"The deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray:

'Thy Will Be Done'."

~Elisabeth Elliot

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tag You're It!

I was tagged for a meme by Hil at The Gleam of Rose Tea. The tag is to grab the nearest book, turn to the 123rd page and write sentence 5,6,7,8.

So...nearest book is "Ruthless Trust" by Brennan Manning.
Sentence 5 is kinda catching him in the middle of his testimony, but here it goes:

"Simply present yourself to God, clinging to nothing but your humanness. And so the hours of prayer became a death to all past achievements and any identity not grounded in truth. Soon, I discovered that, in addition to alcohol, I had developed a second addiction: ministry. The attention and recognition that come from writing and preaching, teaching and counseling, had become my latest drug of choice."

I love this book because Manning has a way of being poetically intelligent and transparently honest. He talks openly about his addiction to alcohol and uses it in counseling others. This book is about trust in God that allows you to be thankful for everything...the good, bad, the ugly. It is a recommendable read.


dreametrnal said...

When you mentioned being thankful for "the good, bad and ugly" it reminded me of a quote I found that says "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass ... it's about learning to dance in the rain." Just thought I'd share it with you.

hillary said...

sounds like a good book. you should def read redeeming love. i can let you borrow it if you want, i will be there on sunday.

Heather Kelli said...

I think I'll be looking for this book! Thanks -- you always have great reading recommendations!