Sad Loss

15 09 2007

Today I learned that my very favorite author, Madeleine L’Engle, passed away September 6th.

I don’t remember the first time I read A Wrinkle in Time. I don’t know when it was that I started reading more of her books. But I know that they have taught me much about life, about myself, about God. In many ways, Madeleine L’Engle was one of the greatest teachers I ever had. She was a person who understood love, Creation and the Creator, beauty, trust, mystery and fantasy.

I happen to be reading a new (to me) book of hers right now and feel comforted by the coincidence somehow.

I think my favorite book is An Acceptable Time. Or A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

Bless you, Madeleine L’Engle. And many more in the next life. I am glad you are with your husband again.




5 responses

16 09 2007

An Acceptable Time is the first book I ever read by her. My mom bought it for me to keep me occupied one afternoon while I had to accompany her to work after school. It quickly became my favorite and I’ve read it too many times to count 🙂

17 09 2007

Oh, I remember reading her books in first and second grade. I was entranced by them and I have them at my parents’ house. I really should go get them and re-read them.

19 09 2007

She’s my favorite author, too! I always told my parents that I could believe in the God that Madeleine L’Engle believed in, even if I was disillusioned with the church. I was so sad to hear she’d died. I’d always dreamed of taking a writing seminar with her, but she’d stopped teaching by the time I started looking into it. In fact, I first encountered my daughter’s name in one of Madeleine’s books (one of your favorites, I believe). The book that I first fell in love with was “A Ring of Endless Light.” What book are you reading now?

19 09 2007

YES, Leng! Charles Wallace named the new family dog Ananda in A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I had loved that name ever since for the same reason. 🙂

I’m reading (and finally almost done with) Certain Women.

21 09 2007

BTW, I own pretty much all of her books, with the exception of “The Anti-Muffins,” which is incredibly hard to get ahold of. (An early Austin family book, I think) Anyhoo, if you wanna borrow any, let me know. I think I’m going to re-read “A Small Rain” now.

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