This audiobook is Family Friendly! Children will love it, even as parents are edified. An excellent supplement for the Home Schooler.
A favorite author of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald delivers another lovely tale in the story The Wise Woman. It is a story of two girls, one is a princess and the other a daughter of a shepherd; both are spoiled and self-serving. Their lives are forever changed when they encounter the Wise Woman, who undertakes to teach them virtue with an astounding balance of grace and truth. Firm and loving, the Wise Woman is everything a good parent could hope to be, and a refreshing portrayal of the Heavenly Parent of us all.
- Absorbing -- A Marvel
You know how the best stories take you out of the room you're reading in and into their world? This one does that. "Absorbing" is the word, I guess.
The narrative is profoundly instructive, but somehow comes across as more of an artistic endeavor than an instructive one. The Wise Woman (whom the story is named after) embodies an other-worldly (holy?) attitude that is marvelous to encounter.
P.S. I've come across claims that this guy didn't believe in hell. I've seen something like that in Lillith -- but only at the end. It doesn't come up a lot. And it's not a Rob Bell kind of "there is no hell, because God's not real." In the 6 other books of his I've read, he seems to be spot-on in how he portrays God. And he does so in a uniquely profound way. I didn't have any problem picking out the few bits of bad theology from what is otherwise wonderous content.
- A most profound and wonderful book....
A most profound and wonderful book. I read it to my daughter when she was 6 and (now a 30 year old) she will ways remember how the Holy Spirit used it in her first experience of conviction of her own sinfulness. Certainly there are no doctrinal errors to worry about in this book!
I don't know of any Christian novelist more used by God to influence other Christians to write world-changing, God-glorifying novels and appreciate this quote by CS Lewis:
"The Divine Sonship is the key-conception which unites all the different elements of his thought. I dare not say that he is never in error; but to speak plainly I know hardly any other writer who seems to be closer, or more continually close to the Spirit of Christ Himself. Hence his Christlike union of tenderness and severity. Nowhere else outside the New Testament have I found terror and comfort so intertwined."
I also dare not say he was never in error; I hope those casting stones are without any. All I can do is thank God for this imperfect but very gifted man.
- After one read (listen), this is...
After one read (listen), this is my most favorite book (aside from the Bible)...ever...so far. Because of this great book, I will be listening to every one of his works.
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- the previous review seems to be...
the previous review seems to be on the theological discussion brought up in the first review and not at all on the product. The Wise Woman is one of the best stories that exposes our loveless selfishness for what it is, and shows what happens when one is transformed into true selfless love for others. It has been one of the most encouraging books in my own pursuit of Christian character, and I try to read it at least once a year. I doubt that anyone who has read the book would give it a "1"!
- MacDonald rejected the doctrine of penal...
MacDonald rejected the doctrine of penal Substitutionary atonement as put forward by John Calvin which argues that Christ has taken the place of sinners and is punished by God in their place, believing that in turn it raised serious questions about the character and nature of God. Instead, he taught that Christ had come to save people from their sins, and not from a Divine penalty for their sins. The problem was not the need to appease a wrathful God but the disease of cosmic evil itself. George MacDonald frequently described the Atonement in terms similar to the Christus Victor theory. MacDonald posed the rhetorical question, "Did he not foil and slay evil by letting all the waves and billows of its horrid sea break upon him, go over him, and die without rebound—spend their rage, fall defeated, and cease? Verily, he made atonement!"
MacDonald was convinced that God does not punish except to amend, and that the sole end of His greatest anger is the amelioration of the guilty. As the doctor uses fire and steel in certain deep-seated diseases, so God may use hell-fire if necessary to heal the hardened sinner. MacDonald declared, "I believe that no hell will be lacking which would help the just mercy of God to redeem his children." MacDonald posed the rhetorical question, "When we say that God is Love, do we teach men that their fear of Him is groundless?" He replied, "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."
George MacDonald in 1901
George MacDonald in 1901
However, true repentance, in the sense of freely chosen moral growth, is essential to this process, and, in MacDonald's optimistic view, inevitable for all beings. He recognized the theoretical possibility that, bathed in the eschatological divine light, some might perceive right and wrong for what they are but still refuse to be transfigured by operation of God's fires of love, but he did not think this likely.
the question is, did he know the Lord and did God use this man?
- After researching George MacDonald, I found...
After researching George MacDonald, I found he was not a believer in substitionary atonement. I won't be downloading this or any work of his, even if it is free.