls. So why did Pia have to go and kill herself? With self-deprecating candor, Linnea recounts the year following her friend’s suicide as she struggles to heal her grief. Alternately hilarious and profoundly sad, Linnea’s voice illuminates both her inner and outer selves, vividly portraying the difficulty of appearing to be a smart, savvy teen while inwardly feeling crushed by the loss of her soul mate. Her dilemma, told with honesty, grace, and often-unsettling wit, is sure to resonate with young readers.
GOD AND I BROKE UP
I have been through a couple of tough breakups, and during those times Scripture was a great consolation. His plan will be clear in time, so be still and know that he is God, that he is faithful, and that he knows exactly what he is doing. It is natural to feel a painful sense of loss during this time, but in the midst of this suffering, do not lose your peace. Although rejoicing may be the last thing on your mind right now, God deserves our thanks just as much when times are bad as when everything goes our way. One of the most beautiful forms of praise to God is when we thank him for his providence before we see it unfold.
That concept helped me process the situation by shedding new light on it. Three months later, his words are still with me. But something happened. After the breakup, I refocused on God, and in the process, I rediscovered myself. I felt like I was being asked to make all the sacrifices. It put pressure on me to be someone else.
To this day I remember how I felt during my last breakup. I wondered what happened and felt like God had withdrawn his blessing from my relationship. So I got annoyed and accused God of misleading me. But no matter the fussing and fighting, the verdict was out. Now what? This post contains affiliate links. This helps me to work in Ministry full-time and cover the expenses of this blog.
Wrought with intelligence, wit and candor, this novel by a Swedish author offers a convincing portrait of a teen suffering alternate bouts of anger and guilt after her best friend's suicide. In order to make sense of Pia's death, year-old Linnea looks backward, retracing a relationship that lasted " days total, excluding weekends. Although Pia rarely discusses her personal life with Linnea, she is always ready to share her rather unorthodox views on love, religion "Once I seriously wondered whether the ocean itself could be God
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