Publishers Weekly interviewed Gary L. Colledge, author of God and Charles Dickens.
“Charles Dickens, the iconic 19th-century English author who penned such classics as A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist, filled his works with Christian references in a bid to encourage authentic devotion to Jesus Christ. But scholars and critics have ignored or downplayed this aspect of Dickens to such a degree that readers now commonly miss it.
“That interpretation of Dickens’ legacy has driven Gary L. Colledge, an Ohio pastor and Moody Bible Institute instructor, to write God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author (Brazos Press, June).
“The book popularizes insights gleaned from Colledge’s graduate work on Dickens at St. Andrew’s University. Writing in accessible prose, Colledge quotes extensively from Dickens’ fiction and a bit from his journalism in order ‘to let him speak so that we might hear Dickens the Christian.’”