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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 66 user ratings

" 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.

" 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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"This is a simple retelling of the life and miracles of Jesus Christ. I liked this book and it left me pondering on how I want to teach my own children about the Savior. This is a hard critique for me since I know Dickens never intended to publish this work, but I did want to share a few thoughts. His opening line, "My Dear Children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ." stayed with me throughout my read. Such a tender statement and as Dickens recounts the Savior's life on earth in this book you read sweet notes, like this opening line, to his children throughout. At the end, Dickens sums up his desires to have his children live like the Jesus Christ and be kind to others. I love how he comes full circle through his summary which resonates again the opening line of the text.

The reason why I gave this book only 3 stars: This is Dickens interpretation of the New Testament accounts of Jesus Christ's life and ministry. I'm not sure what version of the bible he read from and that might be where this went a little wrong for me. There were many inconsistencies with my own studying of the bible and I felt some of the add lib Dickens chose, lessened the intensity of the gospel principles taught by Jesus Christ. For example, he does not mention the Savior suffering and paying the price for our sins as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. He also did not mention the miracle of Jesus healing the mans ear after Peter slashed the soldiers ear who came to arrest Him even though Dickens writes about the ear being cut off. There are other parts similar to these where I wished it was written differently.

These are small things that I think most people could get past, but for me it left me lacking.
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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.

" I have always wanted to read this, my favorite author impressed me again. I was touched by his desire to share his testimony with his family. Such a beautiful testimony of Christ. " said.

" Love reading this with my children. Such a sweet reminder to share my testimony of our Savior with my own children. " said.

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