"May we take responsibility for the truth of our lives and challenge others to do the same.
May we learn to love and forgive others, even when we know their messes.
May we know the truth of how much we are loved and accepted right here,
right now, as we are."
― James Prescott, author of "Mosaic of Grace"
"My experience as a pastor is lots of people have really toxic, dangerous, psychologically devastating images of God in their head, images of a God who's not good."
-- Rob Bell, author of "What We Talk About When We Talk About God"
"So for those of us who are in Christ, we can be sure that God doesn't stop loving us. We can't outrun or outdo the love of God. His love doesn't depend on our behavior. If God's love depended on how I act, I would have been out of God's favor a while ago--and you would have too."
― Caleb Kaltenbach, author of "Messy Grace"
"It's incredibly touching when someone who seems so hopeless finds a few inches of light to stand in and makes everything work as well as possible. All of us lurch and fall, sit in the dirt, are helped to our feet, keep moving, feel like idiots, lose our balance, gain it, help others get back on their feet, and keep going."
― Anne Lamott, author of "Grace (Eventually)"
"Just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn't mean I orchestrate the tragedies. Don't ever assume that my using something means I caused it or that I need it to accomplish my purposes. That will only lead you to false notions about me. Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors."
― William Paul Young, author of "The Shack"
"You are not supposed to be happy all the time. Life hurts and it's hard. Not because you're doing it wrong, but because it hurts for everybody. Don't avoid the pain. You need it. It's meant for you. Be still with it, let it come, let it go, let it leave you with the fuel you'll burn to get your work done on this earth."
― Glennon Doyle Melton, author of "Love Warrior: A Memoir"