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The Irrational Season (The Crosswicks Journal, Book 3) Paperback – January 1, 1984
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This third diary follows L'Engle throughout the liturgical year as she examines her life, past and present, and her faith, matching chapters up with different events on the church calendar, beginning and ending with Advent. L'Engle was always a gifted writer, and fans of hers will appreciate the candor and openness with which she laid herself bare in this work. She openly explores her struggles with faith and occasional bouts of atheism (likened to catching the flu at one point, an apt description), but also how she was always able to come back to the truth of her faith. It is an honest and unflinching look at the struggles of maintaining not only a Christian faith but also a Christian attitude in an ever-changing (mostly for the worse) world. L'Engle combines her thoughts on faith with her thoughts about writing, language, family, music, art, friendship, and much more. It is, perhaps, her most intimate work, and one for which fans of hers or anyone who struggles with similar questions will be thankful for.Read more ›
Other reviewers have mentioned other things they liked about the book; let me say something about the poems. The first almost scared me off: poems are sometimes a good writer's self-indulgence. (I skip most the poems in Tolkien.) But here they are jewels in the crown. Her poem of the wind and the star (p. 165-6) is magnificent. Unsentimental but hopeful, too, the gritty realism (reminiscent of the biblical Christmas narratives) of the communion poem that begins:
"Come, let us gather round the table.
Light the candles. Steward, pour the wine.
It's dark outside. The streets are noisy
with the scurrying of rats, with shoddy
tarts, shills, thugs, harsh shouting."
This is a diary of a different sort. I read it in the evening, a few pages at a time, a few moments conversation with a kind Christian lady of intellectual integrity to end the day.
Hers is not a faith of easy answers, or of easy acceptance for the hard ones. Her struggles with God sound painfully yet reassuringly familiar, and although the details of this book reflect the period of its writing - the 1970s - it is anything else but dated. I'm going to donate my copy to my church's library, after I've loaned it to someone who is waiting to read it next.
--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 EPPIE science fiction winner "Regs"
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I love just about anything L' Engle writes. Her honest, poetic soul could scribble out a grocery list and make it art!Published 15 days ago by Mandolin
This is an excellent and deeply reflective piece on the categories of mystery, wonder, awe, love expressed in everyday language by a committed, secular-religious theologian.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I cannot abide bouillon in a mug, but I’m always a little sorry about that when I read the opening pages of Madeleine L’Engle’s The Irrational Season. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michele Morin
She was a wonderful person but this book lives in the 1970s.
It address issues of the 1970s but not of the current era and things have changed. Read more
This is a beautiful look at Christianity through the eyes of Madeleine L'Engle. Ms. L'Engle shares with her faith in a way that made me ponder and think about my own faith. Read morePublished 21 months ago by K. Spangler