Warning: This is Not a Christian Book, But it is Clean and Okay For Most Ages.
The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens left us exuberant as we celebrated with Ebenezer, his new choices and new way of life. Tiny Tim was going to live, Cratchit had a better wage, and it was a happy ending altogether as uncle and nephew started anew. The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett takes us beyond The Christmas Carol.
Jacob Marley periodically visits his old partner, Ebenezer Scrooge, often appearing in Scrooge’s door knocker. Afterwards, Jacob would sit in the chair across from Ebenezer where these two friends would visit. A lot of the characters from the original Christmas Carol have become annoyed by Scrooge’s open heart and generosity. This is where The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge deviates from the characters.
Ebenezer, in the first book by Charles Dickens, was financially astute. In the second book by Charlie Lovett, Ebenezer has become financially irresponsible. He celebrates Christmas all year round, often singing Christmas carols, even in the sweltering heat of summer where this story takes place. He opens his purse to everyone so much so that he owes money now to many creditors. Having said that, Ebenezer is a very contented and happy man who wants to help his ghost friend, Jacob Marley, earn his way to heaven.
Objectionable content was on page 19:
“At the end of a chapter in which the youthful hero had walked from London to Dover with little to assuage his hunger or protect him from the elements, Scrooge laid his book upon the table so that he might wipe a tear from his eye, so moved was he by the plight of the fictional boy. He gazed for a moment at the tiles around his fireplace, barely visible in the candlelight. They were designed to illustrate the Scriptures, but Scrooge had come to think of them as unnecessarily focused on violent incidents from the Old Testament.”
The Christmas Carol had many references to Scripture. When Tiny Tim talked about being in church, he told his father, Cratchit, how he hoped people would notice him as a disabled person so they would think about who made lame men walk and blind men see. It wasn’t about being generous for the sake of being generous, but there was always a spiritual element in the story. While The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge was well-written in the same style and voice of Charles Dickens (admirably so), its lessons in the story are more secular. The story did improve as I neared the end.
I was relieved at how they resolved some of the issues of generosity towards the end through the various ghost visits with Scrooge’s friends, but Scrooge appears to have lost his bright financial sense that made him a successful businessman. People do change, especially after they accept Christ, but their basic logic and sense only improve.
Otherwise, The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett is a well-written book, echoing the style and voice of the legendary Charles Dickens. I gave it three armchairs.
*Book given to Nikole Hahn to review by the publisher. Book was donated to Solid Rock Christian Fellowship’s Library so that others can discern for themselves how this book compares to Charles Dickens.*