“It is so difficult to explain things to you, small one. And I know that it is not just because you are a child … [but] good helps us, the stars help us, perhaps what you would call light helps us, love helps us.
“Oh, my child I cannot explain!
“This is something you just have to know or not know.”
– Aunt Beast, A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)
I just finished A Wrinkle in Time. Everyone seemed puzzled why I’d never read the book for class before.
But, I never have. And I can’t imagine a public elementary school allowing this book to be a incorporated into their curriculum; it is sprinkled with undeniable Biblical references – including a most fascinating scene wherein 2 protagonists are transported to a grey/bleak/unremarkable alternate universe. The “beasts” who inhabit this planet cannot see. This makes for a number of frustrating attempts at communication between the two parties (see the quote above).
But how I’d recommend this book!
How refreshing to read a book for pure pleasure again! A Wrinkle in Time incorporates a variety of genres (adventure, suspense, supernatural power, etc) with a simple but greater storyline about a power beyond. If we face the truth, as Christians, we believe in something supernatural – a thing that is beyond sensing and fully knowing in our limited world. And this book helps put the POWER of God in a different perspective.
I’m on to reading the second book in the series (I believe there are 5 in total?). I love that these children’s books make me think – and that they bring my attention back to the “big things” that are important (love, faith, family, loyalty).
SPRING BREAK is passing much too quickly!