"“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.”"