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The beloved author of A Wrinkle in Time takes an introspective look at her life and muses on creativity in this memoir, the first of her Crosswicks Journals.

Every so often I need OUT.... My special place is a small brook in a green glade, a circle of quiet from which there is no visible sign of human beings.... I sit there, dangling my legs and looking through the foliage at the sky reflected in the water, and things slowly come back into perspective.

Set against the lush backdrop of Crosswicks, her family's farmhouse in rural Connecticut, this deeply personal memoir details Madeleine L'Engle's journey to find balance between her career as a Newbery Medal-winning author and her responsibilities as a wife, mother, teacher, and Christian.

As she considers the roles that creativity, family, citizenship, and faith play in her life, L'Engle reveals the complexities behind the author whose works - honored with the National Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and countless other prizes - have long been cherished by children and adults alike. Written in simple, profound, and often humorous prose, A Circle of Quiet is an insightful woman's elegant search for the meaning and purpose of her life.

©1972 Crosswicks, Inc. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I Love Madeleine L'Engle!!!

I loved this book so much! And reading this reminds me of how much I love Madeleine L'Engle and how much I want to read (and re-read) everything she wrote!

I shouldn't really be surprised given how much I love L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time books. And this book gives us her thoughts on everything from theology, writing, children’s education, writing books for children vs. adults, and more.

There is also encouragement here for those who want to see their own books published: A Wrinkle in Time was rejected 26 times before it was published!

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A wrinkle in time and space and the heavens

Would you listen to A Circle of Quiet again? Why?

Yes, I would. The thoughts and wondering of the author are the same as all of us and she has good ideas for a lot of my doubts. It had some slow moments, though, but I was expecting her fiction style, maybe

Which scene was your favorite?

All of her family memories and her thoughts on life in general are little nutshells of wisdom and peace and how she finds happiness in all the questions of our times.

Any additional comments?

The audiobook is one you'll listen to a lot. The narration is superb and sounds just like I would picture Madeleine L'Engle having a cup of coffee with me and chatting about life.