Magical

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Posted by Wendy | Posted in Books, quotes | Posted on 15-09-2012

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“When I was a kid, Grandpa Portman’s fantastic stories meant it was possible to live a magical life. Even after I stopped believing them, there was still something magical about my grandfather. To have endured all the horrors he did, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that the honorable and good and brave person I knew him to be — that was magical.”

~ Jacob Portman, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Journey

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Posted by Wendy | Posted in Books, quotes | Posted on 17-06-2012

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“…if you are making your journey in a hurry, you are making it poorly.”
~ Excerpt from p. 98 of The Tiger’s Wife

Life is no straight and easy corridor…

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Posted by Wendy | Posted in Books, quotes | Posted on 02-05-2012

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“Life is no straight and easy corridor along
which we travel free and unhampered,
but a maze of passages,
through which we must seek our way,
lost and confused, now and again
checked in a blind alley.

But always, if we have faith,
a door will open for us,
not perhaps one that we ourselves
would ever have thought of,
but one that will ultimately
prove good for us.”

~A. J. Cronin
Taken from the dedication of Who Moved My Cheese?

Lonely Adam

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Posted by Wendy | Posted in Big G, Books | Posted on 04-07-2011

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As per the recommendation of a friend, I’m reading Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller. It took me a while to get in to it but I’m enjoying the author’s perspective on Christianity as a relationship and not a series of formulas and to do lists. Here’s a gem I uncovered last night:

“But here is Adam, the only perfect guy in the world, and he is going around wanting to be with somebody else, needing another person to fulfill a certain emptiness in his life.”

The author is referring to Genesis 2:18 & 20: “Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.’ The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.”

The author points out that we were created to be relational beings. We were made for relationships.

Give up?

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Posted by Wendy | Posted in Books, Me, quotes | Posted on 04-10-2009

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This dialogue in The Vampire Diaries caught my eye. I wanted to share. It’s about giving up and what I feel when faced with the impossible.

Stefan (vampire): “I’ve seen a lot of evil, Matt, more than you can imagine,” Stefan said. “I’ve even lived it. It’s always going to be a part of me, no matter how I fight it. Sometimes I think the whole human race is evil, much less my kind…I can’t tell you there’s a point or if things are ever going to turn out all right.” Stefan looked straight into Matt’s eyes and spoke deliberately. “But I’ve got another question for you. So what?”
Matt (human) stared. “So what?”
“Yeah, so what?”
“So what if the universe is evil and if nothing we do to try and change it can really make a difference?” Matt’s voice was gaining volume in disbelief.
“Yeah, so what?” Stefan leaned forward. “So what are you going to do, Matt, if every bad thing you’ve said is true? What are you going to do personally? Are you going to stop fighting and swim with the sharks?”
Matt was grasping the back of his chair. “What are you talking about?”
“You can do that, you know. Damon (evil vampire) says so all the time. You can join up with the evil side, the winning side. And nobody can really stop you, because the universe is that way, why shouldn’t we be that way too?”
“Like hell!” Matt exploded. His blue eyes were searing and he had half risen from his chair. “That’s Damon’s way, maybe! But just because it’s hopeless doesn’t mean it’s all right to stop fighting. Even if I knew it was hopeless, I’d still have to try. I have to try, damn it!”
“I know because I feel the same way,” Stefan continued. “There’s no excuse for giving up just because it looks like we’re going to lose. We have to try–because the other choice is surrender.”

Uncommon: Twain quote

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Posted by Wendy | Posted in Books, Uncategorized, quotes | Posted on 09-09-2009

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Another tidbit from Uncommon:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

~Mark Twain

Question

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Posted by Wendy | Posted in Books | Posted on 09-07-2009

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I’m reading a book and I’m ten pages away from finishing – should I suck it up and read it? Or is life too short for me to read something I don’t enjoy?

Update: After posting this same question on feedback, six people encouraged me to finish the book. I did. Here’s my review on Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali:

“I would like to preface this review with this fact: I’m not a big non-fiction fan.
This is an autobiography that details Ayaan’s life from childhood to her current years in America … more ». I found the beginning part of the book easy to read and enjoyed learning about her home, Somalia. The part where she lost me, and why I’m only giving it three stars, is the Dutch political arena. This covered a good 1/3 of the end of the book. It was extremely difficult for me to enjoy and even follow. I suppose this is due to my lack of knowledge on Dutch politics.

Either way, I do appreciate her candid view on Islam. She speaks from first-hand experience and I appreciate her sobering reality of the situation. I believe these statements best summarize where she stands on the subject:

(p. 348-9) “My central, motivating concern is that women in Islam are oppressed. That oppression of women causes Muslim women and Muslim men, too, to lag behind the West. It creates a culture that generates more backwardness with every generation. It would be better for everyone–for Muslims, above all–if this situation could change.

When people say that the values of Islam are compassion, tolerance, and freedom, I look at reality, at real cultures and governments, and I see that it simply isn’t so. People in the West swallow this sort of thing because they have learned not to examine the religions or cultures of minorities too critically, for fear of being called racist.”

Guilt

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Posted by Wendy | Posted in Bible, Big G, Books, Me | Posted on 06-07-2009

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Recently I was reading Charlaine Harris’ new novel, Dead and Gone. A paragraph from the book resonated with me:

Don’t you just hate nights like that, when you think over every mistake you’ve made, every hurt you’ve received, every bit of meanness you’ve dealt out? There’s no profit in it, no point to it, and you need sleep.

Satan definitely hits the replay button on my life a lot. It’s hard to remember, but God has forgiven and forgotten my sins.

as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the LORD “—
and you forgave
the guilt of my sin. Selah (Psalm 32:5)

I’m a reading machine

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Posted by Wendy | Posted in Books | Posted on 31-05-2009

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I can’t control myself, I just keep reading. I’ve read 21 books in 2009! I would have lost track had it not been for another awesome Google application – Google Books. You can check out what I’ve read and what I want to read in my Google Books library.