Guess a Quote (1.14.13)

Question MarkYay! I finally stumped you all with last week’s quote. It was from The Count of Monte Cristo. Have any of you read it? I watched the video when studying for the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP, but have yet to read it. It’s one of those books that is destined to in my mental “want-to-read” shelf until we go on vacation or something.

As you know, this month I’m featuring books written by homeschooled authors. I’m considering featuring a line-up of non-fiction books next month. What do you all think of that idea? In tentative preparation for reviewing non-fiction books, this week’s quote is from one of my favorite non-fictions.

God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, LORD Jesus.

Hint: There’s actually two correct answers for this quote. Happy guessing!

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  1. Marli Renee

     /  January 14, 2013

    Sounds suspiciously like an Elliot to me 🙂 Reminds me of Enda St Vincent Millay’s poem:
    “My candle burns at both ends
    It will not last the night;
    But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends –
    It gives a lovely light.”

    • Indeed it is.

      I don’t think I ever heard that poem before. Is there some deep meaning to it that I’m missing or is it supposed to be taken at face value?

      • Marli Renee

         /  January 14, 2013

        Yah, I think face value 🙂 Her ‘candle’ being herself, saying that she’d rather burn out bright even if it means pushing herself hard.

  2. Hank

     /  January 14, 2013

    A wild stab at it but could it be “Journals of Jim Elliot”?

  3. Ahh! I don’t know how I missed your last quote but I’m pretty sure I would’ve been able to guess “Monte Cristo”!!! Oh well. 🙂 It is a cool book, but the main theme being revenge… Once we compared/contrasted it with “Les Miserables,” which contains more of a Christian view.

  4. Maiden-in-Waiting

     /  January 15, 2013

    I have yet to make the aquaintence of the Count of Monte Cristo, hence my previous silence 🙂
    As for this quote, I know I know this but my brain won’t remind where it’s from (it likes to tease me like that sometimes 😀 ) ….Is it maybe something Elliot said, perhaps from his biography “Shadow of the Almighty” (or “Through Gates of Splendor”) ?

    • Your mind has a mind of its own, huh? And, yes, the first title you mentioned is the correct answer. I love that book. It’s had a huge impact on my life.


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