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Thomas Wingfold, Curate

George MacDonald

Book Overview: 

A young man (Thomas Wingfold) "enters the church" through no real faith and only for want of something to do. After an encounter with a brash young atheist, he is thrown into an emotional, spiritual, and vocational crisis. Through his own doubts and through developing clarity gained from the counsel of a singular friend, he begins a slow journey toward faith, or - as he would put it - "a lovely hope."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .all themselves the living from those whom they call the dead.

It was but a moment by the clock, though to the after-consciousness it seemed space immeasurable. She came to herself, and slowly, noiselessly, though with tremulous hand, undid the sash, and opened the window. Nothing divided them now, yet he stood as before, staring into her face. Presently his lips began to move, but no words came from them.

In Helen, horror had already roused the instinct of secrecy. She put out her two hands, took his face between them, and said in a hurried whisper, calling him by the pet name she had given him when a child,

"Come in, Poldie, and tell me all about it."

Her voice seemed to wake him. Slowly, with the movements of one half paralyzed, he shoved and dragged himself over the windowsill, dropped himself on the floor inside, and lay there, looking up in her face like a hunted animal, that hop. . . Read More

Community Reviews

If you are in for an edge-of-your seat story, you will not find it in this book. However, if you are in for thought provoking theology and a journey through doubt into faith, you will likely not find anything quite like this read to suit your desire. George MacDonald presents the story of a young pr

Love George MacDonald for great Christian fiction with depth.

C.S. Lewis once said that he has never written a page that did not bear the marks of George MacDonald. The Curate's Awakening is the first in a series beginning with the fictional life of Thomas Wingfold, dutiful but lifeless curate in the Church of England and the transformation that occurs in his

It's a little hard to wade through at times, but mostly it is a wonderful view of how the Lord uses His church to build His kingdom. And a sweet look at what a gift Christian community is.

While MacDonald's Scottish novels are my favourites (I'm biased, because they're set in my part of the country), Thomas Wingfold, Curate is deservedly one of the most popular-if not THE most popular-of his English works. It deals with atheism, doubt, the vacuousness of superficial religion ("nothing

As much as I love him as an author, I feel I am outgrowing much of George Mac’s theology. I’m much more familiar with up-to-date scholarship about comparative cosmogonies, religions, and mythology than I’ve ever been, and that makes some of MacDonald’s theology—very progressive in its own time for i

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