An invitation (impossible to turn down) to live a purposely, fully, and grateful life. A life, that by the way, was given to us by grace and that lead...moreAn invitation (impossible to turn down) to live a purposely, fully, and grateful life. A life, that by the way, was given to us by grace and that leads us to an end, which is also grace.(less)
I just finished reading the first "four lessons" in the book, and now we are enjoying reading the Daily Meditations for Advent around the family table...moreI just finished reading the first "four lessons" in the book, and now we are enjoying reading the Daily Meditations for Advent around the family table every night. And even though we still have a few weeks of Advent devotions to read, I can already recommend this book to you.
This book is like no other. Really, where else have you read about the "Theology of Christmas Gifts"?
Go grab a copy soon! This is the season to be Merry!
This is a must read for all those who want to be able to fully understand O'Connor's short stories. After reading this book, I have no doubt that Flan...moreThis is a must read for all those who want to be able to fully understand O'Connor's short stories. After reading this book, I have no doubt that Flannery O'Connnor is not only and amazing writer, but one who truly understands sin and redemption.
A few of my favorite quotes:
"I have heard it said that belief in Christian dogma is a hindrance to the writer, but I myself have found nothing further from the truth. Actually, it frees the storyteller to observe. It is not a set of rules which fixes what he sees in the world. It affects his writing primarily by guaranteeing respect for mystery."
"Redemption is meaningless unless there is a cause for it in the actual life we live, and for the last few centuries there has been operating in our culture the secular belief that there is no such cause."
"To be able to recognize a freak, you have to have some conception of the whole man..."
"The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location."
"A gift of any kind is a considerable responsibility."
"Any discipline can help your writing: logic, mathematics, theology, and of course and particularly drawing. Anything that helps you to see, anything that makes you look."
"Your beliefs will be the light by which you see, but they will not be what you see and they will not be a substitute for seeing."
"In my stories a reader will find that the devil accomplishes a good deal of groundwork that seems to be necessary before grace is effective."
"The theologian is interested specifically in the modern novel because there he sees reflected the man of our time, the unbeliever, who is nevertheless grappling in a desperate and usually honest way with intense problems of the spirit."
"The Christian novelist is distinguished from his pagan colleagues by recognizing sin as sin."
Beautiful edition. It was perfect to read aloud with my 9yo daughter. We enjoyed it very much and it led us to ask many questions and search the Scrip...moreBeautiful edition. It was perfect to read aloud with my 9yo daughter. We enjoyed it very much and it led us to ask many questions and search the Scriptures to find the right answers. (less)
"Wisdom is the grace of Christ beautifying our daily lives." (p.17)
"Perceiving wisdom asks hard questions abo...moreReally good.
Some of my favorite quotes:
"Wisdom is the grace of Christ beautifying our daily lives." (p.17)
"Perceiving wisdom asks hard questions about life and understand God's answers. Acting wisdom guides us in our practical conduct every day. Communicating wisdom educates us in the school of sages..." (p.28)
"Wisdom does not theorize. Wisdom pays attention to the realities built into us by God our Creator... A wise person notices, picks up on the clues, cuts with the grain, tears along the perforated lines."
"Sin is trying to succeed by ignoring reality."
"Sin tends to recruit."
"Why does Wisdom go out to the streets and markets and city gates? Because the people are there. That is where they live, where they need wisdom. God's wisdom is not designed for a secluded life."
"[W]isdom is more than avoiding sin. That would be merely negative. Wisdom also escorts us into the path of everything desirable..."
"The tongue of the wise cares more about soothing an injury than winning an argument."
"But here is the good news. We don't come to Christ because we are humble. We come to Christ because we are proud, and he receives us and loves us and helps us in our pride."
"Humility is the safest place for everyone of us."
"Pride feels normal. We trust in our own minds. We feel innocent. We feel more sinned against that sinning, like King Lear. But what matters is not how we feel but where we are going: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." The scariest thing about us is our glib self- assurance. We are not alarmed by ourselves. The on-ramps to the interstate of death have no warnings, no signs, no flashing red-lights. But God is telling us. We need to pay attention."
"This book (the Bible)is Jesus speaking to me, every word of it. I will swallow the Word whole, including the hard parts, out of reverence for Him."
"Humbly listening to trusted correction is essential to entering into the community of the wise."
"You dedicate your child to Christ by dedicating yourself to Christ so enthusiastically that your child tastes how good it is and wants more."
"The greatest legacy we can leave our kids is how to find refuge in God when everything is on the line."
"Wisdom is when we outgrow our misconceptions about how life should work, and we learn how God actually built life to work, and work well."
"Wisdom is skill for living when there is no obvious rule to go by. That is what the book of Proverbs is for -gospel wisdom for complicated lives."
"Every one of us needs a friend who will not flatter us but will refine us."
"A real friend will provoke you and challenge you. You will not agree with everything your friend says, but you will want to listen."
"The truth is, a friend will inevitably hurt you with words that are respectful, true, and blunt. If you receive it, you will grow in wisdom."
"Friends need time together, and friends need time not together."
"Wisdom is skill for living well in the sight of God and man. We need wisdom every day, because the right thing to do is not always obvious."
"Selfishness is poverty. Generosity is wealth."
"Let's always remember that life is not in theology; life is in Christ. He is not a concept. He is a living person.If we will treat him that way, he will keep us from the snare of theological pride, which is death."
Excellent book. I would really like to encourage my female friends to read it. This book is not only about "how to be a father," it goes deeper, it de...moreExcellent book. I would really like to encourage my female friends to read it. This book is not only about "how to be a father," it goes deeper, it deals with many important topics that are threating the Christian biblical family such as egalitarianism and feminism.
Definitely a favorite. I enjoyed reading every word, every sentence in it. It is the kind of book you want to embrace hard once you have finished read...moreDefinitely a favorite. I enjoyed reading every word, every sentence in it. It is the kind of book you want to embrace hard once you have finished reading it.
My mistake: I read it on Kindle. I felt guilty of having done that; this is the kind of book you must read on paper, it is a book you want to feel in your hands and trace its pages with your fingers tips. I will SOON buy the hard cover edition and will read, God willing, many times.