So much to read, and so little time. One more book finished this month.
A.D. 30 was the first piece of fiction I’ve read since Redeeming Love – and let’s be honest. Nothing holds a candle to that one. I really enjoyed the setting of A.D. 30; a few of the characters were interesting. I liked how Dekker intertwined these fictional people into the story of Jesus – or rather, how their meeting Jesus completely altered the course of their lives. I wouldn’t give the book 5 stars, but it kept my attention. I’ll probably pick up the sequel someday.
Some favorite quotes I ran across this month are below!
Yeshua’s food was the same he’d offered me, not bread for the belly, but sustenance for the soul. ¹
Put your faith in me, not the storm, nor the boat. ¹
And if but one heard, it was worth all the labor. ²
Can it be expected that God should be on their side who are daily affronting Him to His face? ²
Life can turn on a dime. The appointment book reinforces my new awareness of this. We plan our days, but we don’t control them. ³
These people can control everything about me, but they can’t control where I go in my mind. ³
You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. -Winston Churchill
I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder… -John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress
¹ A.D. 30, Ted Dekker
² The Journal of John Wesley
³ Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate