Happy Birthday!










Many happy returns to three of my very favorite authors: C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, and L.M. Alcott. November 29th is a day to celebrate!

How are you indebted to these writers? What characters, quotes, memories have they given you?
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I'd have to say:
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Jack, thank you for your essays, for your diggings into theology. Thank you for Narnia, for writing in the tradition of Nesbit but adding so much more with the character of Aslan.
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"But Laurence can't really love Aslan more than Jesus, even if he feels that's what he is doing. For the things he loves Aslan for doing or saying are simply the things Jesus really did and said. So that when Laurence thinks he is loving Aslan, he is really loving Jesus: and perhaps loving Him more than he ever did before." -C.S. Lewis
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Madeleine, thank you for changing my teenage life with your writing. The Austins, the Murrays, your families are forever knit into my heart. Thank you for your lectures on writing, on serving the gift. You continue to inspire me. Always.
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Louisa, thank you for the March sisters. At last I can honestly say that I forgive you for making Jo marry the Professor instead of Laurie. It has taken many, many years, but you were wise beyond my twelve-year-old understanding. God bless.
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Spend an hour honoring these amazing people today by dipping into one of their books. Chances are, you won't be able to put it down, no matter how many times you've read it.

4 comments:

Marie DeVries said...

Happy birthday to all of them!

sally apokedak said...

OHHHH I wanted Jo to marry Laurie, also. What if Anne would have married the other guy--that rich guy who lived in America--instead of Gilbert?

No, I think I would have loved Little Women more if Jo would have married Laurie.

Noel De Vries said...

Sorry, Sally. Anne marrying Emaline's father? That's not even imaginable.

Would you really have loved Little Women more? I don't know ... perhaps because I am so much like Jo, I'm beginning to see that marrying a man so much like myself would be ... trouble.

Noel De Vries said...

(By the way, Sally, that subplot was only in the film version of Anne. The real Anne of Windy Poplars befriended a lonely little girl named Elizabeth, and there was never any romance with the girl's father. Just thought you might like to know. ;)