SOLD INTO EGYPT by Madeleine L'Engle ($15)

HS: 0-87788-766-7

Subtitled: Joseph's Journey into Human Being.

In this eagerly anticipated third volume of the Genesis Trilogy, Madeleine L'Engle takes us on a new journey. And It Was Good reflected on the marvel of new beginnings; A Stone for a Pillow tells the story of Jacob, one of the Bible's earliest pilgrims, and follows his, and Madeleine's, inner and outer journeys.

In Sold Into Egypt, we trace a new journey, that of Jacob's favored younger son, Joseph--a journey on many levels: the abduction from Canaan country to pagan Egypt with its slavery and sophistication, from poverty to riches, from insignificance to the power of privilege and leadership, from the foolish arrogance of youth to the seasoned wisdom of maturity, from parochial narrowness to the authentic human-ness which comes with hard lessons learned and relationships restored.

Madeleine L'Engle joins Joseph on this journey as she herself moves through grief. With the loss of her beloved husband, she traverses the barren desert of bereavement. And just as Yahweh was Joseph's strong companion in the desert journey, in the house of Potiphar, in prison, and in his rise to power, so God was with the author of this book and, she assures us, he will be with us as we, too, move toward the human-ness of true maturity.

"The story of Joseph is the journey of a spoiled and selfish young man finally becoming, through betrayal, anger, abandonment, unfairness and pain, a full and complex human being. I have much to learn from his story. So do we all." - Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle's many books are internationally recognized and appreciated. Her novel A Wrinkle in Time won the Newbery Award and A Swiftly Tilting Planet received the American Book Award. Madeleine travels widely from her home base in New York, leading retreats, lecturing at writers' conferences, and addressing church and student groups in the U.S. and abroad.

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