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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,064 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: David Aikman Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781608147632
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“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 any way ill or miserable, as he was.” Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord around the same time he was finishing David Copperfield, but to listeners raised on a diet of Dickensian wit and indignation, his rendering of Jesus’ life may come as something of a surprise. You won’t find even the shadow of a Micawber or a Mrs. Gamp anywhere in this brief volume; no Pecksniffs, Podsnaps, or Mulberries, either. Instead, Dickens approaches his subject with simple reverence, retelling the New Testament in a manner suitable for his own young children—who were, in fact, his only intended audience. Indeed, he strictly forbade publication of The Life of Our Lord during his lifetime and begged his sister to make sure that they “would never even hand the manuscript, or a copy of it, to anyone to take out of the house.” It wasn’t until the death of Dickens’ last living son that the manuscript was finally published in 1934.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A simple, straightforward account of Jesus’ life and teachings, with an occasional touch of whimsy…[Dickens’] most heartfelt.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A period piece done with the author’s usual charm and fervor, including earnest asides to his audience.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/13/2014

    " Sweet short story written for Dicken's children and grandchildren. Published only after his death and by consent of his living posterity. Reads like a grandfather wanting to impart the most meaningful points of living, sharing the life of Christ in an easy-to-understand manner "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 *Christie* | 2/11/2014

    " A beautiful retelling of the New Testament by Charles Dickens. Dickens did not want this published as he wrote it for his children only, but a few generations down the line decided that they wanted to share his words. His words are sweet in their simplicity and told in a way that would be entertaining and informative for children. I felt strongly throughout the Love that Our Lord had for each one of us and how much He wanted us to love each other in return. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/10/2014

    " I liked this book because he made the Bible story more understandable for children. This is Charles Dickens testimony of Jesus Christ and His mission on earth. I will read this to my children, but it may take days or weeks before we finish it, but we'll get it done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Griffith | 2/7/2014

    " This is a very nice book, although I think I expected something a little different, more insightful. In his novels Dickens can paint a human portrait so uniquely, with all its foibles and hidden strengths waiting to be revealed. But this is more of a quaint summary of the Four Gospels, which is fine becaue that's all it really claims to be. As it is, it's uplifting, sweet, with not much editorializing, but with a bit of admonishment for his own children. Worth reading once, but for real meat on the life of Our Lord, I'm going to stick to the New Testament. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 2/4/2014

    " I almost felt guilty during the introduction knowing that Charles Dickens never wanted this book, that I had in my hand and was reading, to be published. I felt like I was an intruder to the private thoughts intended only for his children and his family. As I read I realized he was paraphrasing and giving his interpretations of the New Testament for children to understand. I liked the simplicity of it. It's a quick read. I started re-reading it out loud with my family, so I can add my own beliefs, as I teach them about the life of Christ through this book. (for example, in the book the atonement that happened in the garden was not given the recognition for what it was, or how I would have expected/liked). I was impressed with his dedication and the importance he felt to teach his family about Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi Burton | 1/30/2014

    " Beautiful. It's kind of like a little New Testament that he wrote in such a sweet simple way for his children to understand. A perfect book to read at Christmas time. I love how in all it's simplicity, it provokes such profound thoughts of Christ and His personal relationship with the people He lived among, and how even now we can have that same relationship with him as we live worthy of His presence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 1/29/2014

    " This is just a great little book. Very simply written, but so perfect! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/18/2014

    " I like that it's simple enough for children to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/16/2014

    " i thought this would be a good present for a new reader, like for christmas. i thought it was sweet and would share it with my children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/24/2013

    " I thought I was reading sacred writings what a father wrote to his kids. What a beautiful testimony. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 11/29/2013

    " What an amazing book written by Charles Dickens. He is now one of my favorite authors. Such wisdom behind his words! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 11/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this sweet story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 11/23/2013

    " Read this to my kids. Loved the background of this book, a cherished story that a father wrote only for his children. A great story to share, I'm going to remember it as a book to read around Easter since it goes over all of his life not just his birth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariel | 11/12/2013

    " Delightful. Christ's life in simple language, but not "dumbed-down" in any way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherene | 11/11/2013

    " This is a short and easy read,and definitely worth reading. It was interesting to see in what ways the author's testimony of the Savior differs from mine, and in what ways it is the same as mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 11/10/2013

    " I loved the thought that Charles Dickens wrote a book to his children to teach them about Jesus Christ. It is a very simple rendition of the life of Christ. It is a beautiful story that can help a child learn about Jesus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 10/25/2013

    " A really smooth, concise way to review the life of Christ. I liked the way he talked clearly because it was intended for children. Ismael & Sienna also read it and enjoyed it. Not a replacement for the New Testament by any means, but a nice complement to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen V | 9/16/2013

    " Fun to read about the Life of Christ as a novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 5/22/2013

    " This book was cute. I don't really enjoy Dickens...at all. It had a couple of interesting points, and I found his idea of Heavenly father and Jesus' relationship interesting. Overall, it wasn't amazingly wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tressa | 5/22/2013

    " Quick read--loved how simply he retold the bible stories of Jesus's life and teachings. It reads like a father would talk to his children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent Eggleston | 5/12/2013

    " Great understanding of doctrines as known in the mid 1800s. Great message of a father to give his children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/11/2013

    " Very interesting to read Dickens' testimony of Christ written to his children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/1/2012

    " Very good read. What any loving parent would want their child to understand about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We sat around as a family Christmas Eve 2005 and read it to completion. Wonderful experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 11/27/2012

    " I was having a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit so I read The Life of Our Lord this morning. It helped! I love it's simple message of love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 10/31/2012

    " A sweet overview of the the life of Christ by Dickens. This personal letter/testimony/lesson for his children that Dickens specifically never wanted published, is an insight into his personal philosophy and beliefs and the things he felt it was important for his children to believe and do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 10/3/2012

    " A great book! Written by Charles Dickens for his Children, a simple testimony of and about Christ. Some of the details are a bit off from the bible but it is still a sweet read, perfect for Christmastime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani | 7/13/2012

    " Interesting to read Dickens' account of Jesus' life and how he told it to his kids. Beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/29/2012

    " What kind of testimony should I leave for my children? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/30/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/18/2012

    " A quaint retelling of the life of Christ. I don't know if I will read it again; I glean much more from the life of Christ reading the Bible. Being LDS, I missed the bit about Jesus visiting the Americas too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 9/6/2011

    " A really tender explanation of the life of Christ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 7/13/2011

    " Great understanding of doctrines as known in the mid 1800s. Great message of a father to give his children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 6/23/2011

    " LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! I really don't know how to explain this book. But, if you are a Dickens fan and if you believe in Christianity, this is a MUST read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 6/20/2011

    " This is basically like a primary sharing time lesson. It's not at all like Dickens' other works (intentionally). He gets a few of his facts wrong, but hey, what can you expect from an adulterer? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 6/14/2011

    " Clearly written for children, but the message is still the same. A good, easy read and a great refresh course on the New Testament. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jourdan | 1/20/2011

    " A summary of the New Testament in a way I can actually understand. Finishing it made me want to disect Talmage's Jesus the Christ...and I did until...well it is 800 pages. I will read this every December to my kids--absolutely delightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Baranie | 1/15/2011

    " We read this as a family as a start to our New Testament study this year. It is simply written and very accurate. Great intro read for a beginning reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/27/2010

    " Read this last week in a couple of hours. I really like the simplicity of this one and try to read it every year. I think I may have Megan read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 12/24/2010

    " Really enjoyed this. I would like to add it to the list of tings to read to the kids each Christmas season. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melonie | 12/14/2010

    " I know that this was written for children and in that vein, the language was appropriate and the story of Christ was simply told. What I didn't like is that he never expressed who the Savior was besides a good man given power by God. He is the Savior..just say it, Charlie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 12/5/2010

    " Written by Dickens for his children...my how language has changed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rivka | 12/3/2010

    " This is a wonderful short read. Reading it out loud to my children is our newest Christmas tradition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 11/30/2010

    " Such a simple retelling of the four Gospels. I wish I could write something so sweet for my own children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 11/17/2010

    " This was a fun insight into the religious mind of one of my favorite authors. It is the Gospels told in narrative format. I loved it. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

About the Narrator

David Aikman is a former senior correspondent for Time magazine, for whom he has written numerous cover stories, including three “Man of the Year” profiles. He is the author of Great Souls, When the Almond Tree Blossoms, and Jesus in Beijing.