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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 Aikma Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by *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 by 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 by 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. "

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