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Lilith

March 13, 2018
lilith cover by george macdonald
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Published: 7/1/2002
Page Count: 264
Lilith is a story concerning the nature of life, death, and salvation After he followed the old man through the mirror, nothing in his life was ever right again. It was a special mirror and the man he followed was a special man -- a man who led him to the things that underlie the fate of all creation. Lilith is considered among the darkest of MacDonald's works, and among the most profound. It is…

This book is full of complex metaphors and imagery that is difficult to understand fully. However it is still an intriguing story which touches on many incredible truths about the human condition. The reader is given a window into the nature of redemption and the paradox of finding life in death among many other things.

The main character Mr. Vane is on a strange journey from isolation and self-will to surrender and the presence of God. The other characters in the story are powerful spiritual agents full of wisdom both warm and stark. At times, the story is almost allegorical. Personally I found that the ending was what made the book so wonderful. MacDonald’s images and pictures of heaven are inspiring and beautiful and unlike anything I have read. It made me wish that more writers would be inspired by such rich themes and the subject of heaven. MacDonald writes at times as if he were not just imagining these other worlds but as if he had actual visions of them. Some people might not wish to wade through all of the confusing images and the convoluted story of Lilith, but for those who do there await many inspiring truths to stir the soul.

One Comment

  • Timothy T Lumsdaine March 27, 2019 at 11:57 am

    To be honest, I completely loved this story even with its complex allegory and unusual metaphors. In fact I think that may be much of the beauty of MacDonald: he paints the world in a very allegorical way that is not only intensely beautiful but wonderful in the more literal sense of the world. Its new, brilliant, completely unique. When reading Lilith I found that I shared in the experience with C S Lewis of having my imagination baptized by the highly creative ideas found therein.

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