Item description for The Rock That Is Higher: Story as Truth (Christian Writers Resource) by Madeleine L'Engle...
Overview Story captures our hearts and feeds our imaginations. It reminds us who we are and where we came from. Story gives meaning and direction to our lives as we learn to see it as an affirmation of God's love and truth-an acknowledgment of our longing for a rock in the midst of life's wilderness. Drawing upon her own experiences, well-known tales in literature, and selected narratives from Scripture, Madeleine L'Engle gently leads the way into the glorious world of story in The Rock That Is Higher. Here she acknowledges universal human longings and considers how literature, Scripture, personal stories, and life experiences all point us toward our true home.
Publishers Description We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes… –Madeleine L'Engle, from The Rock That Is Higher
Story captures our hearts and feeds our imaginations. It reminds us who we are and where we came from. Story gives meaning and direction to our lives as we learn to see it as an affirmation of God's love and truth–an acknowledgment of our longing for a rock in the midst of life's wilderness.
Drawing upon her own experiences, well-known tales in literature, and selected narratives from Scripture, Madeleine L'Engle gently leads the way into the glorious world of story in The Rock That Is Higher. Here she acknowledges universal human longings and considers how literature, Scripture, personal stories, and life experiences all point us toward our true home. Madeleine L'Engle was the author of more than forty-five books for all ages, among them the beloved A Wrinkle in Time, awarded the Newbery Medal; A Ring of Endless Light, a Newbery Honor Book; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, winner of the American Book Award; and the Austin family series of which Troubling a Star is the fifth book. L'Engle was named the 1998 recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards award, honoring her lifetime contribution in writing for teens.
Ms. L'Engle was born in 1918 in New York City. She wrote her first book, The Small Rain, while touring with Eva Le Gallienne in Uncle Harry. She met Hugh Franklin, to whom she was married until his death in 1986, while they were rehearsing The Cherry Orchard, and they were married on tour during a run of The Joyous Season, starring Ethel Barrymore.
Ms. L'Engle retired from the stage after her marriage, and the Franklins moved to northwest Connecticut and opened a general store. After a decade in Connecticut, the family returned to New York.
After splitting her time between New York City and Connecticut and acting as the librarian and writer-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Madeleine L’Engle died on September 7, 2007 at the age of 88.
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Studio: Shaw Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.34" Width: 5.3" Height: 1.06" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date Mar 19, 2002
Publisher Shaw Books
Series Christian Writers Resource
ISBN 0877887268 ISBN13 9780877887263
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More About Madeleine L'Engle
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.
Madeleine L'Engle lived in New York City, in the state of New York. Madeleine L'Engle was born in 1918 and died in 2007.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Rock That Is Higher: Story as Truth?
The Rock That is Higher Jan 24, 2008
The book is well-written and grabs the reader right from the beginning. Very interesting and thought provoking.
rambling, not really about stories as much as the bible Jan 5, 2005
I bought this book all excited that she was going to be writing about stories, and how stories are "true" whether or not they are factual, because I had seen her talk about this in several interviews.
This book is not really about that though. It's more about like her own personal life journey in her later years, and how she uses stories from the Bible to give her inspiration.
I guess if you're a pretty serious Christian, this book would be cool. Personally, I couldn't even finish it, and I hate to leave books unfinished. Instead I gave it to my mom.
I especially agree with one of the reviews on the cover. The guy says something about how reading it feels like you are going on a walk with your grandma through the garden. Afterwards, you don't really remember what you talked about, but you know it was important. That's a very accurate depiction of this rambling book.
Amazing book Oct 17, 2004
This is one of my favorites of L'Engle's non-fiction. It is an excellent introduction to her "theological" writings. It's a much easier read than the Genesis Trilogy but every bit as interesting and thought provoking.
Inspirational indeed Feb 20, 2004
This book makes you both think and feel. It really does take you to a higher place!
Another gem from Madeleine... Oct 19, 2003
"The Rock That Is Higher" is an important book that many Christians need to read. It not only asks great questions, but it makes you think in ways that you never have before. Sometimes, you won't agree with Madeleine...but really, I don't think that agreeing with her all the time is really the point.
I question myself when I read a book and seem to be agreeing with everything the author is saying. Either they are not challenging me to think hard or I'm not challenging myself to think hard enough about what I've just read. Either way you look at it, reading books like that, is rarely helpful in forming who you are as a person.
However, this book is different. It is great and different and challenging and inspiring and odd and unique and indifferent and just plain brilliant. So don't pass this book up. Get hooked on Madeleine.