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And It Was Good: Reflections on Beginnings

(Genesis #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  376 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Most of the literature on Genesis and creation emphasizes what was created, and how. But in And It Was Good, Madeleine L’Engle cast long, loving, and perceptive glances not only at the created universe but at its creator as well. At every level she sees the connections between Made and Maker, and in the vast beauty, order, and complexity of our world, she observes many of ...more
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published March 7th 2000 by Shaw Books (first published 1983)
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Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'll just say two things about this book because my rating says most of it.
One, my dad and I were reading this book together. I read aloud to him. I've read many books to my dad over the years, and my mom overhears me all the time. Never once has she sat down to listen too. Until this book. She actually stopped what she was doing (once my mom is doing something, she, like most moms, is unstoppable) and sat to listen! More than once! Most recently, she had intense mouth surgery and wanted to rest
This is a very lovely book full of inspiring thoughts from one of my favorite childhood authors. I thank my friend Courtney for giving me this book for Christmas!
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A truthful account of how L'Engle has struggled with her own faith and Christianity. Not preachy, or even necessarily a book of philosophy, but a book of discovery. A refreshing read.
Caryn Adams
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love L’Engle’s writing, but especially enjoyed this book as I’m reading through Genesis. I love her thoughtful approach, and openness to learning. “My religion is subject to change without notice.” I have grown out of some parts of my religion and into a closer walk with the Lord without losing my faith. What a wonderful gift to have those words to describe my journey. I don’t think she would mind my borrowing them.
Rachel Dawson
And it WAS good. I’m still trying to figure out how I really feel about L'Engle— I was not a big fan of A Wrinkle in Time (I know, I know), but I did enjoy this one (even if her random, scattered writing style frustrated me at times) and found much of it resonating with me. This one is an interesting and introspective look at Genesis with many thoughts, retelling, and questions sprinkled throughout. It’s one I couldn’t rush through, but enjoyed coming back to in small doses over the last month.
Aunt Edie
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites, faith
Madeleine L'Engle has been a steady presence throughout my life. She was not a perfect person, nor a perfect writer but that does not diminish her impact on my life or her writings on my own opinions and ideas. I prefer my heroes to be honest instead of perfect. And this is a very honest book. It flows from one thought to the next with barely a thread of continuity and yet it all comes from one mind and heart and it all points to One so that it holds together, each truth building on the next and ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was difficult for me to decide whether to give this book 3 stars or 4 stars. I chose to give it 4 because L'Engle addresses many of the questions/musings I've had over the past 20 years, and she does it in a thoughtful, intelligent way. I did find her use of the word "el" as a pronoun odd; it distracts and detracts from her discussion of the Maker. I understand that it was L'Engle's way of showing that God transcends gender, but I thought it unnecessary. Overall I enjoyed the book very much.
Dawn Poulterer
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Madeline L’Engle. After reading this non fiction of hers, I find myself wanting her influence over me. She is deeply spiritual but not afraid of the mystery surrounding her faith. She provokes questions and engages her own. She reminds us that our lives need to be in tune, yet we’ve created too much static. We miss the beauty of the creation and the God who gave it to us. We are co-creators with God, it is how we are wired. And though we are glorious as his creation, we likewise bring con ...more
Keith Beasley-Topliffe
This is the first in a trilogy of reflections on stories from Genesis that Madeleine L’Engle wrote in 1983. It covers the first 22 chapters, from creation through the offering of Isaac (and God’s provision of a ram substitute. These reflections take many forms: commentary, related stories from the life of Jesus, incidents in her own life. So there’s no pattern to how she approaches the text, but just a flow as she switches from topic to topic and somehow makes it all work together. Reading this ...more
Michelle Kidwell
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

And It Was Good

Reflections on Beginnings

by Madeleine L'Engle

Crown Publishing

Convergent Books


Pub Date 23 May 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of And It Was Good through Crown Publishing/ Convergent Books and Netgalley:

In this book Madeline L Engle gives us a glimpse of what it may have been like during those early years of humanity, she talks about what it must have been like for Adam and Eve both before and after the fall.

And It Was Good would be perfect addition to your personal s
Kelsey Grissom
If you want to read about Madeleine L’Engle’s religious beliefs in her own words, this is the book for you. I was surprised by how preoccupied with Satan L’Engle seems to be. To me, it felt like 200 pages of L’Engle preaching smugly and piously, on points that were relevant in the 1950’s (although this was written in the 80’s). And, as usual with L’Engle’s writings, there are often glimmers of a good idea or fascinating angle that are unfortunately never developed, or are developed in illogical ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here's how I've read this book: 1. Read first half. 2. Take a break and read the Time Trilogy. 3. Read second half of And It Was Good. I'm loving this read because it's allowing me to get to know the author more - how she processes and thinks about the world. Reading her fiction helps me understand this book more too. She'll write about the "universe" and I know she means it. She writes time - chronos and kairos - and I can picture the difference because of the stories she's told.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Madeleine! Her honesty and wisdom is refreshing to my soul. She has a beautiful faith and sincere compassion for the world, while also fully acknowledging her imperfections. This is a beautiful book in her three part series on the Bible and faith. Madeleine reflects on her unique thoughts and insights on the first stories of the bible, from creation up until Abraham and Isaac. I'm excited to read the next one!
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
For the most part, this was just OK. It was a little dated, but overall still relevant. The organization seemed odd to me, a little all over the place. But there were several quotes that I saved and overall I didn’t feel like it was a waste of time.
Beautiful writing, horrible theology for the most part.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A must read, especially if you loved Walking on Water - Reflections on Faith and Art.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
4 stars for gorgeous writing, -1 for dubious theology 😛
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Her grasp of language, literature and just the care she gives to words is so powerful. Look past the moments where she digresses and find the amazing character she brings to Genesis stories, told from wholly new perspectives. And for 1983, a surprisingly controversial insight into how everything ends and whether "Love Wins".
Jan 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
I can honestly say that I really didn't like this book and probably won't read the rest of this series, or if I do, it won't be for a long time.

My main problem with it was that I found the conversation to be all over the place. It was almost as if L'Engle didn't really know what she wanted to talk about for the first 1/4-1/3 of the book. I actually fell asleep reading this book, before I even got to page 50.

All of that sounds VERY bad, and me giving it one star seems harsh. But here's what was
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved this book. She so beautifully writes about God as Creator - one of my favorite ways to dwell on Him. And she addresses so much about the sad reality that too many Christians, being, of course, Creationists, dispute science in fact "When we try to protect God, all we do is stop our understanding of God from growing and deepening, because if we are open to new discoveries in the world within or without, it might change our comfortable image of God...
Why do people who are Christian feel so
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
At least my second reading of this book, I am taken by her descriptions of the world - the wild and beautiful and dangerous natural world; and the world occupied by humans so full of both good and evil and still image their Creator God. L'Engle reminds me to maintain wonder, in spite of the so prevalent brokenness that is our context, and to let wonder move me to prayer.

“When I look at the galaxies on a clear night—when I look at the incredible brilliance of creation, and think that this is what
Jennifer Scoggin
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I feel compelled to re-read every few years (as I do with most of Madeleine's books). It is not so much a study of the first book of the Bible as a devotional book loosely based on the early chapters of Genesis. In it you get a clear view of Madeleine's theology with the love and mercy of God being paramount. As I am also reading her time trilogy simultaneously, I love that many references in AIWG tie in with her fictional work, especially A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-living
Although I found the first half to be more insightful than the second, I was still glad I read the whole book. Genesis is such a rich story and it is always good to return to it with the gift of a new lens. Some of L'Engle's thinking feels dated, some feels too progressive, but it is good to be stretched and challenged. There were many things I hope to remember.
Erika RS
Jun 18, 2014 added it
Shelves: owned, physical
Wonderful. To paraphrase the summary on the sleeve, the book is a reflection on creativity, both divine and human. As always, L'Engle (I want to call her Madeleine, but that seems so presumptuous!) lets us see a stunningly clear snapshot of her world and her life. This book was a delightful balance of the power of word and image.
James Swenson
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a collection of the author's devotional meditations, inspired by a reading of the early part of the book of Genesis. The reflections are sometimes moving, sometimes surprising, and always openly personal -- maybe even uncomfortably so. Unfortunately, thirty years after publication, much of the writing feels dated.
Julie Fukuda
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was the second time to read this book. I got a copy signed by Madeleine L'Engle at a Women's conference many years ago and thought now might be a good time to read it again. It was a good re-visit and brought back memories of that conference that are just as valuable today.
Michelle Wardhaugh
Biblical reflections aren't always interesting for me, but I like the way she stretches her thoughts beyond what is there to what is possible and then what that might mean.
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
Madeleine L'Engle ALWAYS makes me think. I do not always agree with her, but I am always forced to think more about what I DO believe, and why.
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, review-gr
Another book that needs to be savored as it is read. One of my personal favorites.
T.J. Gabelman
rated it really liked it
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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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