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Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle
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it was amazing
bookshelves: christian, non-fiction, art, faith, spiritual

Madeleine L’Engle portrays Christian artists in the modern world almost as if we live in exile, like the Jews in Babylon. We learn to appreciate the art of the world around us and to care for its artists, whether or not they are believers. We learn to see the underlying hand of God in creation, and in the creations of his creatures. We accept that “bad art is bad religion” because it does not draw us closer to anything true, and that good art might be good religion even when not ostensibly religiously inspired.

The author leads readers on a guided tour of aesthetics (from Plato to Tolstoy and beyond), faith (which accepts that which cannot be understood because … and which, therefore, lies very close to story), icons (which express more than can be told), truth (and wisdom), and even the use of the word “he” rather than “he/she.” It’s all told in a gently conversational style, filled with threads of story and prayer, and reminder of a “God who told stories” in the New Testament.

We see glimpses of glory as children. Then we grow out of them. L’Engle reminds us that “We are all more than we know,” that fiction is the vehicle of truth, that we need intuition and symbols just as much as we need intellect, and that names are more important than the labels and boxes we place around everything—names give creativity, freedom and identity... and story.

Best of all, from my point of view, the author reminds readers that faith invites questions and should never fear them or else it's not quite faith. So I will write my questions in stories of “What if” and rejoice in having read this book.

Disclosure: I received a copy from Blogging for Books. I offer my honest review.
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October 26, 2016 – Shelved
October 26, 2016 – Shelved as: christian
October 26, 2016 – Shelved as: non-fiction
October 26, 2016 – Shelved as: art
October 26, 2016 – Shelved as: faith
October 26, 2016 – Shelved as: spiritual
October 26, 2016 – Finished Reading

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