Between the Lines: A Conversation with Gary Colledge – Part 1

We recently got the chance to talk with Gary L. Colledge about his new Brazos book God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Class Author.

Gary teaches at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, and is the author of Dickens, Christianity, and “The Life of Our Lord”.

In today’s post (part 1 of 5), we ask Gary about the type of book he intended God and Charles Dickens to be.

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In the introduction to God and Charles Dickens, you write that it is not a book about Dickens but rather is a book of him. What do you mean by this?

I’ve tried, in this book, to let Dickens speak. I’m convinced that he speaks with a vibrant Christian voice that has not been heard or acknowledged as fully as it should be. So, I didn’t want to write a book about Dickens—there are plenty of excellent books about him. I wanted God and Charles Dickens to be a book of him—or from him.

To accomplish that, I quote Dickens often—from his novels, his stories, his letters, his journalism, and his speeches—and I do so regularly at length. I attempt to keep my own interpretation to a minimum and to let Dickens’s own words be at the heart of my work. While I certainly attempt to guide readers into Dickens’s Christian thought, my goal is to have them hear Dickens. As such, then, I’m hopeful the book will be received as a book of Charles Dickens and that those who read it will be encouraged to revisit Dickens or pick him up for the first time. Reading Dickens, of course, is the best way to hear his Christian voice.

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For more information on Gary’s book, God and Charles Dickens, click here.

We will post the rest of this interview over the next two weeks – so keep checking back!

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