"Christ's way is first to wound, then to heal ... the consciousness of the church's weakness makes her willing to lean on her beloved, and to hide herself under his wing." ~Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed, p. 10. If you haven't read this small book by Sibbes you are missing out. Spurgeon said, "Sibbes never wastes the student's time, he scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands." And D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones added, "Richard Sibbes was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired ... The Bruised Reed soothed, comforted, encouraged and healed me."