The second book in the Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle is called A Wind in the Door. We learn more about Mr. Jenkins the school principal in this book. A nerdy and annoying man, Meg has no patience for him, and it appears he has no patience for her either. But as fate would have it, (or is it more than fate?) they end up saving the world together. In this story Meg, Calvin, Progo (a cheribum) and Mr. Jenkins find themselves quite literally inside of Charles Wallace.
The lessons I learned from this book are probably more numerous than in any of the others. For instance, Meg learns her own Pride and Prejudice story with Mr. Jenkins. Another reoccurring theme is that size doesn’t matter. They are fighting to encourage the tiniest of organisms in Charles Wallace to “deepen” and to take root rather than becoming irresponsible and just fulfilling their selfish desires. She often speaks of stars and farandolea as having the same amount of importance.
I’ll never forget the day, as a young woman and years after reading this book, when I heard the word mitochondria on the news. I thought Madeleine had made all those words up. As an adult, I found out that in her search for God, Madeleine began to study new science discoveries…it’s interesting, but studying current science findings led her closer to God not farther from Him.