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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Book Quote: Jane Eyre 2

A few more quotes from my favorite book. =)

"We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence" (457). -Spoken by Jane Eyre
 [This reminds me of my recent trip to half dome. What an excellent display of God's glory!]

"'I know my Leader: that He is just as well as mighty; and while He has chosen a feeble instrument to perform a great task, He will, from the boundless stores of His providence, supply the inadequacy of the means to the end. Think like me, Jane—trust like me. It is the Rock of Ages I ask you to lean on: do not doubt but it will bear the weight of your human weakness'" (571). -Spoken by St. John Eyre Rivers

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Book Quote: Jane Eyre

I love this book! I can't even begin to count how many times I have read it but it has become a semi-tradition of mine to re-read it every year. My copy of the book is well loved with a softly creased binding so I can fold it in half (all books I have read more than once have this) and taped covers to hold it together. Best $3.99 I have ever spent!!! I discover something new every time I read it and this time this quote stood out to me...

Jane Eyre
By Charlotte Bronte
"Hush, Jane! you think too much of the love of human beings; you are too impulsive, too vehement; the sovereign hand that created your frame, and put life into it, has provided you with other resources than your feeble self, or than creatures feeble as you. Besides this earth, and besides the race of men, there is an invisible world and a kingdom of spirits: that world is round us, for it is everywhere; and those spirits watch us, for they are commissioned to guard us; and if we were dying in pain and shame, if scorn smote us on all sides, and hatred crushed us, angels see our tortures, recognize our innocence [...] and God waits only the separation of spirit from flesh to crown us with a full reward. Why, then, should we ever sink overwhelmed with distress, when life is so soon over, and death is so certain an entrance to happiness—to glory?" (91+92). - Spoken by Helen Burns -
 *Bummer... when putting a picture of the book on my posts I always find the cover of the actual copy I am reading. In this case this was the biggest picture I could find of my version of Jane Eyre.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Book Quote: The Great Divorce

To preface this next book I thought a quote by C.S. Lewis would do nicely. Go figure. For those of you who have already read this book you are correct in thinking the quote is from the back cover. =)

"If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell."

And here is one of the quotes I loved from the book. It is also one of the only things I could quote without a lot of context and it still makes sense. =)

'" natural feelings are high or low, holy or unholy, in themselves. They are all holy when God's hand is on the rein. They all go bad when they are set up on their own and make themselves into false gods'" (100). 

This is so true of me. Love can turn into selfish gain, desire for others to do well can turn to jealousy, and desire can turn from God to lust. Without my eyes set on the Lord, my feelings are egotistical and damaging. I love how simply this quote shows that. As for the book in it's entirety it was really good! I read it in a couple hours and for the most part it was easy to follow. C.S. Lewis once again pulls through with an amazing visual of grace and joy.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Book Quote: A Tolkein Miscellany

I have been absent from my blog for a couple months now. This is particularly disappointing to me because I have spent my summer reading and I have a lot of cool quotes to share with you. I originally started weekly book quotes so I would be motivated to read but I guess reading has replaced blogging entirely! Here is a quote from my most current read, A Tolkien Miscellany by J.R.R. Tolkien (edited by his son Christopher).
"Grey as a mouse,

Big as a house,
Nose like a snake,
I make the earth shake,
As I tramp through the grass;
Trees crack as I pass.
With horns in my mouth
I walk in the South,
Flapping big ears.
Beyond count of years
I stump round and round,
Never lie on the ground,
Not even to die.
Oliphaunt am I,
Biggest of all,
Huge, old, and tall.
If ever you’d meet me
You wouldn’t forget me.
If you never do,
You won’t think I’m true;
But old Oliphaunt am I,
And I never lie."

This poem is definitely for LOTR fans... Samwise stated that this was a poem was traditional to the Shire but little did he know that he would one day encounter real Oliphaunts. =)

Other unquoted books I have read this summer:
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

When I Don't Desire God by Jon Piper

The Holy Way by Paula Huston