Trifecta Day of Birthdays


Forecast: snow all day

The first email I read this morning was from my sister (in-law) Kathie with the title of this blog.  She got me going on The Writer’s Almanac; she listens to it on the radio, and I read mine by email.  Occasionally we compare reactions to the day’s entry. 

Today, November 29, is the birthday of C.S. Lewis, of Louisa May Alcott and of Madeleine L’Engle

Curious, isn’t it, that only twenty years separate Lewis and L’Engle.  I think of her as contemporary and of him as modern classic.

What an interesting juxtaposition: Bunyan’s conversion experience – his burden fell off after years of study, prayer, torment and doubt – and Lewis who left for the zoo an unbeliever and came back home a believer.  God works in mysterious ways, eh?

We really ought to celebrate today.  Let’s do a meme! Answer in the comments, or copy the questions into your own blog and leave a link.  If you don’t have time, just pick one question.

The November 29 Birthday Meme
(Louisa May Alcott, C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle)
Answer for one, both, or all authors.

1. What was the first [Alcott, Lewis, L’Engle] book you read?

2.  If you could be a [Alcott, Lewis, L’Engle] character for a day, who would you be? 

3.  Do you prefer [Alcott?, Lewis, L’Engle]’s fiction or nonfiction?

4.  Which [Alcott, Lewis, L’Engle] book would you recommend to any reader?

5.  Which [Alcott, Lewis, L’Engle] book did you dislike?

6.  What is your favorite [Alcott, Lewis, L’Engle] quote?

7.  Which [Alcott, Lewis, L’Engle] book would you like to read next?

8.  What biography of [Alcott, Lewis, L’Engle] would you recommend?

9. Rate the ALL authors by order of preference.



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7 thoughts on “Trifecta Day of Birthdays

  1. 1. Little Women, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, A Wrinkle in Time2. Lucy Pevensie3. How can you pick?  The only clear choice for me is L’Engle’s non-fiction.4. The Discarded Image….just kidding!  Little Women, A Horse and His Boy and the early Austin family titles.5.  L’Engle’s later juvenile fiction was too much for me.6.  No time for exact quotes, but the part where Jo cries over her hair, and “‘Course he isn’t safe.  But he is good. He’s the King, I tell you.”7.  Eight Cousins (first time), Space Trilogy (after 30 years), Walking on Water, Reflections on Faith & Art (just received in the mail this week)8.  I liked the children’s book Fruitland, a fictional diary of Alcotts; I drank up C. S. Lewis’ letters and still have his diary to read.9.  Lewis, L’Engle, Alcott

  2. First, a beautiful photo!
    Okay, I’ll share a few…
    I definitely prefer L’engle’s non-fiction, although the first books I read of any of these three authors were their works of fiction. I, also, love Circle of Quiet and all of the Crosswicks Journal series.
    I would recommend L’engle’s Crosswicks Journal series to all young, growing, maturing in faith and life women.
    My favorite Alcott quote is: “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.”
    but this one from Lewis is good too: “The world does not need more Christian writers — it needs more good writers and composers who are Christians.”

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