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[Reading] ➻ Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation (Wheaton Literary Series) By Madeleine L'Engle – Videoelemental.co.uk

[Reading] ➻ Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation (Wheaton Literary Series) By Madeleine L'Engle – Videoelemental.co.uk

Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation (Wheaton Literary Series) For Over Fifty Years, L Engle Has Been Delighting And Inspiring Readers With Her Warm, Eloquent Prose, And Inspirational Poetry She Continues This Tradition With Bright Evening Star, A Personal Reflection Of The Mystery And Majesty Of The Incarnation Of Jesus Christ Bright Evening Star Provides A Glimpse Into The Life Stories Of This Prolific Author And Her Encounters With God With A Foreword By John Tesh, L Engle Invites Us On A Spiritual Adventure That Leads To Hope, Joy, And A Closer Relationship With Jesus Christmas, Says Madeleine L Engle, Should Be A Time Of Awed Silence If You Re Looking For A Unique And Christ Centered Christmas Meditation, Bright Evening Star Will Be A Rich And Delightful Discovery Year Round This is a book of reflections by a seasoned author in her later years The first part of the book focuses on her own experience and memories As the book proceeds, she provides a rather loose, free form retelling of The story of Jesus birth has been oversentimentalized until it no longer has the ring of truth, and once we d sentimentalized it we could commercialize it and so forget what Christmas is really about L Engle believes in the power of storytelling, and in this short volume of memoir she retells the life story of Jesus and recalls her own experiences with suffering and joy losing her father young his lungs damaged by poison gas in WWI and the death of her husband of 40 years versus the sustaining nature of family love and late life friendships Chapters 4 and 5 are particular highlights.L Engle 1918 2007 was not at all your average American Christian raised in the Episcopal tradition, she didn t even encounter Evangelicalism until her mid forties, and she doesn t understand the focus on creationism and sexual morality If God s time is different from ours, couldn t evolution make sense And why this obsession, which has been creeping up on us, for what goes on below the waist I want to know what is in the heart and mind She also writes about free will and the adoration of Mary and how A Wrinkle in Time rejec Another thoughtful book by M L Engle Her writing is easy and almost conversational I do like that Her Christian perspective is influenced by her Episcopal background, but she relates with a wider world of Christians, so I like what she says A big part of this book is sharing her love of story in books and in the Bible Jesus did use stories a lot to teach L Engle makes the point that we learn truth through story best Because my mother grew up mourished and informed by story, she and her cousins were able to see needs ignored by those who had not been given the empathy that comes from the insight of story Wisdom If you can make someone afraid, you have power over that person We want security We want comfort We want affluence None of these give us freedom I have children and grandchildren, and they give me vulnerability, not security Love offers us the gretest joy and the greatest pain In the sects and cults freedom is relinquished for answers, answers to everythin L Engle s analysis of the Incarnation is part autobiography and part theography It s a wonderful story of choosing love over power and truth over fact I enjoy L Engle s voice and her openness about her own feelings and beliefs, along with the stories she shares about family, friends, and loved ones Her interpretation of Scripture is true to the Word, and she always brings all her opinions back to the Bible Nothing that she says is not based in the Gospels She does t form random opinions that have nothing to do with God I highly recommend this book to anybody struggling with seeing God as wrathful and angry rather than as Love, which is what He really is If you re unsure of why bad things happen, read this book It s not the Bible, but it s a useful tool, a second reference I enjoyed it for the affirmation of what I already know and believe It pleased me to read a book by a famous author about the God that I love I m glad that L Engle published a book like this

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