To Quote Them

Lately, I've been reading good stuff. I've kept the fiction on the shelf and been diving deep into rich, real, great books. There have been several quotes that are too good to keep to myself but too long to tweet, so here they are! Hope you enjoy them. I highly recommend each of the books they are from!

This is the love you have been looking for all of your life. This is the only love that can’t let you down. This is bomb-proof love. Not friend-love, not personal acclaim, not married love, and not even romantic love—it is this love that you are after, underneath the pursuit of all those others. And it this love of active obedience is an active reality in your life, you will be a person of integrity; you will be a person of prayer; you will be kind to people who mistreat you. If you have this love, you will be a little more like him. Look at him dying in the dark for you. Let it melt you into his likeness.
— Timothy Keller, in "Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions"
Because the most important thing about art is work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. Why is this so important? Because when we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. A process is set into motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose.
— Steven Pressfield, in "The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles"
For our lives to be works of art, we need to allow a lifetime of work. We must give god the time to make us works of art. We must press close to God and allow both the tenderness of his touch and the pressure of his hands to shape us and mold us into someone we would not be without him. If we want our lives to be works of art, we must be willing to take the time and risk the intimacy required for creating an artisan life. We have to get close enough to allow the hands of God to press against us and reform us.
— Erwin McManus, in "The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art"
Put simply, life is God-given opportunity to become who we are, to affirm our own true spiritual nature, claim our truth, appropriate and integrate the reality of our being, but, most of all, to say “Yes” to the One who calls us the Beloved. The unfathomable mystery of God is that God is a Lover who wants to be loved.
— Henri J.M. Nouwen, in "Life of the Beloved"