A Light So Lovely. The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, by Sarah Arthur. Published by Zondervan.
The life of Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle In Time is thoroughly researched by Sarah Arthur and is unveiled through interviews with people that knew L’Engle, worked with her, loved her, and admired her, and by encounters Arthur herself had with L’Engle. Arthur tells the story of an author and believer in Christ who lived her faith to the fullest. With a compelling philosophy of life and faith, L’Engle is well known for a life no one could say was easy or without conflict. Holding strong to her own interpretation of faith, she was still open to the faith practices of others.
Quoting L’Engle: “We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”
I must confess as someone who never read any of L’Engle’s work, this was not always an easy book for me to read. It is obviously a work of praise for an amazing author. It is written well, but my own preferences in literature kept me from being drawn to further examine her works. And although our philosophies of faith differ in many ways, there was much L’Engle wrote in that area that is worth taking to heart. The essence of such a strong personality is intriguing. This journey into the spiritual legacy of Madeleine L’Engle is worth the read as an exercise of seeing truth and courage demonstrated in a woman of great strength and power of conviction.
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