Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday by the Sea

"By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the deep in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast."
~ Psalm 33:6-9

God is the marvelous Creator of the universe. All the colors of the sunset spilling onto the sea; the tide bringing constant waves to shatter upon the shore; the dark storm and the moonlit calm--God's creation is so beautiful!

For the "Contentment Reading Challenge" I'm currently re-reading The Redemption, and I'm almost halfway through. It has been a pleasure to re-read this exciting, seafaring love story, as well as to re-read Tyndall's exquisite descriptions of the sea. I thought I would share a few of them with you:
  • "The sparkling water was an artistic blend of turquoise and jade green. Its waves glittered in the sunlight like precious jewels before disappearing on the shore, dissipating into a million shimmering pieces of white crystal. Palm fronds danced gleefully in the wind, rejoicing in the magnificent view nature had given them." (p. 43)
  • "The ocean was calm tonight. Merrick took in a deep breath of her salty scent, looking off into the distance where the waves glistened like liquid silver in the moonlight. Beyond, they faded into a darkness so intense it was as if the ocean fell from the face of the earth. No wonder people used to believe the world was flat." (p. 118)
  • "She glanced over the exquisite scene. No land was in sight, just the vast, blue ocean, calm and deep, extending as far as she could see, its waves twinkling in the sunlight." (p. 62)
Can't you just picture it? I can't imagine the dangers of sailing out on the sea, but I also can't imagine how amazing and invigorating it must be, as well. Tyndall has captured the scenes wonderfully! I'm so glad that God gives us stories to tell and stories to read, and that He gives us the gift of creativity. How much more should we stand in awe of our Creator, God!

Note: As for the Contentment Reading Challenge, I'll plan on posting mini "reviews" of each book I re-read when I do the monthly updates, so stay tuned to hear more about The Redemption! Also, be looking for a special interview with this author, MaryLu Tyndall, for the Season of Love Blog Party.

8 comments:

Renee Ann said...

Lovely post!

Amber S. said...

Renee Ann,

Thank you!

MaryLu is a wonderful author, and I just love her descriptions of the sea! :)

~Amber

MaryLu Tyndall said...

Thanks Amber, for posting quotes from my book! You almost made me want to go back and read it! LOl It's been a few years since I wrote that story. Glad you're enjoying it all over again.
Hugs, MaryLu

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

LOVE this series, I might just have to pull out my books again too! ;-)

BTW in response to your comment on my blog, for the blog party I'm offering 3 surprise books to one winner...all have been released this year or late last year so they're newer books and all are Christian fict.

XOXO~ Renee

Amber S. said...

MaryLu,

You're welcome! As you can tell, I really love your work! :) And I am definitely enjoying re-visiting The Redemption. ;)

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Renee,

You should! ;) Isn't it a wonderful series?!

Oh, and thank you for the update! I'll add that to the invitation page. :)

~Amber

Amanda said...

Such beautiful quotes, Amber! Thank you so much for sharing them here :) I think MaryLu can make even landlocked readers fall in love with the sea, LOL!

And that beautiful Psalm made me think of a short message I seen on YouTube by Louie Giglio on "Laminin" - its something important in our bodies, but he can explain it better that me so heres the link if you wanted to check it out :) Its not about the ocean but about God's ultimate creation: the human body! He uses this Scripture as well as some others, the whole message is so inspiring. I hope you get a chance to hear it as I think you'll be blessed :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e4zgJXPpI4

Have a beautiful day in Jesus, my friend!

Blessings,
Amanda

Amber S. said...

Amanda,

Aren't they? I just had to share them for "Sunday by the Sea." :) Her descriptions of the sea are gorgeous!

Thank you for sharing that link with me. I'll have to keep that in mind! :) It sounds great!

Hope you're having a wonderful week, my friend! I sent you an e-mail this morning. :)

~Amber