January 16, 2017 by Zoë
I have a weak spot for personal essays. I also have a weak spot for books about writing and I’m pretty interested in books about faith, so this book–a collection of essays on faith and writing by Madeleine L’Engle–drew me in right from the start.
It’s something of a controversial position to be a Christian in publishing. It can easily put you in a box and mean that your books only are marketed to a niche audience. And I’ll admit that I view books marketed as Christian or marketed to Christians with more suspicion than I would if they did not have that adjective.
This book was written at a time that was probably somewhat before these ideas, but it still touches upon them a little and it doesn’t always touch on them in a way that people might agree with. I certainly don’t agree with everything that L’Engle said in this book, but I nevertheless really enjoyed read it. This book is, after all, her opinion, and not the truth.
L’Engle’s prose here is lovely and touches on all sorts of things from her faith, to her family life, to her writing. She often reports small anecdotes about people she’s met or stories she’s heard. And she blends it all together in the way that satisfying personal essays do: disparate sections coming together and making something new.
I’d hesitate to recommend this to people who aren’t at least somewhat accepting of a Christian worldview, but for those of you that are or for those of you who are open-minded, this could very well be a quiet little foray into personal essays.
Plus, the name of this blog is a Madeleine L’Engle quotation, so I had to read this book.
“The flight of stairs up which George MacDonald’s princess had to climb would be there whether or not MacDonald had ever written The Princess and the Goblin.”
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.