Thursday, February 7, 2013

Madeleine L'Engle and the beach

Dave and I just spent  five days in Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is a beautiful spot and our cabin was right on the Pacific Ocean. Dave was teaching at Ecola Bible School. And I was reading. (and walking and drinking coffee.)

Every year I save a special book to bring to our cabin, with the ocean view and a beautiful fireplace. This year my guest was Madeleine L'Engle.

Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices was a great beach read. It was not her first visit to this cabin. Several times I have brought her Crosswick Journals (a four part autobiography) and enjoyed them here.

But Listening for Madeleine is different (and wonderful). I am used to Madeleine's voice. This is 50 different voices speaking about her. Fascinating, for sure.

Her friends, family, other authors, the owner of her favorite restaurant, church members, children that knew her, etc. Fifty different voices speaking about ... Madeleine L'Engle. And speaking, I think, with honesty that doesn't always come, when you are still alive to read it.

I loved the book. It provided intimate and interesting insights into a smart and generous woman that I have long admired and always wanted to invite to my home for tea.

Well, I did have tea and she was a charming guest.

ps. I have been thinking all week ... what will 50 different people say about me, after I die. Thought provoking ...



  1. Love the idea of an author as your guest. My choice would be C S Lewis and am looking forward to reading Alister McGrath's new biography of him.

  2. I just ordered this book!! And this is a lovely review - so glad you had a great, quiet time away.

  3. I have never read a book written in this way. How interesting. Glad that you are having a good time in a lovely spot.


  4. You know this
    post makes my
    heart sing.....
    Beloved pacific
    beaches, a book
    by a favorite author,
    tea and time with
    a loved one : ) I
    hope it was as lovely
    as it sounds, Glenda!

    xo Suzanne

  5. sounds like a fabulous time! cabin, coffee, and great reading!

  6. Glenda, I am always inspired by your life. One thing I would write in a book called Listening for Glenda is that you are always very intentional about everything (relationships with family*friends & God, work, play, home, travel), which leads to a beautiful, fulfilled life. So thoughtful. I love knowing you, Glenda, and still miss you and think of you often. I am glad you are still alive so you can read this! Have a blessed day, dear friend!

  7. I would say, if I was one of 50, that you are one who lives out of her heart, whose hand is extended, offering out to those to whom God brings, encouragement and love and blessings.

    1. What a beautiful, and true, tribute to our dear Glenda, Jen!

  8. Ohhhhhhhh, Glenda, enjoying our coast. One of these days I'll have to figure out how to be at Ecola at the same time.

    Never heard of this book.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Ooooh, I haven't heard of this one. I love Madeleine - this is a must-read for me!

    {and on a side note...I just want to say I love you and I love your blog. I don't come by here as often as I'd want, given an ideal world!}

  10. Sounds like a heavenly trip and inspiring read. Cabin, coast, tea, book...ahhhhhhh.

  11. Hi Glenda,
    So glad you could have this lovely getaway during midwinter in Chicago...nothing like the coast of Oregon...thinking redwood cathedrals...I don't know Madeleine but this does seem an interesting read if you knew her in person :)
    Have a great weekend :)

  12. Missed your posts while you were away, but so glad you had a wonderful, relaxing time. Appreciate the good reads and lovely trips that you share about!

  13. that is thought provoking for sure....what would 50 people say?
    sounds divine..the ocean and a book
    happy you had time to relax and read,
    we missed you....hugs!

  14. Loved your post...on my "to read" list. I love how she was rejected so many times and did not give up ! Also...tried your recipe for apricot white chocolate scones last week for brunch with friends. They were a HUGE hit - thanks for sharing !

  15. So glad you could get away, and so glad you're back. That book sounds wonderful, but your question was even better. You? A generous, loving heart that is full of fun and laughter.

    Can't wait to see you soon! (I hope!)

  16. I "almost" met Madeleine once; was standing in line, waiting to meet her and have her sign my books was time for her to speak. Graciously, she bowed out and I and the children in my company were left wanting. Two people away, Glenda...TWO! Ah, I'd give it all up for a week away, enjoying Dave' Dave's company...again.
    Your weekend sounds absolutely lovely; I am so happy for you both! As to what would fifty people say about me after I'm dead...depends on the

  17. Thought provoking to be sure. I hope some would say I was an encourager. I think many would say you were a mentor to them. I love your practical wisdom and have often felt like you mentored me.

    I have Madeleine on my kindle. And heading for Florida for 12 days. I may have a visit on the beach (or in my room!) with her, too.

  18. That must have been heavenly! Being by a beach with a book and a cup of coffee or tea.....ohhhhh, take me away =)

    Blessings to you today!

  19. I've always wanted to visit the Orgeon coast. Someday.

    The book you mentioned sounds entriguing. And made me go, "Hmm..what would 50 people say about me?" :)


  20. I love this blog and the first pic is zo beautiful.

  21. Believe it or not I have actually been to Cannon Beach! It's been years and I'm sure it's changed. We had been in Portland and drove up for a day. I'd love to go back someday...have a good week and stay warm!

  22. Love that picture! Hope to visit Oregon someday, and Cannon beach sound amazing. Thanks for sharing about that book! I've not heard of it before. I read my first L'Engle a few years ago and enjoyed it immensely. :)

  23. Both the book and the cabin sound lovely! Glad you enjoyed your time away!
    PS- I highly suspect people would say that you are a devoted woman of God who makes it a point to encourage women in their daily lives...

  24. Cannon Beach is lovely. I loved it there.

  25. I love Madeleine L'Engle and wrote to tell her that, and I still have the letter she wrote back to me. I will look for the book you post about, and I recommend the 4 Crosswicks books.
    I am your new follower.

  26. I have so enjoyed Madeleine L'Engle and I think I would so enjoy this...thanks for sharing..sounds like an awesome and thought provoking read.


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