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WinterSong: Christmas Readings

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Have a cup of coffee and put a log on the fire, settle info a comforable chair and enjoy a winter's day with the writings of novelist Madeleine L'Engle and poet Luci Shaw. Participate in the winter season: the wonder, the solemnity, the power, and the miracles. These readings reflect on the winter world around us, drawing joy from winter days, hope from Christmas celebrati ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published October 8th 2004 by Regent College Publishing (first published 1996)
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Jan 24, 2011 Kerith rated it liked it
I spun this out through the space of a winter yet I finished it early. It was a pleasure having Madeleine somehow present every morning. I confess, though, that Luci Shaw mostly leaves me cold. She has some jarring metaphors that really do not fly. Next to Madeleine she falls flat -- except for the poem equating snow with the "salt of the Lord". I enjoyed that one, and it often reconciled snow to me, making it a cleansing thing.
Oct 18, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, 2010
A book filled with poetry by Luci Shaw and reflections by Madeleine L'Engle. I struggle with poetry, so that part of the book was more challenging for me. The writings were more interesting a bit; more on the religious side than I enjoy.
Mar 10, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
as someone who has a deep hatred for winter, this book has served me in a poetic & gentle way. would recommend ordering well before the advent season so you can prepare.
Mar 09, 2017 Jackie rated it liked it
"All that is asked of us now is that we spin the crumpled threads, & weave the filaments & fibers — sage, burnt umber, sapphire blue — into a curtain for our winter view" (13).
"Crickets are past carding in our summer songs..."
- more ABCs to follow - I just found this note in an old journal from Nov 2008
Jul 13, 2011 Helena rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I sort of skimmed this, actually--I was more looking to see if I wanted to add it to my collection of Christmas books (I like seasonal reading). It was decent, but will not be taking up permanent residence on my shelves. Lots of poetry, which--though this might make me a heathen--is not really my thing.
Mar 21, 2010 Gail added it
Shelves: nonfiction, spiritual
I enjoyed the essays and poems from this book very much. It will be added to my advent reading from nowon
Dec 15, 2016 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: devotional
Anyone who is familiar with these two authors, and their friendship, will enjoy this collection of poems and musings about the Christmas season.
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Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regener ...more
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