Summer Reads

Currently on the nightstand/bookshelf…



“As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible.  Joy is always possible.  The holy grail of joy is not in some exotic location or some emotional mountain peak experience.  The joy wonder could be here!  Here, in the messy, piercing ache of now, joy might be – unbelieveably – possible!…Penetrating the mystery is like discovering galaxies; there is always more…”

~Ann Voskamp,  One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are


“If you’re a thinker, then you’re a writer, for writing is simply thoughts making their way to paper.  I’m coming to the conclusion that love is a place–it is the only place where you lose–completely lose and completely find yourself on the same spot.  …Stream-of-consciousness writing is mental anarchy and spring-cleaning all in one.  It’s like going into the basement, turning the tables over, breaking the records in half, cutting the stuffed animals open with a sharp pair of scissors (and feeling much better afterward), then putting it all out just in time for the garbage man to collect…”

~Sarama O’Shea,  Note To Self – On Keeping A Journal & Other Dangerous Pursuits


“…Grapes that have warmed all morning in the sun.  I’m stopped by the winy, musty, violet scents.  The hot sweetness breaks open in my mouth.  I have never tasted something so essential in my life  as this grape on this morning.  They even smell purple.  The flavor, older than the Etruscans and deeply fresh and pleasing, just leaves me stunned.  Such richness, the big globes, the heaps cascading out of two baskets.  The open air confers an ease, a relaxation and freedom.  You’re your own guest, which is the way summer ought to be…”

~Frances Mayes,  Under The Tuscan Sun
“Do not feel guilty about taking time to be still in My Presence.  You are simply responding to the tugs of divinity within you.  Do not be afraid to be different from other people.  The path I have called you to travel is exquisitely right for you.  To follow me wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your desire to please other people.  However, your closeness to Me will bless others by enabling you to shine brightly in this dark world.”

~Sarah Young,  Jesus Calling

Reading, as it were, puts the solid food into our mouths, meditation chews it and breaks it down, prayer obtains the flavor of it and contemplation is the very sweetness which makes us glad and refreshes us.  

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