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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 26th 2012 by Start Publishing LLC (first published 1866)
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Glen Grunau
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
George MacDonald is a fascinating writer whose works cover a wide range from imaginative fantasy stories to deep reflections on the Christian gospel. This series of sermons is the latter and are beneficial for any Christian to work through. MacDonald's unspoken sermons cover a wide range of topics from the nature of judgment and punishment to the Trinity to our reward from God. I assume MacDonald was a controversial writer in his day, he certainly would be today for he takes pleasure in poking a ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Hard, heavy reading. But worth it. Lots of gems in here.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sermons, digital
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
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kevin Finelli
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 commitment to obedience. MacDonald spends several chapters discussing, in his very dense and logical sty ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not completely finished just yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll re-reading this book for the rest of my life, so I'll go ahead and mark it as done.
George MacDonald is my personal hero and these sermons blow my mind with their beauty and wisdom every time. His incredible love for Jesus shines through every word, and his unique perspective had transformed my faith. I can't recommend these highly enough.
If I ever get married I'd like my spouse to at least appreciate MacDonald's approach. The language i
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
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness. This far exceeded any expectations I could have had of the book.

I'd tried to read this book several times. His manner of writing is a bit round about and he often starts with some odd and seemingly unimportant detail of the text. For example, in the very first sermon, he makes the claim that the child that Jesus held in his lap was Peter's. I remember thinking... huh? How could we possibly know this and why would it possibly matter? I felt this way about many of the sermons. But
Priscilla Ferrara
Beware of the universalism. Other than that, it is a beautiful collection of sermons filled with profound insights.
This is a book I keep going back to. Often dense and difficult to understand - MacDonald's writing style leaves something to be desired - it's full of gems and wisdom and spiritual insight. MacDonald verges on being a universalist (that is, the doctrine that everyone will eventually be saved, not just those who have their faith in Christ here) and he argues a good case for it without even completely coming out and saying that's what he is. It was plainly something he struggled with throughout hi ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partly-read
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
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a slow read because of the depth of its topic. An incredibly dense look at Christianity, which in many ways is more expansive in its view of God than modern evangelical Christianity. Who am I kidding? MacDonald's God is one of mercy, compassion and welcome, unlike much of what we see spouted as Christianity on the tv and radio today. A profound look into our relationship with the Father and His Son and what all that can entail. I finished it encouraged and challenged.
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Randy Baxter
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-shelf
This is the best book I have read this year. MacDonald had a wonderful view of God.
Douglas Wilson
Poor. Excellent.
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life changing, in the best possible way.
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a rare book that will change your life completely if you are in a right place to receive it.
James Prothero
Paul West
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just discovered this book!! Very eye opening. The Shack is how I found out about this book!!
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best, most challenging and moving Christian books I have ever read.
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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 G.K. Chesterton, W. H. Auden, J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle. Lewis that wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I
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