First Line Friday – 4 January 2019 – A Light So Lovely (Sarah Arthur)

Happy New Year, and welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! Do you have as many fantastic reads lined up for 2019 as I have? I can’t wait to dive in! But I’m doing something new this year, too. This year, I’ve decided to do a Reading Challenge—specifically, the Hope by the Book Reading Challenge! For my first challenge selection, I’ve chosen to read a biography, and I’m sharing the first line of the book I’ve chosen today: A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle by Sarah Arthur.

~ About the Book ~

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time has captured the imagination of millions – from literary sensation to timeless classic and now a major motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid, and Mindy Kaling. A Light So Lovely tells the story of the woman at the center of it all – her imagination, her faith, her pattern of defying categories, and what readers today can learn from her legacy.

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. 

A Light So Lovely paints a vivid portrait of this enigmatic icon’s spiritual legacy, starting with her inner world and expanding into fresh reflections of her writing for readers today. Listen in on intimate interviews with L’Engle’s literary contemporaries such as Philip Yancey and Luci Shaw, L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis, and influential fans such as Makoto Fujimura, Nikki Grimes, and Sarah Bessey, as they reveal new layers to the woman behind the stories we know and love. A vibrant, imaginative read, this book pulls back the curtain to illuminate L’Engle’s creative journey, her persevering faith, and the inspiring, often unexpected ways these two forces converged. 

For anyone earnestly searching the space between sacred and secular, miracle and science, faith and art, come and find a kindred spirit and trusted guide in Madeleine – the Mrs Whatsit to our Meg Murry – as she sparks our imagination anew. 

Amazon US  //  Goodreads

~ First Line ~

Sitting on my desk is a signed copy of  The Rock That Is Higher from one of L’Engle’s Wheaton College visits.

Are you up for the Hope by the Book Reading Challenge?

I’d love it if you’d share the first line of whatever you’re currently reading in the comments. And don’t forget, you can find out what other bloggers are sharing for First Line Friday by going over to Hoarding Books blog and finding all the links. If you’ve got your own blog, why not join in and add your link over there. 🙂

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18 Responses to First Line Friday – 4 January 2019 – A Light So Lovely (Sarah Arthur)

  1. Rachel says:

    Hi! Happy Friday.

    I shared the first couple of lines from my current read, The Au Pair by Emma Rous. I am currently 40% in so I will share the first line of chapter 12 here instead.

    October/November 1991
    When Alex dropped Ruth home after their lunch date, she went directly to her bedroom claiming a headache. I’d been making flapjacks with Edwin and Joel, and I chewed on a crispy corner piece as I watched the yellow car glide away down the lane. I guesed from Ruth’s headache that her outing with Alex hadn’t been a success.

    Hope you enjoy that. Happy weekend!


  2. Happy New Year!

    My first lines come from a book I’m reading now, The Marriage Bargain by Stephanie Dees….

    Cameron Quinn looked around the tiny town of Red Hill Springs. Big pots of pansies, twinkle lights in the trees lining the streets……apparently the basketball team at the local high school was doing well this year–the storefronts were full of team spirit. It had charm, he guessed, if you were a person who liked that down-home kind of stuff.

    He wasn’t.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!😊💕


  3. rbclibrary says:

    On my blog I shared the first line from We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels. Here I will share from Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble — “Bailey Fleming glanced out her patient’s window into the parking lot, but the swirling snow obscured all but the dim glow of the streetlamp.”


  4. hjsnyder28 says:

    I read a Wrinkle in Time in college. 🙂 Happy New Year Katie!


  5. Beth Erin says:

    Sarah’s portion of the Christy Awards Gala was very moving! I’m curious about this book even though nonfiction is not my thing!


  6. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Until I Met You: Brides of Seattle Prequel” by Kimberly Rose Johnson:

    “Early Saturday morning, Brandi Prescott held her latte in one hand and opened the door to leave her favorite coffee shop in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle.”


  7. Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first line of the ‘First January’ diary entry from D.E. Stevenson’s Mrs. Tim of the Regiment on my blog today. So here I’ll share the beginning of the ‘Tenth January’ entry:

    “Meet Nora Watt on my way home from church. She has been lying in wait for me. We agree that the sermon was slightly dull, but that the singing has improved. I see Grace hovering about but there is no escape from Nora.”


  8. Happy Friday! Today on my blog I’m featuring My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge by Pepper Basham but it’s also my next read so I don’t have an extra line to share yet. Hope you have a great weekend!


  9. bellesmoma16 says:

    Happy Friday!

    Today, on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Chasing Someday by Crystal Walton. I’m currently on chapter 24, so I will leave the first line from there.

    “Chase sat back in one of the wicker chairs Mom insisted he own, cradled his guitar in his lap, and watched the fireflies hail the end of a long day.”

    It’s such a good book. I’m loving it. 😀

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with relaxing reading time. 😀❤📚


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