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The Hope of the Gospel Paperback – October 23, 2013

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (October 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461064198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461064190
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GEORGE MACDONALD (1824-1905), forerunner of the Inklings--Scottish minister, poet, novelist, and imaginative seer--was one of the most beloved Victorian authors throughout Great Britain and the U.S. in the 19th century. He wrote some 50 volumes of novels, poetry, short stories, fantasy, sermons, and essays. His influential body of work placed him alongside his eras great men of letters and his following was vast. Two decades after his death, his books were pivotal in leading C.S. Lewis to Christianity. He thus became the foundational member of Wheaton's Wade Center Seven. After his death, most of MacDonald's books eventually went out of print as his name drifted from memory. However, he continued to be revered by an impressive gallery of well-known figures, including G.K. Chesterton (who referred to him as one of the three or four greatest men of the 19th century ), W.H. Auden (calling MacDonald one of the most remarkable writers of the 19th century), and Oswald Chambers ( ... how I love that man! ). In spite of such a following, however, MacDonald's reputation gradually declined throughout the 20th century. MacDonald's most notable champion of the last century was C.S. Lewis, whose journey from atheism to Christianity was sparked by George MacDonald's prophetic view of God. Lewis persistently acknowledged his debt to MacDonald, whom he called his master. Lewis wrote: "I dare not say that he is never in error; but ... I know hardly any other writer who seems to be closer ... to the Spirit of Christ Himself.... I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master, indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him." Both in his autobiography and throughout his writing career, Lewis emphasized that George MacDonald was the most significant impetus in his own spiritual pilgrimage. MacDonald's writings can thus be seen as the spiritual soil out of which the faith of C.S. Lewis emerged. MacDonald's novels, fantasies, and fairy tales provide the imaginative foundation for Lewis's later writings, including the Chronicles of Narnia. In spite of his own popularity, however, the spiritual roots of Lewis' s faith remain largely unknown. Lewis's words of 65 years ago are still true today. It has not seemed to me that those who have received my books kindly take ... sufficient notice of the affiliation [with George MacDonald]. Notwithstanding Lewis' s frequent emphasis on the Scotsman's influence in his own life, MacDonald's name in the late 20th century drifted into obscurity and his books became unavailable. A resurgence of interest in the forgotten Victorian began to mount in the 1970s and 1980s, given initial impetus by Wheaton's Wade Center and the work of two Wheaton professors, Dr. Clyde Kilby, founder of the Center, and Dr. Rolland Hein, who released several editions of MacDonald's sermon extracts. MacDonald's name then exploded into public view in the years following, largely from the efforts of MacDonald redactor and biographer Michael Phillips. Building upon the efforts of Kilby, Hein, and others, and inspired by them, Phillips's work resulted in a new generation of readers discovering anew the treasures in MacDonald's stories, and led to a renewed publication of MacDonald's books on an unprecedented scale not seen since his own lifetime. Now more than ever, thousands the world over are discovering why Madeleine L. Engle called George MacDonald the grandfather of all of us who struggle to come to terms with truth through imagination.

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I am glad I had the chance to read it!
Diane DeHappart
His non-fiction writing style is often convoluted (as in this work) but beautiful and his thoughts are always worth the effort it takes to read them.
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Well worth the read for any believer in Christ who wants to grow in faith.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2012
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Absolutely incredible book. Well worth the read for any believer in Christ who wants to grow in faith. I have to say that George MacDonald was a man way ahead of his time in regards to the topic at hand. I love how he brings the reader back to a true faith, what the gospel is really about, and disregards the idea of "list of rules" and "the bible says" mentality. Faith is about following Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead mind, body, and soul. Great Read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WritingRighter on July 18, 2013
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I have always loved George MacDonald's writing. I've read 20 or so of his fiction books, but never one that was a study of the Bible. His thinking inspired me, and encouraged ideas I had come to myself after much reading/contemplating, but then he took my mind and heart farther and deeper. I found myself wishing that I could sit down with him and have a chat over a cup of Earl Grey. I have already given this book as a gift to my brother who loves Bible commentary and he also agreed that this was a jewel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane DeHappart on August 30, 2013
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I was anxious to read this when I heard that this author inspired C.S. Lewis, who I have a very high opinion of. I am glad I had the chance to read it!
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Excellent perspective with regard to the Christian faith. I have a much better understanding of the meaning of the bible as a result of reading this book. Should read in bits. Thoughtful and provocative explanation of Christian principles and concepts, often poorly explained and interpreted elsewhere because of poor language (Greek, Aramaic) interpretations.
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By cilrogers on January 26, 2014
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I have read many of MacDonald's novels and enjoyed each one. This is different because it deals directly with the Gospel. I am not in agreement with all his theology, but he brings out portions of Scripture in a way that I have not considered. He inspired CS Lewis, and in some ways is ahead of his time. Not easy reading, takes time and thought, but all in all interesting.
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i WISH ALL aMAZON TRANS ACTIONS WERE AS GOOD god bLESS YOU AND MAY god bLESS aMERICA!! GOD LOVES YOU
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