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Thomas Nelson / 2012 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781400319725
ISBN-13: 9781400319725
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A unique, beautiful devotional that offers words and themes from one of the best-loved authors of all time.

Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago, yet he crafted stories that translate well to a modern Christian’s daily life. A Charles Dickens Devotional combines 104 short excerpts from his classic novels with Scripture and new devotional thoughts to create meaningful readings for both longtime Dickens fans and Christian readers who are meeting Oliver Twist for the first time.

This title joins A Jane Austen Devotional as part of the new Devotional Classics series and includes excerpts from Dickens' Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol.

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The good news is you don't have to have a Ph.D. in British literature in order to enjoy A Charles Dickens Devotional by Jean Fischer. And I should know, since I have one. This book, which is the first in a series of classic author devotionals being released by Thomas Nelson (a sister volume focuses on the writings of Jane Austin), first offers a one-page excerpt from one of the long list of notable Dickens novels, such as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, and Bleak House. However, many of the lesser known works of Dickens are also quoted, including passages from Barnaby Rudge, Little Dorrit, and Dombey and Son.

Each selected passage will usually quote characters from a Dickens book who are wrestling with an ethical issue, a moral crisis, or a question of human decency. Off-setting this quoted passage is a devotion by Jean Fischer that expands on the comments by the Dickens characters and adds specific biblical references, lessons, and examples. The passage then concludes with a specific passage of Scripture typed at the bottom of that page. The topics focused upon include rest, trust, peace, anxiety, love, adversity, forgiveness, joy, patience, hope, and friendship. At the back of the book are a succinct two-page biography of Charles Dickens and a separate page listing the titles of his most-loved books.

A potential drawback to this book is that its language is often very archaic, involving the use of such words and phrases as "mercantile house," "pocket-money day," “humbug," "knaves," "phrenological attributes," "merry roysterers," and "saucepan of gruel." Thus, the readers most capable of appreciating its writing and its intended lessons will probably be past age 14. Fortunately, Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities are usually required reading at high schools, so Dickens and his distinct vocabulary won't be totally alien to teenagers, and the companion devotions are very down to earth and understandable.

Fans of Charles Dickens will enjoy re-visiting familiar passages. Devotional readers will appreciate a new level of sophistication to this genre. Overall, I'd say that if we were to read this book, God would bless us...every one! Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Jill Jones
    Opelika, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Devotional
    January 11, 2012
    Jill Jones
    Opelika, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Charles Dickens Devotional.
    Devotionals share classic faith from Austen to Dickens

    Combining the best of English literature with the timeless truths of God's Word, Thomas Nelson is offering a unique approach to your quiet time through its new devotional series. Two new devotionals were released this month. "A Charles Dickens Devotional" an "A Jane Austin Devotional" both contain more than 100 devotions and scripture selections based on excerpts from their works which remind us of the importance of prayer, the use of faith to deal with our fears, unconditional love and forgiveness along with many other inspirational thoughts.

    Combining timeless fiction with the eternal truth of God's Word is both unique and thought-provoking. These two beloved authors shared a wealth of Christian themes which are covered in these two devotionals. A thoughtful gift or a treat for yourself, you will love how these devotionals offer a refreshing look at scripture and truth. From Dickens' "The Old Curiosity Shop" and Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," you will appreciate this unique approach to quiet time. The book covers alone will inspire you to open and read them.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from PR By The Book, as part of their book blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. tammy cook
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Charles Dickens Devotional
    January 8, 2012
    tammy cook
    This review was written for A Charles Dickens Devotional.
    In 1870 Charles Dickens wrote "I have always striven in my writings to express veneration for the life and lessons of our Savior—because I feel it." Dickens wanted to teach his readers Christian values that are found in Bible through his own writings. He wrote many stories - Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and A Christmas Carol, to name a few. Excerpts from these, and his other stories are in each devotional. The devotional continues with an explanation of how the excerpt relates to a Bible verse or two, which is written by Jean Fischer. The devotions are by subject, not day.

    I have never read a Charles Dickens story. I was familiar with a few of the devotionals because I saw a movie about the story. There were many stories that I never heard of. I personally do not like Dickens' style of writing. That is not to say it's not good. He does a nice job of letting the reader go to where or what he is writing about.

    I think a fan of Charles Dickens would appreciate this book. There are excerpts from so many of his stories. I really like the way Jean Fischer relates Dickens to modern day life and the Bible. She shows the reader Bible verses relating to each story with ease.

    I would recommend this devotional to anyone who wants to learn about the Bible. You read many Bible verses along the way. There is also a Bible verse at the end of every devotion. I think any person who enjoys reading devotionals should check this out.

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
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