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A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle - A Book Review

I was honored to receive a book review copy from Zondervan of  A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle authored by Sarah Arthur.  It is probably a book I would have otherwise overlooked and missed a treasure.

Unlike many biography accounts, this work is very personal in many ways.  Arthur includes her own personal encounters with L’Engle as well as multiple personal interviews with those who knew her best.  But it is also a book that becomes personal as you read it.  You feel as though you get a glimpse into the very person of Madeleine L’Engle and become inspired!

Not merely a book of facts and accounts, Arthur’s writing stirs both your emotions and spirit.  She will cause you to want more of life and God Himself.  You will leave wanting to stretch yourself in creativity and scope of perspective.

As a school librarian, I loved seeing students become excited to read A Wrinkle of Time and discover both its wonder and spiritual truths.  Now reading about L’Engle’s life from a solitary and lonely childhood to singing hymns on her death bed, I want to reenter that realm of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which being more aware of the author behind it.

“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.”
-Madeleine L'Engle

This sounded much like a Bob Goff quote to me!  In the same way, reading about Madeleine’s life and writings will stir your soul to share the light and love of Christ in a new and fresh way.  She will become a personal friend as you walk this journey with her on a path paved by Sarah Arthur. 

Thank you, Sarah!

Book Review:  Quotes - A Light So Lovely

"The cluster of messages that all of Madeleine's books transmit include:  you are loved, you matter, your questions are important, your joy fulfills a promise, fear not." 

- Charlotte Jones Voiklis (Madeleine's granddaughter)

"By knowing her better, we might better understand our own particular darknesses, in this unique chapter of American history, and how we're called to be light-bearers too." 

- Sarah Arthur

"Madeleine showed up.  Maybe we can write a little chapter called 'Madeleine Showed Up,' She did.  She showed up to people who needed her when they needed her, she showed up for prayer, she showed up to let the voice of inspiration speak."

- Barbara Braver

This book review contains my personal thoughts and is not influenced by publishers or advertisers. I did receive a free book copy for review, but was not required to write a positive one.

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A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time - eBook
By Sarah Arthur / Zondervan

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