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The Life of Our Lord: The Story of Jesus Told by Charles Dickens Hardcover – 8 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Third Millennium Press Ltd. (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861189605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861189608
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,919,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 From there it fell to Dickens's son, Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, with the admonition that it should not be published while any child of Dickens lived.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.

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The Life of our Lord is one of Dickens less well known and neglected works. Yet I think it deserves a higher place in the canon of his work.
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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This little book is charming! It tells in a simple manner the story of 'The Life of Jesus Christ' and has that fantastically friendly feel that we have all come to expect from Dickens. On a purely academic basis this book provides a great opportunity to see a work of Dickens's that is not often read. What makes this especially good are the little anecdotes Dickens includes. I don't want to spoil it but the locust and camel piece is gorgeous! Great on two levels, academically and also as a religious introduction for the young - and not so young! The Daniel Maclise portrait on the front - a painting that the Charles and Catherine Dickens commissioned when they went to America and travelled with- is also a good addition. The book is aesthetically pleasing and beautifully written.
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I had read this book many years ago and was so pleased to be able to find a copy to own. It gives a different slant on the Christmas Story. Parts seem to be strange from the biblical version but enjoyable all the same.
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A rare Dickensian gem! If you're looking for more clarification about Dickens' personal feelings on spirituality and Christianity, this is the book to read. It was a private book written exclusively for his children but after the last child died in the 1930s, the remaining family decided to publish it. There are some really charming moments where Dickens speaks directly to his children as the narrator of the New Testament...if it seems a bit presumptuous to write a version of the New Testament, well Thomas Jefferson had his re-write too!
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hi, in good condition however the person whom wanted the book is away but I'm sure she will love it ,especially the paper cutting left inside
of the book review .
Thanks Keith
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Not as big a book as l thought. Whilst l knew it was for his children, l would prefer to read the bible account.
Also, Charles Dickens, never intended it for publication?
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