Monday, May 14, 2012

Meet my friend and mentor ... Madeleine L'Engle

As I was heading out the door to catch the el to O'Hare for my flight to Seattle, I quickly grabbed a book to read. It is a book I have read many times.

As my plane leveled off (thanks to Dramamine), I began reading and was instantly mesmerized, as if I had never read the book before.

I was going to save half of the book for my return flight, but I could not help myself ... I finished it my second night in Seattle. 

I love books that are written by women who are older than me. Books I can return to again and again. These authors often become my friends and my mentors.

The Crosswicks Journal, a four part autobiography by Madeleine L'Engle are just one of my favorites. Madeleine L'Engle makes me laugh and cry and think ... over and over again.

Book One: A Circle of Quiet 


Book Two: The Summer of the Great-Grandmother
(I highly recommend this one if you are in that season of losing a parent.)

Book Three: The Irrational Season

Book Four: Two-Part Invention (This book on marriage is the one that accompanied me to Seattle.)

 


note: When I recommend a book, I am assuming you are going to put your thinking cap on as you read. Of course, I do not agree with everything she says and you probably will not either. But there is much here to learn from this adorable woman.

Who are some of your favorite authors, who became friends and mentors?


Linking to the lovely Soli Sisters

27 comments:

  1. Nice to read. I'll see if those books have been translated into Dutch.When I look at my bookcase, I sigh deeply. I do not know exactly but I think for me the Dutch author Joke Verweerd is important. Especially the book of The Winter Garden about the tension between loyalty and struggling out in a complex parent-child relationship.

    The Winter Garden. By Johanna Verweerd. Johanna Weathered is a renowned Dutch author, though this book is (obviously) written in English the Dutch roots are still very apparent.
    http://www.renownmagazine.com/JohannaVerweerd.html

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  2. i needed this today. thank you!!

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  3. Thank you....I was thinking about my next read and I have one of these books so I am picking it up today...yes, I enjoy her also.

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  4. Judy Blume--for better or for worse :)

    I've only read 'A Wrinkle in Time', but I really liked it.

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  5. I love your disclaimer! You crack me up!

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  6. Thank you for the recommendations! :) Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  7. Coming Home by one of my
    all time favorite authors,
    Rosamund Pilcher. Yes, she
    is most definitely a mentor!
    I also love Anna Quindlen'd
    style of writing.

    Need to revisit Madeleine L'Engle!

    xo Suzanne

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  8. I like the older writers, too, but now that I'm the one getting older. . . well, I have to dig into classics to find someone older than I am. I've always loved Amy Carmichael and Elizebth Elliot, perhaps the ones I always return to. Also, I love the old devotionals like Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest. But I think I'd like to read these that you recommended here. Thank you!

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  9. LOVE this video of Madeleine! She was relatively young in this one, I think. I heard her speak several times, even worked up my courage to say hello to her at a C.S.Lewis conference in Oxford where she and Luci Shaw were by far the most pertinent, interesting and approachable speakers in a very long list. Time to start pulling some of my MANY L'Engle books off the shelves again. Thanks for this, Glenda.

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  10. oh. she is one of my ultimate favorite. and at 28, she is the wise woman i have always wanted beside me to navigate as i enter through these tired thirties :)

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  11. I never read any of her books, but now am inspired to do so. When our girls were young, we read the Wrinkle in Time series and just loved it.

    I really enjoyed the video of her explaining faith and doubt. Thanks so much for the wisdom and the lift!

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  12. I could use a good summer read...thank you!!

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  13. It's interesting how reading a certain author can leave you feeling like you know them personally, even those who write fiction. I have felt particularly drawn to Francine Rivers. I sense a deep appreciation for history and it's lessons in her books.

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  14. the best kind of book is the one you just can't put down
    and are depressed when it is over:)
    I am ordering the book you recommended to me later today. I used to be a voracious reader when I was younger. I KNOW if there were no internet I still would be.
    I think that maybe sad...
    anyway - I had an older woman tell me once to read something I enjoy..for the love of reading. I LOVE to read books that I learn from..self help..things of that sort.
    When she told me that it caught my attention. Do you read enjoyable books or books to learn from? Does ANY of this make sense?:)
    xoxo

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  15. Now I have reading material for our long fall flights :-). As a really young woman I enjoyed Anne Morrow Lindberg. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Blessings...Mary

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  16. I have so many, I dont know if I could list them. :)

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  17. Christine Northrup, M. D. (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom); Joseph Campbell ( Pathway to Bliss); Paul Tillich (The Courage to Be)

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  18. Oh my, how to boil my mentors down to one. Some of those who have impacted my life are mentioned here. (Carmichael, Eliot, L'Engle, Rivers [I sat under her in a week's writing class. She is immersed in the Word]) Alexandra Stoddard is one who has taught me about creating beauty around me, appreciating those I love, and feeding on philosophers. As you say,I read with my thinking cap because a bit of humanism will seep through. To that I would say I choose Elizabeth George to mentor my daughters.

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  19. Thanks for the book recommendations! I haven't been reading for a while! I am in a weird "reading plateau" ... (when it comes to books!) I used to read so much! Not being able to stop and "leave some for later" (just like you said in your post) but lately I haven't been able to focus!! I guess it's the "stage" where I am at! Having little children :P (did that just sound as an excuse???) anyway... Happy Saturday Sharefest! Stopping by from SITS! (following you now)

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  20. Stopping over from SITS. Sadly, I haven't been reading as much the past few years as I used to. It's a shame! I need to reevaluate my time. ;)

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  21. Visiting from SITS. Calling Madeline L'engle your friend drew me in. I've never read her adult works. I'll put it on my list. Thanks.

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  22. I've heard of Madeline L'engle and now I'm inspired to read her works. Thank you for sharing and I'll even take heed to your disclaimer that gave me a nice chuckle this morning.

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  23. Stopping by from the SITS Sharefest. I absolutely adore Anna Quindlen and was fortunate enough to have a brief Facebook exchange with her recently that left me floating for days. I will definitely check out these books you have recommended. :)

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  24. I have been in a reading slump lately. I am adding your suggestions and several others from the comments to my reading list. Stopping in from SITS.

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  25. When I was young I read "A Wrinkle in Time." It was my first scifi book. It was amazing! She changed my world. She gave me permission to think unusual thoughts, thoughts that didn't make sense to anyone but me. I am grateful for Madeline L'engle.

    I hadn't heard of the books you mentioned, but I will definitely check them out.

    Stopping by from SITS. Have a great weekend.

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  26. Love Madeline L'engle and met her once at a book signing. Are you familiar with Ann Kiemel? When I was in my twenties, her book, I Said Yes To God, changed my religion into relationship. www.annkiemel.com

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  27. Thanks Glenda for this recommendation. I'm always looking for interesting new authors, although since I started blogging my reading time has gotten eat up! I love historical fiction and Bodie Thoene is on of my "book friends". :)

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