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Product Details

  • Series: Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (October 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060506083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060506087
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'He has a quite unique power for making theology an attractive, exciting and fascinating quest.' Times Literary Supplement 'I read C. S. Lewis for comfort and pleasure.' John Updike 'C. S. Lewis is the ideal persuader for the half convinced.' Anthony Burgess 'I think it unlikely that other books as generally entertaining... will be as generally instructive.' W. H. Auden 'He is admirably equipped to write spiritual biography for the plain man, for his outstanding gift is clarity.' Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

A beautiful compilation of inspirational writings, featuring seven classic works in one volume:

Mere Christianity
The Screwtape Letters
The Great Divorce
The Problem of Pain
Miracles
A Grief Observed
The Abolition of Man

C. S. Lewis's works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year, appealing to those seeking wisdom and calm in a hectic and ever-changing world. Each title is written with the lucidity, warmth, and wit that has made Lewis revered as a writer the world over.

From The Problem of Pain—a wise and compassionate exploration of suffering—to the darkly satirical The Screwtape Letters, Lewis is unrivalled in his ability to disentangle the questions of life. His writings offer hope, wisdom, and a true understanding of human nature.


More About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Customer Reviews

The book itself is very nice, and the index is great for writing talks.
Joshua Rogers
This book is an excellent collection of seven of the major theological writings of the Christian apologist C.S. Lewis.
H. G. Scott
I have read Screwtape several times, and have checked out every other book in this collection at least once.
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723 of 729 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Clive Staples Lewis, better known as C. S. Lewis was one of the most influential Christian thinkers of all time. Whether through symbolism in the Great Divorce, biting satire in the Screwtape Letters, or unflinching logic in Mere Christianity his brilliance shows through clearly. "The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics" contains his seven most popular works - Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, A Grief Observed, and The Abolition of Man. While I read many of these years ago as a young Christian and college student this is the first compendium that I have reviewed. Make no mistake about it; this is a collector's edition in all respects - hardbound, nice dust jacket, crisp quality printing, and even an attached ribbon bookmark.
"Mere Christianity" presents the basic tenets of Christianity. C. S. Lewis breaks the book up into four parts - Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe, What Christians Believe, Christian Behaviour, and Beyond Personality: Or First Steps in the Doctrine of the Trinity. This book is one of the most commonly recommended books for new Christians and those who want to understand basic Christian doctrine from a well-rounded apologetics point of view.
"The Screwtape Letters" has been one of my favorite books for many years. While it is fictional it soon becomes quite clear that we are dealing with real world problems. Through thirty-one letters to his nephew, Wormwood, Screwtape consoles and instructs him in how to keep his "patient" from becoming a Christian or at least from becoming an effective one. Using the vehicle of these letters C. S. Lewis examines various issues and problems of the Christian life.
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151 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Scott on May 3, 2003
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C. S. Lewis is remarkable in his depth of faith and logic while remaining consistently humble about his opinions. Also, he purposefully avoids denominational battles or speaking on denominational doctrines, focusing on Christ instead. When he discusses Christianity, he makes every effort to avoid advancing a denominational agenda and focuses on the things that unite Christians instead. CS Lewis is a refreshing breeze to those who believe that we should be presenting a united front to the world.
Contents:
MERE CHRISTIANITY: An excellent exposition on the necessity of a good, personal God based on observational and philosophical evidence. He then moves to an argument that Christ is a "personality" of that creator God and that Christianity follows "naturally" from what we have already acknowledged to be true. His arguments are 100% as true and effective today as they were when written - I find myself using them today (and surprisingly, belief systems that portray themselves as more "rational" have not yet responded to these criticisms in the past 75 years or so...)
THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS: one can chillingly find the demon Screwtape's suggestions being carried out in our own actions on a regular basis. CS Lewis has an intuition of human nature!
MIRACLES, THE PROBLEM OF PAIN: these two didn't thrill me, but we each respond to different things. Lewis at least develops these ideas very well and that development was interesting.
THE GREAT DIVORCE: This was my favorite work. Lewis displays once again a keen insight into human nature, set in the backdrop of arriving at Paradise from Purgatory and having to shed their old selves before they are willing to enter Heaven.
A GRIEF OBSERVED: This chronicles the spiritual journey of CS Lewis after his wife's [end of life].
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113 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Barr on November 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
EDIT: In 2009 I originally posted this review as a 1-star review. I stood by the 1-star review not at all because of the content of these books (they are excellent and I enjoy them thoroughly) but only because people tend to look for 1-star reviews as flagging issues exactly like the one I was trying to highlight.

Somewhere recently in the four years since I wrote my review Amazon has finally fixed the product image at least. What you see here should be what you get if you order it. The 2007 roughcut edition is still not well-made, but by now I've come to terms with the fact that it's probably the only edition anyone will be able to find. Since I've only been able to find one copy of the superior 2001 edition in the years since I posted this review I have realized that this review has probably done more harm than good by discouraging others from buying these excellent books because a better edition *used to exist*.

For this reason I will effectively remove my review from the public eye by raising it to 3 stars, where it will be less likely to be seen.

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EDIT: My original review has been edited and toned down thanks to feedback from Joseph in the comments. Thanks!

IMPORTANT: This review is about the physical product being shipped when you order C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, A Grief Observed, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, and The Great Divorce (Boxed Set). The product being shipped IS NOT THE PRODUCT PICTURED on that page at the time of this writing.
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