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Knowing the Heart of God: Where Obedience Is the One Path to Drawing Intuitively Close to Our Father [Paperback]

By George MacDonald (Author) & Michael Phillips (Editor)
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To MacDonald, all of life's truth can be discovered in an extremely simple two-step process: realizing who God is and obeying Him. The author offers a path of discovery to knowing the Father intimately, a path whose only door is obedience.

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The words and wisdom of George MacDonald, one of the nineteenth-century's greatest thinkers, are now available in modern paperback editions. Discovering the Character of God and Knowing the Heart of God have been carefully put together by editor Michael Phillips. Combining thematically relevant portions of poetry, sermons, and fiction, each title will help lead serious readers into deeper regions of faith in God.

Knowing the Heart of God presents MacDonald's philosophy for discovering life's great truths. He insisted this could be done in a simple two-step process by first realizing who God is, and then obeying him. MacDonald trumpets obedience as the door in knowing God intimately. A challenging work, Knowing the Heart of God ultimately brings readers to the very feet of a loving father who wants to be known by his faithful.

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Studio: Bethany House
Pages   358
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.34" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
ISBN  0764223127  
ISBN13  9780764223129  

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More About George MacDonald & Michael Phillips

George MacDonald George Macdonald was born at Huntly, in the western part of Aberdeenshire on 10 December, 1824, the son of George Macdonald, farmer, and Helen MacKay. He was educated in country schools where Gaelic myths and Old Testament stories abounded. He then went on to Aberdeen University in the early 1840's obtaining awards in Moral Philosophy and Sciences. Next he studied for the Congregationalist ministry at Highbury College, London.

In 1850 he was made pastor at Arundel, West Sussex, England. MacDonald resigned however after three years of not living up to the congregational authorities’ expectations for more dogmatic sermons and being accused of heresy. Rejecting his Calvinist upbringing and doctrine of predestination, he came to believe in the divine presence but not divine providence and felt that everyone was capable of redemption.

George MacDonald married Louisa Powell in 1851 and they had six sons and five daughters together. One of their sons, Greville Macdonald would later become a writer himself and author a biography of his father. After a stay in Algiers to gain his health back MacDonald returned to England to tutor and write to provide for his ever-growing family and preach freelance when time permitted. Despite his successful career as a published writer he was continually forced to rely on the charity of his friends. Lady Byron was one such patron who assisted him until her death in 1860 as well as John Ruskin. MacDonald was mentor to C.S. Lewis; formed a strong friendship with Mark Twain after a tumultuous start and G. K. Chesterton, Henry Longfellow, and Walt Whitman were also counted among his friends. Some of his early poetry was Within and Without (1855) and Poems (1857), however his first real successes came with his Scottish country life stories such as David Elginbrod (1862), Alec Forbes (1865) and Robert Falconer (1868).

The 1870s brought an invitation for MacDonald to tour and lecture in America. He was well-received by huge audiences and by writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson. A well-paid ministerial position was offered him but he chose to return to England. In 1877 he was pensioned at the request of Queen Victoria. The ill health that had plagued MacDonald the greater part of his life forced him to seek the warmer climates of Europe. One of his daughters was taken to Italy for a cure in 1877 though she ended up dying. However Macdonald found the climate of such benefit to his own maladies that he spent most of the years from 1881 to 1902 in Bordighera, Italy, "Heaven of the English" in his house "Casa Coraggio." His wife was the organist of the Catholic church there and they often held concerts and amateur plays in their home socializing and having a merry time. Titles published around this time were Sir Gibbie (1879), Donal Grant (1883), and the moral allegories Lilith (1895) and Robert Falconer (1868) show MacDonald's early distaste for the limiting Calvinist God's electing to love some and denying it to others.

Louisa Powell died one year after her and George's golden wedding anniversary, in 1902. George Macdonald, after a long illness, died at Ashstead, Surrey, England on 18 September, 1905. His remains were cremated and they were taken to his beloved Bordighera for interment alongside his wife. A memorial to George MacDonald has been erected in the Drumblade Churchyard, Aberdeenshire.

In his George MacDonald: An Anthology (1947) C. S. Lewis states that while reading a copy of MacDonald's Phantastes (1858) "a few hours later," through inspiration of the gentle Christian's words "I knew I had crossed a great frontier.".... "I know hardly any other writer who seems closer, or more continually close, to the Spirit of Christ himself." W.H. Auden and J. R. R. Tolkien also admired his efforts. Phantastes was to become a definitive work of MacDonald's career. Through his writing, peppered with the Doric Dialect, he asserted that there was a God and art and the expression of creativity of spirit brought one closer to Him. Other successful titles were At the Back of the North Wind (1871), The Princess and the Goblin (published sometime in the 1880s) and it's sequel The Princess and Curdie (1883). The Diary of an Old Soul first published posthumously in 1965 strikes a deeper note of thoughtfulness where MacDonald offers a prayer for each day of the year.

George MacDonald was born in 1824 and died in 1905.

George MacDonald has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Classics for Young Readers
  2. Gospel in Great Writers
  3. Sunburst Book

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A Broad introduction God  Jan 11, 2007
Stories, poems, commentary - all provide an introduction to the God of the universe who is much bigger and more unfathomable that most religeous organizations would have you know. Opinions, theology and descriptions fall far short of a life lived in pursuit and obedience to this God. He has and still is bigger than anything our minds can envelope.
Insipiration for C.S. Lewis  Jul 3, 2006
I am a huge fan of C. S. Lewis. He has written of the affect George MacDonald had in his life. Since this book is a compliation of sermons, poems, and fiction, I thought I'd might get an sampling.

I see now why Lewis mentioned MacDonald so often in his own writings. MacDonald writes from a bone-deep spirituality, of heart and mind. His common sense, everyday relationship with God is there for all to see as he writes about the difficulty of obedience. At the same time, his reverence, reliance, and awe come through as he describes the desire to draw ever closer to "Our Father."

Although MacDonald died in 1905, his insight and encouragement to others is just a relevant today as it ever was. I highly recommend the book to christians, seekers, or anyone interested in hearing from man who knows who he is, what he wants, and is ready to do whatever it takes achieve it.

Obedience the path to knowing God  Aug 15, 2005
I have purchased many of this title for gifts and always have a copy on hand for myself. It would be impossible to overestimate the contributions of George MacDonald to the Christian understanding generally and to the understanding of Who God is and how to know Him specifically.
One pervading theme in all of MacDonald's works, both fiction and non-fiction, is his belief that simple obedience is the one and only path to truly knowing God and growing in spiritual understanding. It is not about what you know; it is about what you do! And the doing, beginning with the most simple thing you KNOW to do, is the beginning of knowing God. Without that first step of obedience, you will never know Him, though you might fill your head with all kinds of lofty theology.
The only complaint I have with this book (if you can call it a complaint) is the way Phillips inserted poems and excerpts from MacDonald's novels at random before and at the end of each chapter. Having read most of MacDonald's novels, even I had to struggle to place the short excerpts in their context. A reader who has not read any of his novels might find this confusing. The excerpts are best left in their original context, that is, in the novel itself.
Yet, I will not fault Phillips for his efforts in putting this together because he has done a tremendous service, in my opinion, in editing many of MacDonald's books for modern readers, who otherwise might find them daunting.
If you enjoy MacDonald, make sure to pick up "George MacDonald "Victorian Mythmaker" by Rolland Hein and read about the man himself. Also, MacDonald's "Unspoken Sermons" ...

Quite bold and presumptuous   Oct 24, 2003
What makes George thinks he knows the heart of God??? George, MacDonald's "Knowing the Heart of God" assumes whom ever picks up this book is a Christian or is even incline to believe in (the Christian) god in the first place. I don't feel the writer did a very good job of taking into account the fact that in theism there are many concepts of God not to mention those who recognize more than one god. Knowing the Heart of God did not explain why George MacDonald is any more qualified than the next Christian to "know" the heart of God. Its interesting to note that if faith is all it takes then ALL religions are equally justified as Dan Barker so rightfully pointed out in his book "Losing Faith in Faith, if faith. Woefully lacking in any critical analysis and mostly based the appeal to faith Knowing the Heart of God is the stuff of good reading for the Courier.
Where to get UNEDITED George MacDonald Books  Sep 12, 2003
This is for anyone (jacko97 especially) who likes to read the original author. I'm glad other's liked these edited books. The more that like GM the better. The original works can be found at: for hardback. Unabridged audio



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