Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation Epub

Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation Epub 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 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 wantheart This book is no exception Bright Evening Star is organized around the incarnation It s not 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 wantheart 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 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 susta 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 rejected by many a publisher was her fable of light in the midst of darkness.The title comes from The New Zealand Prayer Book, which also gives helpful alternate names for the persons of the Trinity Earth Maker, Pain Bearer, Life Giver This isn t a particularly Christmas y book, but it still lends itself to being read a chapter at a time during Advent This edition seems to have been hurriedly repackaged with an iffy foreword from John Tesh, which makes it seemNew Agey than it really is Some other favorite lines Christ, in being born as Jesus, broke into time for us, so that time will never be the same again Family can be a movable feast It can be a group of friends sitting around the dining table for an evening It can be one or two people coming to stay with me for a few nights or a few weeks It should be the church, and I am grateful that my church is a small church Oh, that Madeleine As a master storyteller herself, L Engle helps the reader to view the gospels through a different lens true story How do we read stories that are common to us L Engle helps us turn the gemstone and see a different facet I love that about her.There are absolutely things I disagree with in L Engle s writing I ve said before that she mistakes when she reads God is love as Love is God I think that is her great error That said, her emphasis on God s love and how Chris Oh, that Madeleine As a master storyteller herself, L Engle helps the reader to view the gospels through a different lens true story How do we read stories that are common to us L Engle helps us turn the gemstone and see a different facet I love that about her.There are absolutely things I disagree with in L Engle s writing I ve said before that she mistakes when she reads God is love as Love is God I think that is her great error That said, her emphasis on God s love and how Christ worked out God s love during his earthly ministry is a beautiful reminder of the nature of the Kingdom As a Reformed, Calvinistic Christian who does believe in theological points that L Engle disdains, I can still read her with profit Her emphasis on Christ s laying down power that was woven throughout the book Phil 2, did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped and the ways he acted out of compassion and his pointed teaching through parables helps to give arobust understanding of His work I do think He planned the cross I do think He agreed to the cross beforehand because of love greater love has no man than this than he lay down his life for his friends There is paradox, we don t have to understand all L Engle does a beautiful job of pulling out the threads of paradox and helping us love 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 e 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

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