Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

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Macmillan, May 31, 1995 - Religion - 197 pages
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In Walking On Water, Madeleine L'Engle addresses the questions, What makes art Christian? What does it mean to be a Christian artist? What is the relationship between faith and art? Through L'Engle's beautiful and insightful essay, readers will find themselves called to what the author views as the prime tasks of an artist: to listen, to remain aware, and to respond to creation through one's own art.
 

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User Review  - SueinCyprus - LibraryThing

I loved this book! The author - best-known for her children's novel 'A Wrinkle in Time' - reflects on art, and her beliefs, and the writing process. It's just short snippets, gathered together in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Al-G - LibraryThing

To write, paint, compose music or poetry is a creative act - it is in fact an act of prayer whether the artist acknowledges the prayer or not, whether he is a person of faith or not. L'Engle writes ... Read full review

Contents

1 Cosmos from Chaos 111
ii
3 Healed Whole and Holy 151
51
A Coal in the Hand 167
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5 Probable Impossibles 179
79
Keeping the Clock Wound 193
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7 Names and Labels 1107
107
8 The Bottom of the Iceberg 1125
125
Do We Want the Children To See It? 1145
145
10 The Journey Homeward 1159
159
The Other Side of Silence II71
171
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About the author (1995)

Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L’Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts.  Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L’Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.   Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L’Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.   Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L’Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.

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