A Light So Lovely – Book Review

A Light So Lovely

A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle – Book Review

I first discovered Madeleine L’Engle the way most of us do – through the reading of her Newbery Award winning book, A Wrinkle In Time as a child. Of course, my love affair did not end there – I eagerly devoured sequel after sequel to the original story as well.

As an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, I’ve always counted these childhood classics among my favorites, but my interest in Madeleine as an author might have faded had I not discovered a book by her Walking On Water: Reflections On Faith And Art during my impressionable college years. It was through the reading of this book that I discovered the incredible depth that Madeleine L’Engle possessed as an artist – a writer – and as a woman of faith.

So – when I learned that Sarah Arthur was publishing a biography entitled A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle , I could not wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

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A Light So Lovely provides us with a wonderful portrait and tribute to this gifted author by tracking seven key movements through her life:

  • Chapter One surveys Madeleine’s life and works as a whole and identifies her spheres of influence.
  • Chapter Two looks at A Wrinkle In Time and examines how the book – like Madeleine – bridges the worlds of the secular and sacred in our culture.
  • Chapter Three traces Madeleine’s spiritual formation as a child.
  • Chapter Four examines the life-changing impact of scientists on her conversion to Christianity.
  • Chapter Five examines Madeleine’s spiritual influence on others throughout the middle years of her life.
  • Chapter Six examines the personal challenges Madeleine faced in life, including the loss of her son.
  • Chapter Seven examines the ways in which Madeleine battled with the darkness in her own life.

Madeleine L’Engle was an incredibly inspiring writer and spiritual woman whose life story is worth reading about. If you are a fan, you will definitely want to read this book!

I rate this books 5 out of 5 stars.

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7 Responses to “A Light So Lovely – Book Review”

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  1. How interesting. I also have loved her books but don’t know much about her. I will look for this book. Thank you.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      It’s always so interesting to learn more about the authors that impact us – I think you’ll enjoy learning more about Madeleine, Aletha – hope you have the opportunity to read this book! 🙂

  2. YES!
    I loved this book, and, like you, I could not get my hands on it fast enough. It was such a great tribute to the greatness of Madeleine, but also a realistic look at her fully flawed nature–which we all have, for sure!

  3. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    Another friend was telling me about this book recently. I enjoyed reading your take on it. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!

  4. Wrae Sanders says:

    This looks interesting! I’m always looking for a new book to read.


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