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The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

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This site collects the best insights I've come across in my reading of the great works of Christian spirituality from across the millenia and today

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Jung on recipes for living

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. Carl Jung

Anthony on how to live

Wherever you go, keep God in mind; whatever you do, follow the example of Scripture; wherever you are, stay there and do not move away in a hurry. If you keep to these guidelines, you will be saved. Anthony of... Continue Reading →

Friedman on fixing people

If you want your child, spouse, client, or boss to shape up, stay connected with them while changing yourself rather than trying to fix them. Ed Friedman, A Failure of Nerve

Lewis on love

Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.  C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock

Top books I read in 2020

My favourite books from 2020.

Sanderson on Wisdom

Those who truly seek wisdom are those who will acknowledge the virtue in their adversaries and who will learn from those who correct their error. Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

Hippocrates on Healing

Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick Hippocrates

de Mello on Changing Others

Each time you seek to change another, ask yourself this: What will be served by this change - my pride, my pleasure or my profit? Anthony de Mello, Awakening

Forsyth on Teaching on Prayer

No one ought to undertake teaching about prayer who has not spent more toil in the practice of prayer than on its principle. P.T. Forsyth, The Soul of Prayer

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