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 life of Jesus with her own comments along the way I enjoyed reading this book aloud with my husband, inspiring some quiet contemplation. Will likely become an annual addition to my Advent Devotional. 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 Why did I wake at 3am last night I don t know I am so grateful that this book called to me from the Jacob s Ladder of unread books next to my bed L Engle not only saw the universe for everything it is, she had the ability and the courage to share her vision She s my mentor new review 20 Sep 2012 I suppose this is a good one to keep next to the bed, because here I am again It s so obvious that she was influenced by Bach s music The rhythm of her words dances and flows like a fugue and variations, as she flows in and out of ideas and visions, leading us further, and bringing us home again.It s said that you will never change anyone s mind by what you say, and I find that L Engle never changes mine, but she elaborates and expands what I had tucked in the quiet corners all along 30 dec 2016 How I wish I d known her in this life I like that Madeleine L Engle can t be put in a box Madeleine thinks like Madeleine To me, the best part of this book was when she described how her thinking about God was influenced by her family and by the thinking boxes she encountered in various schools and churches As much as I admire her strong voice, her writing doesn t usually draw me in and win me over It s all head, and I want heart This book is no exception Bright Evening Star is organized around the incarnation It s not exactly a Christmas book, though it may look like one at first glance I listened to the audio version, and maybe I would have connected better with the book on paper There are some great flashes of insight in the book, but all in all it was just OK for me If you love Madeleine L Engle s essays, you ll probably like Bright Evening Star for the insights it offers into her thinking. Sometimes Madeleine writes things that are a littleout there When you come across those parts, don t get hung up Just say to yourself, Ha ha Oh that Madeleine and keep reading Judy HougenI loved this quote Addie Zierman added to the foreword After reading several books by Madeleine L Engle recently, I can honestly say that I have felt both uplifted by her books and at other times puzzled At this point, I m going to keep on reading because I always walk away with some thoughts that enlarge my faith, and at other times, I smile when I come across something that goes against what I believe because that quote comes to mind.I picked this book for the month of December, and it was a lovely choice Madeleine s Christian beliefs are largely influenced by her parents and Episcopal background In this book, she shares her lifelong love of Jesus, and no matter how you feel about her beliefs, you can not possibly walk away from this book doubting her relationship and love for God Like me, perhaps your own faith and love will be treasured in a deeper way.I highly recommend her books, and feel this is worth 5 stars. I really wanted to love this bookI do love Madeleine L Engle for her conversational style, her honest and wrestling faith, her acceptance and even reverence of the things that reside for now in the realm of mystery also her love for Jesus and familiarity with the gospels The wonder she brings to life while not shying away from the brokenness that is the draw for me.However, her theology seems really bad to me in places esp sovereignty of God, free will, etc and she puts forward poor arguments against literal 7 day Creation and Calvinism A couple of other points she made just didn t ring true and turned me off from enjoying this book. Bright Evening StarMystery of the Incarnationby Madeleine L EngleCrown PublishingConvergent BooksChristianPub Date 18 Sep 2018I am reviewing a copy of Bright Evening Star through Crown Publishing and Netgalley Bright Evening Star is Madeline L Engle personal reflections on the mystery and majesty of the Incarnation of Christ The stories in this book look into the life stories and her encounters with God.This book offers its readers who are looking for a unique Christ Centered book of Christmas Meditations a great choice.I give Bright Evening Star five out of five stars Happy Reading 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 everything It takes power than I can imagine to give up power There is much that I don t understand that enriches my life. 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 and wasn t afraid to be criticized for writing the truth This book is well written and interesting, whether you re a Christian, a fan of L Engle, or both.
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