George Macdonald – Starting to Read His Work

September 18, 2013


Today marks the anniversary of the death of George Macdonald.


Although I was familiar with Macdonald’s name through the work of C.S. Lewis before I went to college, it was as a student of David Neuhouser at Taylor University that I was immersed into Macdonald’s work. I was particular captivated by his fantasy stories, and his non-fiction.  I was much less enthralled by his general fiction, which although it explored many rich themes, often veered into Scottish dialects and like other Victorian novels of his day, was abundantly wordy. (There are editions that have been edited into contemporary English by Michael Phillips, but the editing renders them sounding too much like Christian romance novels by Michael Phillips for my tastes!)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with George Macdonald’s work — you should be — so, here is a brief guide to lead you into the thick of his work.

Which books have you read? Which have impacted you most?


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Macdonald’s other important fantasy novel…

Lilith is considered among the darkest of MacDonald’s works, and among the most profound. It is a story concerning the nature of life, death, and salvation. In the story, MacDonald mentions a cosmic sleep that heals tortured souls, preceding the salvation of all. MacDonald was a Christian universalist, believing that all will eventually be saved. However, in this story, divine punishment is not taken lightly, and salvation is hard-won.” (Wikipedia)


One response to George Macdonald – Starting to Read His Work

  1. Dan MacDonald June 24, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Love his work, and that includes the Vic Lit for me. Finest teacher and preacher i have ever known.