Monday, October 1, 2018

Book Review - A Light So Lovely


Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time has captured the imagination of millions - from literary sensation to timeless classic and now a major motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid, and Mindy Kaling. A Light So Lovely tells the story of the woman at the center of it all - her imagination, her faith, her pattern of defying categories, and what readers today can learn from her legacy.

Bestselling and beloved author Madeleine L'Engle, Newbery winner for A Wrinkle in Time, was known the world round for her imaginative spirit and stories. She was also known to spark controversy - too Christian for some, too unorthodox for others. Somewhere in the middle was a complex woman whose embrace of paradox has much to say to a new generation of readers today.

A Light So Lovely paints a vivid portrait of this enigmatic icon's spiritual legacy, starting with her inner world and expanding into fresh reflections of her writing for readers today. Listen in on intimate interviews with L'Engle's literary contemporaries such as Philip Yancey and Luci Shaw, L'Engle's granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis, and influential fans such as Makoto Fujimura, Nikki Grimes, and Sarah Bessey, as they reveal new layers to the woman behind the stories we know and love. A vibrant, imaginative read, this book pulls back the curtain to illuminate L'Engle's creative journey, her persevering faith, and the inspiring, often unexpected ways these two forces converged.

For anyone earnestly searching the space between sacred and secular, miracle and science, faith and art, come and find a kindred spirit and trusted guide in Madeleine - the Mrs Whatsit to our Meg Murry - as she sparks our imagination anew.


The mother of five, super fabulous children, Katrina De Man is daily fielding pleas from those children to get a new dog after the sudden death of Nacho, the family’s Min Pin this spring. Years ago, she got an English degree which she has used in many ways including homeschooling her highly- achieving kids. She reads with on-going commitment and finds abundant joy in attending book clubs with other committed readers. Katrina is also married to a man who is so hard-working and strong that Teddy Roosevelt seems like a slog comparatively. But then, it doesn’t matter because Teddy wouldn’t have even tried to compare to Katrina’s husband since he himself said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”


This lovely memoir about Madeleine L'Engle by Sarah Arthur is just wonderful. I have only read A Wrinkle In Time and now I have a list of books I want to read by the incredible, Madeleine.

This book not only tells us the story of Madeleine, but how her work affected other artists and writers. She believed that our creativity was a gift from God that needed to be used to glorify Him. I really enjoyed reading how her life and message impacted so many others.

I liked how the author presented L'Engle as a flawed human being. She shared her faults but also her love of God and how she pursued Him with her whole heart.  Her practical beliefs in the science world did not hamper her belief in a Spiritual world. She saw the two working together and we see a lot of that in the book, A Wrinkle In Time.

I loved how the author shared the complexities of L'Engle's personality yet her steadfast faith in the true God. Her strength of faith is something I truly want in my own life. I really enjoyed this book because it gave me a thirst for knowing God more intimately and a new respect for Madeleine L'Engle. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by BookLook Bloggers. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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