Monday, December 24, 2007

Patches of Godlight

The other day Donna asked us to share a favorite quote. I immediately reached for this volume:

Patches of Godlight: Father Tim's Favorite Quotes by Jan Karon

Designed as if it really is Father Tim's own chapbook, it is printed as a handwritten volume with quotes on everything from faith, the literary life, friendship and love, by such favorites as C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, G.K. Chesterton, Aristotle and Dave Barry (yes, Dave Barry.)

A few favorites:

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Churchill

" is very well worthwhile to be tormented for two or three years of one's life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it." Jane Austen

And the one I shared in the Quiet Life comment section:

"Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person: having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out. Just as they are - chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away." George Eliot

For those who don't know, Jan Karon is done with her Mitford series, and she has a new series started about Father Tim. The first volume is on the shelves:

Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon

Yes, the plot takes unbelievable turns and at the same time is predictable...but I love Father Tim. I am glad to know more about his childhood, as I can relate to dark childhood days being redeemed by faith in Christ. That redemption makes for a vibrant adult life, but it still requires healing and forgiveness.

Lauren Winner's thoughts on Jan Karon:
Sherry with Father Tim: A conversation with Lauren Winner about Jan Karon's fiction.

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