"A Continual Feast," by Jan Karon, is a compilation of some of the favorite quotes of Karon's fictional Father Tim, the rector for the small North Carolina town of Mitford.
Madame L found this book at the last-chance discount table at her local college bookstore and snapped it up.
She has given it permanent place in her bedside reading collection, or, as she must call it if she were to be entirely honest, her bedside reading pile.
If you haven't read any of the Mitford books, you simply must. Begin with "At Home in Mitford," and continue through the end of the whole series. Enjoying these books does not require you to be of the same religious denomination as Father Tim, who loves everyone of every denomination, just as his mentor and Savior Jesus Christ taught us all to do.
Here are five of Madame L's favorite quotes from "A Continual Feast":
---Day by day we are given not what we want but what we need. Sometimes it is a feast and sometimes ... swept crumbs, but by faith we believe it is enough. --- Barbara Brown Taylor
---One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon --- instead of enjoying the roses that (bloom) outside our windows today. --- Dale Carnegie
---Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we shall soon see them in their proper figures. --- Joseph Addison
---A ship in harbor is safe --- but that is not what ships are made for. --- John A. Shedd
---God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. --- II Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)