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The Life of Our Lord: Written for His Children During the Years 1846 to 1849 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 66 user ratings
ISBN:0684865378
LANGUAGE:English

" I appreciate that Charles Dickens wanted to tell the story of Christ's ministry to his children. It was ok. There were some scriptural descrepancies but it was a concise history none the less. " said.

" This really is a beautiful little book. Charles Dickens wrote it for his children and so it is a very clear explanation of the events in the life of Jesus Christ. The artwork by Simon Dewey just adds to the beauty of it all. " said.

" Excellent depiction of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ by Charles Dickens. It was written for his children because he wanted them to know of Jesus. This book was not published until the last of his ten children passed away. It also has beautiful illustrations by Simon Dewey. " said.

" This is nice. It's pretty much Dickens repeating several stories from the Gospels in a way his children would understand, adding some commentary. I think he embellishes on a couple aspects - he seems to think that Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany (Martha and Lazarus's sister) are the same person - but there's nothing heretical that I could find. " said.

" https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3071012.htmlA not terribly remarkable re-telling of the Gospels for children, mainly interesting because, in line with the author’s wishes, it was not published until after the last of his children had died, 64 years after Dickens’ death and almost 90 years after it was first written. Readers will be interested to learn that Sunday was the Jewish sabbath, along with other helpful observations. " said.

"Don’t confuse Dickens for Spurgeon or Calvin. His best qualities as a writer aren’t really found here either. There are many theological blunders and gaffes in this short work. His summary of the gospel and Christ’s life has significant holes (Jesus’ divinity, sin, repentance), or at least questionable distortions. Jesus is more great example and teacher than very Son of God. Further, one can’t help recognizing that regardless of the many noble characteristics of Jesus he highlights and commends to his children, Dickens failed to internalize or abide by them as evidenced via his infidelity and abandonment of his wife. On the other hand, the emphasis he places on Christ’s ministry to the downtrodden ought to be celebrated and mimicked by the church. This is the theme Dickens so winsomely depicts in nearly all of his greatest fiction. " said.

"I can't decide whether to review this as a religious book or as a life-help book. As a religious book, it is not superb. It is completely silent on Christ's atonement and how we can be forgiven of sins. It says, "His father's name was Joseph ...", but quotes the guards at his crucifixion: "Surely this was the Son of God!" However, as a book to help one through life, it easily rates four or five stars. Dickens tells the story of the life of the Savior, as given in the scriptures. He emphasizes how Jesus taught and demonstrated that we must love all mankind and seek to relieve their suffering. "Remember-It is christianity TO DO GOOD always-even to those who do evil to us." He beautifully conveys how we must be humble and prayerful to be true Christians.

This edition includes beautiful illustrations by Simon Dewey. More than two dozen warm, personal paintings depict moment from His life. This is a wonderful volume that would surely serve as a family Christmas tradition.
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" I'm so glad I read this during the Christmas season, to remember the true meaning- Christ and all he went through for us. " said.

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