Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading

"A book reads better which is our own, and has been so long known to us that we know the topography of its blots and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins." - Charles Lamb

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C. S. Lewis

"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten." - GK Chesterton

"There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature." - P. G. Wodehouse

"Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn." - Joseph Addison

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." - Jane Austen

"A room without books is like a body without a soul." - Cicero

"The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library." - Albert Einstein

"Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable." - Louisa May Alcott

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Places to Travel

With summer around the corner, my mind goes to daydreaming about places I'd love to visit. Check out these links for some inspiration and come daydream with me.

7 Beautiful U.S. Libraries

12 Literary Spots in London

Rent A Lighthouse to Stay In

Top 10 Things to Do in Cambridge (England)

Bookshops Around the World

5 Things to Do in Yosemite

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Decorating with Books

Every book lover has books, and books, and more books!
So, put them to use - beyond just reading them - and decorate your house with them.

Reading nook.

Book stairs.

Use book pages as seat covers.

Bookish clutch.

Penguin Books deck chairs.

Backyard Scrabble.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Jerry Bridges on Sanctification

"So progressive sanctification very much involves our activity. But it is an activity that must be carried out in dependence on the Holy Spirit. It is not a partnership with the Spirit in the sense that we each the believer and the Holy Spirit do our respective tasks. Rather, we work as He enables us to work. His work lies behind all our work and makes our work possible."

Jerry Bridges. Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love
(pp. 138-139). Kindle Edition.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Power of the Tongue

We speak every day. And many times we don't even stop to think about what we are saying. However, a Christian's way of talking should reflect Jesus Christ.

By the grace of God, we need to discard certain types of speaking. And we need to put on different types of speaking.

Instead of lying, truth.

Instead of sinful anger, righteous anger.

Instead of corrupt, decaying communication; words that edify and administer grace.

Instead of bitterness, wrath, shouting, and malice; kind words full of compassion and forgiveness.

As we are conformed to the image of Christ and as we grow in grace, our speech also becomes more like His.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Love is Patient

I recently finished reading The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick. I wanted to record a couple of quotes that stood out to me.

"As sure as a lack of patience will turn your home into a war zone, the practice of patience will foster peace and quiet."
(page 2, Kindle Edition)

"Patience avoids a problem; kindness creates a blessing. One is preventive, the other proactive."
(page 6, Kindle Edition)

"Love thinks. It’s not a mindless feeling that rides on waves of emotion and falls asleep mentally. It keeps busy in thought, knowing that loving thoughts precede loving actions."
(page 16, Kindle Edition)

"Love thinks before speaking. It filters words through a grid of truth and kindness."
(page 18, Kindle Edition)

"Love chooses to believe the best about people. It gives them the benefit of the doubt. It refuses to fill in the unknowns with negative assumptions."
(page 33, Kindle Edition)

"Instead of treating your wife or husband like an enemy or someone to be guarded against, start by treating them as your closest, most honored friend. Give their words full weight."
(page 58, Kindle Edition)

"To accept this person— quirks and all— and to welcome him or her back into your heart."
(page 67, Kindle Edition)

"Love treats its beloved as special and sacred even when an ungrateful attitude is all it gets in return."
(page 73, Kindle Edition)

"Begin praying today for your spouse’s heart."
(page 79, Kindle Edition)

"The reality of intimacy always takes time to develop, especially after being compromised. But it is worth the endless treasures found beneath its guarded lock. Your loving commitment to reestablishing it may be the key to opening it— for anyone willing to take the dare."
(page 83, Kindle Edition)

"He 'is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us' (Ephesians 3: 20)."
(page 93, Kindle Edition)

"You can love even when you’re not loved in return. You can see all their flaws and imperfections and still choose to love."
(page 98, Kindle Edition)

"You know it when the thought of their name or the sight of their face, rather than causing your blood to boil, causes you to feel sorry for them instead, to genuinely hope they get this turned around."
(page 123, Kindle Edition)

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