As I’m researching and reading and writing my next book, I’ve stopped many times. When thinking a new thought, when recalling an old story, or when reading another writer’s words, I pause. To think. To reflect. To see what the words are saying to me.

I’m including here a few quotes from others authors.

Read them. Pause. Think. See what their words are saying to you.

In my finite life, the mundane has begun to sparkle. The things I love—the things I should love—become clearer, brighter.
—Kate Bowler, No Cure for Being Human: And Other Truths I Need to Hear

The Kingdom of God is where our best dreams come from and our truest prayers. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves being better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.
—Frederick Buechner, The Clown in the Belfry

People are fragmented. They are torn. Life doesn’t work for them because they are without Jesus. They don’t need more programs and more activities. They simply need a place to be healed. The place does not have to be fancy. The physical environment need not be impressive. The people don’t have to be super-spiritual. They simply need to be real, loving, accepting, forgiving.
—Jerry Cook, Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness

The love between parents and children depends heavily on forgiveness. It is our imperfections that mark us as human and our willingness to tolerate them in our families and ourselves redeems the suffering to which all love makes us vulnerable. In happy moments such as this we celebrate the miracle of two people who found each other and created new lives together. If love can indeed overcome death, it is only through the exercise of memory and devotion.
—Gordon Livingston, M.D., Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

Christianity has a principle, “Hate the sin but love the sinner,” which is more easily preached than practiced. If Christians could simply recover that practice, modeled so exquisitely by Jesus, we would go a long way toward fulfilling our calling as dispensers of God’s grace.
—Philip Yancey, The Scandal of Forgiveness: Grace Put to the Test

The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.
—Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek