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My Journal Jottings

September 7, 2018

Two years ago I came across buried under a pile of books in my office, George MacDonald’s Diary of an Old Soul. a collection of his daily prayer/poems. George MacDonald was a Scottish poet, author, and minister. He was well known as a pioneer in fantasy literature for children, like The Princess and the Goblin, andPhantastes.

C.S. Lewis, so I have heard, thought he was perhaps the most inspired writer since the Apostle Paul!

Less known perhaps was this collection of his daily prayer poems. The language is quaint, but I have found his prayers to be so totally honest, without cant or pretence. He opens his heart to God almost without reserve, never hiding his moods in the seasons of the year or of life.

I have no recollection of how this book came to me. But for many months I have read one of his prayers each morning, often finding they speak so directly to my own heart and state of faith or failing.

You can find a copy on Amazon. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but I think you may find as I do rich food and provocation for your own soul.

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