You may not know the writings of George MacDonald, but you know the works he inspired. Without him, there would likely be no Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, or A Wrinkle in Time. Considered the father of modern fantasy, MacDonald personally mentored fellow minister Rev. Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), encouraging him to complete and publish his wonderfully eccentric doodlings as Alice in Wonderland.
When C.S. Lewis, who considered MacDonald his “master,” first began reading MacDonald’s Phantastes, he says, “I knew I had crossed a great frontier.” G.K. Chesterton described MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin as having “made a difference in my whole existence.” John Ruskin, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, W.H. Auden, Mark Twain, Oswald Chambers, J.R.R. Tolkien and many others cited him as an influence on both their writings and their personal lives.
The compassionate Scottish author, poet, and minister was born on December 10, 1824 and died early in the 20th century. He left behind a rich and varied collection of novels, poems, sermons, and apologetics, all dedicated to the glory of God.
A few of my favorite MacDonald quotes:
“Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.”
“Philosophy is really homesickness.”
“Doing the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.”
“You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage, but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it himself.”
“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.”