Notes on format while reading “A Christian’s Response to The 12 Rules for Life”

This work quotes extensively from the Bible and other sources. Scriptures quoted are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), except where either noted or when quoted directly from the text of The 12 Rules for Life (12RFL, hereafter).

Quotes from scripture are placed in italics, with the specific reference cited [in brackets]. Where there has been additional emphasis or amplification, such is noted.

“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good. The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” [Psalm 14:1-3]

Quotes from the 12 Rules for Life are set as shown below, in normal type, with only the page number noted. Continuously repeating the entire citation in its formal format for every quote would have become tedious. If you just see a page number, it comes from the 12 Rules for Life.

“I lived through a tumultuous time when I was writing this book, to say the least. I had more than my fair share of reliable, competent, trustworthy people standing with me, however, and thank God for that.” [p. 369]

Quotes from other works are set with margins similar to those from the 12 Rules for Life, also in normal type. The first reference from the author will be footnoted with a complete citation in formal format. Following quotes from the same author and the same work will be cited with the author’s name, the name of the work, and the page number, so:

“Human souls are the battle ground in which massive spiritual battles are being waged. The stakes are enormous. The winner takes all and the loser loses everything. Every day of our short lives has eternal consequences for good or ill. Eternity is being affected. Right now counts forever. Thus, it is only fitting that God should give us some sense of the stakes involved, some sense of the war’s magnitude. He does this by giving us foretastes of heaven in the joys we experience, and foretastes of hell in our suffering.”[1]

“If we are thinking clearly, each taste of hell that we have drives us to reach out toward our unbelieving friends and neighbors. Perhaps we have cancer. Our bodies are racked with pain. The Christian should think to himself, “How horrible that our sins should bring such suffering to a world that God made perfect! But how wonderful that I am going to heaven and will be rescued from the horrible pain I deserve. Yet my neighbor down the street, whom I very much like, does not believe in Jesus. He is headed for eternal pains far worse than I am experiencing now. Lord, give me the courage, tact, and wisdom to reach out to him with the truth of the gospel.” [Tada and Estes, When God Weeps, p. 197]



[1] Tada, Joni Eareckson and Estes, Steven, When God Weeps, Zondervan, Grand Rapids MI, 1997, p. 197.

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