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Articles & Chapters



George MacDonald: A Life of Relationships.The Rabbit Room, 2021, orinally published in Radix Magazine.

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“George MacDonald & Mythopoesis: ‘One of the Greatest Arts,’” in The Inklings and Culture: A Harvest of Scholarship from the Inklings of Canada, ed. Monika B. Hilder, Laura L. Pearson, and Laura N. Van Dyke, Inklings Institute of Canada, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020. 

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How Shall We Then Read? George MacDonald and the beginnings of a discipline called ‘English Literature’,” in The Undiscovered C. S. Lewis: Essays in Memory of Christopher W. Mitchell, ed Bruce R. Johnson, Winged Lion Press, 2021.

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“Rooted Deep: Discovering the Literary Identity of Mythopoeic Fantasist George MacDonald.” Linguaculture, vol. 2, 2014, pp. 25-44. 


“Tribute to Colin Manlove & Stephen Prickett,” VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center. (2020)

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“Relational Inkings of a Mythopoeic Maker.” Informing the Inklings: George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy (2018)

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Forward & Afterward to Romanian translation of MacDonald’s “The Golden Key.” (English translation here) (2015)


“Rooted Deep: Discovering the Literary Identity of Mythopoeic Fantasist George MacDonald.” LinguaCulture (Centre for (Inter)cultural and (Inter)lingual Research. (2015)

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“The Curdie Books, Please” (an examination of Lewis’ use of The Princess & Curdie in That Hideous Strength). Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal, 2012.


“The Mythopoesis of George MacDonald.” North Wind, A Journal of George MacDonald Studies, 2012.

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“Speaking Matrilineally (and especially of Uncle Mackintosh MacKay),” Rethinking George MacDonald: Contexts and Contemporaries, eds Chris McLachlan, Ginger Stelle, John Pazdziora. Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2012.

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“Dearborn’s The Baptized Imagination: A Book Review.” SEVEN: An Anglo-American Review, Volume 27. (2010)

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Tolkien & Mythopoesis.” Chapter in Tree of Tales: Tolkien, Literature, and Theology, ed Trevor Hart & Ivan Khovacs. Baylor Press. (2008) Attributed to “Kirstin Johnson.”

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“Curdie’s Intertextual Dialogue: Engaging Maurice, Arnold and Isaiah.” George MacDonald: Literary Heritage and Heirs, ed. Roderick McGillis, Zossima Press. (2007)

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“Bunyan’s Influence on MacDonald’s ‘The Golden Key.’” North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies. (1997)

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“Annotations” for the ‘Juvenilia Press’ edition of Jane Austen’s Jack and Alice: A Novel, 1992 (ed Juliet McMaster).




“‘A childhood into which we have to grow’: George MacDonald and Childlikeness,” with Sharon Jebb Smith; Child Theology by James M. Houston, Wipf & Stock. (2021)


“That Holy Thing: George MacDonald Advent reflection,” in The Grand Miracle: Daily Reflections for the Season of Advent. (2019)

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“A Call to Childlikeness.” Article on “Spirituality & Children,” Patheos Public Square, May 2016.


“At Home with Unicorns.” Article on ‘Everyday Theology,’ March 2016.

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“Factual Myth, The Legend of Faith.” Article on “Myth, Imagination, Fairy Tales, & Fantasy. And Faith,” Patheos Public Square, March 2016.

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“Every Wrinkle Tells a Story: Celebrate or Eradicate?” Article on “Faith & Aging” Patheos Public Square, November 2016.

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“The Storyteller.” Article in “Seven Literary Sages,” Christian History. (2015)

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“What C.S. Lewis Learned from his ‘Master’,” article in “Seven Literary Sages,” Christian History Magazine (2015)

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“De balsemolie van Arcabas.” in Jezus Voor Ogen: Beelden en woorden voor de veertigdagentijd, ed. Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker. Buijten & Schipperheijn. (2012)

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“George MacDonald.” Biographical entry in The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, ed. George Kurian. Wiley-Blackwell. (2012)


“Better than the Best.” in The Cradle and the Crown: A Regent College Advent Reader, ed. Richard Thompson. (2006) (re-issued 2011)

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Sacred Story: The Mythopoesis of George MacDonald.” Regent College Centenary George MacDonald Conference. Regent Audio. Vancouver, June 2005.


“Unraveling Phantastes.” in MacDonald Centenary Issue, Christian History & Biography. (2005)

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“Storied Communion: The Compelling Example of Robert Coles.” Master’s Thesis, under Eugene Peterson, Regent College, Vancouver. 1998.




“Life More Abundant: Emily Carr” ArtWay Visual Meditation, July 2013. (in English and in Dutch)


See also: Mythopoeic Life on Instagram for Kirstin’s nature photographs paired with short reflections and related poems and quotations.

The Arts

The Arts

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David Jones: Introit Invitation ArtWay Visual Meditation, Christmas 2018.

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“Tolkien at Christmas: Three Gift-giving Fathers” ArtWay Visual Meditation, Christmas 2016. 

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“Awakening the Fools: Cecil Collins’ The Joy of the Fool ArtWay Visual Meditation, March 2014. (in English and in Dutch)

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Life More Abundant: Emily Carr” ArtWay Visual Meditation, July 2013. (in English and in Dutch)

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