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July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Quotes from Epic by John Eldredge

“Life doesn’t come to us like a math problem. It comes to us the way that a story does, scene by scene. You wake up. What will happen next?….Life unfolds like a drama. Doesn’t it. Each day has a beginning and an end. There are all sorts of characters, all sorts of settings. A year goes by like a chapter in a movie. Sometimes its like a tragedy. Sometimes its like a comedy.” (p.2)

“Because we humans have this craving for meaning–for the rest of the story. We need to know whats going on.” (p.4)

“Our stories tell us who we are, why we are here, and what we are to do. They give us our best answers to all of life’s biggest questions, and to most of the small ones as well.” (p. 5 – 6)

“We humans share the lingering questions: Who am I really? Why an I here? Where will I find life? What does God want of me?” (p. 7)

“This is the Story in which you have found yourself. Here is how it got started. Here is where it went wrong. Here is what will happen next. Now this–this is the role you’ve been given. If you want to fulfill your destiny, this is what you must do. These are your cues. And here is how things are going to turn out in the end.” (p.11) ???

“I’m serious. Think about your favorite movies. Notice that every good story has the same ingredients. Love. Adventure. Danger. Heroism. Romance. Love. Sacrifice. The Battle of Good and Evil. Unlikely heroes. Insurmountable odds. And a little fellowship that in hope beyond hope pulls through in the end.” (p.11)

“There is a story written on the human heart.” (p.13)

“Story is the very nature of reality.” (p.13)

“Story. An epic.
Something hidden in the ancient past.
Something dangerous now unfolding.
Something waiting in the future for us to discover.
Some crucial role for us to play.” (p. 14)

“Christianity, in its true form, tells us that there is an Author and that he is good, the essense of all that is good and beautify and true, for he is the source of all these things. It tells us that he has set our hears’ longings within us, for he has made us to live in an Epic. It warns that the truth is always in danger of being twisted and corrupted and stolen from us because there is a Villian in the Story who hates our hearts and wants to destroy us. It calls us up into a Story that is truer and deeper than any other, and assures us that there we will find the meaning of our lives.
What if?” (p. 14-15)

“The famous atheist Bertrand Russel suggested that if we could strip away all the mystery of this universe and get to the heart of things, what we would probably find there would be a mathematical equation. Something as scientific and impersonal as the origin of eveyrthing else. A cold view of our world, to be sure.
But it fails to explain one thing: How can human personality have come from something impersonal? How can a creature as quirky as your uncle Ed have come from a mathematical equation? It doesn’t add up.”
(p. 20-21).

“Nature was generated not by a computer but by a Person. It is personal in nature. if it seems quirky, its quirky in the way Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Vang Gogh’s Irises are quirky. It reflects personality.” (p. 21)

“Now add this the fact that walking about in this world there are characters with unique personalities who universally have a sense of humor and a love of story, and all of them are haunted at some level by a longing to make sense of things. If our origins are impersonal and accidental, then why are we fro the most part totally dissatisfied with the answer?
No, only personality begets personality.” (p. 22)

(p. 23 to p. 24)

“Into this world God opens his hand, and the animals spring forth. Myriads of birds, in every shape and size and song, take wing–hawks, herons, warblers. All the creatures of the sea leap into it–whales, dolphins, fish of a thousand colors and designs. Thundering across the plains race immense herds of horses, gazelles, buffalo, running lke the wind. It is more astonishing than we could possibly imagine. No wonder “the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy’ (Job 38:7). A great hurrah goes up from the heavens!” (p. 45)

Love

“Creation is growing in precision and intricacy of form and movement and color. Personality is woven through it. And it is building to a crescendo.” (p. 47)

“God creates us in his image, with powers like unto his own–the ability to reason, to create, to share intimacy, to know joy. He gives us laughter and wonder and imagination. And above all else, he endows us with that one quality for which he is most known.” (p.50)

“And with that heart comes something that just staggers me.
God gives us the freedom to reject him.
He gives to each of us a will of our own.” (p. 51)

“He cares so much for our happiness that he endows us with the capacity to love and be loved, which is the greatest happiness of all.
He endows us with a dignity that is almost unimaginable.” (p. 53).

“Most of the misery we suffer on this planet is the fruit of the human heart gone bad. This glorious treasure has been stained, marred, infected. Sin enters the story and spreads like a computer virus.” (p. 57)

“Why does every great story have a rescue?” (p. 61)

“Rescuing the human heart is the hardest mission in the world.
The dilemma of the Story is this: we don’t know if we want to be rescued. We are so enamored with our small stories and our false gods, we are so bound up in our addictions and our self-centeredness and take-it-for-granted unbelief that we don’t even know how to cry out for help. And the Evil One has no intention of letting his captives walk away scot-free. He seduces us, deceives us, assaults us–whatever it takes to keep us in the darkness.” (p. 63)

“He seeks his allies still. Not religion. Not good church people. Lovers. Allies.” (p. 66).

“His death and resurrection shatter the power of the Matrix, set the captives free.” (p. 67)

“God creates us in his

“This is written on the human heart, this longing for happily ever after.” (p. 78)

“Do you see? Wherever humanity was broken, Jesus restored it. He is giving us an illustration here, and there, and there again. THe coming of the kingdom of God restores the world he made.” (p. 82)

“Stories are equipment for living.”
Robert McKee

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