March 3, 2000
"Quotes for the Journey" an Inspiring, Thought-Provoking Anthology
Spokane author Gordon Jackson doesn't hesitate to follow the advice of Anatole France, the French writer: "When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it." Jackson's readiness to collect things well said has now yielded this Whitworth College journalism professor and administrator his second published anthology of quotations.
Quotes for the Journey, Wisdom for the Way consists of 1,300 quotations about the Christian faith.
"The collection is designed to be highly readable," Jackson says. "I've selected the quotes for their ability to surprise, inspire, provoke or in some way to get the reader to think."
The hardback book, published by NavPress, sells for $12 and is available in major bookstores and Christian outlets in Spokane. Jackson will discuss Quotes for the Journey and share some of his favorite quotations in a reading at Auntie's Bookstore on Wednesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m.
The entries in Quotes for the Journey are divided into more than 60 topics, such as anxiety, faith, forgiveness, the nature of God, grace, humility, prayer, relationships, repentance, sex and work. "The quotations are meant to be applicable to ordinary, daily living," he says.
While Jackson expects many pastors and other speakers will find the book to be a useful resource, he thinks most readers will be "those who simply love to browse and see what others have said with imagination, flair or special insight about a life of faith."
Jackson has collected quotations for more than 20 years. His interest in quotes led to his first anthology, Outside Insights: Quotations for Contemporary South Africa, in 1997. Jackson, who grew up in South Africa, says the collection focuses on the issues and challenges South Africa faces.
Gordon Jackson, professor of communications and associate dean, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4303.
Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729.