As a pastor, it is easy to get sucked into only reading ministry books. I have found it helpful, and even necessary to expand my reading list. I read biographies, classic literature, children’s books, and other genres. I recently finished a book on coaching that was invaluable. I also just finished The Green Ember by S.D. Smith. It was delightful.
The description from Amazon gives a good preview: “Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world. Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.”
Below are some of my favorite quotes:
“All of life is a battle against fear. We fight it on one front, and it sneaks around to our flank… ‘I regret many things I’ve done,’ he said, ‘but most of all I regret those moments when I said to Fear, ‘You are my master.’’ He suddenly looked terribly sad.”
“It’s only that, when you’re older, you hand out wisdom to your children like you know everything, but it is sometimes hard to follow your own advice.”
Picket put his arm around her and said, ‘I’m not sure if it’ll be all right. But I’m glad we’re together.’ She put her head on his shoulder and nodded.”
“‘Be careful of resentment and pride, Picket,’ Uncle Wilfred said. ‘They’ve been the undoing of many a great rabbit.’”
“Their silence was heavy with questions.”
“You can choose what you believe, Shuffler, but you can’t change what’s true.”
“Like I tells you always, mine Emmarabbit, we have job to heal body, we have job to heal mind. Job to heal mind often biggest job. Mind disordered much as body, or more.”
“You cannot kill an idea. You cannot murder a dream.”
I provide these quotes to give you something to think about.
Since Green Ember is book one in a series, I will definitely be going on to book two.