A rich, accessible introduction to the work of the great Scottish storyteller who inspired C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.
If you don’t have the time to read all the novels of George MacDonald, the great Scottish storyteller who inspired C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, Mark Twain, W. H. Auden, and J. R. R. Tolkien, this anthology is a great place to start.
These selections from MacDonald’s novels, fairy tales, and sermons reveal the profound and hopeful Christian vision that infuses his fantasy worlds and other fiction.
Newcomers will find in these pages an accessible sampling. George MacDonald enthusiasts will be pleased to find some of the writer’s most compelling stories and wisdom in one volume. Drawn from books including Sir Gibbie, The Princess and the Goblin, Lilith, and At the Back of the North Wind, the selections are followed by appreciations by G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis and accompanied by classic illustrations by Arthur Hughes.View Table of Contents
Approximately fifty years ago I had the opportunity to peruse issues of The Bulletin of The New York C.S. Lewis Society. Of all the articles I read, the only one whose specific content I still remember was the one showing the strong influence of George MacDonald upon the fantasy stories of C. S. Lewis. Its title designated George McDonald as “The Founder of The Feast”. A brief, but powerful, discussion of this point is found in the Appreciations section of “The Gospel in George MacDonald”. Quotations from Lewis there specifically note the profound influence MacDonald had upon his fantasy.
The story 'At The Back Of The North Wind' does have some gems of edification . Notably, the segment on how the character Diamond , by letting the light shine before all men (to borrow a term from Jesus himself) helped the beleaguered workman to find peace in his house . In the same segment of the book it was mentioned how the infant in the poor man's house , by its peaceful facial expressions manifested a sense of the holy and sacramental right there *in daily life*, *in a quiet way* ....
MacDonald will doubtless be a challenge to our culture's sentimentalized versions of Christian faith, because every word he writes is deliberately chosen as a witness to Jesus Christ, the Good News of God in a world that believes all things spiritual are divorced from everyday affairs. There are so many glimpses of that evangelical witness here, that it's hard for me to select just one or two that represent that vision. This refreshing collection is one to which I will return again and again.