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Glimpses of Grace: Daily Thoughts and Reflections

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  539 ratings  ·  36 reviews
For half a century, Madeleine L'Engle has spun magic with words, touching millions of lives and earning a devoted readership with her award-winning fiction, candid reflections on her personal and family life and graceful meditations on faith. Now, Glimpses of Grace captures the essence of L'Engle's literary gift in one unprecedented volume.Ranging freely throughout L'Engle ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 29th 1997 by HarperOne (first published June 1st 1996)
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Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this over the course of the year. I may not always agree, but I always think. Very few people write like Madeleine L'Engle. ...more
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I would have to say that this is one of my new favorite books that will remain in my annual rotation for years to come. I did not read it as a daily devotional, but rather in sips and gulps as I needed spiritual refreshment during the past couple of months. It is full of L'Engle's unique spiritual reflections on God, Christianity, spirituality, and humanity, written through the lens of her vast personal anthology. Daily reflections are pulled from several of her works of literature varying from ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
366 excerpts from the works of L’Engle arranged as daily readings by editor Chase.

L’Engle was of a previous generation (1918 to 2007) and her works reflect it. Very much hung up on the issues and trends of mid-twentieth century, her ideas have a quaint aspect which is not immediately obvious to the reader. Not that many of her thoughts aren’t profound, but they reflect a Cold war environment that current readers will have trouble understanding. She, and we, thought nuclear holocaust was a real p
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of quotes from Madeleine's books - beautiful, thought-provoking words for every day of the year. I've been reading it nearly all year and finally decided to review it. :) ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Glimpses of Grace" is filled with thought-provoking excerpts from L'Engle's various books for daily devotional use. I loved this book so much that I bought my own copy to read again on a daily basis throughout the new year. Her wisdom generated many deep conversations between my husband and me and he never tired of me saying, "Oh, this is SO GOOD! Can I read this to you?" He was actually very excited to hear the day's topic and ruminate on L'Engle's timeless wisdom with me. I highly recommend t ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another 4.5. Used as a devotional for a year, starting in July last. Although each entry was short, they were nearly all very thought-provoking and memorable. I recognized that I had come full circle through the year without marking it, as I recognized the first reading a year later.
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just love Madeleine L'Engle. This tome was a delight. ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never fail to inspire
Sue Ronnenkamp
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my second or third journey through this daily reading book. Always get something new of value every time.
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
An interesting premise: a daily devotional of sorts, relying heavily on L'Engle's autobiographical works and scripture commentary. Most of this is variations on a theme, and it's probably best to read these one at a time, rather than blitzing through them as book (as I did) so as to best appreciate and contemplate her words. Carole Chase did a lovely job at arranging L'Engle's works into a loosely coherent collection of themes.

Bookmarked passages:

"Slowly I have realized that I do not have to be
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was good in sections, and contained the occasional jewel.

The books layout as a 365 day devotional was too awkward for me. The back and forth between personal scriptural insight and fiction was a bit off putting, and it doesn’t flow well.

It’d be hard for me to recommend this book, while I’d readily recommend Madeleine.
Jan Lynch
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lovely collection for anyone who enjoyed L'Engle in childhood. Very comforting, thoughtful, and optimistic. Perfect reading for when life becomes challenging. ...more
Jan 04, 2020 added it
Her devotionals definitely appeal to those who need a more logical, scientific approach to faith. Well worth the read.
Megan Byrd
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-books-read
A year-long devotional of quotes and writings from Madeleine L’Engle. Some were particularly insightful and encouraging, others not.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely way to begin each day, with passages both familiar and new. This just cemented my opinion of L’Engle as one of my all-time favorite authors!
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is a book of daily thoughts and reflections taken from Madeleine L'Engle's writings. Probably they expect people to read only one day's thought as a sort of devotion for that day and then think about it throughout the day. However, either personally or situationally, I just don't read books like that so it took me far less time that I year to read this book. It was a thoughtful and reverent book. ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, LOVED these readings as my morning ritual in 2016. L'Engle is both mystic and pragmatic with the ability to share stories of faith in an accessible way. Reading these daily bits of L'Engle's wisdom has inspired me to want to read her body of work in a more conscientious way. I'll highly recommend this book to anyone looking for daily inspiration with a strong undercurrent of reality. ...more
Oct 22, 2007 rated it liked it
Carole Chase compiled excerpts from L'Engle's books, both fiction and non-fiction, to create a book of daily meditations. The subjects somewhat coincide with the church calendar. It's nice if you are familiar with L'Engle's characters and storylines, but if you aren't you might miss the larger meaning on some days. As daily devotional books go, it would have to be one of my favorites. ...more
Apr 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you like Madeleine L'Engle and enjoy having a daily reflection or meditation of some sort, this is a great read. However, it leaves you wanting to know and read more, whether it's of her books or of the God she describes, so if you can handle the tension of a book leaving you with a desire you are not sure how to fulfill, then grab it. ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful little book. 366 excerpts from Madeleine L'Engle's writings arranged into daily readings that fit with the seasons and holidays. Some of the excerpts are more inspiring than others, but they're all very reflective. For me it was like spending a few minutes each with an older brilliant relative. I'm kinda bummed it's over. ...more
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another of her books that I read all the time. I had never read her children's books but had to after reading the quotes from them in this book.

A treasure and a thank you to my sister who gave to me as a birthday gift.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended for readers already familiar with Madeleine L'Engle's spiritual writings. Carole Chase has carefully put together a devotional-style book with a reading for each day of the year. Good for quick sips of a favorite author's words. ...more
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. So many wise words..quotable quotes.. L'Engle makes me think about things in a new way and gives words and validation to things I think about. This a great book to have on hand for reading and savoring a few minutes at a time. Definitely a book to reread. ...more
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I started this book at the beginning of the year and it is wonderful. I truly look forward to reading it each day.
Sep 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
this is a really nice compilation of excerpts from her books. i'm really enjoying it. ...more
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
I expected something more unique and it is mostly excerpts from her books.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Daily devotional that I use every day and have for a couple years now. Never gets old.
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Madeleine always has wise words of wisdom to share.
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
As a devotional, I was somewhat disappointed.
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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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