Unspoken Sermons: Series I, II, and III Paperback – Jun 22 2008
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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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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.
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.
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