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Charles Dickens

This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

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As tomorrow is the birthday of Charles Dickens, we focus here on the best of his works. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.


We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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By J. Richard Middleton

Read Byron Borger’s review of this book

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Gary Colledge - God and Charles DickensProbing the Faith of Dickens.

God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author

Gary Colledge

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2012.
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Reviewed by Gina Dalfonzo.

During an online discussion of A Tale of Two Cities, my favorite novel, I was startled to find many of the other participants taking it for granted that the book’s author, Charles Dickens, was not a man of faith.

The truth is, I’ve often seen that assumption made before, so it shouldn’t have been such a surprise. And yet it always is, every time I come across it. It’s very hard to understand this belief, when a careful study of both Dickens’s works and his life reveal what Dr. Gary L. Colledge, an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute and Walsh University, calls “a thoroughgoing Christian worldview.”

This is precisely why Colledge’s work has been among the most valuable contributions to Dickens scholarship in recent years. His new book, God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author, focuses on a crucial aspect of Dickens’s life and work that has been sadly neglected of late. Without an awareness of this aspect, Colledge rightly believes, we are hampered in our understanding of  Dickens’s work.

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