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C.s. Lewis: Readings For Meditation And Reflection

by C. S. Lewis
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Product Details

  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Publishing date: 09/02/1996
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780060652852
  • ISBN: 0060652853

Synopsis

Known throughout the world as the intellect behind The Chronicles of Narnia and as the twentieth century's most influential Christian writer, C. S. Lewis has stirred millions of readers through his probing insights, passionate arguments, and provocative questions about God, love, life, and death. Gathered from the mass of his published works -- including The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, The Four Loves, and God in the Dock -- as well as from letters, essays, and less familiar writings, this compendium contains a cross section of Lewis's finest work.


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  • Mumbo-jumbo from a big name
    From Amazon

    As a youngster, I loved the Chronicles of Narnia, so it is with some regret that I have to say this book is awful. Look at page 26 and the ridiculous false dilemma: Jesus must either be a lunatic or the Son of God! Richard Dawkins pointed out in the God Delusion that, of course, Jesus could simply have been mistaken. If I have to choose,however, I'd take lunatic (Ockham's Razor). I read not one sentence that would convince any open-minded non-believer that Christianity is true.

  • Short and Sweet
    From Amazon

    This book is a collection of C.S. Lewis's writings on various topics. It is a great intro to C.S. Lewis's works and philosophy. I enjoyed it mostly because I like reading a little bit each day. This book is perfect for that because each entry is not more than 2 pages. If you want a general survey of C.S. Lewis, then this is your book.

  • Solid, if slightly disappointing...
    From Amazon

    I can't believe that I've given less than 5 stars to a work by C.S. Lewis, as I consider him to be the finest author of the 20th century. However, the faults of this devotional book do not lie with Lewis and possibly not even with the editor, but primarily with the format. This book is essentially a collection of unrelated musings, isolated from among Lewis' many books and letters. One nice thing (at least for the way that I was using the book) is that the devotional readings are not designated to a specific day of the year, so there is no sense of having to read one (and only one) page each day. As for the critique, in short, C.S. Lewis did not write in devotional form. He wrote rather complicated thoughts that required some length to explain. As such, it is difficult to pull out one paragraph or even one page sections from his body of work that sufficiently stand alone. Of course, there are many of these short readings that maintain the spirit of Lewis, which allows the book to retain 4 stars. Unfortunately, some of the selections are very hard to understand without the full context from the original writing. And the disconnection from day to day is almost jarring, as the readings are not necessarily related in any way. In any case, it's still a book worth reading, particularly for someone unfamiliar with the work of Lewis. If this is the only Lewis that you'll read, then do it, and you'll be blessed. However, I would certainly recommend his works like "Mere Christianity" and "The Screwtape Letters" to be read in their entirety, rather than in truncated pieces like this book.

  • Requires thinking and will challenge all Christians.
    From Amazon

    This compendium of Lewis's books is a must read for all Christians. Short clips require very deep thinking about a variety of important Christian subjects. You will not be able to read quickly or even just once. Meditation and Reflection is an apt title.

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