Go On Be Bold

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Go On Be Bold

Get it out of your mind
They’re not leaving, you’re wasting time
Fretting over what will never be
You won’t be alone, they’re here you see

Push those dark thoughts away
You don’t have to worry another day
Why are choosing to be barren and cold
Free yourself now, go on, be bold

They’re not leaving
I know right now
It’s hard to believe
But you got to see
You’re dreams are meant to be

Leave it alone, let it go
You have what you need here
Be brave and fight the fear
Everyone believes in you
Make them proud, do what you have to do

Banish those dark thoughts away
You don’t have to worry another day
You’re not barren and alone
Free yourself, go on, be bold

Go on, be bold
Don’t lose another day
Do what you have to do today
They’re not leaving, they never did anyways

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The Light

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The Light

She can speak
But I don’t listen
She can say
What satisfies her mind
But she wastes
Her time
Cause I don’t listen

She can call
But I don’t come
She can shout
But I am leaving
Without
Her

Try, my little daughter
Try, my little friend
Try with all your might
Make it to the end
Don’t stop when monsters creep
Don’t hide and hope they’ll sleep
Cause you don’t have much time
So go and search for the light

She can scare
But I don’t care
She can fight
To keep me behind
But she fools
Herself
Cause I don’t care

She can lie
But I don’t believe
She can try
To brainwash me
But I’m gone
I’m moving
On

Try, my little daughter
Try, my little friend
Try with all your might
Make it to the end
Don’t stop when monsters creep
Don’t hide and hope they’ll sleep
Cause you don’t have much time
So go and search for the light

I must try
To find my light
I must fight
Day and night
I must leave
My old life behind
Soon I’ll be saying
Goodbye…

©2017 C.A. Barnes

Book Review: The Mark Of The King By Jocelyn Green

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Blurb:

Life in This New World Requires More Strength Than She Ever Imagined


After the death of her client, midwife Julianne Chevalier is imprisoned and branded, marking her as a criminal beyond redemption. Hoping to reunite with her brother, a soldier, she trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling French colony of Louisiana. The price of her transport, however, is a forced marriage to a fellow convict.

New Orleans is nothing like Julianne expects. The settlement is steeped in mud and mosquitoes, and there is no news of her brother, Benjamin. When tragedy strikes, she turns to military officer Marc-Paul Girard for help, but does he know more about her brother than he will admit?

With her dreams shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous land, where only grace–and love–can overcome the stigma of the king’s mark upon her shoulder.

 General Thoughts:

 I must say when I first opened this book, I thought it would be similar to a lot of historical fiction books I’ve read as of late. I thought it would be somewhat bland and predictable in the general sense, pretty much about a woman trying to find redemption a new land with obstacles every where she turns.

But I was wrong and unexpectedly surprised.

I didn’t think this story would tug on my heartstrings as it did. I didn’t think this story would bring about frightening suspense and mystery.

It didn’t take long for me to feel for the main character Julianne. Though seen as a sort of villain in the world she lives in, in my mind she was the nothing of the sort. In fact, she is like a hero for those who read this book, in that, her struggles to overcome the shame for what she did in her past affected her throughout the story. Many times, she was faced with opportunities to forgive those who offended her, and though she was tempted to not offer them forgiveness, she was reminded of her own shame and how if she could receive redemption, surely those who offended her could too.

What I loved most about this story was it was too interesting and suspenseful to put down. The author did a good job in weaving a sort of eerie mystery that made me frightened for the main characters in the story. What I liked especially was how the author ended many of the chapters on a cliff hanger, making me, the reader, tempted to continue reading from chapter to chapter.

Another thing that the author did well was paint a sincere realistic story. Not knowing much about the formation of Louisiana in the 1700s, it was nice to gain a clearer understanding about the life and social issues that took place during that time. Reading about the unfolding of Julianne’s life made me feel like I was a part of her life. Julianne’s losses were my losses and Julianne’s shame was my shame. Julianne’s ultimate struggle to find and accept redemption for herself in a world that was reluctant to give it, was what made this story’s message powerful. I’m sure many of us who struggle to let go our past shame and failures will find comfort in this.

Recommendation:

 I would recommend this story to anyone who’s struggling to find redemption for themselves or even struggling to forgive others. I especially recommend this story to those who like historical fiction, mystery, and suspense.

Rating:

5 stars out of 5. I tried to think of a negative to this book, but I couldn’t find one. It was an easy, entertaining, and moving read.

 ***This book was given to me by Bethany House for an honest review.***

Shadow Of The Storm: An Excerpt

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Hi friends,

I’ve come to the end of this book and I have to say that it is really one that has been the most meaningful to me out of all the books I’ve read recently, if not ever. For those of you who are looking for your next book to read, specifically one that offers encouragement as well as intrigue, I want to share a link to where you can read a substantial except of this book. I will also be posting a book review on Monday, so stay tune 🙂

Shadow Of The Storm Excerpt

Love Rushes Over

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Love Rushes Over

I can’t take this anymore
Wasted time
I let my dreams fly out the door
All I’m left with is doubt
And things
I would rather live without
It’s all my fault
It’s my call
I let it sail away
Oh then…

Love rushes over
And saves the day
Love rushes over
Over my way
I don’t need anything anymore
Suddenly all my faith’s restored
When love rushes over

I’m at the bottom of life
Depression
Has consumed all of my mind
I tried to put the past to end
But it’s become
My one and only friend
I feel like I
Been left behind
Invisible is what I’m like
Oh then…

Love rushes over
And saves the day
Love rushes over
Over my way
I don’t need anything anymore
Suddenly all my faith’s restored
When love rushes over

I realized, I have adopted this fate
Sometimes I feel like there’s no escape
From my pain
Oh then
I look to God and
Love saves the day

Love rushes over
And saves the day
Love rushes over
Over my way
I don’t need anything anymore
Suddenly all my faith’s restored
When love rushes over

© 2015 C.A. Barnes

***From The Beginning… Lyrical Poetry Collection, for sale on Writer’s Bounty (click here for more information and to purchase)

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You’re Free

I said
It’s time to go
I said
It’s the end
Of the show
No more yes to them
It’s no
I said
The tides have turn
Be bold

He said
Strange are you
You see
He said
It’s cool to be different
It’s strength, not weak
He said
What are you waiting for
Can’t you see that
Open door
Don’t hesitate
Go through
Don’t wait…

She said
See it wasn’t so bad
She said
You did it, aren’t you glad
She said
You came back
I knew this would be
She said
One can’t live long
In mediocrity
She said
Don’t feel guilty to smile
She said
You haven’t known joy
For a while

They said
Do what you please
They said
Cause now
You’re free

© 2016 C.A. Barnes

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