Charles Dickens' "The Life of Our Lord"

"“A Christmas Carol,” and “David Copperfield”
are well-known titles by Charles Dickens, whose novels most often centered around poor and oppressed children of Victorian-era England.

But few know of what his daughter-in-law referred to as his “secret work." Written in 1849, “The Life of Our Lord” wasn’t published until 1934.

Dickens begins: “My dear children, I am very anxious that you should know something about the history of Jesus Christ. . .no one ever lived who was so good, so kind.”

Although not a proponent of established religion, Dickens respected the Bible, especially its account of the life of Jesus.

In his last will and testament he stated: “I re-wrote that history for my children. . .having it repeated to them, long before they could read, and almost as soon as they could speak.”"

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