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WinterSong: Christmas Readings
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, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Regent College Publishing
(first published 1996)
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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.
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.
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 ...moreMore about Madeleine L'Engle...