A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L’Engle

Annotation:

Margaret Murry is not sure what to think about life. She is seen as an oddball at school, the whole town is making assumptions about her father-gone-missing, and her little brother can, it seems, read her and her mother’s minds. All of these things become quite trivial, though, when Meg, her brother, Charles Wallace, and her new friend, Calvin, seek out Mrs Whatsit and her friends, whom Charles Wallace has befriended. This interesting group of six travels through time/space to try to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from a force much stronger than the children might expect. Encountering other planets and finding hope, solace, and strength in places and people she never imagined, Meg realizes the importance of being who she is made to be. Interlaced with religious (Biblical) insight, this book is sure to capture the reader’s full attention.

Story Line

 

Life Application

I can really relate to the underlying storyline of A Wrinkle in Time. As a Christian battling the evil one can be so frustrating, difficult, and certainly deceiving! In the story, Meg definitely takes the typical journey of many Christians. She gets into a situation in which evil surrounds her and it is very difficult to resist once she begins to give in. With the love and strength of others, she is able to overcome the evil. I’ve taken that path too many times to count, and as the story reminded me, it is a completely spiritual battle that can be overcome! I also like that Meg is told to use her faults to fight the battle – it is a good reminder that God can use us no matter what to accomplish His good and perfect purposes.

Ideas for Use in Classroom

In the story Meg deals with being “different” from other students, and has a friend who lives his life as someone else, unhappily. This would be a good lesson for students in the area of being themselves and what kind of important people you can find and become friends with when you are yourself. Also, sometimes what we see as making us different in a bad way, is really something that makes us different in a positive. Just as Meg uses her faults to save a life, we, too, must realize the importance of who we really are, not who we want to be.

In a Christian school, it would be beneficial to talk to the students about the correlation of the “Black Thing” to evil in the Christian’s life, and how it must be resisted, and the love of family, friends, and most importantly, God, is key to remaining in the light.