E. Stanley Jones, In Words

Books

Book Name:- Like An Eagle

Topic:- Nobuko Lillian Omi

This excerpt is part of Nobuko Lillian Omi’s story included in the Nisei Christian Oral History Project, book 2, page 100. At the onset of the US involvement in WWII, the Japanese and Japanese Americans on the US West Coast were removed from their homes, put into “Assembly Centers” (read: horse stables and rustic cabins at fairgrounds and rodeo grounds) before being transported and contained at “Evacuation Camps” (read: incarcerated at US prison camps in violation of their civil rights). In this personal history, the interview was held at the Santa Anita Raceway “Assembly Center” in Southern California, and at the WRA Camp at Jerome, Arkansas Nisei Christian Journey –its promise and fulfillment
 

1988: Nisei Christina Oral History Project,
page 100, Nobuko Lillian Omi:
 

Stanley Jones

“I’ll always remember when Stanley Jones came to speak to us at Santa Anita. He talked about the eagle in Isaiah 40:31 and our experience. He said, “Don’t let this experience destroy you. Use it like an eagle to lift yourselves up. The eagle doesn’t go against the storm clouds, it uses them to rise higher, giving it strength and this is what you people will have to do so you won’t be destroyed.

 

Nobuko Lillian Omi

That has always remained with me and I passed this story to the parents in the Parent Teachers Association in Jerome. I would tell them what Stanley Jones had said to use this experience to rise above, so that everyone would be better than before. “I felt that God went with us and didn’t desert us. As for our church, we could always build another one. I felt that there was a wall between American (White) churches and the ethnic churches, that we were deserted at a crucial time.”

 

Book Name:- Growing Spiritually

Topic:- Fruits of the Spirits

This devotional book is a study on the fruits of the spirit.

“We are made to grow into the measure of the stature of Christ. In Christ the past is buried, the present blessed, and the future beckoning.

We grow by “all the stimulus of Christ.” ( Philippians 2:1 )

 

Book Name:- The Way to Power and Poise

Topic:- Dynamic of Christian Life

This book asks the question, “What is the dynamic of our Christian life?” In searching through the scriptures and human nature, Jones uncovers our need for inner peace and outer power. Jones then describes the work of the Holy Spirit which transformed timid disciples into energetic apostles. The Spirit gave them courage and victory in a pagan and “dangerous” society. The Holy Spirit can do the same for us. The Holy Spirit gives adequacy, peace, and power.

 

Book Name:- Mahatma Gandhi

Topic:- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the day that Gandhi was killed, E. Stanley Jones arrived in Delhi and was on his way to see the Mahatma. That visit was not to occur. This wonderful book is an account that Jones wrote soon after the death of his friend. There is another story embedded in this book…it is the story of a young seminary student reading the section on page 88…Martin Luther King, Jr., read this passage…

“The Mahatma repudiated with all his might the idea that the method of trust and nonviolence was used because you are weak and cowardly. He insisted that it was the method of the strong, and only the method of the strong.”

My mother told me of the occasion in Boston when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored by Boston University at a convocation prior to his leaving for Sweden to receive the 1964 Nobel Peace prize.

At the reception following, my mother was introduced to Dr. King and my grandfather, E. Stanley Jones was mentioned. Dr. King immediately became very serious and said:

“Your father was a very important person to me, for it was his book on Mahatma Gandhi that triggered my use of Gandhi’s method of non violence as a weapon for our own people’s freedom in the United States. “ He continued, that though he had been very familiar with the writings on Gandhi and had been interested in his method of non-violence for years, still it had not “clicked” with him that it was a vehicle for “use” in the United States.”

Reading my grandfather’s book on Gandhi may have assisted King with the application of Gandhian principles within a Christian context.

 

Words

Hate & Resentment

  1. The opponent strikes you on your cheek, and you strike him on the heart by your amazing spiritual audacity in turning the other cheek. You wrest the offensive from him by refusing to take his weapons, by keeping your own, and by striking him in his conscience from a higher level. He hits you physically, and you hit him spiritually.
    E. Stanley Jones, Gandhi: Portrayal of a Friend
  2. A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is – a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.

 

Critics

  1. The measure of my spirit of criticism is the measure of my distance from Christ.

 

Godliness

  1. Obviously God must guide us in a way that will develop spontaneity in us. The development of character, rather than direction in this, that, and the other matter, must be the primary purpose of the Father. He will guide us, but he won’t override us. That fact should make us use with caution the method of sitting down with a pencil and blank sheet of paper to write down the instructions dictated by God for the day. Suppose a parent would dictate to the child minutely everything he is to do during the day. The child would be stunted under that regime. The parent must guide in such a manner, and to the degree, that autonomous character, capable of making right decisions for itself, is produced. God does the same.

 

God

  1. When we say we begin with God, we begin with our idea of God, and our idea of God is not God. Instead, we ought to begin with God’s idea of God, and God’s idea of God is Christ
  2. When man listens, God speaks; when man obeys, God acts; when man prays, God empowers.

 

Good Will

  1. Be so preoccupied with good will that you haven’t room for ill will.

 

Believe

  1. The only thing you believe in is the thing you believe in enough to practice. Your creed is your deed.

 

Prayer

  1. Prayer is commission. Out of the quietness with God, power is generated that turns the spiritual machinery of the world. When you pray, you begin to feel the sense of being sent, that the divine compulsion is upon you.

 

Charity

  1. Nothing is ever really yours until you share it.
  2. Happiness doesn’t come to you; you join happiness on the way to doing something for others.
  3. Jesus will meet me today in the person of someone in need-I must not miss him

 

Harmony

  1. If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.

 

Tenderness

  1. Who has not seen a frail, clinging-vine type of woman, who upon the death of her husband straightens up and becomes an oak, around which the growing children twine their lives, and are forever grateful for such a mother? But this strength would never have come out and developed had it not been for the tears that watered the vine and made it into an oak.

 

Service

  1. Around the world the problem of Christian work is the problem of the Christian worker.

 

Referenced Work

Books

  1. E. Stanley Jones Foundation

Quotes

  1. Goodreads
    • E. Stanley Jones > Quotes
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