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The Gospel in George MacDonald

Selections from His Novels, Fairy Tales, and Spiritual Writings

Edited by Marianne Wright

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A rich, accessible introduction to the work of the great Scottish storyteller who inspired C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.

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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.

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Table of Contents


Finding God

  • Seeking
  • Repentance
  • Redemption
  • Jesus
  • God’s Glory
  • The Divine Plan
  • The Boundlessness of Love

The Way of Discipleship

  • Faith
  • Obedience
  • Growth of Character
  • Conscience
  • Work
  • Prayer

God in Our Midst

Eternal Life

  • Death
  • Resurrection