The human impulse to create and find meaning is a gift of grace. Grace is the opposite of “expectations” because it is so, well, unexpected. And, interestingly enough, grace is at the center of Great Expectations. ~Karen Swallow Prior, Booked, Chapter 4, “The Magic of Story: Great Expectations”
What I came to understand is that in ceasing the futile attempt to be something I was not able or meant to be, and in striving to discover and be the person I was created to be, I would be a better self. The real disgrace was not in being kicked out of The Group, but in failing to fully embrace the grace that had made me who I was by trying to be something I was not. ~Karen Swallow Prior, Booked, “Beholding in Becoming: Jane Eyre”
With grace, the march of time offers redemption: lost opportunities do not mean that all is lost; grave mistakes can be transformed into blessings over time. It is never too late for God to come knocking on your door. ~Karen Swallow Prior, Booked, chapter 6, “The Only Thing Between Me and Tragedy: Tess of the D’Urbervilles”
The High Calling book club is discussing chapters 4-6 of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior. These quotes stood out to me. Come on over to see how her words have touched others.
In the stillness,
Oh, I just discovered this site this week, so I’m linking up. Maybe I can learn something.