Judy Blume · 149 pages
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“We must, we must, we must increase our bust.”
“Are you there God? It's me, Margaret.”
“It's not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he's very handsome.”
“I like one hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain and things that are pink. I hate pimples, baked potatoes, when my mother's mad, and religious holidays.”
“Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. I just told my mother I want a bra. Please help me grow God. You know where.”
“Why do they wait until sixth grade when you already know everything?”
“As long as she loves me and I love her, what difference does religion make?”
“Especially since my mother says Grandma is too much of an influence on me.”
“I must—I must—I must increase my bust.”
“How can I stop worrying when I don’t know if I’m going to turn out normal?” “I promise, you’ll turn out normal.” Are”
“Black women were armed, black women were dangerous and the less money they had the deadlier the weapon they chose.”
when I read a book,
I want to savor
loving the prose
I don't want it
the story pulls me in,
and I can hardly
read fast enough,
the details flying by,
some of them lost
because all that matters
is making sure
is all right
when it's over.”
“There’s no such thing in this world as absolute certainty. So accept that and go forward acting toward the best outcome no matter what.”
“What is the ultimate good in the good news? It all ends in one thing: God himself. All the words of the gospel lead to him, or they are not gospel.
Salvation is not good news if it only saves from hell and not for God.
Forgiveness is not good news if it only gives relief from guilt and doesn't open the way to God.
Justification is not good news if it only makes us legally acceptable to God but doesn't bring fellowship with God.
Redemption is not good news if it only liberates us from bondage but doesn't bring us to God.
Adoption is not good news if it only puts us in the Father's family but not in his arms.
This is crucial. Many people seem to embrace the good news without embracing God. There is no sure evidence that we have a new heart just because we want to escape hell. That's a perfectly natural desire, not a supernatural one.
It doesn't take a new heart to want the psychological relief of forgiveness, or the removal of God's wrath, or the inheritance of God's world. All these things are understandable without any spiritual change. You don't need to be born again to want these things.
The devils want them.
It is not wrong to want them. Indeed it is folly not to.
But the evidence that we have been changed is that we want these things because they bring us to the enjoyment of God. This is the greatest thing Christ died for. "Christ also suffered once for sin, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God”
“If others neither have goods we want nor can perform services we need, we make sure that they are at a safe distance and close ourselves off from them so that their emaciated and tortured bodies can make no inordinate claims on us.”
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