Of this passage in the life of our Lord the account given by St Mark is the more complete. But it may be enriched and its lesson rendered yet more evident from the record of St Matthew.
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...more
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.
I will never finish reading MacDonald...
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...more
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...more
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...more
Some favorites are the following: "The Fear of God," "Life," "Self...more
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...more
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...more