Book Review: A Light So Lovely by Sarah Arthur

The one thing I can say for sure about Sarah Arthur’s A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time is that it made me want to drop everything and read anything her subject has ever written.

In the year in which L’Engle would have turned, and when her most popular book was released as a major motion picture by Disney, Arthur – through personal reflection, second-hand stories and interview – paints a picture of the woman behind so many great literary works, writing specifically about her imagination, her faith, her pattern of defying categories, and what readers today can learn from her legacy.

From the official description:

Bestselling and beloved author Madeleine L’Engle, Newbery winner for A Wrinkle in Time, was known the world round for her imaginative spirit and stories. She was also known to spark controversy – too Christian for some, too unorthodox for others. Somewhere in the middle was a complex woman whose embrace of paradox has much to say to a new generation of readers today.

Sarah definitely seems like the right person to write this book. A graduate of Wheaton and Duke, the former long-time youth pastor she serves as preliminary fiction judge for the Christianity Today Book Awards & has been writer-in-residence for the Frederick Buechner Writers Workshop at Princeton Theological Seminary. She’s also written a fair bit in her own right, including some devotionals based on the Lord of the Rings books.

A Light So Lovely is a great look at what makes the author of Wrinkle in Time click, and I’ve put a bunch of the great author’s books on hold at the library as a result. Anyone interested in her work should check this out, but it’s also a great introduction and surely a gateway into the greatness of L’Engle.

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