Madeleine L’Engle


October 9th, 2007

Madeleine L’Engle died last month and apparently I had no idea. If you have never read L’Engle’s book you should. Let me recommend a few.

Walking on Water – nonfiction – reflection of art and faith. Buy several copies, you’ll underline that much.

A Live Coal Beneath the Sea – fiction – one of my favorites

A Small Rain and A Severed Wasp – fiction, following the life of one woman.

The Genesis Trilogy – 3 books based on different stories from Genesis: Creation, Jacob & Joseph.

Two Part Invention – This is part of her Crosswicks Journals (there are 4 total) but they can be read as individual books. This particular book is the best example of a marriage. Ever.

Meet the Austins (well, any books in the Austin series). There are several books that revolve around these characters but they aren’t truly a series. Great young adult fiction.

One of my favorite things about her books is the way her characters appear. She will write about a boy named Calvin O’Keefe in A Wrinkle in Time and then he shows up as Professor O’Keefe in A Live Coal in the Sea. The books are completely unrelated but but her characters all weave together, making them feel like very real people.


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