More About Books & Reading

Do not be influenced by the importance of the writer, and whether his learning be great or small, but let the love of pure truth draw you to read. Do not inquire, Who said this? but pay attention to what is said.

Thomas a Kempis

 

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.

Helen Keller

 

Books are not men and yet they stay alive.”

Henry Ward Beecher

 

As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other, you will find what is needful for you in a book.

George MacDonald ‘

For some books you might like to read, see these reviews:

Nothing is Wasted by Lore Cottone–Book Review

The Leadership Formula by Juan Sanchez–Book Review

Sick of Me – Book Review

 

A Prayer for the End of the Day

Grant to me above all things that can be desired, to rest in Thee, and in Thee to have my heart at peace.  Thou art the true peace of the heart, Thou its only rest;  out of Thee all things are hard and restless.  In this very peace, that is, in Thee, the One Chiefest Eternal Good, I will sleep and rest.

Thomas A Kempis

Be Patient And Humble?

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Colossians 3:12

Yes, there it is.  We’re commanded by God to be patient.  Patience is not one of my strong suits.  And humble?  That’s even more difficult.  Yet when I am feeling impatient with others, a good dose of humility is in order.  I’m sure there are plenty of people I irritate on a daily basis.  I know I exasperate God constantly.  If I’m honest, I even find my failure to live up to my ideals pretty annoying.  This quote from Thomas A Kempis was in my devotional reading this morning, and it really spoke to me.  Maybe it will resonate with you as well.

“Endeavor to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, of what sort soever they be;  for that thyself also hast many failings which must be borne with by others. If thou canst not make thyself such a one as thou wouldst, how canst thou expect to have another in all things to thy liking?”