Parables, Imagination, and George MacDonald’s Christian Fiction
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"George Macdonald was one of the great storytellers of the Christian tradition. Convinced that living faith could no longer be sustained by tired old doctrinaire formulations of truth, he envisioned the Word made fresh through revitalizing imagination, poetry, and parable. This book is a winsome and perceptive exploration of MacDonald's subversive literary agenda. Custodians of archival Christianity should feel threatened, very threatened indeed."
--Glen G. Scorgie, Bethel University
"This perceptive and careful study traces the roots of MacDonald's insights in Jesus' own teaching practice, and reveals MacDonald as a skilled follower of Jesus' parabolic lead. Quite apart from its contribution to MacDonald studies, this is a book that reminds us once again in timely fashion that a gospel addressed to the mind and the will alone is unlikely to take root and grow. The seedbed of faith is an imagination taken captive by the kingdom of God and nourished by the holy spirit."
--Trevor Hart, University of St. Andrews
"In this illuminating comparison between the parables of Jesus and the fiction of George MacDonald, Kreglinger shows how both told stories that de-familiarize by using shocking versions of symbolic meaning that draw the reader into transformative participation in the kingdom of God. . . . With these insights, Kreglinger opens up in a fresh way the pervasively Christian nature of MacDonald's mature fantasy literature."
--Richard Bauckham, University of St. Andrews