The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

Thomas à Kempis on the Dangers of Intellectualism

Thomas à Kempis outlines some dangers of substitute learning for genuine devotion.

Thibon on Freedom

Do not run or fly away in order to become free. Rather, go deeply into the narrow space given you. There you will find God and all things. Gustave Thibon, quoted in Gallagher's The Examen Prayer

Norman on identity

When you know you are loved by God, you can live your life with nothing to hide, nothing to prove, and nothing to lose. Steve Norman, The Preacher as Sermon

Quayle on Preaching

Preaching is not the art of making a sermon and delivering it. Preaching is the art of making a preacher and delivering that. It is no trouble to preach, but a vast trouble to construct a preacher. William Quayle, The... Continue Reading →

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.

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