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Walking on Water, Madeleine L’engle

07/01/2010

(Reviewed by Miriam Jones) Madeleine L’engle was a U.S author of over 60 books for both children and adults, and is particularly remembered (she died in 2007) for her novels A Wrinkle in Time (a Newbery medal winner), A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. L’engle wrote Walking on Water, somewhat reluctantly at first, on request – it was hoped that she would write on being a ‘Christian artist’. Where we might expect to find qualifications, limitations and theologizing, we instead find all doors thrown open, and through intimate glimpses of L’engles own life, process and experience, we see that to live creatively in Christ involves nothing less than childlike wonder, openness and faith, disciplined listening, and a willingness to serve ‘the work’, through which we are to name, to love, and to affirm life.

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