The Life of Our Lord: The Story of Jesus Told by Charles Dickens Hardcover – 8 May 2014
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Reverend Frederick Buechner
author of "On the Road with the Archangel" and "Listening to Your Life"
Perhaps the most touching aspect of Charles Dickens's "The Life of Our Lord" is how in it he sets all his literary powers aside and tells the Gospel story in the simple, artless language of any father telling it to his children. It is not surprising, remembering his own troubled childhood as he was surely remembering it himself, that he sums up the Christian message by saying that it is to do good even to those who do evil to us and to be always gentle, merciful, and forgiving.
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Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord during the years 1846-1849, just about the time he was completing David Copperfield. In this charming, simple retelling of the life of Jesus Christ, adapted from the Gospel of St. Luke, Dickens hoped to teach his young children about religion and faith. Since he wrote it exclusively for his children, Dickens refused to allow publication.
For eighty-five years the manuscript was guarded as a precious family secret, and it was handed down from one relative to the next. When Dickens died in 1870, it was left to his sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth. From there it fell to Dickens's son, Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, with the admonition that it should not be published while any child of Dickens lived.
Just before the 1933 holidays, Sir Henry, then the only living child of Dickens, died, leaving his father's manuscript to his wife and children. He also bequeathed to them the right to make the decision to publish The Life of Our Lord. By majority vote, Sir Henry's widow and children decided to publish the book in London. In 1934, Simon & Schuster published the first American edition, which became one of the year's biggest bestsellers.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
While everyone buys 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Oliver Twist' they would do well to seek out this slim yet well written tome.
It tells the story of Christ and the gospels, yet because Dickens was writing it for his own children he keeps the story simple and uses direct english.
He really brings the time alive and makes an epic story into an intimate tale. Hopefully one day it'll be included along with 'A Christmas Carol' to bring it to a wider audience but until then I urge you to consider this book for a young child interested in reading, Dickens or the Bible.
This edition presents his tale well and makes the perfect gift.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful for children and easy for them to know how important knowing Jesus is.Published 12 months ago by linda enwright
This is a nice summary of the gospels by Charles Dickens and an easy and quick read for a Japanese reader like me.Published 18 months ago by Shugo Tsuruoka