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by Michael Phillips

"A lost legacy, startling secrets, life-changing love...Previously released as The Curate's Awakening, The Lady's Confession, and The Baron's Apprenticeship. This unforgettable trilogy depicts the spiritual awakening of curate, Thomas Wingfold, and the lives of those he touches: Surgeon Paul Faber believes in nothing but his own goodness until a beautiful patient reveals her secret past. Richard Tuke searches for the truth behind his mysterious heritage with the help of a thoughtful and independent woman. Filled with suspense and love, these novels reveal God's infinite and loving means of drawing hearts to himself."
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ISBN: 076422591X
ISBN13: 978-0764225918
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Michael Phillips
Language: English
Publisher: Bethany House; 1st Edition edition (April 1, 2002)
Pages: 614 pages
ePUB size: 1792 kb
FB2 size: 1374 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 879
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How much George MacDonald do you want for how little money? Yes, the purists are unhappy because the three -- yes, three -- interconnected novels have been ruthlessly pruned, and in places re-written, before being packaged together in a single volume. I for one am happy to have them this way. It's odd, because there are MacDonald works in which I insist on the real thing. For example, I like my "Sir Gibbie" unabridged with all the Scot dialect intact. But these titles, an example of MacDonald's novels that are set away from Scotland and in a generic country-squire milieu in England, please me just as much in abridgment as they might do with MacDonald's commentaries intact.

One biographer of MacDonald, I forget which one, dismisses the second of these three novels -- its original title is Paul Faber, Surgeon -- as an anti-vivisectionist tract. Here, in The Curate of Glaston, its title is The Lady's Confession, and I fail to find any anti-vivisectionist propaganda, so this last must have ended up on the editor's metaphorical cutting floor. And I surely don't miss it. There is profound human interest in The Lady's Confession without the extra stuff.

It's nice to know that I could look up "Thomas Wingfold, Curate" and read all the parts that Michael Phillips edited out, if I cared to. But these abridged novels please me just as they are, and this volume is staying on my bookshelf -- and will be read again, with satisfaction.
The cover is very misleading in saying that this book is by George MacDonald *edited* by Michael Philips. "Edited" when applied to a classic piece of literature suggests that Philips has compared different editions of the book that have been published over time, perhaps even gotten a look at a manuscript, and made some scholarly decisions about which version is the most true to MacDonald's own text. That is not what has happened here. In this case "edited" means first of all highly abridged, which is already bad enough. But it gets worse. Even in the sections that remain, MacDonald's own language is frequently altered, apparently with the goal of making it easier, but often with the (unintended?) result of changing the meaning. The final product removes the most interesting and thought-provoking sections of the book, including much of the dialogue, making it difficult to figure out why characters are doing the things they do. I found it irritating beyond words.
I have reverted to the inexpensive Kindle version of /Thomas Wingfold/. I had bought this edited edition after starting the Kindle book, thinking I'd prefer to have a paper copy, but the Kindle version is properly formatted and going quickly. The original text is really not difficult. I'm enjoying it very much. If you care at all about George MacDonald, don't buy this abridged, "edited" edition.
Before reading this book I'd never heard of George MacDonald, but now I want to read more of his books. Having been house-bound for two year, unable to attend church the last years, reading this novel was like being ministered to each and every time I read it. The characters interact to bring alive messages typically heard in a sermon but in an animated way. A wonderful way to learn. The curate's own discovery of Jesus steered me to examining some of my own motivations. For any fan of history, great story-telling, and Jesus, this is a wonderful read. The background on George MacDonald provided before the novels is also a bonus.
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This book was my first introduction to George MacDonald, and I must say, I was blown away. George MacDonald was a contemporary of Charles Dickens, but their styles are very different. George MacDonald is a very engaging read; admittedly, I didn't really get into the book until the third chapter, but after that, I read through every minute of my spare time.
The first section of the book, The Curate's Awakening, was my favorite of the three; the character of Polwarth has a way of affirming some of my beliefs with irrefutable logic, while challenging others with the same. The Curate's Awakening is the best thesis of Biblical Holiness in everyday living that I've ever read.
The second section, The Lady's Confession, was my least favorite of the sections, not because it was bad, but because it was less good. Here again, Polwarth makes some profound statements, including that in which Polwarth shows by contrast that the exterior of a person means nothing, while the interior is paramount. This idea is the entire thrust of The Lady's Confession.
The third section was different than the others; the Curate of the first section is present throughout all three, but here, in the third, he is barely so. I mean to say that, while he is a character in the story, he is not a major one, but merely supportive. This section fell between the first and second on the scale of enjoyment. It is a shallower story than the others--less tedious. I do not mean to say that the others were very tedious, but this one was less so. This section lacks the depth of inner conflict that Thomas Wingfold, in the first, and Paul Faber and Juliet experienced in the second. This section is the story of a more gentle spiritual birth; not less real to life, but less dramatic.
Overall, I'm glad I purchased and read this book. It is entirely worth the time it takes to read, though when it arrives in the mail, you'll probably think you've ordered a phone book with a pretty cover. It is very thick! The spiritual insight contained in this book exceeds that of any other book I've ever read, and you will benefit.
Best book ever. Truly my favorite trilogy of all time by a favorite author. Read it slowly and thoughtfully, and you will learn a great deal about the nature and love of God and His dealings with humans. I hope it is republished again and again as copies are getting more difficult to find ...