To try to talk about art and about Christianity is for me one and the same thing, and it means attempting to share the meaning of my life, what gives it, for me, its tragedy and its glory. It is what makes me respond to the death of an apple tree, the birth of a puppy, northern lights shaking the sky, by writing stories.She believes that "[b]asically there can be no categories such as 'religious' art and 'secular' art because all true art is incarnational, and therefore 'religious.'" And "incarnation," in L'Engle's view, means "God's revelation of himself through particularity." In this book there is some slippage between L'Engle's autobiographical and critical voices. As a result, she often claims Christian significance for works whose meaning is not intentionally Christian. She admits this freely:
[B]ecause I am a struggling Christian, it's inevitable that I superimpose my awareness of all that happened in the life of Jesus upon what I'm reading, upon Buber, upon Plato, upon the Book of Daniel. But I'm not sure that's a bad thing. To be truly Christian means to see Christ everywhere, to know him as all in all.-- Michael Joseph Gross
Madeline L'Engle has a gift for speaking to the reader as if she was visiting with them personally. combined with that is such great depth of wisdom and insight in whatever topic... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bernie
L'Engle has been a favorite writer since childhood. She is like a wise and loving grandmother to me now.Published 1 month ago by Scott McMurray
This is a great read. Highly recommended for anyone serious about the craft.
I rarely mark up books, but I found myself underlining dozens of brilliant excerpts. Read more
I could take a highlighter to the entire book. As an artist I think this is an essential read. Be challenged to re-awaken the child-like creativity in your soul, and do what... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tammy
The book arrived within the delivery timeframe, and was as described.Published 3 months ago by joan goodwin
I feel like Madeleine was a kindred spirit. I am loving this book! As an author it's easy to second guess your work. This book is so affirming. I feel encouraged to go on.Published 3 months ago by J. Turner
If you are an artist this book will really inspire you to fulfill your God-given gifts in some capacity. I read it once a year and it's a favorite devotional.Published 4 months ago by H. P.
I am a fan of L'engle's work and her thoughts on spirit help me find more breadth in this vast world.Published 10 months ago by Deborah Lengel
While this book was written from the viewpoint of the author as an artist, I am able to apply it as well to the fine arts. It is encouraging to read M. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sandy Rust