Quotes from the book

“We live in a society where to succeed is more important than to love.” 

“The sense of failure, abandonment and absence of God is a normal part of Christian life from time to time”

“We [Christians] can celebrate in our lunacy because it was only through the failure of the cross that we receive the hope of forgiveness and life through the resurrection”

“it is our role to support each other in journeying through the cascade of emotions which happen following failure or mistakes, and then support the learning as we come out the other side…peer support is crucial”

“How we respond to failure is probably more important than the failure itself.”

“I would rather argue with God than most people. He doesn’t get offended, accuse me back, or get angry – rather, he listens and, when I have finally finished, very gently puts me in my place and shows me why he is right and I am wrong.It is a loving but uncompromising process.It’s not always comfortable, but I learn from it.”

“It is only by facing that anxiety and owning the fear that we can face the risk of failure and the hope of success.”

“Failures are inevitable…the challenge is to fail well, to fail intelligently.”

“The benefits of failure are that it develops persistence, the ability to adapt and change, creativity and determination.”

“We all have failed. We are failing. We will all continue to fail.We need to provide supportive, open environments in all areas, where we can be cared for whilst we come to terms with our failures so that we can learn from them.”

“We need to accept that we have failed, do fail and will fail, and there will be times when we are scared to fail and times when we will work so hard on something worthwhile and achieve not a sausage – nothing at all.That’s the reality of life.”

“We need to learn to fail because by doing so, we become resilient and adaptable.”

“God always has a good Plan B”

“There is no aspect of failure that the resurrection does not offer hope for.”

“We need to encourage people to get to a point where they can take responsibility for their role within failures, and this is likely better achieved by support rather than by blame.”

“Is this why God allows Moses to appear to fail so many times in Egypt before the Israelites are released?Were his experiences of failure crucial to his later success as a leader? Was God able to use him not because he was brave, but because he was scared?”