«To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not».
«The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function».
/F. Scott Fitzgerald/
«It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards».
«A library implies an act of faith»
«All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man
/Henry David Thoreau/
«Forgiveness is the final form of love».
«The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Aged 37 3/4»
«My most successful book, The Sacred
Diary of Adrian Plass, came out of immense pain from the church;
and humor was a way to deal with it. I'll never be as unhappy enough to
write such a funny book I received letters from lots
of people saying how it freed to them to be themselves with God. Humor
is always benvolently subversive it leaves us leaning
back in our chair, laughing, and realizing how silly we are, and God laughs
with us. We take ourselves too seriously». (Adrian Plass)
Throughout his adult life, CS Lewis repeatedly asserted that George
MacDonald was his `master,' his mentor. Without MacDonald's works (and
this one in particular), there may never have been a Lewis as we know
him. Besides that, MacDonald has heavily influenced such other creators
of fantasy as JRR Tolkien, Charles Williams, and GK Chesterton.
Madeleine L'Engle calls MacDonald the `Grandfather' of all who attempt
to understand life through fantasy. Indeed, he is a grandfather of
modern fantasy of sorts.
This particular novel had a profound
impact on CS Lewis's conversion to Christianity. He claims that it
`baptized' his mind, and that it was this book which really got the
ball rolling for Lewis's path back to his faith. Phantastes is about a
young man named Anodos who finds himself in another world (called
Fairy-land) one morning. As he wanders around Fairy-Land, he has a
series of adventures and learns many valuable lessons. Along the way he
meets many strange creatures, some terrifying and some beautiful.
It would probably be easiest to call «Lilith» by George MacDonald an allegorical fantasy, fascinating even for those people who don't normally look for deeper spiritual meaning in the books they read. However even such «superficial reader can't help feeling that there is something more to this book than a mere story... that its meaning is rooted in something enormously important». A Christian reader will recognize in «Lilith» not only a mythopoetic allegory, but a fanciful yet familiar story of awakening and salvation of an ordinary, «nice», and quite well-intentioned youth. Finding himself in a different world, he learns trust and obedience the hard way, discovers his true self and the purpose of redemptive suffering, learns about repentance and mercy and encounters true death and true life. The story of Lilith herself could be summed up in a phrase of Mother Teresa: «If the soul rejects Him, if the soul rejects His presence, it will have to go on looking and searching for Him until it finds the Lord».
Even by the title of this novel by the Scottish writer George MacDonald our readers will guess that it is the story of Donal Grant, a shepherd, a poet, a teacher and a close friend of wee Sir Gibbie. Saying good bye to the dreams of his first love, Donal goes out into the wide world in search of a job and his life-time calling. He is going to see new places, meet new people (friends and enemies), write new poems, gain deeper insights into God's character and His truth and, of course, find a new love. The book has it all: unhurried conversations, mysteries of an old castle, ancient legends, passionate quarrels as some of our friends call it, «life, death and profound spiritual meaning».
We very much hope that Donal will become as good a friend for you as wee Sir Gibbie, that you will see more of the soul and thoughts of George MacDonald
and through his work discover the fullness of mercy and tenderness of his God.
A novel by a wonderful Scottish writer George
MacDonald (1824 - 1905) is the first in the series of books by this author,
which we are planning to introduce to our readers. It is the life story
of a little dumb orphan, Sir Gibbie Galbraith, a sweet and touching tale
of friendship, faith, obedience, purity, selflessness, true honor, poetry
and love for God and fellow man. The charm of wee Sir Gibbie is simply
A daughter, a friend, a bride, a wife, a home-maker,
a mother, a child of God - all this is Katy, the main character of the
her own diary (which forms the book «Stepping Heavenward»
by an American author Elizabeth Prentisse) - as well as the contemporary
reader of her journal. It does not matter that Katy (who lives in the
19th century America) and modern women are divided by time and distance,
for they ask the same questions, share the same joys and difficulties.
What do I do with my horrible character? How do I know for sure that this
man is the one meant for me to marry? This book won't give you any clear-cut
instructions or quick recipes for achieving godliness, but it will give
you a chance to share all that Katy went through and see what she acquired
in her many joys and much suffering.
Not Like the Robbers...
The little robber Tom could not believe his eyes
when one morning, quite unexpectedly, he woke up in a royal palace. The
night before a kind Stranger set him free from the dark prison, where
Tom had been shoved by older robbers, as a usual punishment. Later Tom
found that the King Himself had brought hin into his beautiful palace.
Tom had a lot to learn, because life in the palace was not at all like
his life in the robbers' den (although far more interesting and exciting).
He experienced many wonderful adventures walking and working alongside
the great and beautiful Son of the King.
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