This summer I was re-introduced to a wonderful author, Madeline L'Engle. I re-read "A Wrinkle in Time" throughout August and now I'm about half way through "A Wind in the Door". This morning when I decided to see if I could order a book of hers online I was shocked and saddened to find out that she passed away at the beginning of this month. After re-reading her books and reading a couple articles that were recently written about her, it's not hard to see that she was an absolutely brilliant lady. Incredibly brilliant. Intellegent. Witty. Passionate. Doing what she was created to do. Write. She wrote until the day she died. In fact, I believe she was working on a book on "Aging" when she passed away.
I've been searching for a book of hers that two friends of mine said changed their life. It's called "Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art". If anyone has seen it in a book store let me know!
A couple interesting articles I found on her can be found here and here
Her stories are soaking wet with faith stories. I love it. I admire this lady so much, the more I read about her. She did what she was made to do, regardless of whether or not the outcome would be accepted, appreciated, or validated.
In an interview with Newsweek she was asked:
A couple of the characters in “Wrinkle," have what you call a “compulsion’’ to do something, for reasons they can’t explain. Do you think we’re all a little psychic in that way?
Oh, yes. Society has taught us to repress it, but it’s there.
“Wrinkle’’ was rejected repeatedly before it was published. Were you confident then you’d have a breakthrough?
No, there was a period when I thought I never would. But I kept on writing because that’s what I had to do. I was compelled not to stop.