Oct 10, 2014

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Shari Green + The Words of Aslan

Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

This week features a tattooed guest who's an author, with a quote from a very popular author's book tattooed on her arm.

Shari Green
Artist: Jacques @ Frenchman's Tattoo in Campbell River, BC.

DesignC.S. Lewis quote: "Courage, dear heart."

Story: This quote is from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. At a particularly dark and scary moment, Lucy hears the voice of Aslan whisper, “Courage, dear heart," and it makes all the difference.

Here’s why I love it:

It speaks of my faith. When Aslan whispers, “Courage, dear heart”, I hear my God whispering words such as “let not your heart be troubled” and “my grace is sufficient for you“. Those words give me peace, hope, strength…and yes, courage.

It speaks of my passion. As a person who’s passionate about children’s literature and literacy, a quote from classic kid-lit felt like the perfect choice for me.

It speaks of my aspiration. One definition of courage is this: to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. This is what I hope to do, in my living, in my writing…tell the story of who I really am, who I was made to be, with my whole heart. And that takes courage!

Courage, dear heart. :)

Thanks for sharing your tattoo and being our tattooed guest, Shari!

Do you have a tattoo of the bookish, literary, or poetic variety? (Basically, if it has anything whatsoever to do with books, it works!) Would you like to be our tattooed guest? We'd love to have you! All you have to do is fill out this form and then you're on the guest list!


  1. LOVE THIS!! Such a wonderful quote, and it's in the perfect spot and it's the perfect font. <3

  2. Love this tattoo! Its size shocked me a bit the first time I saw it, but then I decided with courage you have "go big or go home", right? There's no middle ground for courage. And your explanation for it makes so much sense. :)


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