The Curate’s Awakening by Scottish minister, George MacDonald (1824-1905), is an enjoyable work of fiction, a murder mystery and much more. If you’ve not read MacDonald, you are in for a treat. He is a master storyteller of who C.S. Lewis said these words “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded [George MacDonald] as my master.” I selected this work since it is the first book I read authored by George MacDonald. Another of his books is At the Back of the Northwind , a well-known and more complex novel. In The Curate’s Awakening we find curate Thomas Wingfold newly established in his first pastorate. As time goes on he is faced with a dilemma, to preach what is expected or to preach from the heart. He isn’t even sure of his own beliefs. It is a journey the reader takes with him. In many ways, the messages found in this book are timeless. I think you will like The Curate’s Awakening.
THE CURATE’S AWAKENING (Hampshire Books 1993 | Bethany House Publishers 1985 , 1876 - first printing)