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.
~ 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. 🙂