I finished the book! I finished the book! I feel so accomplished, because these days, following something all the way through, is a big deal (as much as I hate the sound of that). Let me tell you, this book is so encouraging, uplifting, motivational, and inspiring book that I've read in awhile. It really teaches you a lot about God's character, which we so often mis-interpret or don't understand altogether. It really tackles down to the bottom line of it all: we need to be in love with God. I know that sounds weird today in our culture, but it's true. It doesn't mean all lovey-dovey. It means that we need to be passionately devoted to Christ as we are to our husband. God wants us to be passionate about Him. Which means: to serve Him, love Him, make time for Him, worship Him, the whole nine yards. He wants to be a part of our life, but how can He be if we don't feel the same way for Him, as He does for us? This seems so obscure for our culture, but this is what the Christian life should be, and so often isn't. I really want to share some of my favorite quotes/passages from the book, just to give you that little extra ummph to want to read it.
"...if we keep our hearts and minds open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all eeply and honestly, then I think we come to recognize, beyond all doubt, that, however faintly we may hear him, he is indeed speaking to us, and that, however little we may understand of it, his worrd to each of us is bot recoverable and precios beyond telling." (13)
"There are only two things that pierce the human heart, wrote Simne Weil. One is beauty. The other is affliction. And while we wish there were only beauty in the world, each of us has known enough pain to raise serious doubts about the universe we live in." (23)
All of Chapter 6 is worth quoting. That's my favorite chapter in the whole book. It goes into good detail about how God has been the ageless romancer since the beginning of time. Great stuff!
"Lucy wasn't looking for Narnia when she found it on the other side of the wardrobe; om a way, it found her. Abraham wasn't wandering about looking for the one true God; he showed up with an extraordinary invitation. But having had their encounters, both could have chosen otherwise Lucy could have shut the wardrobe door and never mentioned what had happend there. Abraham could have opted for life in Haran. The choice before us is a choice to enter in" (148-149) ♥
"But there is more. Life on the road takes us into our heart, for only when we are present in the dep sentences can God speak to them. That's why the story is a journey; it has to be lived, it cannot simple be talked about (154).
"If for all practical purposes we believe that this life is our best shot at happiness, if this is as god as it gets, we will live as desperate, demandingm and eventually despairing men and women. We will place on this world a burden it was never intended to ear. We will try to find a way to sneak back into the Garden and when that fails, as it walways does, our heart fails as well. IF truth be told, most of us live as thog this is our only hope, and then we feel guilty for wanting to do exactly what Paul said he would fo it that were true" (179).
"If our pictures of heaven are to move us, they must be moving pictures. So go ahead-dream a litte. Use your imagination. Picture the best possible ending to your story you can. If that isn't heaven, something better is. When Paul says, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mnd has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Cor. 2:9), he simply means we cannot outdream God. What is at the end of our personal journeys? SOmething beyond our wildest imagination. but it we explore the secrets of our heart in the light of the promises of Scripture, we can discover clues" (181).
Great stuff, right!?! I know, I've read it, now you need to, too! :)
So now that I have read one book off my end of Summer/Beginning of Fall reading list, I feel accomplished that I can cross this one off of my list and start on another one. This is what my reading list looks like now, in the order I'll be reading them in:
Fall Reading List:
Forgotten God, Francis Chan
New Moon, Stephanie Meyers
The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouwen
Crazy Love, Francis Chan
Whatcha readin' these days?