Despite protests and warnings from friends and family, author Madeleine L’Engle, at the age of 74, embarked on a rafting trip to Antarctica. Her journey through the startling beauty of the continent led her to write Penguins and Golden Calves, a captivating discussion of how opening oneself up to icons, or everyday “windows to God,” leads to the development of a rich and deeply spiritual faith.
Here, L’Engle explains how ordinary things such as family, words, the Bible, heaven, and even penguins can become such windows. She also shows how such a window becomes an idol - a penguin becomes a “golden calf” - when we see it as a reflection of itself instead of God.
With delightful language, insightful metaphor, and personal stories, L’Engle brings listeners to a deeper understanding of themselves, their faith, and the presence of God in their daily lives.
What members say
Wise words from a wise woman
Madeleine L Engle is best known dipe A Wrinkle In Time but she is wiser and more profound in her non fiction books although many will criticize her views today. This was well thought out but still down to earth and witty and warm and it will give you answers and possibilities to many questions of faith. It is almost required reading for any Christian on a journey of faith who is open minded and truly seeking God in a real and personal way. L'Engel's wisdom and spiritual intellect really come thru in the narration of this book and several others I've read. I'd be interested to hear her read all of L'Engle's books on faith. It seems she is able to understand and channel the author's dry wit and ability to laugh at herself just as well as her deep thoughts and serious concepts.