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The Life of Our Lord: Written for His Children During the Years 1846 to 1849

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,831 ratings  ·  385 reviews
In this charming, simple retelling of the life of Jesus Christ, adapted from the Gospel of St. Luke, Dickens hoped to teach his young children about religion and faith. Author: Charles DickensFormat: 128 pages, HardcoverPublisher: Simon Schuster (November 9, 1999) ISBN: 978-0684865379
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Published November 9th 1999 by Simon Schuster (first published 1934)
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Apr 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Originally written for the private edification of his children (the children that he later abandoned when he separated from his wife to live out his days with a mistress), this retelling of the Gospels is a victorian nightmare theologically. Dickens removes Christ's miracles and all messages about sin and repentance, altering the Lord's mission on earth to comforting the downtrodden--making them feel good and helping them to greater prosperity. This little book ends up being less a representatio ...more
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, young-adult
I've heard that critics hated this book, and I'm not at all surprised. This book should not be stacked up against Dickens' other works of art. It was clearly never meant to be a great literary masterpiece, and you can't expect many critics to get that. This is simply a father explaining the life of Christ to his children, in his own words, using his own interpretations.

That is precisely why I loved it so much. The scriptures can be daunting to wade through, but this book puts the New Testament i
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
This book is simply a letter of a father's belief written to his children! Favorite part
"That there might be some good men to go about with Him, teaching people, Jesus Christ chose twelve poor men to be His companions. These twelve are called Apostles or Disciples, and He chose them from among poor men, in order that the poor might know--always after that, in all years to come--that Heaven was made for them as well as for the rich, and the God makes no difference between those who wear good clot
Garrett Cash
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
As others have pointed out, this was never meant to be published nor considered a literary work. Nevertheless it is fascinating for showing the almost completely overlooked Christian faith of Dickens. Also of interest is Dickens simplifying the ideas of Jesus for his children, which show Dickens's thorough understanding of the teaching of Christ. The Life of Our Lord is a "gospel harmony," a telling of the gospels story by putting together all of the details in the four gospels. According to the ...more
I can certainly see why Dickens never wanted this work published. It is not awful. But it is definitely a summary of the life of Christ written to be at not only a child's level (thus some childlike summaries and much simplified explanations and assertions), but to his OWN children's level. There are occasional parts where Dickens is trying to teach his children good principles and actions based on the Savior's life.

He NEVER meant this to be read by others. I wouldn't have wanted such a work to
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Charles Dickens wrote this for children, and I think I loved the sentiment just as much if not more than the content: "My dear children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him. No one ever lived, who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in anyway ill or miserable, as he was. And as he is now in Heaven, where we hope to go, and all meet each other after we are dead, an ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed with this book for many reasons. First, it does not feel like a Dickens book. I know, he wrote it for a young audience, but his voice was missing. The only place I could really find it was when he told his children he would take them to a zoo to see a camel if they wished. I loved the complexity of the plot and characters in his novels, all of that was missing, and this book is nothing more than a glossed, overly simplified chronology of Christ's life. Perhaps most distur ...more
Jane Potter
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
this is a easy read that's a great introduction to the life of Christ. I read some of it out loud to my husband.

I enjoyed the morals that Dickens shares about what we can learn from the miracles of Christ. I think this is a great book to introduce kids to the life of Christ.

However, I would use this as a starting point and would continue in more reading about Christ in the scriptures and more scholarly texts like Jesus the Christ by James E Talmage. Overall, an enjoyable read, great during the
Beautiful retelling of the life of Christ. Just beautiful. This will be a yearly-- maybe even monthly read for me.
Lisa Brown
A sweet retelling of the New Testament that Charles Dickens wrote for his children. He tells the story of Christ, starting from his birth, on to his life and teachings, and ends with his death and resurrection. It is a perfect book to read to children, as that was what it was written for - simplified, but still quotes the beautiful language of the bible. Very quick read as well, and I think it would be great to read at Christmas or Easter.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, book-club
I liked that this was a quick review of Jesus's life, and imagining Dickens reading it to his children every Christmas made it much better.
Feb 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-religious
Very interesting to read this expression of belief given the context of Dickens upbringing, education and life in Anglican, Victorian England. Dickens, from what I can ascertain never professed religious belief himself. He was a harsh critic of the social injustice of his day, often inflicted by professed religionists. He did, however often voice tender faith thru some of the most worthy characters in his masterpieces. It is revealing that he wanted the world to see that he desired his children ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shaun and I read this out loud together to help us celebrate Christmas. It was beautifully simple and wonderfully focused. I think it will become an annual Christmastime tradition for us.

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Reread 2016 - Luke really loved this book as we read it this year. He asked for it at bedtime and even brought it to me during the day. It is a great way to feel the Christmas spirit.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. I found it at a library book sale about thirty years ago, when I was still in college. I kept it for many years. Then, I donated it so someone else could discover Charles Dickens and/or Jesus Christ.
Jan 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
The tone of this book is just like a father speaking to his children, tucking them in with a bedtime story. It is a touching and personal retelling of the story of the Savior's life, with Dickens' testimony interwoven. We like to read this with the kids at Christmas time.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Dickens’ tribute to the Savior, as told to his ten children over the years. It was a quick, but beautiful story of Jesus’s life, from His birth, through His resurrection, throwing in parables and miracles He did among the people in Israel. Little gems are thrown in of Dickens teaching his children what certain events teach us about being true Christians in the way we live. Very inspiring in its simplicity and beauty.
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Charles Dickens wanted his children to understand who Jesus was, so he wrote, almost as letters, his take on the life of Christ. It isn't perfect, and theologians might wish to alter it to be more scripturally sound, but I still enjoyed and appreciated his effort. The copy I stumbled on has beautiful lettering, copies of Dicken's own handwriting, and colorful flowers to gussy it up a bit. It also explains that the family didn't want it published early on, but later descendants deemed it worthwhi ...more
Joseph R.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord for his family, so that his children would have a simple and straightforward way to learn about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. He never published it in his life time and bequeathed the manuscript to his son on condition that he not publish it. His son respected his father's wishes but did not lay such a restriction on his own son who published the book in 1933.

The book follows the gospel accounts, retelling the many events and teachings in Jesu
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually had no idea that Dickens wrote so so many books, nor that he was such a kind man. I understood that some of his more famous novels were written, in part, as scathing rebukes on the social structures that allowed poverty and child employment to develop in London. I did not know how deeply and personally he held to those values that condemned these circumstances. He was a pretty humble guy, if this text can be believed. I love that he wrote this for his children, that he refused to have ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book. One review I read said this is no literary masterpiece, but it wasn't supposed to be. I feel the same way. A succinct summary of the Life of Jesus Christ. Even as I write this review, I have a sense of difficulty to write anything about Jesus Christ without seeming incomplete. I like how he chooses what to share to illustrate to his children who good Christian people are. Many books are written on the life of our Savior that have impacted me more, but given this was written to his chi ...more
Sarah Eagle
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This isn't a book I thought I would ever see because I've never heard of it before, but I came across it and thought I'd give it a shot.
It was charming to think that Dickens was reading this to me, as there are spots where it's clear he's adding personal inflections and addendums for the sake of his children, rather than straight from the Bible. I always respected the man for reflecting what I believe to be true Christian values, so I saw the book as endearing, even if I'm no longer "God-fearing
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have always wanted to read this, my favorite author impressed me again. I was touched by his desire to share his testimony with his family. Such a beautiful testimony of Christ.
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Re-reading this again to my girls for Christmas. Every year I love it more.
Clare Bird
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I read this during the Christmas season, to remember the true meaning- Christ and all he went through for us.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious, classics
This was a sweet and short read. I loved reading Dickens' perspective on the life of Christ.
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love reading this with my children. Such a sweet reminder to share my testimony of our Savior with my own children.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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Dickens wrote this in-his-own-words account of the life of Christ with the sole intent of engendering faith and goodness in his posterity. He gave strict instructions that it never be published, it was a closely guarded family secret for almost 100 years. I'm grateful that an allowance was given in his last living child's will, and after that child's death, by popular vote his posterity decided in 1934 to share it with the world. It is a pure and lovely read, something I might decide to purchase ...more
Paul Black
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't decide whether to review this as a religious book or as a life-help book. As a religious book, it is not superb. It is completely silent on Christ's atonement and how we can be forgiven of sins. It says, "His father's name was Joseph ...", but quotes the guards at his crucifixion: "Surely this was the Son of God!" However, as a book to help one through life, it easily rates four or five stars. Dickens tells the story of the life of the Savior, as given in the scriptures. He emphasizes ho ...more
Andy Dollahite
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Don’t confuse Dickens for Spurgeon or Calvin. His best qualities as a writer aren’t really found here either. There are many theological blunders and gaffes in this short work. His summary of the gospel and Christ’s life has significant holes (Jesus’ divinity, sin, repentance), or at least questionable distortions. Jesus is more great example and teacher than very Son of God. Further, one can’t help recognizing that regardless of the many noble characteristics of Jesus he highlights and commends ...more
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Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

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