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A Circle of Quiet (Crosswicks Journal Series #1)

A Circle of Quiet (Crosswicks Journal Series #1)

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by Madeleine L'Engle

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This journal shares fruitful reflections on life and career prompted by the author's visit to her personal place of retreat near her country home.

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Circle of Quiet: A Crosswick Journal 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BookGirl53226 More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my treasures. She lets us get to know Grandfather George (George MacDonald). Page 63 - "Mrs. Franklin, do you really and truly believe in God with no doubts at all?" "Oh, Una, I really and truly believe in God with all kinds of doubts." But I base my life on this belief. Madeleine L'Engle is transparent with her struggles in a way that is humbling and illuminating. I will never be finished reading this book.
MommyOfMunch More than 1 year ago
This book is like a running inner monologue of the author, which in parts is delightful, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Sometimes, however, I felt that maybe someone should take away her soap box, but really, she's the author so that's her right. I didn't agree with everything she had to say, but I enjoyed the book anyway. I only gave it 3 stars because it took me a long time to chew through, like when you take a bite of steak that's not cooked right. I lost interest for a while, which is unusual for me. I'm not sure if I'm going to be purchasing the others in this series, but this book was good enough, I suppose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book 20 years ago when I was in my 30's while raising a young son. I read it anew as a 51 year old woman-the same age Madeline was when she wrote this book. While the author rambles and focuses too much on writing skills, there are profound thoughts that have remained influential in my life these 20 years. It is a spiritual reflection on the life of a woman who journeyed to explore as many aspects of her person as possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, an older person who can acknowledge truths about sex, God, and teenagers. Madeleine speaks frankly and from the heart. You have to believe in the things she's saying, already, though. Recommended for every idealistic artist-type. Absolutely wonderful. This book made my week.
Guest More than 1 year ago
L'Engle captures the internal struggles of an artist. Her 'ramblings' hit home for women balancing demanding careers (especially careers requiring intense, creative thought) and family life. L'Engle rekindles the mystery of religion, love and creation while acknowledging her spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth. I have recommended this book to several other women - I hope it has the same settling effect on them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I could hardly finish this book full of random, disconnected, obvious thoughts, writing lessons (including, believe it or not, a lesson on punctuation), boring events, and thinly veiled bragging. To make it worse, it's hopelessly dated.