Friday, May 20, 2011

Madeleine L'Engle's Kairos Series

My absolute favorite author growing up was Madeleine L'Engle.  She wrote "A Wrinkle in Time," "A Wind in the Door," "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," "Many Waters," and "An Acceptable Time" among many, many other books.  Although most of these books were written in the '60s, when I was younger I felt like they spoke directly to me.  I love Meg Murray, Calvin O'Keef, and Charles Wallace.  I love the mix of fantasy and sci-fi, but also that the books were very easy to relate to, and not TOO out of this world.  I loved how Meg was insecure, awkward, but that Calvin still cared for her and saw her as beautiful.  I loved slightly weird Charles Wallace (who would now most likely be diagnosed with high-functioning Autism or Asbergers) and how he was so intelligent and kind.  I loved ALL of it.  And I still do.

I am SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING getting this boxed set:


I do wish that they were hardcover... but I always said I'd get this series (also known as the Kairos series, or Time Quintet... she wrote another series on another set of families, and the characters from both series occasionally intertwine) so that my kids could eventually read them.  If you HAVEN'T read these, and you appreciate really good YA lit, I highly recommend these books.

I also love Madeleine's other work; she wrote on faith a lot, on marriage, on friendship.  Here are some fantastic quotes by Madeleine:

"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been." 

"If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation."

"I will have nothing to do with a God who cares only occasionally. I need a God who is with us always, everywhere, in the deepest depths as well as the highest heights. It is when things go wrong, when good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly."
Madeleine died in 2007 at the age of 88.