The Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Before he became the sainted church father of Christianity, Augustine of Hippo began a love affair with a young woman whose name has been lost to history. They were together for over thirteen years, and she bore him a son. This is her story.

She met Augustine in Carthage when she was just seventeen years old. She was the daughter of a tile-layer. He was a student and the heir to a fortune. They fell in love, despite her lower station and Augustine’s dreams of greatness. Their passion was strong, but the only position in his life that was available to her was as his concubine. When Augustine’s ambition and family compelled him to disown his relationship with the her, X was thrust into a devastating reality as she was torn from her son and sent away to her native Africa.

A reflection of what it means to love and lose, this novel paints a gripping and raw portrait of ancient culture, appealing to historical fiction fans while deftly exploring one woman’s search for identity and happiness within very limited circumstances

 Suzanne M. Wolfe grew up in Manchester, England, and read English Literature at Oxford University, where she co-founded the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society. She is Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University and has taught literature and creative writing there since 2000. Her new novel "The Confessions of X" (HarperCollins) is forthcoming on January 26th, 2016. Wolfe is also the author of Unveiling: A Novel (Paraclete Press, 2004) and co-founder, along with her husband, of Image, a journal of the arts and faith. Suzanne and Greg have also co-authored many books on literature and prayer and are the parents of four grown children. They live outside of Seattle. 

My Take~

Had I seen this book in a bookstore, I would've walked on by and not give it a second thought. I received this book from Thomas Nelson in an exchange for an honest review. I enjoy reading new to me authors and Suzanne is one. This book is set in a time period I was unfamiliar with, and I had no idea about this relationship. Suzanne brings this time period to life and shows the inner turmoil that X goes through. It was a very interesting book.

To Vote, Not To Vote, Write In A Candidate . . .

I thought the Obama campaign was a circus, 2016 is proving to be more of a circus than the previous election. However, it is the media making it such a circus something they are good at.
My original choice was Ben Carson, second was Marco Rubio, with Ben con seeding and Marco not doing well in the polls I felt cornered into voting for Ted Cruz, because the last person I want to vote for is Donald Trump.

Here is my problem with this entire nonsense. Some people within the evangelical circles are saying that any evangelical who supports Trump is not standing on godly principals. Give me a break! There is so much corruption in Washington it is pathetic. Do I think Trump is a believer, NO, however he isn't running to be a pastor of a church, he's running to be President. Do I think he is the best choice for America probably not yet, neither is Hillary Clinton. Do I think Trump has some good ideas, yeah, the fact that he is a businessman gives me hope that he could turn our country around if he is elected. Please don't misunderstand, I am not a supporter of Trump, however if my choice is between him and Hillary, I will vote for him.

The point of my post is that I am sick to death of those in the evangelical circles dogging others for their choice, or point of view, as believers I don't think that we should be doing that to each other. Instead I believe that we should encourage each other. I realize that politics is a touchy subject, just like religion. Also, the Holy Spirit impresses upon each of differently and what is okay for you may not be okay for me, and vice/versa.

Romans 13:1 - Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. ESV

Writing in a candidate that has no chance of winning and not voting messes up the electoral college and voting is something we should be proud to do.

I have wondered for eight long years why Obama was placed in authority over America, yet I trust and believe God knows what He is doing. And while I know a lot of people who will be upset if Trump is elected, I know even more who will be upset if Hillary is elected.
For me I am going to allow God to direct my steps and pray I am not a stumbling block to someone else.

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