Friday, May 20, 2011

The Alchemy of Murder

Today I wanted to share a list of some of the quotes I've come across that recently touched my heart, things that when I read them I had to write in my journal so I would never forget them. Maybe one will touch you, make you think twice, and want to tuck it forever into your heart as well.

The fortress of a mother's heart, whether it be of a human mother, or a hen mother, or a tiger mother, is the most impregnable fortress the world knows, and yet the tenderest. And it is this sort of a fortress that the Lord is. -Hannah Whitall Smith, The God of All Comfort

To be bad is to know the right and not to do it, but to be good is to do the best we know. -ibid

I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you really feel comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity. -C.S. Lewis

You will not die by swallowing your pride. -R.T. Kendall, The Power of Humility

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. -Mother Theresa

Christ came into the world to save sinners, not good people, and your unworthiness is your greatest claim for His salvation. -Hannah Whitall Smith, The God of All Comfort

Immature Christians want the Lord to give them rules and regulations to cover every area of life and this explains why they're immature. If we never have to pray, search the Scriptures, counsel with others, and wait on the Lord, we will never exercise our "spiritual muscles" and grow up. -Transformation Bible study notes on Leviticus 24

This unfinished name of God [I AM] seems to me like a blank check signed by a rich friend given to us to be filled in with whatever sum we may desire. -Hannah Whitall Smith, The God of All Comfort

Comfort and peace can never come from anything we know about ourselves, but only and always from what we know about Him. -ibid

So long as there are people who lack necessities, a person who has more than he needs is holding the goods of another. -St. Augustine

...compared to the Pacific of eternity, even the years of Methuselah filled is no more than a glass. -Max Lucado, Max on Life

Every difficulty God permits us to encounter will become either a test that can make us better or a temptation that can make us worse, and it's our own attitude that determines which it will be. -Transformation Bible study notes on Exodus 17

It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. - A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God. -ibid

The Alchemy of MurderThe Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary is the first book in the Nellie Bly mystery series. McCleary presents this story as the long-lost record of Bly's search for a murderer that led her from a mental institution in New York to London to Paris' World Expo. While Nellie did her famous stint in Blackwell's Island, an infamous mental asylum for women, she became friends with a prostitute named Josephine who disappeared after a doctor offers her a way off the island if she will help him with an experiment. When Nellie tries to follow Josephine, she discovers the hideous remains of her friend and is attacked by the doctor before he burns down his laboratory during his escape. When the Jack the Ripper murders hit the news, Nellie heads to London to try and prove that the perpetrator is the same man, and she follows him again to Paris where she meets Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde, and Louis Pasteur in her investigation. McCleary does a terrific job with this new series. Nellie is a delightful heroine, quick with a lie, unafraid to stand up for herself, and courageous in her quest to find her friend's killer. The dark days when anarchy and assassinations were popping up all over Europe come to life and keep the tension high. McCleary keeps the readers hearts pounding by revealing fairly quickly that Nellie is trusting absolutely the wrong person, but a revelation in the climax is truly unexpected. Fans of Rhys Bowen and Laurie R. King will enjoy the taut mystery with touches of humor, romance, and darkness.