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    Michael Phillips

    Michael Phillips

    Native Californian Michael Phillips is one of the most versatile, prolific, and beloved Christian novelists of our time. His first publications in the 1970s and 1980s covered a wide variety of topics and included major biographies of Olympian and Kansas congressman Jim Ryun (Harper and Row) and Victorian author and man of letters George MacDonald (Bethany House.) Since that time he has authored over twenty non-fiction books.

    In the early 1980s, Phillips turned his writing craft to fiction. He is one of a handful of select authors who inaugurated the boom in Christian fiction that continues to this day. It is now as a novelist that he is primarily known. He has penned some sixty fiction titles of great variety. With a wide range of expertise and historical knowledge, he has set series in England, Scotland, Russia, China, Germany, Wales, and the United States. This diversity attests to the depth, scope, and range of his volume of work. His most frequent settings through the years have been the U.S. Civil War period, and both 19th century and contemporary Scotland. His works are read and loved by pastors, priests, and the laity, by prison inmates and college presidents, by men and women, young and old, elementary school children and graduate students alike. The enormous breadth of his faithful audience is testimony that his writings are universal in their appeal. Most of his series have been best sellers in the Christian market.

    In his long and distinguished career, Michael Phillips has written and co-written over sixty original novels, with numerous appearances on various best-seller lists. Some of his well known series and titles include: The Secret of the Rose, The Journals of Corrie Belle Hollister, Caledonia, Shenandoah Sisters, Carolina Cousins, American Dreams, Rift in Time, Angel Harp, Heather Song, and From Across the Ancient Waters.

    Phillips is also the man responsible for the resurgence of interest in Victorian author George MacDonald, the man known as the “Father of the Inklings, C.S. Lewis’s spiritual mentor whom Lewis called his “master.” After his own discovery of MacDonald’s books, Phillips embarked on a campaign to reacquaint the reading public with the works of MacDonald. He edited and published sixty of MacDonald’s volumes over a twenty year period which sold two million copies and inaugurated a renaissance of interest in the forgotten Scotsman.

    Phillips is also MacDonald’s biographer. His George MacDonald, Scotland’s Beloved Storyteller (1987) was the first major biography of MacDonald produced in the United States. Following in Lewis’s footsteps, Phillips has also compiled several volumes of MacDonald anthologies and quotations. As he continues to devote himself to making the reading public aware of MacDonald’s writings and unique contributions to the theology of God’s Fatherhood, Phillips is recognized as among the world’s foremost purveyors of MacDonald’s message, with particular insight into the Scotsman’s heart and spiritual insight. As his own corpus reaches a stature of significance in its own right, Phillips is regarded by many, like Lewis before him, as a successor to MacDonald’s vision and spiritual legacy for a new generation.

    Through the years, following in the footsteps of his literary and spiritual mentors C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald, Michael Phillips has dedicated an equal share of his writing career to non-fiction works that illuminate the character of God’s Fatherhood. Though not so well-known as his best-selling fiction, this body of thought-provoking devotional writing includes the titles: A God to Call Father, God A Good Father, Jesus An Obedient Son, Is Jesus Coming Back As Soon As We Think, Make Me Like Jesus, Discovering the Character of God (ed.), Knowing the Heart of God (ed.), Your Life in Christ (ed.), The Truth in Jesus (ed.), The Eyewitness New Testament, and The Commands.

    All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books with sales over seven million copies. Michael Phillips and his wife Judy, his lifelong partner in all aspects of his writing, bookselling, and publishing, divide their time between homes in California and Scotland, where much of Phillips’ writing is set, and where they are working to heighten awareness of Scotland’s own George MacDonald. More information on Michael Phillips can be found at FatherOfTheInklings.com.