Sonderbooks Book Reviews by Sondra Eklund

Buy from Amazon.com

Rate this Book


Sonderbooks 35
    Previous Book
    Next Book

Nonfiction
    Christian
        Previous Book
        Next Book

Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
Children's Nonfiction
Children's Fiction

Picture Books


2004 Stand-outs
2003 Stand-outs
2002 Stand-outs
2001 Stand-outs

Five-Star Books
Four-Star Books
Old Favorites
Back Issues
List of Reviews by Title
List of Reviews by Author

Why Read?
Children and Books
Links For Book Lovers

About Me
 
Contact Me 
Subscribe
Make a Donation
Post on Bulletin Board
View Bulletin Board

I don't review books I don't like!

*****= An all-time favorite
****  = Outstanding
***    = Above average
**      = Enjoyable
*        = Good, with reservations

***George MacDonald in the Pulpit

compiled by J. Joseph Flynn and David Edwards

Reviewed August 19, 2002.
Johannesen Printing and Publishing, Whitehorn, California, 1996.

When I first became familiar with George MacDonald’s teachings, it was through Michael Phillips’ collections of excerpts from his works.  These were taken from his writings of Unspoken Sermons.  I ended up buying these original books, learning more about the ideas I was already familiar with.

This volume is a whole new set of teachings.  These are sermons that George MacDonald actually spoke.  He was a highly popular speaker, and the compilers got the texts from newspaper accounts of his sermons, preached between 1871 and 1901.  Can you imagine newspapers printing whole sermons today?!

I found this to be a wonderful collection for devotional reading.  It’s probably a good place to start for someone who’s not familiar with George MacDonald’s teachings, as I don’t think that an evangelical Christian would find anything controversial.

His message is simple.  God loves us deeply, as a Father loves his children.  He wants us to be good--to be the people that He created us to be.  Because He loves us, He will do what He needs to do to help us become that, taking each person at his own level.  Our response should be obedience--to do what God wants us to do.

George MacDonald doesn’t focus on theology.  He focuses on how we should live our lives and how much God loves us.

The book closes with a tribute to George MacDonald by G. K. Chesterton.  Apparently he knew George MacDonald and believed that his life matched his teachings.  I am more and more impressed by his writings.
 

Other books by George MacDonald:
Knowing the Heart of God
Discovering the Character of God
Unspoken Sermons:  Series I, II, and III
The Hope of the Gospel
Miracles of Our Lord
Wisdom To Live By
Your Life in Christ
Phantastes

Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

-top of page-