I have a real love for a good book. Nothing has to be spectacular, it doesn’t have to be Shakespeare, or even Twain…just good writing telling a good story. I was first introduced to Madeleine L’Engle’s writings in school, where most kids are, A Wrinkle in Time was the first of her books I enjoyed. At the time, I remember being slightly bewildered at L’Engle’s ability to tell a science fiction story while at the same time weaving it in with a character centered family style tale. Since then, I’ve enjoyed many of her books, and am still happy to read some of them for the first time.
This being “The Christian Scribbler” I do indeed take an interest in the fact that L’Engle is often designated a Christian writer. I always loved the spiritual aspects of her books, and the prayers, music, and religious discussion she always found a spot for. That being said, I don’t always agree with her personal, or private, theology. She tends toward universalism, which includes the idea that everyone will wind up being saved in the end. For many Christians this would be a deal breaker, and you wouldn’t be allowed to enjoy her writings…for me, not so much.
I believe L’Engle’s style, and the content of her writings are fascinating, enlightening, and should spur anyone with an intellect to seek out information, music, and in fact, knowledge of all kinds. I also like food. And family. And friends. Reading her books reminds me of another of my favorite authors; Jan Karon and her Mitford series. As I read L’Engle’s books I can’t help but be drawn into the families she writes about…caring what they are listening to, what they are fixing for supper (in a regular oven, or over a Bunsen burner), what books they are reading or subjects they are studying. I was so interested in this kind of thing that I looked to see if they had ever put out a cookbook as a companion to L’Engle’s writings as they had with other popular books or series. They hadn’t.
So, I decided to make my own lists of interesting bits from L’Engle’s works….I’ll be starting with Meet the Austins and going on from there. Every time I make a new entry here on my blog, I’ll update this page with a new link to the new article. I love the fact that L’Engle’s characters are smart, intelligent, thoughtful, talented, compassionate, etc… The family scenes and discussions are fascinating, and remind me of some of the more thoughtful people in my life, including family and friends.
My “lists” for each book will include things like, “What’s for supper?” Also, books a member of the family are reading, subjects they are studying, what music they are listening to, their Pets (which are key members of family life), and miscellaneous things, like prayers and quotes that feature in the storylines. This is just meant to be fun way of sharing my enjoyment of these books with other fans, and perhaps get others to join in the fun by reading her works; the books that are hyperlinked will take you to my reviews and lists…
Austin Family books in order:
- The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas (short story)
- A Full-House: An Austin Family Christmas (short story)
- Meet The Austins (Full-length book; first in the series)
- The Anti-Muffins (short story, but included as a chapter in the newest editions of Meet the Austins)
- The Moon by Night (Full-length book; second in the series)
- The Young Unicorns (Full-length book; third in the series)
- A Ring of Endless Light (Full-length book; fourth in the series)
- Troubling a Star (Full-length book; fifth in the series)
- A Severed Wasp (Full-length book; it overlaps with a different series, not “technically” an Austin family book)
Books about the Murray Family; AKA The Time Quartet, or Time Quintet
- A Wrinkle in Time
- A Wind in the Door
- Many Waters
- A Swiftly Tilting Planet
- An Acceptable Time (Overlaps with the O’Keefe Family series)
Books about the O’Keefe Family
- The Arm of the Starfish
- Dragons in the Waters
- A House Like a Lotus
- An Acceptable Time (Overlaps with the Murray Family series)