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George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Though no longer well known, his works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) have inspired admiration in such notables as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle. For instance, Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later," said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence." Elizabeth Yates wrote of Sir Gibbie, "It moved me the way books did when, as a child, the great gates of literature began to open and first encounters with noble thoughts and utterances were unspeakably thrilling." Even Mark Twain, who initially disliked MacDonald, became friends with him, and there is some evidence that Twain was influenced by MacDonald. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Remove the yoke of Religion Sept. 22 2007
By Alan R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are seeking the true Christ, read these sermons. MacDonald wrote as one filled with the Spirit; with the motive/desire to remove the yoke of man's made religion while pointing to the truth of the risen Lord. My life has been changed, in part due to MacDonald's obedience to write the truth in the Spirit.

His writing style is deep and thoughtful, and always well worth reading and re-reading until the truth of what he is saying sinks in. I would also highly recommend his fictional works-especially those written for children. He was the original JRR Tolkien (Tolkien and CS Lewis were both greatly influenced by him both in style and faith), so if you enjoyed the Lord of the Rings, you will find more to enjoy in MacDonald's fiction.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Much to be gained here, but exercise discernment as always March 8 2010
By Paul Dulaney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
MacDonald is one of the few writers that I return to again and again. At his best he is nothing short of brilliant and inspiring. If in the course of a two-week period you were to read John Owen on the Mortification of Sin (the first 86 pages of Vol VI of his Works) together with MacDonald's "Self-Denial" (in Series Two of these Unspoken Sermons), I daresay you would be thinking about your Christian walk in a whole new way. Whereas Owen will warn you against "self-maceration" (p. 82) and "sundry self-vexations" (p. 17), MacDonald will give you the key to understanding the difference between godly mortification of sin and unbiblical asceticism. And the key is this: not to torment the body or to deny it pleasures - which God intends for us to receive with all gratitude - but rather to deny the self entirely as a motive to action! Receive from God blessings with joy; receive also pains and trials cheerfully. Don't worry your head about finding ways to discipline your flesh, except insofar as to resist sin. (Your own synthesis of these two great teachers will probably vary a bit from mine, but I do think you will agree that they are wonderfully complementary.)

A word of caution is in order with respect to MacDonald. He is passionate and has a palpable love for the Lord, but like his pupil, C. S. Lewis, he is prone to make assertions which (to me, at least) do not appear to be exegetical. That is, he will sometimes make statements - glorious, soul-raising assertions - which are not clearly derived from Scripture, or which seem to go beyond what the text itself says. For example, I love what MacDonald says about the White Stone of Revelation, and the secret name that God has for each believer. I hope that it is true, but MacDonald seems to know more about it than one could possibly know apart from special revelation.

My final word of advice is this: purchase and read Lewis's anthology of MacDonald first. If you find yourself yearning for more, then get a hold of the Unspoken Sermons. Reviewer DHB cautions that this particular one-volume edition was produced from a scanner in conjunction with optical character recognition (OCR) software, and the output was not carefully edited, with the result that there are numerous typographical errors. My copy, produced by J. Joseph Flynn Rare Books in association with Sunrise Books, was published in Eureka, California in 1989. It is a photographic facsimile of the original 1889 edition in three paperback volumes. The font is quaintly old-fashioned, but large and legible.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Unspoken Sermons Feb. 23 2008
By Kristopher K. West - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read hundreds of books dealing with every aspect of Christianity, religion, theology and philosophy. I also have a degree in theology. In my opinion this book has had more impact on my life then the sum of the others I have read combined! C.S. Lewis considered MacDonald his master and I never understood why until I read this collection. It is the best, most impacting book I have ever read. It can be a hard read at times but don't let that stop you because it's well worth it! I never write reviews on anything; I have been impacted so strongly by this book I had to let everyone know how great it is and is a must read for anyone! If you are a seeker of truth and are ready for real answers in your life than this is the book for you. This is by far the best collection I have ever read. It changed my life and would wager any amount of money you will find a similar response. Don't even think about it; Just get it!!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Poorly Printed May 26 2010
By Stephan Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This has nothing to do with the quality of the Unspoken Sermons, which anyone can freely read (e.g. Project Gutenberg) or listen to (Librivox) since they are in the public domain: the publisher saved paper costs by printing the book in footnote sized characters and narrow margins. I did not notice this when I looked at the excerpt on Amazon, but when I began to read the printed book I noticed that I had to turn my head to read each line. I now wish I would have just paid to print the Sermons myself in two columns per page.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5 Stars for Content,2 or less for Edition Dec 5 2009
By DHB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The others reviewers are right, George McDonald's understanding of the true Christian life is unmatched by anybody else I have read or heard. It is much greater than mine and I have learned and am still learning a lot from him. If this is the only edition you can find, buy it by all means! But look for another one. Avoid the "digital" press editions (like this one) which result from the printing of poorly edited OCR scans on poor paper and generally in poorly readable characters and format. This edition is superior to most such, but if you can buy another edition.


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