"I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him. No one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in any way ill or miserable, as He was.”
Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord around the same time he was finishing up David Copperfield, but to listeners raised on a diet of Dickensian wit and indignation, his rendering of Jesus' life may come as something of a surprise. You won't find even the shadow of a Micawber or a Mrs. Gamp anywhere in this brief volume; no Pecksniffs, Podsnaps, or Mulberries, either. Instead, Dickens approaches his subject with simple reverence, retelling the New Testament in a manner suitable for his own young children – who were, in fact, his only intended audience. Indeed, he strictly forbade publication of The Life of Our Lord during his lifetime and begged his sister to make sure that they "would never even hand the manuscript, or a copy of it, to anyone to take out of the house." It wasn't until the death of Dickens's last living son that the manuscript was finally published in 1934.
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THE LIFE OF OUR LORD by Charles Dickens is a short version of the Gospel as Dickens wrote it to his children. It definitely shows where Dickens was coming from in his other writings --doing good works and helping the poor will get you to Heaven. That was done very well in this little book. If he had acknowledged the complete divinity of Christ, and the necessity of salvation ONLY through Him, I would give this 5 stars. ( John 10:30- "I and my Father are one." & John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Amongst other verses). Unfortunately, he did ignore this most necessary truth. But if you acknowledge this additional necessary truth to this little book, it was quit a nicely done summary of the Gosples.
I was so happy to learn that Charles Dickens wrote this for his children. What a beautiful testament of his own personal convictions concerning faith and Christianity. How wonderful to encourage his own children and all who read this book to follow Jesus Christ's example to love God above all and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
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