A Christmas Carol Special Edition:
The Charles Dickens Classic with Christian Insights and
Discussion Questions for Groups and Families
By Charles Dickens.
Edited by Stephen Skelton.
Published by Standard Publishing.
About the Book: This edition includes the complete text of the Charles Dickens classic and the following:
- Annotations offering interesting insight into the story's biblical allusions, the author's faith, and compelling Christian themes throughout.
- Discussion questions designed to engage and promote dialogue among readers of all ages on such subjects as regret, repentance, and redemption.
- A list of related resources to enhance your study.
About the Author: Stephen Skelton is the producer of a best-selling video based Bible study series, which includes Mayberry Bible Study and the Beverly Hillbillies Bible Study. He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Review: A Christmas Carol was my favorite Christmas movie growing up. I watched every version. I would cry when Scrooge looked at his Christmas future, showing the Cratchit family grieving Tiny Tim’s death and then later would blink the tears away when Scrooge wakes up a renewed man, ready to celebrate Christmas. For me, a Christmas Carol is a timeless classic that I will enjoy for years to come!
As a Catholic who loves this story, this special edition reveals the spiritual depth of Dickens and was fascinating for me to read. The added footnotes explain the lessons of Christ that are woven among the Christmas scenes. Here are three interesting examples:
1. Dickens summarizes the core of Christian teaching in these few lines:
Jacob Marley visits Scrooge and yells: “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealing of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”
2. The ghost of Christmas past reflects elements of the holy trinity-Father Son and Holy Spirit in this line:
It was a strange figure-like a child: yet not so like a child as an old man, viewed through some supernatural medium….
3. Dickens strategically uses the biblically significant number three. Before his time with the spirit of Christmas past is done, Scrooge will regret his sins three times:
“No”, said Scrooge. “No, I should like to be able to say a word or two to my clerk just now! That’s all.”
But it: A Christmas Carol Special Edition is available on Amazon.com for $7.99.
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