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Hope of the Gospel

George MacDonald

Book Overview: 

In The Hope of the Gospel, with his ever sagely style, George MacDonald explores the essential heart of the gospel that is so often overlooked, both in his day and ours. Dissatisfied with cheap and hasty interpretations of Scripture, MacDonald invites us beneath the surface in a heartfelt meditation on all that Christ came to accomplish.

MacDonald was a great spiritual master of the nineteenth century. He spent several years as a minister in his native Scotland; however he was forced to resign his position due to ill health. He had a profound influence on such later writers as G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis – the latter of whom considered MacDonald to be his spiritual father, and edited an anthology of his works.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Wist ye not that I must be in the——of my father?' The authorized version supplies business; the revised, house. There is no noun in the Greek, and the article 'the' is in the plural. To translate it as literally as it can be translated, making of it an English sentence, the saying stands, 'Wist ye not that I must be in the things of my father?' The plural article implies the English things; and the question is then, What things does he mean? The word might mean affairs or business; but why the plural article should be contracted to mean house, I do not know. In a great wide sense, no doubt, the word house might be used, as I am about to show, but surely not as meaning the temple.

He was arguing for confidence in God on the part of his parents, not for a knowledge of his whereabout. The same thing that made them anxious concerning him, prevented them from understanding his words—lack, namely, of faith in the Father. This, the one thing he came in. . . Read More

Community Reviews

“But there are not a few, who would be indignant at having their belief in God questioned, who yet seem greatly to fear imagining him better than he is: whether is it he or themselves they dread injuring by expecting too much of him?”

There’s a lot of talk in Christian circles nowadays about decons

First few chapters were really good, latter half got a little less interesting.

So much hope and joy present in this book. From the powerful opening chapter on the challenge of finding a liberating Gospel within a modern Christian tendency towards a picture of depravity, to the even more powerful (for me) closing chapter on humanities realtionship to the created world and the c

The modern church would be better if George MacDonald were more widely read.

I find it odd that he is not more popular given that he influenced some very well read authors of the last two centuries. His friendship impacted Lewis Carroll. His writings greatly inspired the likes of JRR Tolkien and CS

I listened to this in audio format, and I didn't always pay attention to every word. That being said, as with everything I read by George MacDonald, I love how this book challenges me and gets me thinking.

While MacDonald is deeply theological in his writings, he is not overly technical. He writes in

Although not in full agreement with MacDonald's interesting theory in the last section regarding the redemption of the animal kingdom (which shows disappointing touches of Darwinian influence), I found myself vastly encouraged by the rest of it and comforted once again by the hope of the Gospel.

It is a blessed thing to be able to step into the mind of and discover how someone interpreted the Bible in the 1890's. It was refreshing to read MacDonald's honesty and humility in dissecting several passages.

The most common criticism I have read on this book has to do with the last chapter in whic

Some clay and a lot of gold here. I copied swathes of this book into my journal, I cried a little, and I breathed the air of my first love again. Would I like to have it tattooed onto the inside of my eyelids? Yes please!

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