Mar 12, 2009

Quotes

I just finished a biography by one of my favorite authors. "Two-Part Invention, The Story if a Marriage" by Madeleine L'Engle.
The book reaffirmed for me her strong christian beliefs. I am sure there are some differences in what she believed and what I believe. But I saw through out the entire book her deep faith and dedication to God.
Here are some quotes from her book that stuck with me.
" How can anyone even begin to have an incarnational view of the universe without an incredible leap of the imagination? That GOD cares for us, every single one of us , so deeply that all power is willing to come to us, to be with us, takes all the imagination with which we have been endowed"
"Whenever something is completed successfully, then we must move on , and that is again to risk failure."
Finally a quote she had saved and included in her book.
" They asked the abbot Macarius, saying 'How ought we to pray?'
and the old man said, 'There is no need of much speaking in prayer, but often stretch out thy hands and say, Lord, as Thou wilt and as Thou knowest, have mercy upon me.' But if there is war in thy soul, add, 'Help me', and because He knoweth what we have need of He sheweth us His mercy."

1 comment:

Beth said...

Susan,
Have you read the books in her Crosswicks triology? I loved The Circle of Quiet and The Summer of the Great Grandmother. Like you, I know I wouldn't agree with everything that L'engle believed but I love her writing and she has so much to say that is full of insight and beauty.

Have you read anything by Wendell Berry? I think you'd like his writing as well. My favorite so far is the novel, Hannah Coulter.