Here are some great quotes from this book. Read each slowly and give yourself a moment for reflection. And then pray!
If the universe is so bad...how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator?"
"Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness."
"Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal."
"When we are such as He can love without impediment, we shall in fact be happy."
"When God becomes a Man and lives as a creature among His own creatures in Palestine, then indeed His life is one of supreme self-sacrifice and leads to Calvary."
"If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows...then we must starve eternally."
"Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment."
"Unless Christianity is wholly false, the perception of ourselves which we have in moments of shame must be the only true one..."
"The 'frankness' of people sunk below shame is a very cheap frankness."
"We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin."
"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."
"[Pain] removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul."
"We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it."
"It matters enormously if I alienate anyone from the truth."
"Those who would like the God of scripture to be more purely ethical, do not know what they ask."
"[God] is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him."
"If God were a Kantian, who would not have us till we came to Him from the purest and best motives, who could be saved?"
"Tribulations cannot cease until God either sees us remade or sees that our remaking is now hopeless."
"Those who would most scornfully repudiate Christianity as a mere "opiate of the people" have a contempt for the rich, that is, for all mankind except the poor."
"Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time."
"Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire."
"Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you."
"God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love."