Ms. Adebayo has a way with words. The way she has artfully portrayed the story of Yejide and Akin in Stay With Me is masterful.
I did not, could not have, anticipated the way the story would pan out.
When I initially wrote this review immediately after reading Stay With Me, I felt conflicted. I literally wrote that I had mixed feelings.
Here's the thing: Ms. Adebayo didn't mince words whilst protraying the character's inner feelings, and she certainly did not mince words when discussing the um...relations betwixt* a husband and a wife.
I want to say that everyone should read the book, because it is such a good book. Because Yejide and Akin and Dotun are human with human failures and maybe we'd see just how horrible life could be when we run to everything but God. Truly, running to God.
But I don't want to say that everyone should read the book because of the unabashed bluntness that Ms. Adebayo employs in discussing the aforementioned relations.
Stay With Me is a great book that teaches important life lessons.
But only for my mature cuties (both physically and spiritually).
Here are two of my favorite sentences from Stay With Me:
1. "Two weeks before the armed robbers wrote us a letter, a new salon was set up right beside mine,"
2. "I always thought they let him have his say and his way because they did not want to be responsible for his death"
Ms. Adebayo writes some beautiful sentences. They are so expertly written that they manage to convey much more than the words they contain.
*an old way of saying between. Blame Jane and the hundreds of P&P variations I have read.
Yes, this is a little late.
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Wait! I didn't mean now...I mean, you can go now, but come back!
Alright, my lovelies...onto the review:
First of all, I would like to officially announce that I have given Lauren Daigle an honorary Nigerian citizenship; listen to her album, you'll understand why.
Welcome to the family, OluwaLauren.
1. Still Rolling Stones: One of the best lines ever: "a song of revival/I put it on vinyl." Thank You Lord, You still bring us back to life.
2. Rescue: "I hear your S.OS., your S.O.S." There is something so quietly powerful about Lauren's voice on this track. It's like you hear God singing this song over you. (Zephaniah 3:17). You hear Him saying: "I will spread apart the heavens, reach down from on high and rescue you," (Psalm 18:9,16,18)
3. This Girl: This is my jam, y'all. "This girl ain't going anywhere/This girl ain't going anywhere," Lauren promises on this track, and so do I, Lord. So do I.
4. Your Wings: This song brings a smile to my face as I type right now. You've got me, Lord. One of my favorite artistic moments in this album is the little echo of "eh, eh, eh" in the background. The richness in that sound is so beautiful - it reminds me of Morgan Harper Nicole's voice.
5. You Say: The devil's lies do not make God's truth untrue. I believe the beauty of a chosen artist is when you can hear beyond the voice to the message. Lauren's voice is unbelievably melodious in this track, but I hear God's truth loud and clear. So, thanks for being a vessel, Lauren.
6. Everything: Oh, I love this song. I love this song. I really, really love this track. This song came to my life at a time when I did not feel like I was getting what I needed from God. I am tearing up a little as I write this, but He used Lauren to remind me that He gives me everything. Not some things. Not what He can afford. Everything. Darn, He is still reminding me even now.
7. Love Like This: If Everything reminded me that He gives me everything, Love Like This reminds me that He is everything I need. I don't think I understood what "when I am weak, He is my strength" meant till right now as I type this. His Love sees me, truly sees me - Hallelujah! - and fixes me.
8. Look Up Child: Every time I have heard this track, I have literally looked up and always, always smiled. Because my Father's eyes shine back at me with that unconditional Love, and I come undone. Okay, that "ooh, ooh, eh" moment is fighting for first place in my favorite artistic moment from this album.
9. Losing My Religion: I don't know why we always do the opposite of what God wants. But today, I gladly lose my religion alongside Lauren to find You, Jesus.
10. Remember: I don't always do a good job of remembering. At least not until I have remembered all the lies. But You were always there, weren't You? Also, the moments in this song...like are you kidding me? "I can't stop thinking about" that bridge. That bridge, though...Chei!
11. Rebel Heart: I know you are probably like, "if she says moment one more time..." But that piano moment in the chorus...like, what am I supposed to do? But give my rebel heart to God with swag as my shoulders move up and down to the beat.
12. Inevitable: This song leaves me speechless. You are inevitable; Your love is inevitable and I know I can never deserve that kind of loyalty.
13. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus: First of all, You, Jesus, are the Worker of Art that my eyes want to see everyday. Second of all, Morgan Harper Nichols and Lauren Daigle need to do a collaboration ASAP.
Lauren Daigle is like the first gleam of dawn which shines ever brighter until the full light of day (Psalm 4:18). Keep being a vessel, girl. I love you! ❤️
But Daddy loves you more. ❤️❤️❤️
I have liked watching Constance Wu since I first saw her on Fresh Off the Boat.
I don't watch the show regularly, but it is always a joy whenever I happen to catch a few scenes here and there.
It was with that same enthusiasm that I entered the theater Friday night to watch Crazy Rich Asians.
It was a very romantic movie. A very, very romantic movie. Sorry, did I mention it was romantic?
There is something so wow-some about a relationship where there is an inequality in almost everything but love, and that love is able to conquer all. Kind of reminds me of God's love.
And that wedding scene y'all? I melted into a puddle of "awws" and "oh wows."
Overall outlook: some of the acting was a little overboard for my taste, but all in all, it was the fun feel-good-Cinderalla-type movie that we all know and love.
Limoblaze is the equivalent of 10 Mr. Bingleys, and he is all that a gentleman (ahem, Christian singer) should be.
I recently stumbled upon his songs on Spotify. I am not exaggerating when I say that I am a little reluctant to listen to other artists because I am afraid that they would pale in comparison, and my Jane Bennet sensibility cannot handle that.
Every Limoblaze song is like a bar of Twix chocolate: a beautiful brown exterior filled with creamy caramel goodness and crunchy biscuit on the inside; just because the music is sweet does not mean the lyrics are not hard-hitting.
Album Title: Blind
Released in: 2016 (I don't know what rock I have been living under.)
I don't know how my heart would have handled it if I only had 16 tracks in Blind from Limoblaze to binge repeatedly.
So thank God for Before Now.
Album Title: Before Now
Released: 2018 (Yay!)