I recently finished Frederick Buechner’s The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life. I am fairly new to Buechner (pronounced “Binkner”) but am fast becoming a big fan. He is a master at helping his reader stop to pay attention to what is going on, both inside and out. I highly recommend.

Other books I am currently reading can be found here. Below are several quotes that got my attention while reading:

 

“Listen to the voices of the people you live with, listen to the songs that they sing. . . listen to the music of their voices. Listen to the slamming of the screen door. Listen to the patter of feet walking back up the path. . . It is the song out of time that sings to you.”

“So, stop and see. Become more sensitive, more aware, more alive to our own humanness, to the humanness of each other.”

“Don’t miss those moments when God speaks to you. . . as He does to all of us, in all sorts of ways, and all the time.”

“To love God means to pay attention, be mindful, be open to the possibility that God is with you in ways that, unless you have your eyes open, you may never glimpse. Unless you have your ears open, you may never hear.”

“To love your neighbor is to see your neighbor.”

“I think our faith, if it’s worth anything, comes from the story that each one of us has lived in this world, not just what we heard from the pulpit.”

“But there are only two stories that make any difference – God’s story and the human story. We all are living out the different versions of these two stories with an infinite number of variations.”

“To play it safe, to stay home where the candles are lit and the meal is prepared was to have your live somehow diminished. To go out into the world, even if the world scares the (mess) out of you, and bores you to death, and intimidates you – that is the only life.”

“We are called to be happy, not only for our sakes but because that is what life is all about . . . you’re not only called to be happy for your sake, but you called to be happy for everybody’s sake.”

“We’re often at war with the people we love the best. We often engage in wars with no particular goal in sight, but rather for the dark pleasure of fighting a war. . .”

“Be merciful to yourself, stop fighting yourself quite so much. Maybe what you are asking of yourself, what you’re driving yourself to do or be. . . is something at this point you needn’t have to think about doing.”

What are YOU reading right now?