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George MacDonald

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Summary

In this collection selected by C. S. Lewis are 365 selections from MacDonald's inspiring and challenging writings.

Table of Contents

Preface xxiii
Dryness
1(1)
Inexorable Love
1(1)
Divine Burning
2(1)
The Beginning of Wisdom
3(1)
The Unawakened
4(1)
Sinai
4(1)
No
5(1)
The Law of Nature
5(1)
Escape Is Hopeless
5(1)
The Word
6(1)
I Knew a Child
6(1)
Spiritual Murder
7(1)
Impossibilities
7(1)
Truth Is Truth
8(1)
The White Stone
9(1)
Personality
10(1)
The Secret in Man
10(1)
The Secrets in God
11(1)
No Massing
11(1)
No Comparing
11(1)
The End
12(1)
Moth and Rust
12(1)
Caverns and Films
13(1)
Various Kinds of Moth
13(1)
Holy Scriptures
14(1)
Command That These Stones Be Made Bread
15(1)
Religious Feeling
16(1)
Dryness
16(1)
Presumption
16(1)
The Knowledge of God
17(1)
The Passion
18(1)
Eli, Eli
18(1)
The Same
19(1)
Vicarious Desolation
19(1)
Creeping Christians
20(1)
Dryness
20(1)
The Use of Dryness
21(1)
The Highest Condition of the Human Will
22(1)
Troubled Soul
22(1)
Dangerous Moment
23(1)
It Is Finished
23(1)
Members of One Another
24(1)
Originality
24(1)
The Moral Law
24(1)
The Same
25(1)
Upward toward the Center
25(1)
No One Loves Because He Sees Why
26(1)
My Neighbor
27(1)
The Same
27(1)
What Cannot Be Loved
27(1)
Love and Justice
28(1)
The Body
29(1)
Goodness
29(1)
Christ's Disregards
30(1)
Easy to Please and Hard to Satisfy
30(1)
The Moral Law
31(1)
Bondage
31(1)
The Rich Young Man
31(1)
Law and Spirit
32(1)
Our Nonage
32(1)
Knowledge
33(1)
Living Forever
33(1)
Be Ye Perfect
34(1)
Carrion Comfort
34(1)
The Same
35(1)
How Hard?
35(1)
Things
36(1)
Possession
37(1)
The Torment of Death
37(1)
The Utility of Death
38(1)
Not the Rich Only
38(1)
Fearful Thinking
39(1)
Miracles
39(1)
The Sacred Present
39(1)
Forethought
40(1)
Not the Rich Only
40(1)
Care
41(1)
The Sacred Present
41(1)
Heaven
42(1)
Shaky Foundations
42(1)
Fussing
43(1)
Housekeeping
44(1)
Cares
44(1)
God at the Door
44(1)
Difficulties
45(1)
Vain Vigilance
45(1)
Incompleteness
46(1)
Prayer
47(1)
Knowledge That Would Be Useless
47(1)
Prayer
48(1)
Why Should It Be Necessary?
48(1)
The Conditions of a Good Gift
49(1)
False Spirituality
50(1)
Small Prayers
50(1)
Riches and Need
51(1)
Providence
51(1)
Divine Freedom
52(1)
Providence
52(1)
The Miracles of Our Lord
53(1)
They Have No Wine
53(1)
Intercessory Prayer
54(1)
The Eternal Revolt
54(1)
They Say It Does Them Good
54(1)
Perfected Prayer
55(1)
Corrective Granting
55(1)
Why We Must Wait
56(1)
God's Vengeance
57(1)
The Way of Understanding
57(1)
Penal Blindness
58(1)
The Same
59(1)
Agree with the Adversary Quickly
59(1)
The Inexorable
60(1)
Christ Our Righteousness
60(1)
Agree Quickly
60(1)
Duties to an Enemy
61(1)
The Prison
61(1)
Not Good to Be Alone
62(1)
Be Ye Perfect
63(1)
The Heart
63(1)
Precious Blame
64(1)
The Same
65(1)
Man Glorified
65(1)
Life in the Word
65(1)
The Office of Christ
66(1)
The Slowness of the New Creation
66(1)
The New Creation
67(1)
Pessimism
67(1)
The Work of the Father
68(1)
The End
68(1)
Deadlock
69(1)
The Two Worst Heresies
69(1)
Christian Growth
69(1)
Life and Shadow
70(1)
False Refuge
70(1)
A Silly Notion
71(1)
Dryness
71(1)
Perseverance
71(1)
The Lower Forms
72(1)
Life
72(1)
The Eternal Round
72(1)
The Great One Life
73(1)
The Beginning of Wisdom
73(1)
``Peace in Our Time''
74(1)
Divine Fire
75(1)
The Safe Place
75(1)
God and Death
75(1)
Terror
76(1)
False Want
76(1)
A Man's Right
76(1)
Nature
77(1)
The Same
78(1)
Doubt
79(1)
Job
79(1)
The Close of the Book of Job
79(1)
The Way
80(1)
Self-Control
80(1)
Self-Denial
81(1)
Killing the Nerve
82(1)
Self
82(1)
My Yoke Is Easy
83(1)
We Must Be Jealous
84(1)
Facing Both Ways
84(1)
The Careless Soul
85(1)
There Is No Merit in It
85(1)
Faith
86(1)
The Misguided
86(1)
The Way
87(1)
The First and Second Persons
87(1)
Warning
88(1)
Creation
88(1)
The Unknowable
88(1)
Warning
89(1)
The Two First Persons
89(1)
The Imitation of Christ
89(1)
Pain and Joy
90(1)
``By Him All Things Consist''
90(1)
``In Him Was Life''
91(1)
Why We Have Not Christ's ``Ipsissima Verba''
91(1)
Warning
92(1)
On Bad Religious Art
92(1)
How to Read the Epistles
93(1)
The Entrance of Christ
93(1)
The Same
94(1)
The Uses of Nature
95(1)
Natural Science
95(1)
The Value of Analysis
95(1)
Nature
96(1)
Water
96(2)
Truth of Things
98(1)
Caution
98(1)
Duties
98(1)
Why Free Will Was Permitted
99(1)
Eternal Death
99(1)
The Redemption of Our Nature
100(1)
No Mystery
101(1)
The Live Truth
101(1)
Likeness to Christ
101(1)
Grace and Freedom
102(1)
Glorious Liberty
102(1)
No Middle Way
103(1)
On Having One's Own Way
103(1)
The Death of Christ
104(1)
Hell
104(1)
The Lie
105(1)
The Author's Fear
105(1)
Sincerity
105(1)
First Things First
106(1)
Inexorable Love
106(1)
Salvation
106(1)
Charity and Orthodoxy
107(1)
Evasion
107(1)
Inexorable Love
107(1)
The Holy Ghost
108(1)
The Sense of Sin
108(1)
Mean Theologies
109(1)
On Believing Ill of God
109(1)
Condemnation
110(1)
Excuses
110(1)
Impossibilities
111(1)
Disobedience
111(1)
The Same
112(1)
The God of Remembrance
112(1)
Bereavement
112(1)
Abraham's Faith
113(1)
The Same
113(1)
Perception of Duties
114(1)
Righteousness of Faith
114(1)
The Same
115(1)
Reckoned unto Us for Righteousness
115(1)
St. Paul's Faith
116(1)
The Full-Grown Christian
116(1)
Revealed to Babes
117(1)
Answer
118(1)
Useless Knowledge
118(1)
The Art of Being Created
118(1)
When We Do Not Find Him
119(1)
Prayer
119(1)
On One's Critics
119(1)
Free Will
120(1)
On Idle Tongues
120(1)
Do We Love Light?
120(1)
Shame
121(1)
The Wakening
121(1)
The Wakening of the Rich
122(1)
Self-Deception
122(1)
Warning
123(1)
The Slow Descent
123(1)
Justice and Revenge
123(1)
Recognition Hereafter
124(1)
From Dante
124(1)
What God Means by ``Good''
124(1)
All Things from God
125(1)
Absolute Being
125(1)
Beasts
125(1)
Diversity of Souls
126(1)
The Disillusioned
126(1)
Evil
127(1)
The Loss of the Shadow
127(1)
Love
127(1)
From Spring to Summer
128(1)
The Door into Life
128(1)
A Lonely Religion
128(1)
Love
129(1)
A False Method
129(1)
Assimilation
129(1)
Looking
129(1)
Progress
130(1)
Providence
130(1)
Ordinariness
131(1)
Forgiveness
131(1)
Visitors
132(1)
Prose
132(1)
Integrity
132(1)
Contentment
133(1)
Psychical Research
133(1)
The Blotting Out
134(1)
On a Chapter in Isaiah
134(1)
Providence
135(1)
No Other Way
135(1)
Death
135(1)
Criterion of a True Vision
136(1)
One Reason for Sex
136(1)
Easy Work
136(1)
Lebensraum
137(1)
Nature
137(1)
For Parents
138(1)
Hoarding
139(1)
Today and Yesterday
139(1)
Obstinate Illusion
140(1)
Possessions
140(1)
Lost in the Mountains
140(1)
The Birth of Persecution
141(1)
Daily Death
141(1)
On Duty to Oneself
141(1)
A Theory of Sleep
142(1)
Sacred Idleness
143(1)
The Modern Bane
143(1)
Immortality
144(1)
Prayer
144(1)
Self
145(1)
Visions
145(1)
The Impervious Soul
146(1)
An Old Garden
146(1)
Experience
147(1)
Difficulties
147(1)
A Hard Saying
147(1)
Truisms
148(1)
On Asking Advice
149(1)
No Heel Taps
149(1)
Silence Before the Judge
149(1)
Nothing So Deadening
150(1)
Rounding and Completion
150(1)
Immortality
151(1)
The Eternal Now
152(1)
The Silences Below
152(1)
Dipsomania
152(1)
Reminder
153(1)
Things Rare and Common
153(1)
Holy Laughter
154(1)
The Self
154(1)
Either-Or
155(1)
Prayer
155(1)
A Bad Conscience
156(1)
Money
156(1)
Scrubbing the Cell
156(1)
The Mystery of Evil
157(1)
Prudence
157(1)
Competition
158(1)
Method
158(1)
Prudence
158(1)
How to Become a Dunce
159(1)
Love
159(1)
Preacher's Repentance
160(1)
Deeds
160(1)
Prayer
160(1)
The House Is Not for Me
161(1)
Hoarding
161(1)
The Day's First Job
162(1)
Obstinate Illusion
162(1)
The Rules of Conversation
162(1)
A Neglected Form of Justice
163(1)
Good
163(1)
Thou Shalt Not Make Any Graven Image
164(1)
How to Become a Dunce
164(1)
Our Insolvency
164(1)
A Sad Pity
165(1)
On Method
165(1)
Wishing
165(1)
Fear
166(1)
The Root of All Rebellion
166(1)
Two Silly Young Women
166(1)
Hospitality
167(1)
Boredom
167(1)
Counting the Cost
168(1)
Realism
168(1)
Avarice
169(1)
The Lobster Pot
170(1)
The First Meeting
170(1)
Reminder
170(1)
The Wrong Way with Anxiety
171(1)
Deadlock
171(1)
Solitude
172(1)
Death
172(1)
The Mystery of Evil
172(1)
The Last Resource
173(2)
Sources 175(8)
Bibliography 183

Excerpts

George MacDonald

Chapter One

[1] Dryness

That man is perfect in faith who can come to God in the utter dearth of his feelings and desires, without a glow or an aspiration, with the weight of low thoughts, failures, neglects, and wandering forgetfulness, and say to Him, "Thou art my refuge."

[2] Inexorable Love

Nothing is inexorable but love. Love which will yield to prayer is imperfect and poor. Nor is it then the love that yields, but its alloy... For love loves unto purity. Love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of that which it beholds. Where loveliness is incomplete, and love cannot love its fill of loving, it spends itself to make more lovely, that it may love more; it strives for perfection, even that itself may be perfected -- not in itself, but in the object.... Therefore all that is not beautiful in the beloved, all that comes between and is not of love's kind, must be destroyed. And our God is a consuming fire.

[3] Divine Burning

He will shake heaven and earth, that only the unshakable may remain: he is a consuming fire, that only that which cannot be consumed may stand forth eternal. It is the nature of God, so terribly pure that it destroys all that is not pure as fire, which demands like purity in our worship. He will have purity. It is not that the fire will burn us if we do not worship thus; yea, will go on burning within us after all that is foreign to it has yielded to its force, no longer with pain and consuming, but as the highest consciousness of life, the presence of God.

[4] The Beginning of Wisdom

How should the Hebrews be other than terrified at that which was opposed to all they knew of themselves, beings judging it good to honor a golden calf? Such as they were, they did well to be afraid.... Fear is nobler than sensuality. Fear is better than no God, better than a god made with hands.... The worship of fear is true, although very low: and though not acceptable to God in itself, for only the worship of spirit and of truth is acceptable to Him, yet even in his sight it is precious. For He regards men not as they are merely, but as they shall be; not as they shall be merely, but as they are now growing, or capable of growing, toward that image after which He made them that they might grow to it. Therefore a thousand stages, each in itself all but valueless, are of inestimable worth as the necessary and connected gradations of an infinite progress. A condition which of declension would indicate a devil, may of growth indicate a saint.

[5] The Unawakened

Can it be any comfort to them to be told that God loves them so that He will burn them clean? ... They do not want to be clean, and they cannot bear to be tortured.

[6] Sinai

And is not God ready to do unto them even as they fear, though with another feeling and a different end from any which they are capable of supposing? He is against sin: insofar as, and while, they and sin are one, He is against them-against their desires, their aims, their fears, and their hopes; and thus He is altogether and always for them. That thunder and lightning and tempest, that blackness torn with the sound of a trumpet, that visible horror billowed with the voice of words, was all but a faint image ... of what God thinks and feels against vileness and selfishness, of the unrest of unassuageable repulsion with which He regards such conditions.

[7] No

When we say that God is Love, do we teach men that their fear of Him is groundless? No. As much as they fear will come upon them, possibly far more.... The wrath will consume what they call themselves; so that the selves God made shall appear.

[8] The Law of Nature

For that which cannot be shaken shall remain. That which is immortal in God shall remain in man. The death that is in them shall be consumed. It is the law of Nature-that is, the law of God-that all that is destructible shall be destroyed.

[9] Escape Is Hopeless

The man whose deeds are evil, fears the burning. But the burning will not come the less that he fears it or denies it. Escape is hopeless. For Love is inexorable. Our God is a consuming fire. He shall not come out till he has paid the uttermost farthing.

[10] The Word

But herein is the Bible itself greatly wronged. It nowhere lays claim to be regarded as the Word, the Way, the Truth. The Bible leads us to Jesus, the inexhaustible, the ever unfolding Revelation of God. It is Christ "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," not the Bible, save as leading to HIM.

[11] I Knew a Child

I knew a child who believed she had committed the sin against the Holy Ghost, because she had, in her toilette, made an improper use of a pin. Dare not to rebuke me for adducing the diseased fancy of a child in a weighty matter of theology. "Despise not one of these little ones." Would the theologians were as near the truth in such matters as the children. Diseased fancy! The child knew, and was conscious that she knew, that she was doing wrong because she had been forbidden. There was rational ground for her fear... He would not have told her she was silly, and "never to mind." Child as she was, might He not have said to her, "I do not condemn thee: and go and sin no more?"

[12] Spiritual Murder

It may be an infinitely less evil to murder a man than to refuse to forgive him. The former may be the act of a moment of passion: the latter is the heart's choice. It is spiritual murder, the worst, to hate, to brood over the feeling that excludes, that, in our microcosm, kills the image, the idea of the hated.

George MacDonald. Copyright © by C. Lewis . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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