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Unspoken Sermons Series I, II, and III

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MacDonald rejected the doctrine of penal Substitutionary atonement as put forward by John Calvin which argues that Christ has taken the place of sinners and is punished by God in their place, believing that in turn it raised serious questions about the character and nature of God. Instead, he taught that Christ had come to save people from their sins, and not from a Divine ...more
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Published November 1st 2012 by Start Publishing LLC (first published 1866)
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Glen Grunau
I cannot possibly do justice in just a few words to describe how these three volumes have impacted me! For the past 30 years of my life, I have developed a keen fondness for the stories of George MacDonald . . . and have fallen in love with this man who seemed to know the heart of God in such an intimate manner. Since purchasing the complete works of George MacDonald for my Kindle, I have been rediscovering my love for his stories . . . yet also drawn more than ever before by his theology . . . ...more
I am a pastor's daughter, so I have heard my share of sermons. This collection of sermons was truly life-changing for me. Like no one else (other than perhaps Dallas Willard), MacDonald is able to present God in a way that corresponds with reality. His teaching is dense, but full of nourishment. My life truly took on a better quality because of the guidance in this book, becoming a life more in step with our Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Some favorites are the following: "The Fear of God," "Life," "Self
Justin Wiggins
George Macdonald's theology I absolutely admire, even though I disagree with his Universalism. His Unspoken Sermons were challenging and very powerful. C.S.Lewis spoke very highly of this work, and I certainly see why. George Macdonald rejects cold intellectualism and the theology which portrays God as no better than a Moloch of a tyrant, and instead trust in the great beautiful God, Jesus Christ himself and no theories about the "atonement." This book has changed my life, as all of his other on ...more
David Gregg
Without qualification, this is the best work of theological and devotional literature I have ever read. I find it wholly Christian and Spiritual in the best and truest senses of those terms. Whenever I want encouragement, chastisement, spiritual food, or something theologically and antiphilosophically substantial -- I cannot recall ever failing to find all this here on each occasion. I waiver just a moment to speak so highly of any book. But, God help me, this has been the truth of my experience ...more
Hard, heavy reading. But worth it. Lots of gems in here.
These sermons are the deepest writing I have ever read, and probably my favorite book. My wife and I were reading one out loud on a day off in a public park, and we both burst into tears and prayers and had to close the book. "Life" is my favorite sermon, but they are all powerful. I have not read them all, but I have read many of them 2 or 3 times in the past few years.

I qualify this 5-star review by saying that I find MacDonald weird for the open-ended way that he discusses the afterlife—a fau
I've been reading this for ages, and for good reason. I get through a few pages at a time, stumbling backwards afterward with hunger, tears, and remembrance of simpler, more trusting times within my heart. George MacDonald was C.S. Lewis' most profound spiritual mentor, and if you in any way enjoy Lewis' work, I must recommend this book to you.
It's hefty, meaty, and worth the time it takes to spend with it. MacDonald's reflections upon the Presence and love of God, Christ, Man as and for what Go
Chris Salzman
Only read the first series in here, but I plan on re-reading at some point. Three stars because of how difficult his prose is to read. The theology though is excellent. Even if you disagree with his Universalism, he presents a better case than any other writer on the subject I've run across.

Also, if you're a C.S. Lewis lover, you should really read MacDonald. Lewis cribs heavily from him, although he comes up with slightly different conclusions.
Brad Holaway
These sermons hold the theological keys to unlock all of MacDonalds fantasies, novels, and childrens stories. The only trouble is that the language takes a bit of getting used to. But once I became familar with MacDonalds style, my life has never been the same. I am helplessly addicted. I have read a number of these sermons over a dozen times.

I will never finish reading MacDonald...
Perhaps it is just as well that these are Unspoken Sermons because I doubt that anyone would have the attention span to follow one in a church setting. That being said, MacDonald's theology is wonderfully liberating from the tyranny of dogma and his work always shines forth the love of God pre-eminently.
As he tackles each thought, he looks at it from every facet like a gem cutter with a precious stone and always, Christ shines through. This is not a quick or easy read so I find it best to set it
Kevin Finelli
This review is based on the public domain audio recording by David Baldwin, available at

MacDonald's Unspoken Sermons builds a picture of a simple, childlike faith revolving directly around the gospels. He eschews the common penal substitution model, and many have written that he here favors the Christus Victor theology. Though there are elements of this, his main message seems to be to tear down any presumptuous theology or opinions in favor of this simple childlike faith, and a co
A Classic by George MacDonald. If you've never read any of his non-fiction, this is the one to pick up.

He ends every chapter with a prayer. The most beautiful I found was this:
"O Father, thou art All-in-all, perfect beyond the longing of thy children, and we are altogether thine. Thou wilt make us pure and loving and free. We shall stand fearless in thy presence, becasue perfect in thy love. Then shall thy children be of good cheer, infinite in the love of each other, and thy eternal love. Lord
Paul West
Just discovered this book!! Very eye opening. The Shack is how I found out about this book!!
Since so many unpleasant things have been done over the centuries to the Bible this book by George MacDonald has become almost essential if we are to draw close to the Bible's heart and the everlasting life - everlasting because it deserves to be everlasting, everlasting in quality as much as duration - that calls each one of us.
Chris Iacovetti
My all-time favorite book, maybe. "The Consuming Fire," "The Eloi," and "Justice" were my three personal favorites.
This is a rare book that will change your life completely if you are in a right place to receive it.
- Heed not thy feelings; do thy work.

- What a man believes is the thing he does.
The only way that Christianity makes any sense whatsoever :)

A beautiful man, a beautiful vision
Randy Baxter
This is the best book I have read this year. MacDonald had a wonderful view of God.
Took me a long time to read, but absolutely wonderful, and very profound.
Jordan Martin
I've read only one book more than once. This will be the second book.
Life changing, in the best possible way.
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George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.

Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, George MacDonald inspired many authors, such as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle. It was C.S. Lewis that wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I be
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