Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Shelter From the Storm

Happy Birthday Vincent.

(He's my favorite artist, and I wanted to find something religious he painted. I found Pietà (After Delacroix), which is lovely but too big to have here. Go check it out.)

I was reading In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado last night (I warned you, book switches) and here are some quotes that I liked:
"All solitude and no service equals selfishness. Some solitude and some service, however, equals perspective." (p.54)

"Let me state something important. There is never a time during which Jesus is not speaking. Never. There is never a place in which Jesus is not present. Never." (p.91)

"Blessed are those who acknowledge that there is only one God and have quit applying for his position." (p.99)

(That last one stung while I was reading it, but anyway...) I love the way Lucado phrases things. I've read this before (and a few others of his) but I felt like it would be a good book to reread just about now. It examines the second toughest day of Jesus's life (the first was obviously the Crucifixion) and uses that to demonstrate that God understands how we feel during our most stressful times. I know that sounds cheesy but what's wrong with a little literary upper every now and then?


A. Estella Sassypants said...

Love the quote from page 99. It is a toe-stepper, but we could all use that from time to time. Speaking of toe-steppers...The Screwtape Letter (by your fave dead guy) was a big one.

I've never read Lucado, but you're inspiring me!

And I love Vincent. I need to get off my afraid-of-big-books butt and read Lust for Life. I don't have the attention span!!!

A. Estella Sassypants said...

And add an -s- to Letter. I hate TYPOS!

sojourness said...

I want to read Lust for Life too, but I share your fear :)

Oh my, you read my mind Andi. I was going to blog about The Screwtape Letters because I'm reading it now for my book club. I'm waiting until I can find a really good devil picture.