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George MacDonald

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But's a'thegither a' wrang.

 That's no the gait to bake the breid,
  Nor yet to brew the yill;
 That's no the gait to haud the pleuch,
  Nor yet to ca the mill.
 That's no the gait to milk the coo,
  Nor yet to spean the calf;
 Nor yet to fill the girnel-kist—
  Ye kenna yer wark by half.
    Ye're a' wrang, &c.

 The minister was na fit to pray,
  And lat alane to preach;
 He nowther had the gift o' grace,
  Nor yet the gift o' speech.
 He mind 't him o' Balaam's ass,
  Wi' a differ ye may ken:
 The Lord he open'd the ass's mou'
  The minister open'd 's ain.
    He's a' wrang, &c.

 The puir precentor cudna sing,
  He gruntit like a swine;
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Community Reviews

Another thrilling journey through the mind of my favorite author. It is well known that MacDonald's discursive style of writing opens the door wide for his theological/philosophical insights, and in fact, his writing has been criticized for being merely a gambit to hold his audience's attention long

Occasionally, I am compelled to set aside all other books I am reading and pick up a George MacDonald novel. After all these years, few reading pleasures match the joy of discovering God anew in the characters of this mystic and master theologian. I recently started reading a George MacDonald biogra

Found an old paperback copy of my mother's years ago and got hooked on this author. C.S. Lewis stated that this author had a big impact on him.

I really enjoyed this one - a great read, full of engaging characters and a really lovely central relationship. The dialogue is written in quite heavy Scottish dialect, so do beware!

What an interesting book! I loved the depictions of the small village of Glamerton and its surrounding countryside. The characters were realistic and endearing. And it was beautiful to picture each season in the Scottish countryside.

I also loved how the the church was a central part of this little

Can George MacDonald be the author of my life story, please? He writes such good stories, that make my heart happy.

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