The Curate of Glaston ~ George MacDonald

 I can’t believe I’ve been blogging since March and I haven’t shared a MacDonald quote yet. I so enjoy reading his fiction. I hear that his fantasy is great but I have a problem understanding some of it and enjoying it. I was introduced to MacDonald by reading Sir Gibbie. That hooked me for good on his fiction. MacDonald has a lot to say about the church in his day and much of it isn’t complimentary. He also has a way of showing true Christianity at work in daily situations and this is what draws me to his books. If you haven’t read any of his books yet I recommend them to you!

The Curate of Glaston, by George MacDonald

“But perhaps even then you had more knowledge which, they say, only life can give.”

“I have it now in any case. But of that everyone has enough who lives his life. Those who gain no experience are those who shirk the King’s highway for fear of encountering the Deity seated by the roadside.”

From Lilith by MacDonald, a book I had trouble understanding. This quote, however, I understood and stand convicted by it…

“I sighed – and regarded with wonder my past self, which preferred the company of book or pen to that of man or woman, which, if the author of a tale I was enjoying appeared, would wish him away that I might return to his story. I had chosen the dead rather than the living, the thing thought rather than the thing thinking! “Any man,” I said now, “is more than the greatest of books!” I had not cared for my live brothers and sisters and now I was left without even the dead to comfort me!”

6 thoughts on “The Curate of Glaston ~ George MacDonald

  1. I read the Curate of Glaston a few years ago. It’s one of those three titles in one volume, but I never could get myself into the other two titles. Perhaps I will try again…
    Lisa, I definately have my favorites. Some are very slow in developing. Blessings…

  2. I haven’t read Lilith, but I (and my children) have enjoyed MacDonald’s Curdie stories.

    As for the Lilith quote, it reminds me of an W.H. Auden quote that is amusing–and convicting:

    “No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.”

    Angie, Thanks for sharing the Auden quote. We are amusing human beings with very limited perspective at times…

  3. I have never read that book, but it sounds wonderful- I’m going to check it out. Thanks for sharing with us!

    Hi Karen, Enjoy and blessings on you…

  4. I have always heard good things about MacDonald but have yet to read him. However, I’m always looking for a good new author to read (not that he’s new, but new to me!) Thanks for the recommendation.

    Hi Sara, I hope you enjoy his writing. Blessings…

  5. I too, discovered MacDonald this year. I’ve read The Fisherman’s Lady, The Marquis’ Secret, The Tutor’s First Love, The Musician’s Quest, and I’m in the middle of The Maiden’s Bequest. He is a masterful author. I will have to check out the two that you have mentioned as well.

    Hi Elle, Have you found that some of his books are renamed after they are edited? Enjoy your reading…

  6. I’ve read all the books mentioned except Lilith more than once. I think Curate of Glaston is my favorite.

    Love your travelogues, Ellen. I want to come too…!

    Rosemary, I’m glad you enjoy MacDonald, too. The weather has really made our travel glorious here this last week, wish you could come 🙂

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