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

The Life of Our Lord Written for His Children During the Years to Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord around the same time he was finishing up David Copperfield but to readers raised on a diet of Dickensian wit and indignation his rendering of Jesus life ma

  • Title: The Life of Our Lord: Written for His Children During the Years 1846 to 1849
  • Author: Charles Dickens
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  • Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord around the same time he was finishing up David Copperfield, but to readers raised on a diet of Dickensian wit and indignation, his rendering of Jesus life may come as something of a surprise This Workman Family Classic edition contains Background Introduction Biography Footnotes a scriptural passage and discussion questCharles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord around the same time he was finishing up David Copperfield, but to readers raised on a diet of Dickensian wit and indignation, his rendering of Jesus life may come as something of a surprise This Workman Family Classic edition contains Background Introduction Biography Footnotes a scriptural passage and discussion question after each day s reading Extension activities Written by Charles Dickens for his Children This story of the life of Christ is perfect for families to read together, and has been specially formatted into 24 short readings suitable for reading during December Sit back and listen to the master storyteller Charles Dickens share the life of our Lord with his children.

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    • Charles Dickens

      Charles John Huffam Dickens 7 February 1812 9 June 1870 was an English writer and social critic He created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from



    761 thoughts on “The Life of Our Lord: Written for His Children During the Years 1846 to 1849

    • Originally written for the private edification of his children (the children that he later abandoned when he separated from his wife to live out his days with a mistress), this retelling of the Gospels is a victorian nightmare theologically. Dickens removes Christ's miracles and all messages about sin and repentance, altering the Lord's mission on earth to comforting the downtrodden--making them feel good and helping them to greater prosperity. This little book ends up being less a representatio [...]


    • I've heard that critics hated this book, and I'm not at all surprised. This book should not be stacked up against Dickens' other works of art. It was clearly never meant to be a great literary masterpiece, and you can't expect many critics to get that. This is simply a father explaining the life of Christ to his children, in his own words, using his own interpretations.That is precisely why I loved it so much. The scriptures can be daunting to wade through, but this book puts the New Testament i [...]


    • I was very disappointed with this book for many reasons. First, it does not feel like a Dickens book. I know, he wrote it for a young audience, but his voice was missing. The only place I could really find it was when he told his children he would take them to a zoo to see a camel if they wished. I loved the complexity of the plot and characters in his novels, all of that was missing, and this book is nothing more than a glossed, overly simplified chronology of Christ's life. Perhaps most distur [...]


    • this is a easy read that's a great introduction to the life of Christ. I read some of it out loud to my husband. I enjoyed the morals that Dickens shares about what we can learn from the miracles of Christ. I think this is a great book to introduce kids to the life of Christ.However, I would use this as a starting point and would continue in more reading about Christ in the scriptures and more scholarly texts like Jesus the Christ by James E Talmage. Overall, an enjoyable read, great during the [...]


    • Beautiful retelling of the life of Christ. Just beautiful. This will be a yearly-- maybe even monthly read for me.


    • This book is simply a letter of a father's belief written to his children! Favorite part"That there might be some good men to go about with Him, teaching people, Jesus Christ chose twelve poor men to be His companions. These twelve are called Apostles or Disciples, and He chose them from among poor men, in order that the poor might know--always after that, in all years to come--that Heaven was made for them as well as for the rich, and the God makes no difference between those who wear good clot [...]


    • As others have pointed out, this was never meant to be published nor considered a literary work. Nevertheless it is fascinating for showing the almost completely overlooked Christian faith of Dickens. Also of interest is Dickens simplifying the ideas of Jesus for his children, which show Dickens's thorough understanding of the teaching of Christ. The Life of Our Lord is a "gospel harmony," a telling of the gospels story by putting together all of the details in the four gospels. According to the [...]


    • I can certainly see why Dickens never wanted this work published. It is not awful. But it is definitely a summary of the life of Christ written to be at not only a child's level (thus some childlike summaries and much simplified explanations and assertions), but to his OWN children's level. There are occasional parts where Dickens is trying to teach his children good principles and actions based on the Savior's life. He NEVER meant this to be read by others. I wouldn't have wanted such a work to [...]


    • Charles Dickens wrote this for children, and I think I loved the sentiment just as much if not more than the content: "My dear children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the History of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about Him. No one ever lived, who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in anyway ill or miserable, as he was. And as he is now in Heaven, where we hope to go, and all meet each other after we are dead, an [...]


    • Very interesting to read this expression of belief given the context of Dickens upbringing, education and life in Anglican, Victorian England. Dickens, from what I can ascertain never professed religious belief himself. He was a harsh critic of the social injustice of his day, often inflicted by professed religionists. He did, however often voice tender faith thru some of the most worthy characters in his masterpieces. It is revealing that he wanted the world to see that he desired his children [...]


    • Shaun and I read this out loud together to help us celebrate Christmas. It was beautifully simple and wonderfully focused. I think it will become an annual Christmastime tradition for us. Reread 2012Reread 2013Reread 2014 Reread 2015Reread 2016 - Luke really loved this book as we read it this year. He asked for it at bedtime and even brought it to me during the day. It is a great way to feel the Christmas spirit.


    • I loved this book. I found it at a library book sale about thirty years ago, when I was still in college. I kept it for many years. Then, I donated it so someone else could discover Charles Dickens and/or Jesus Christ.


    • The tone of this book is just like a father speaking to his children, tucking them in with a bedtime story. It is a touching and personal retelling of the story of the Savior's life, with Dickens' testimony interwoven. We like to read this with the kids at Christmas time.


    • 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.


    • I'm so glad I read this during the Christmas season, to remember the true meaning- Christ and all he went through for us.


    • Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord for his family, so that his children would have a simple and straightforward way to learn about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. He never published it in his life time and bequeathed the manuscript to his son on condition that he not publish it. His son respected his father's wishes but did not lay such a restriction on his own son who published the book in 1933.The book follows the gospel accounts, retelling the many events and teachings in Jesu [...]


    • I actually had no idea that Dickens wrote so so many books, nor that he was such a kind man. I understood that some of his more famous novels were written, in part, as scathing rebukes on the social structures that allowed poverty and child employment to develop in London. I did not know how deeply and personally he held to those values that condemned these circumstances. He was a pretty humble guy, if this text can be believed. I love that he wrote this for his children, that he refused to have [...]


    • This isn't a book I thought I would ever see because I've never heard of it before, but I came across it and thought I'd give it a shot.It was charming to think that Dickens was reading this to me, as there are spots where it's clear he's adding personal inflections and addendums for the sake of his children, rather than straight from the Bible. I always respected the man for reflecting what I believe to be true Christian values, so I saw the book as endearing, even if I'm no longer "God-fearing [...]


    • Veľmi jednoducho a prístupne prerozpávané evanjeliá a Kristov život od Betlehema až po Golgotu. Dickens vysvetľuje deťom podstatu kresťanstva a Ježišovho učenia a táto knižka môže byť príjemným spoločným čítaním s deťmi v čase adventu, pôstu aj inokedy. Kapitolky sú krátke, takže sa dá čítanie pekne podeliť. Áno, niektoré faktografické informácie nesedia, ale to sa prípadne dá prispôsobiť. Škoda, že Dickens tam nevložil viac seba, ale na jeho obhajob [...]


    • 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.


    • I really enjoyed listening to Dickens' reselling of the story of Christ (audible). It's a little old fashioned, and I think some of it was difficult for my children to understand, but I'm sure they caught much of it. I do think Dickens did not place as much emphasis on Christ as the son of God as the original scriptures do. Dickens speaks more of being "good" so we can go to heaven after death.


    • 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.


    • *I can imagine Charles Dickens reading this to his children. It is part of the life of Jesus set into a story that reads easily. I can imagine that his kids would have been able to understand it easier and he could put emphasis on things he wanted his kids to remember.


    • 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.


    • This was fun to read with my husband during the month of December and to think about our Savior. I could see this being a tradition to read every year.


    • A lovely retelling of the Gospel of Luke for children. Certainly not Dickens' best work, but quite nice. A little troubling is the underlying anti semitism, but given the time frame, not surprising.



    • “The Life of Our Lord” by Charles Dickens is a sweet and simplified retelling of the biblical story of Jesus Christ. It is a fairly easy read and is beautifully written. I recommend this book.



    • This was just tender. This is a really simple and kinda cool way to introduce your kids to the life of Christ as a simpler story. I learned a lot and loved it a lot.


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