The first of these articles, which appeared about two years ago, dealt with my efforts to think of a novel that would serve as a painless introduction to Anglicanism. Thus this installment deals with the Anglican novels suggested by readers in the first of these articles.
This book describes "twenty-nine of the most influential Anglican figures from the sixteenth century to the present ... deftly chronicles their lives and work while capturing at the same time the deep personal faith that they have managed to communicate so well to the rest of the world". -- inside front cover. The selections are arranged with brief subject titles and each section concludes with questions for reflection and discussion.
Contents: Introduction dated Daphne, Alabama, March 2001 / Richard H. Schmidt -- Thomas Cranmore (1489-1556): Father of the Prayer Book -- John Jewel (1422-1571): First Anglican Apologist -- Richard Hooker (1554-1600): Definitive Anglican -- Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626): Private Devotions -- John Donne (1573-1631): He Dueled with Death -- George Herbert (1593-1633): Poet Parson -- Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667): Loyalist -- Thomas Traherne (1637-1674): Champion of Felicity -- William Law (1686-1761): Commando in the Chapel of Ease -- Joseph Butler (1692-1752): The Thinking Man's Bishop -- John Wesley (1703-1791): Outside Agitator -- Charles Wesley (1707-1788): Skylark -- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784): Spiritual Gladiator -- Hannah More (1745-1833) -- Charles Simeon (1759-1836) -- John Keble (1792-1866) -- Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872): Citizen of the Kingdom -- William Porcher Dubose (1836-1918): Rebel with a Cause -- Charles Gore (1853-1932): Liberal or Conservative ? -- Vida Dutton Scudder (1861-1954): She Dreamt of a New World -- Roland Allen (1868-1947): Missionary to the Missionaries -- Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941): Guide in the Life of Prayer -- William Temple (1881-1944): Philosopher Prelate -- Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957): Whimsical Apologist -- C.S. Lewis (1898-1963): Mere Christian -- Verna J. Dozier (b. 1917): Re-envisioning the Laity -- Madeleine L'Engle (b. 1918): Teller of Tales -- Festo Kivengere (1921?-1988): World Evangelist -- Desmond Tutu (b. 1931): Prophet of Forgiveness -- Acknowledgements -- Index.
"Madeleine L'Engle, a lay Episcopalian who wrote more than 60 books ranging from children's stories to theological reflection, died September 6  in Litchfield, Connecticut. She was 88". "L'Engle was best known for her children's classic, 'A Wrinkle in Time', which won the John Newbery Award as the best children's book of 1963". "She had been the writer-in-residence and librarian at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. In November 2000, she told an interviewer for Religion and Ethics Newsweekly that suffering and grief are a part of life. 'In times when we are not particularly suffering, we do not have enough time for God', she said. 'We are too busy with other things. And then the intense suffering comes, and we can not be busy with other things. And then God comes into the equation. Help. And we should never be afraid of crying our, "Help !" I need all the help I can get'."
Madeleine L'Engle is a world renowned Episcopal playwright, poet and author of fiction and non-fiction books. She travels widely from her home base in New York, leading retreats, lecturing at writers' conferences and addressing Church and student groups abroad.
This article is from Cokesbury's Good News Catalog Fall/Winter 1994-1995. Used by permission.