The Gentlewoman's Choice
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For your inspiration and reading pleasure, another George MacDonald classic retold for today's reader by Michael R. Phillips. Perhaps more than any other MacDonald novel, this story manifests one of the strongest driving forces in his spiritual vision: the theme of godly service to the poor. The narrative centers around Hester Raymount, a twenty-three-year-old Londoner whose loving heart continually reaches out_to God and to the poor in her neighborhood. Her benevolence is not without its price, however; growing up in an environment of strict social mores where faith in God was often more cultural than spiritual, Hester's choices concerned obedience to the gospel or conforming to the culture of her day. Scotland's master storyteller gives another vivid portrayal of the mercy and compassion of God as seen in the lives of those who truly know Him. Purity, corruption, innocence, deception, deep suffering, compassion_all elements combining to make MacDonald's characters from another era come alive today!
Hester Raymount was an angel of compassion to the needy. Would her own purity blind her to the deception around her? A vivid portrayal of the compassion of God.
George MacDonald (1824-1905), Scottish poet, preacher, and novelist was one of the most original and influential writers of Victorian Britain. He wrote over 50 books with millions of copies sold, and he was one of the most popular authors of the day on both sides of the Atlantic. Drawn to the pulpit early, MacDonald eventually left to pursue his writing. Numbered among Dickens, Trollope, and other giants of the age as a novelist, MacDonald ended his career with over 50 books ranging from fantastical literature, to children's stories, to critical essays, and numerous novels. In addition to writing, MacDonald lectured extensively. MacDonald's fiction combined the man's immense spiritual understanding with his innate storytelling ability. His works have influenced writers like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and many others.- Publisher.