What I’m Reading

There are usually all manner of books sitting about my house at the same time–non-fiction, poetry, devotionals, fiction. Here, in no particular order, are some noteworthy quotes from what’s been in my bookstacks.


Karen Swallow Prior, Fierce Convictions-The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More–Poet, Reformer Abolitionist

“I am by no means encouraging young ladies to turn authors, I am only reminding them, that Authors before they write should read; I am only putting them in mind, that to be ignorant is not to be original.”


Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of the Lamb, 1967

“The habit of contemplation, therefore–the ability to sit down in front of something and  care enough to let it speak for itself–cannot be acquired soon enough.”


Elizabeth Goudge, The Scent of Water, 1963

But it confused her to try to think what she could pray about and what she couldn’t. She had to pray about everything or she couldn’t live.”


Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, 1967

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”


Debbie Blue, Consider the Birds

“I am convinced that there is something about the sort of consciousness necessary for birding that is very much like the practice of faith.  It comes and goes. It requires waiting. You must use both your body and your mind. Attention is paramount.” 

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