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Diary of an old soul;: 366 writings for devotional reflection [Unknown Binding]

George Macdonald
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  • Unknown Binding: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Pub. House (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DRDRS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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5.0 out of 5 stars As deep as it gets - outstanding! 6 Jun 2001
This is the best Christian poetry I have ever read.
Don't buy this if you want an easy read - this is challenging, deeper than you'd expect, even from poetry, and as rewarding as you would expect from the author who inspired CS Lewis.
There are 366 short poems - don't be deceived by this; I need to read each one at least twice to get a grasp of the meaning.
The CS Lewis quote on the cover sums it up ; "I know hardly any other write who seems closer, or more continually close, to the Spirit of Christ himself."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Precise, centered reflection that has not dimmed with years 12 Nov 2000
By Susan K. Cox-Johnson - Published on
George MacDonald's classic work continues to take the breath away of spiritual pilgrims who find him for the first time. These small sonnets are each gems that act as windows for persons to catch a glimpse of the heart of God, and the heart of a man clearly connected to the Spirit's yearning in his life. These are best read slowly and savored, but as with any true classic, each time they are read, they have a richer meaning. The readings are arranged by month, one per day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MacDonald's magical mastery 6 Aug 2004
By David Berry - Published on
I picked this little book up on the way to the airport and thought I could use a good dose of MacDonald each day while I was on my business trip. Call me an undisciplined Pict, but I couldn't stop reading just one entry per day. It became a glorious exercise to work through the book, underlining his different names for God. So beautiful. So timeless. So inspiring. I don't agree with every one of MacDonald's theological conclusions, but I do agree that his expressed love for God is as moving as just about any I've ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Savor Slowly 9 July 2005
By Enigma - Published on
Some things are best savored slowly: a fine bottle of wine, a hot fudge sundae, a passionate kiss, a pristine beach...and George MacDonald's book, "Diary of an Old Soul." I found my small hardback version, written in 1905, in an antique bookstore...its cover slightly dog-eared, its pages curled with time. Yet, despite the book's outward condition, its inward opulence, its vast reservoir of truth and its timeless expression of God's love and forgiveness make this book a classic which shall remain ever vibrant and timely. It is almost impossible to read only one day's message at a Godiva chocolate, each rich daily message leaves you craving more. As a fellow traveler on this road less traveled, I feel a strong kinship with MacDonald's expressions of wanderlust, spiritual struggle and burning desire to know God on the deepest level possible. I recommend this book unreservedly to those who wish to be inspired and drawn closer to the throne. Buy the paperback and, when you find yourself totally enamored, treat yourself to the hardback version from your favorite antique bookstore or online.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Aweful - Horrible Edition 17 Jan 2007
By William Weber - Published on
Origionally, I was given this book in 1979; it is profound and awe inspiring in the faith provoking poetry that George Macdonald wrote - one 7 line poem/meditation for each day of the year.

I boughtt this new book as a gift. However this edition is horrible in that it appears to have been pasted together, daily poems may be numbered at the bottom of one page and begin on the next. Or the day's poem may be split between one page and the next. Several were mostly gibberish. Also there is no introduction, library of congress number or date of publication (or origional publication)to this edition.

It is a mess !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chalked full of Life 10 April 2007
By Mark L. Mathia - Published on
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Seemingly endless thoughts of God drift through the mind of this brilliant man of faith. An awesome tool as a daily devotional, but good luck...once opened, it's easy to devour Macdonald's writings all at once. His Sonnet's spring to life and speak directly to the heart. Not in a wishy washy, overly heady, sort of way but in simply truths pointed to the core of Christian life.
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