Ayako Miura (April 25, 1922 – October 12, 1999) was a brilliant novelist, a respected theologian, and one of the most praised Christian writers in Japan. She published eighty works of both fiction and nonfiction with only a handful translated into English. Despite her health troubles, her love for Christ and her call to holiness still resonate. To this day, she is honored by millions and her works are preserved by the Ayako Miura Memorial Literature Museum in her hometown of Asahikawa. Here are some of my favorite quotes of Ayako Miura:
“I began wondering whether it was not the greatest sin of all to be unaware of one’s sin. And then I felt I had begun to understand the significance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.”
“Life is as full of material to learn from as a gravel road is full of stones. Not having gone to school is itself something to learn from. So is poverty, a weak constitution, failure, a broken heart, ignorance, prosperity, and adversity. If you have the will to learn from it, anything can be teaching material.”
“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.”
“Directly or indirectly I write to transmit the gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether the work is literary or not, I write standing on this foundation of faith.”
“Although some of the people at church rejected and even denounced me, this did not particularly hinder me in my search. Rather, the fact that there were church people as weak and foolish as I was myself gave me a deep sense of reassurance. Arrogantly I thought, ‘If God accepts that sort of person, isn’t it possible thatHe will even accept me?’ And I began to read the Bible more attentively.”
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