Wise Love and Wonder

Wise Love and Wonder

Ever since our honeymoon, spent surrounded by forested hills in northern Pennsylvania, back a two-mile lane, Karen and I have continually had a book we’re reading aloud to each other. At first we took turns reading, but soon settled into a pattern of me reading while Karen cross-stitched or quilted or, for a period in our life, nursed a baby or two. The first books that we read were by George MacDonald, a Scottish author writing in the last half of the 1800’s with an uncommonly robust imagination and singular commitment to live out the vision he saw in the Gospels. In fact, the first two dozen books that we read were all by MacDonald…

I Once Was Lost...

I Once Was Lost...

Midway through my life, I lost my faith. The denomination I was in didn’t help. Eventually, after a dark time, I had a dramatic conversion experience/encounter with the Lord. He picked me up and basically changed not only my religious believing but my life. I started searching for similar experiences in others and encountered CS Lewis. I found that I agreed with him most of the time. And he attributed where he was to George MacDonald’s Phantastes…

Sharon Welsh Edel: The Odour of Music

Sharon Welsh Edel: The Odour of Music

A college theology class introduced me to C.S. Lewis.  Lewis, in turn, introduced me to George MacDonald.  Deciding to look up this “master” as Lewis had called him, I picked up the only MacDonald book in the library:  At the Back of the North Wind.  This was my first experience with his writing, and to this day I consider it my favorite book and one which has had a profound impact on my spirit.  Here was a children’s book which dealt with what would be considered harsh topics for young children:  poverty, abuse, neglect and, of course, death...