George MacDonald: Christian Visionary, Master of C.S. Lewis
George MacDonald, Scottish poet, novelist, and minister, was a mentor to Lewis Carroll, friend of Mark Twain, and inspiration to countless Christians including C. S. Lewis, celebrated author of Mere Christianity, who referred to MacDonald as his "master" and said ofÂ his Unspoken Sermons that it had given readers "indispensable help toward the very acceptance of the Christian faith.â Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, wrote that âGeorge MacDonald gives me renewed strength during times of trouble--times when I have seen people tempted to deny God.â
In Consuming Fire: The Inexorable Power of Godâs Love, editor Onesimus has transformed MacDonaldâs magnificent three-volume work into an extraordinary daily devotional. Philosopher Thomas Talbott, author of The Inescapable Love of God, calls Consuming Fire a âperfect introduction to MacDonaldâs reflections on God and Christian living; and for those who already know and love these sermons, an opportunity to meditate daily on its spiritual insights." Barbara Amell, editor of the journal Wingfold, writes that "unlike many devotional volumes, which provide the reader with scant material to ponder, we are offered a substantial daily reading from MacDonald's incomparable Unspoken Sermons, the product of his extempore preaching in England and Scotland. Onesimus has edited this book with great care and with a noble purpose.â
In a class with Oswald Chambersâ My Utmost for His Highest, Consuming Fire reveals MacDonald at his best: at once deep and profoundly practical, inspiring, convicting, uplifting, and joyous in his passionate love of Christ. Pastor John Kermott of the First Baptist Church of Sterling, IL, writes "when I came to read the Unspoken Sermons of George MacDonald, the thought that came to me was, âThis guy knows Jesus,â and I saw my need to know Him better. This devotional will give any reader fresh ways to ponder the scripture and the One toward whom the scripture points.â
All Royalties Go to Finding a Cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
Onesimus and his late wife came to Christ through the writings of George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis. All royalties from Consuming Fire go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the foremost nonprofit biotechnology organization dedicated to finding a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. According to Lisa Murkowski, senior United States Senator from the State of Alaska, âALS is a devastating disease that erodes victimsâ communication and physical skills, but it cannot take away their souls.Â I commend Onesimus for this devotional designed to give nourishment to the hearts and souls of those suffering from Lou Gehrigâs disease, and the family and friends who watch over them and provide them the support they need.â
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