The Week In Words

Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week  inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.

Here are a few that caught my eye this week:

From a friend’s Facebook:

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

Seen at Challies:

I will stay in prison till the moss grows on my eyebrows rather than make a slaughterhouse of my principles. —John Bunyan

From I’m Outnumbered!: One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys by Laura Lee Groves in a chapter about media, p. 117:

A reader is an understander — he knows what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes.

She goes on to talk about how reading can develop empathy, compassion, and understanding by experiencing another’s viewpoint. I don’t think I had ever thought about it quite like that, but I agree.

From Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper, in a chapter about Esther Ahn Kim, quoting from her book If I Perish,

Wherever Mother was, it was like a chapel of heaven around her.

I don’t think my kids could say that of me, but I wish they could. This was particularly remarkable because they were surrounded by idol-worshiping relatives, and her mother did not have church or a Bible but tried to live by what she was taught as a child by a missionary.

If you’ve read anything that particularly spoke to you that you’d like to share, please either list it in the comments below or write a post on your blog and then put the link to that post (not your general blog link) in Mr. Linky below. I do ask that only family-friendly quotes be included. I hope you’ll visit some of the other participants as well and glean some great thoughts to ponder.

9 thoughts on “The Week In Words

  1. I love your quotes, and am also convicted that my kids couldn’t say about me what the children said about Ester Ahm Kim. I guess it gives us something to strive for though.

    I’m so excited that I remembered to copy my cousin’s facebook status update as my quote this week. 🙂 It just proves that we can find wisdom in so many places if we keep our eyes open. You’ve set a great example for that. Thanks, Barbara!

  2. I like that quote about reading and understanding. I know I had a relatively “sheltered” childhood as an older child in a homeschooling family when my mom was busy with littles (therefore not having time for lots of activities)–but I still had opportunity to explore the diverse world of thought and experience through the medium of books. I think it turned out well 🙂

  3. Very nice quotes! This one is my favorite: “A reader is an understander — he knows what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes.” So true!

    Mothers are indeed influential…. I’ve never been compared to a chapel of heaven, but my daughter once said she thought I “tasted” like strawberries!

    Thanks for hosting Barbara.

    Blessings, e-Mom

  4. I’m with E-mom on my favorite for this week! Being a total bookworm it’s hard not to like that one. I shared it with a librarian friend of mine…who I’m sure hasn’t read it since she has only girls. HA! I haven’t done any inspirational reading of my own (outside of Isaiah 6, I should say) this week…but was filled with thinking from this post this week. Thanks for hosting. It’s so neat!

  5. Well MY kids would CERTAINLY never say that about me! Oh, I can’t even IMAGINE it… what a goal to STRIVE for though!

    I LOVE that first quote! I think that has been my unclaimed motto throughout my life!

  6. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

    I once spent a week pondering the question, “Which will I regret more …” and the topic was speaking my feelings because I knew there was a chance they might not be returned and my heart would be broken. I finally decided it would be better to suffer the broken heart than to let my friend move clear across the country without ever telling him what he meant to me.

    My heart was broken. I still don’t regret it. I knew the truth and was able to move on and heal. At the end of my healing, I met Amoeba and am in a much better place. Sometimes even losing is better than not participating.

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