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  •  L'Engle is one of my favorite authors (44+ / 0-)

    for her children's literature and her non-fiction works; I've had trouble getting into her adult novels but I might give them another try sometime.

    For those dealing with an aging parent or grandparent, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, when L'Engle's mother comes to Crosswicks to spend her last months, should be required reading. And as a fellow Episcopalian/Anglican, I love her more spiritual/religious oriented works such as Penguins and Golden Calves that you mentioned -- her Genesis trilogy (And It Was Good, A Stone For A Pillow, and Sold Into Egypt) is a good introduction to her work. I need to rebuild my collection one of these days.

    One of the things I appreciated in her works is that in the midst of her religious involvement (whether at the Cathedral in New York or as organist for the small Congregational Church by Crosswicks) she freely kept her agnosticism -- she always doubted and questioned. I think that's a healthy attitude for everyone, and especially for Christians as we're taught to "test the spirits"; I'm not a big fan of the "God said it, I believe it, that settles it" attitude found in many of the right-wing churches. (She actually coined a word to describe those folks: fundalits, for fundamentalist/literalists; she considered herself a "fundamentalist" in that she believed in the fundamentals of the Faith but needed a word to separate those from what we would call the right-wing crazies.) Especially in an era where people are claiming Divine guidance in their run for higher office, we need to keep that seed of doubt and skepticism.

    Great diary -- I hope that the R&BL group sees it and republishes it.

    Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes (modified)

    by Cali Scribe on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 02:55:12 PM PST

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