Wonder & Whimsy: reading and redemption

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A weekly curation of quotations I come across in my reading life (or on random condiment jars) — from the inspirational to the miscellaneous. Perhaps one inspires you or catches your fancy too…

The mark of book lovers…

“Rereading books, we [he and C. S. Lewis] said with immense agreement, was the mark of the real lover of books.” (Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy)

A woman who reads…

“A woman who reads is a rebel, defying the pace of the instant at which the modern world gallops from dawn until dusk. Her mind is her own, formed not by a scroll down the social media feed or the frantic scurry of too much to do but by her daily decision to walk in company with the wise, those authors who help her to step back, to listen, to pray, and to ponder.” (Sarah Clarkson, Book Girl)

Redeemed desires

“Living the Christian life is not a matter of repressing our desires, but of redeeming them.” (Christopher West)

Wonder & Whimsy: redeemed desires and a healthy tension

A weekly curation of quotations I come across in my reading life (or on random condiment jars) — from the inspirational to the miscellaneous. Perhaps one inspires you or catches your fancy too…

Redeemed desires…

“Living the Christian life is not a matter of repressing our desires, but of redeeming them.” – Christopher West

What are you working with?

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

– attributed to Louis Nizer

A tension that should be present…

“Wanderlust and my longing for home are birthed from the same place: a desire to find the ultimate spot this side of heaven…My equal pull between both are fueled by my hardwired desire for heaven on earth. And I know I’ll never find it.” – Tsh Oxenreider, At Home in the World

I love because I love…

“Love is sufficient of itself. It gives pleasure by itself and because of itself. It is its own merit, its own reward. Love looks for no cause outside itself, no effect beyond itself. Its profit lies in its practice. I love because I love, I love that I may love. Love is a great thing so long as it continually returns to its fountainhead, flows back to its source, always drawing from the water which constantly replenishes it.” – St. Bernard (OOR, “I Love Because I Love…”)