Thoughts on Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time — post by Michael J. Findley

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Front cover art for A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. The book cover art copyright is believed to belong to the publisher, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, or the cover artist. Wikipedia

Thoughts on Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (from one who has not seen the movie) after just re-reading the book.

I personally believe that Disney did us a favor by removing all mention of God from the movie version. The name Jesus is only mentioned one time in the book, and in that instance as an equal with Euclid, DaVinci, Einstein, Gandhi, and others opposing evil. It is not a Christian book, though it promotes many Christian doctrines such as family, love, and faithfulness. It seems to be on a similar level to Harry Potter, but with Bible verses.

The writing style is very interesting. Like most books based on feelings, L’Engle gives just enough thought to the serious issues (raised on almost every page) to drive me crazy. It is well paced, with interesting action. For a very short book, Meg’s character is well developed.

Why did Disney wait so long to make this movie? The book seems to be founded on every modern Disney ideal. The protagonist is a teenage girl. Her parents are not together until the very end. Dad is a prisoner whom the children must rescue. The three spirit guides are female (Think Sleeping Beauty and her fairy guardians). One actually dresses in black like a witch. They are more powerful than any human. One of them used to be a star. Stars are living, spiritual beings in the book. There is a medium with a crystal ball, and she is called a medium. Discipline suppresses individuality. The universe is filled with planets, each one inhabited. The three children, with Calvin added to make three, all have psychic powers. Psychic powers are not only good, but necessary, to fight evil.

The book is told through Meg, the protagonist’s, feelings, a Disney’s standard formula. She is unsure of herself, yet attacks and beats up an older boy to defend her siblings. His mother calls her mother complaining that Meg injured her son. In the end it is Meg’s love for her 5 year old brother that breaks the hypnotic spell and saves him. Her love is a feeling, an emotional outburst, rather than any deeper concept as in the Scriptures.

Like C.S. Lewis’s space trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength, earth is a silent planet being attacked by an evil psychic force. But Meg’s father is held prisoner on another planet in another solar system which is completely controlled by an evil disembodied brain called IT, which hypnotizes and requires complete obedience. In the end, they barely escape with her 5 year old brother Charles Wallace and return home to earth. Evil is left unchallenged, which cries out for a sequel.



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This Is One Crazy Free Book Offer

Some of our readers have taken advantage of the free first book in my The Great Thirst serial archaeological mystery. It has a nice collection of reviews. However, I am working on a promotion for The Great Thirst Boxed Set, the complete seven-part series, and it has not been so blessed with reviews. In hopes of making it more likely to be approved by promo sites, I would like to make a crazy offer. Anyone who would like a free copy of this ebook set, please just post a comment with your email and I will get you a copy in mobi or ePub. Please help me get my books in front of more readers, and I will be so grateful! Here’s the Amazon link so you can check it out!

In case you are shy about posting your email, here’s mine. Please let me know if you prefer ePub or mobi (Kindle) format.

Thank you so much!

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Writer Alert! Here’s your chance to win a free book!

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One of my goals for this year was to revise my writing and publishing advice book, Write for the King of Glory. I’ve learned a few things since the first edition of this book, and you are the ones to benefit if you want to learn how to make your writing distinctively Christian plus get an inside look at one indie writer’s publishing journey from start to finish.

If you didn’t know there was a first edition, here’s what it looked like:

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I’ve learned a few things about publishing (and cover design) since the first edition, and I’d love to share them with you. I’d also like to get more reviews. But most of all I’d like to give away some ebook copies of this book. So just respond to this post with your email or send your request to my email ( I’m happy to send you a copy in whatever format you like!

Here are the links so you can check it out on your favorite site. But remember, you can have one for free! Just ask!





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Review: The Far Corner of the Greenhouse by K.V. Case

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Four out of Five Stars. Highly recommended Romantic Women’s Fiction

If you like romances where opposites attract this is the book for you. What a tapestry of conflict and connection this book is. The ways in which Stone and Abigail turn out to be connected are stunning. It’s like that bedraggled bush in her father’s greenhouse. Layer by layer, as these two people intertwine on the outside, their pasts and inner lives open up like that mysterious plant. Don’t skip over the bush or the chats or the other clues that this book is deep and rich with threads of wonderful, surprising detail. sniff the air and find something extraordinary. This is a sweet incense offering to God.

The book also has sage and sweet and tough advice on how to deal with abuse and all kinds of relationships. It’s a strong metaphor of how in all walks of life humans need to listen to counsel and rely on others. In ourselves we make wrong decisions. When we get isolated we lose hope or lash out.
God is there, however, waiting for us to realize we can’t do any of this alone. Those who want to isolate themselves or control others have to step toward the light or they will never leave the darkness behind.

I received this book in exchange for my unbiased review.



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Good-bye and Hello


Aloha can mean both good-bye and hello in Hawaiian, or so I’m told. So it seems fitting as we try to plan for the new year, to say good-bye to some old friends, and hello to new plans for Findley Family Video Publications.

First, a sad farewell to Smashwords as our upload site for all the “other” ebook sites. When we started indie publishing Smashwords was the only simple way to get our books up on sites like Barnes&Noble (Nook), iTunes, Kobo, and the rest of the non-Amazon sites. It was a blessing to have it, but it was often a struggle to format books just so and please the “meatgrinder.”

When I recently tried to upload a revised version of a book there, I got an automated message saying it was rejected due to “text inside tables.” There weren’t any tables in the book, so I scratched my head over it a few minutes. Then I realized how many times I’d scratched my head over what Smashwords had found wrong with our 72 books and umpteen revisions over the years, and I said, enough.

We chose to go with Draft2Digital from now on. Possibly we will miss one or two different sites that Smashwords distributes to, but we have to make choices, and this seems to be the right choice. Draft2Digital even has a site, Books2Read, where customers can link to all the other ebook sites and choose how to get their books with a single link. That was really the deciding factor, a universal link to compete with, if not match, Amazon’s world links to all their stores.

Draft2Digital formats ebooks and even print layouts, and is a great timesaver. I’ll still remember fondly learning to format the Smashwords way and I know it will help in preparing to upload clean ebooks. So thank you, Smashwords, for the good times and the learning experiences, but it’s time to say Aloha. you may see some stray Smashwords links on older parts of the site. Think of them as tributes to a mostly great relationship. Remember you can always find our current links to books by clicking the colored genre images on the right and left sides of the blog.

Good-bye also to Atlantis Word Processor. It’s a good program, but it doesn’t do some of the things we need, like track changes for editors and, though it still does epub conversions, converting to mobi format for Kindle readers no longer happens since the Windows 10 operating system arrived. Since we need professional editing services, and don’t need conversion (see above, regarding Draft2Digital conversion), it seems like a good time to say Aloha to Atlantis.

Now on to what we want to embrace and welcome. The blog has been extensively updated, with some shiny new images, layouts, and links. Enjoy browsing among the posts and pages. Many book pages have new free snippets from the stories. Get a taste of our writing and our purpose.

We also have begun publishing a newsletter. The first issue went out a few weeks ago and we’ll be trying to keep subscribers informed about our plans, new releases, our progress toward returning to video creation, and, of course, special gifts and other disclosures just for our subscribers. You can find the link to subscribe just under the search box at the top of the left sidebar. Please join us as we try to keep you more informed, and give you a chance to inform us. If there is anything you want to see or receive, an email to will definitely get our attention. We take praise or complaints with grace and want to hear from you.

Now, on to the planned releases for this year. It may be too late for New Year’s Resolutions, but, since Spring Cleaning just happened on the blog, we hope you realize our schedule is not quite normal. These are listed in no particular order of release. Just a plan for now, with hope and prayer.

  1. The Captain’s Blade (Sequel to The Baron’s Ring, and book 2 in the Men of the Realmlands Historical Romance series)
  2. Beware the Bustle (Book 4 in the Alexander Legacy Steampunk series, featuring Fun See as narrator)
  3. As the Sparks Fly Upward (Book 5 in the Benny and the Bank Robber YA Historical Adventure series)
  4. I Just Can’t See It (A contemporary romantic suspense)
  5. Amber and the Preacher (Book 2 in the Marshals of New Mexico series)
  6. His Sign 2: The Ezra Solution (episode 2 in the Paranormal Urban fantasy serial)
  7. The Hawk and the Kite (sequel to YA Historical Adventure Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion)
  8. An expansion of Carrie’s Hired Hand (a Civil War romantic suspense novella) into a novel-length story
  9. Guilty Stains, a Resurrection-themed sequel to Fall On Your Knees (Christmas Romantic Suspense Novella)
  10. Who Cares? (Book Three in the Fifty Shades of Faithful contemporary short story series)
  11. A revision and re-release of The Acolyte’s Education (an allegorical retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.)
  12. Updating Write for the King of Glory (nonfiction advice for Christian indie authors)

Newsletter subscribers are going to get samples of all these books, so if you want to know more, please sign up. There will, of course, be a special bonus to those who do. What is it? That would be telling.







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A Valentine’s Day Link-up to Great Reading!

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A Christmas Eve romance for Valentine’s Day? Really? Well, why not? There’s no bad time to read about Murali Nanda, a spy who comes in from the cold for reference librarian Karin Arthur. They’ve talked to online for years but never met in person. Will this be a blind date to die for when a mysterious hacker tries to steal valuable agency intel? You get all this, plus a visit from Bruno, a very big dog who only wants to help Karin make the right choice about whether to trust that this romance is real.
This Romantic suspense novella is normally 99 cents, but it  is just one of many great ebooks you might get free at our Valentine’s Day blowout. Here are the links for this book for all online retailers, anywhere in the world. Take a look, but don’t click “buy” yet, because I’ll be giving away copies to lucky commenters at the event:
And for a book that’s already always free, here’s the first in my Serial Archaeological Mystery: 
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One lucky winner will receive the complete boxed set with all seven books in the series.
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Now hop on to the blog where it’s all happening and see all the Valentine’s Day specials you can enjoy!
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Yes, We Do Have a Newsletter!


If you look down the left side of our blog you will see a newsletter subscription link. It’s been there awhile, but, finally, we published our first newsletter! Now, if you missed it, because you’re not a subscriber, we hope you’ll sign up for the newsletter and help us build a line of communication you’ll be glad to see coming. We can’t do that without you, though. Please sign up, get our first one, and give us a critique. We have questions. You have answers. We have new releases, free stuff, sales, promos, and more. But we need you to help us do a better job of communicating. If you’re a blog subscriber, thank you! If you’re also a newsletter subscriber, thank you again! Please tell others about us, so we can reach more people and have a greater effect for Christ. Thank You!

(PS: Subscribers will get access to a free book each time we send out a new letter. Join us!)


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