STONE FOR A PILLOW by Madeleine L'Engle ($15)

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"As always when I struggle to find the truth of something," the author writes, "I turn to story for illumination. And as I grapple with the angels of difficult questions, I think of Jacob who saw a ladder of angels, reaching from earth to heaven ... linking heaven to earth, the creation to the Creator, not separated from each other, but participating in each other. Delight. At-one-ment."

Just as Madeleine L'Engle finds in Jacob a companion for her journey, readers of this second volume in her Genesis trilogy will delight in her companionship on their own journey. But their answers to the book's many questions must finally be their own. The subjects are numerous and the questions vexing: What is the significance of angels, redemption, sexual identity, "blessing," forgiveness, and the conflict of Good and Evil?

The reader will ponder these topics in the stimulating company of a biblical patriarch, a modern artist, and a powerful Presence known to spiritual travelers of all generations, the "El Shaddai" or "God Almighty" revealed in Genesis.

And It Was Good, the first of Madeleine L'Engle's Genesis trilogy, is part of a wide outpouring of literary energy. Her novel A Wrinkle in Time won the Newbery Award and A Swiftly Tilting Planet received the American Book Award. Other popular L'Engle books from Shaw include Walking on Water, The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas, and The Weather of the Heart, a book of poems. Madeleine L'Engle 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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