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Your Life in Christ [Paperback]

By George MacDonald (Author) & Michael R. Phillips (Author)
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After decades of being overlooked, MacDonald's powerful nonfiction writings are becoming available to readers hungry to go deeper into their Christian walk. This volume explores topics that comprise the heart of Christian theology, including "The Creation in Christ," "Life," "Self-Denial," "Freedom," and more.

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After decades of being overlooked, George MacDonald's powerful nonfiction writings are becoming available to readers hungry to go deeper into their Christian walk. This volume explores topics that comprise the heart of Christian theology, including "The Creation in Christ," "Life," "Self-Denial," "Freedom," and more. In this book drawn from MacDonald's sermons and published essays, Michael Phillips makes MacDonald's wisdom and insights accessible to today's readers.

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Studio: Bethany House
Pages   261
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0764200828  
ISBN13  9780764200823  

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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. Everyman's Library Children's Classics
  3. Focus on the Family Radio Theatre
  4. Penguin Classics
  5. Sunburst Book

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Reading George MacDonald is like launching out into the ocean depths  Jan 25, 2007
Reading George MacDonald is like launching out into the ocean depths. His words convey profound and original thought on subjects that are fundamental to the Christian life.

This collection of sermons, taken from his Unspoken Sermons series, covers everything from the life that is in Christ to self-denial, freedom, our relationship to God as children and more. The ideas expressed are foundational to MacDonald's emphasis on obedience and sonship (or childship), making it a valuable introduction to his work.

He shows so clearly what it means to follow Christ that I wondered how I could be so blind. That is often the impact of those like MacDonald, who know what they are talking about.

Phillips does an outstanding job of summarizing the history of MacDonald's literary career. Until recently he was largely forgotten and most of his works were out of print. His introduction is the best commentary of the rise and fall of MacDonald's popularity that I have read. This is one book worth having just for the introduction.

Phillips also does an excellent job of making MacDonald's thought, which can be complex at times, easier to understand. The sermons are slightly edited for clarity. Phillips follows each sermon with a chapter where he shares his own insights gleaned from the writing. It gives you another chance to more fully digest the topic.

One of the delights is seeing MacDonald challenge an accepted interpretation of a verse. He goes beyond the English words to the best texts available to get at the intent of the original. He provides convincing evidence to conclusions that are more reasonable than controversial.

This book contains a wealth of spiritual insight that is worth discovering.
An introduction to George MacDonald's theology  Dec 20, 2005
Michael Phillips has long been a student of the writings of the 19th century Scottish preacher and novelist George MacDonald. His goal is to bring MacDonald's thoughts to contemporary American readers in Your Life in Christ, a collection of MacDonald's sermons that have been edited by Phillips with commentary provided. The content of the sermons is rich, in that the portions of sermons selected by Phillips adequately convey the essence of MacDonald's theology.

These particular sermons present MacDonald's perspective on such topics as creation, the incarnation, redemption, eternity, and self-denial. They relate deep themes, such as the loving fatherhood of God, for which MacDonald states, "Love is at the root of all his being." He also examines the revelation of God in Christ, for we come to know God through Jesus. Furthermore, the supreme example of Christ's obedience to the Father is His expression of love for the Father, and also the result of being completely who He is. Our own obedience to God brings the highest joy and deepest fulfillment, a dominant message throughout MacDonald's writings.

Your Life in Christ as a stand-alone volume is inspirational, and it must be noted that the work of editing George MacDonald's sermons was previously done in 1976 by Rolland Hein in a volume called Creation in Christ. Phillips' much shorter edition includes just a handful of sermons, but also his own personal commentary, which is mostly endorsing and agreeing with MacDonald, quoting heavily from the sermons, emphasizing key concepts, and relating what he has said without adding much new thought on the subjects. Nevertheless, I commend Phillips for his passion to make MacDonald's writings accessible to a general readership. As Phillips states, "If it takes some mental horsepower to keep with him, our efforts are well worth it." Thus, this book is recommended for anyone desiring an introduction to George MacDonald's theology. -- Dr. Pamela L. Jordan, Christian Book (Dr. Jordan's doctoral dissertation was on the life and writings of George MacDonald)

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