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A Light So Lovely

The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time

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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. 

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 27, 2018 – Arthur (The Year of Small Things) weaves her personal history into a biography, close textual reading, and theological discussion of the life and work of Madeline L'Engle in this overly glowing book. She begins by explaining her introduction to L'Engle while at Wheaton College, gravitating to her as a "Christian author who could function quite unperturbedly from inside paradox." L'Engle was born in 1918 in New York City, an only child who found the Anglican Book of Common Prayer while at boarding school in Switzerland and later declared the King James Bible "the rock on which the English language stands" while at Smith College. Soon after college, she married, moved to a farm in Connecticut, and began a life of prodigious literary output. The book jumps from L'Engle's life to textual criticism at breakneck speed, with the second chapter containing a complete analysis of A Wrinkle in Time, primarily unveiling the themes that reflect L'Engle's own spiritual and theological questioning. Arthur also includes interviews with authors Sarah Bessey, Sara Zarr, and Nikki Grimes and artist Makoto Fujimura, who recount the influence of L'Engle on their work. Though readers strongly interested in L'Engle will relish Arthur's highly detailed book, general readers will be frustrated by its amorphous structure.
A Light So Lovely
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  • Category: Christianity
  • Published: Aug 07, 2018
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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