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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; New edition edition (October 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060566167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060566166
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This book of daily readings, culled from C.S. Lewis's major nonfiction writings like The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, Miracles and A Grief Observed, might be called the thinking Christian's devotional: it is deeper and meatier than most other devotionals on the market. With 366 entries (including one for Leap Year) that are typically one or two paragraphs each, Klein has managed to distill some of the most memorable passages from Lewis's famous corpus. Interestingly, she includes a bit of Lewis trivia for each day of the year, and often pairs the reading with the biographical information: for example, we learn that on March 21, 1957, Lewis married Joy Davidman Gresham, and the entry for that day is about their marriage. Three separate indices list the sources by book, by day and by selection title or theme.
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'I read C.S. Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration.' John Updike 'The only imperative that nature utters is, "Look. Listen. Attend."' C.S. Lewis in The Four Loves --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

Classic C.S. Lewis.
S. Cox
So many "daily readings" books contain flowery nuggets with very little substance.
M. Donley
I try to read a few pages each day and find it's a great way to start your day.
Annie from Annapolis

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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on January 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A C. S. Lewis devotee knows that Lewis died the same day as President Kennedy. Though it's not mentioned in the jacket copy --- and the book includes no introduction --- that forty-year commemoration might have been the catalyst for this new compilation of 366 daily readings drawn from what the publisher calls his (capital-letter) Signature Classics: MERE CHRISTIANITY, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, THE GREAT DIVORCE, THE PROBLEM OF PAIN, MIRACLES and A GRIEF OBSERVED, plus (apparently perceived in some other category) THE WEIGHT OF GLORY and THE ABOLITION OF MAN.
Drawing on this bank, this book provides food for thought more than for devotion. Readers looking for a devotional aid will need to make a conscious leap to apply the material to a personal line of prayer. And yet the presented theological, philosophical and sociological points, all focused by Lewis's Christian worldview, do serve to draw the reader to a keener awareness of God's presence, character and role; his being, creations and relationships.
The one-page selections have been deftly arranged by Patricia Klein, who in times past edited the annual Cahill calendars featuring quotable lines from Lewis and his Inkling cohorts. She has given each reading a clear but not clever title that orients readers going into a selection and grounds them coming out: "Love the Sinner . . .", "The Real Test", "Nice Is Not Enough", and "How Marriage Reconciles."
Her selections are well organized. Each stands on its own, but many, usually from one source, for four or five days at a time thematically build on one another. We spend a week in March, for example, noting the pitfalls of pride (from MERE CHRISTIANITY) before being introduced to "Humility 101" (from THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS).
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. Parvin on April 29, 2004
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Offering some real substance in an erudite but humble and humorous style, Lewis stands out from the plethora of dogmatic religious fluff we read. The review by FaithfulReader.com from New York is the best I've read. To emphasize several points:
1. By cutting and pasting from several C. S. Lewis books, this daily reader is somewhat choppy.
2. Although profound, orthodox Christianity, it is not a good devotional. Chris Tiegreen's At His Feet also provides real substance but, unlike A Year with C. S. Lewis, was originally written as a daily devotional.
3. Though the January 15 entry clearly explains that Screwtape is a fictional demon, a reader who doesn't know that and who begins reading at some other date might be confused (as a dear friend of mine was) when the "Enemy" means God, and "Our Father" is Satan. I don't know how to prevent this.
4. For those unfamiliar with C. S. Lewis' works, this daily reader will introduce them to his exceptionally clear and thought-provoking insights, yet expressed with modesty and humor. Some of my favorite gems:
a. On limits of human intelligence: "Of course these conjectures as to why God does what he does are probably of no more value that my dog's idea of what I am up to when I sit and read."
b. On God's perception of time: "The difficulty comes from thinking that God is progressing along the Time-line like us... Suppose God is outside and above the time line?"
c. On experiencing God: "Suppose we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! `Look out!' we cry, `it's alive!'"
d. On the importance of doctrine: [comparing experiencing the seashore with having a chart] Doctrines are not God: they are only a kind of map. But that map is based on the experiences of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God. If you want to get any further [than experience] you must have a map.
Highly recommended for introducing one to the treasure of C. S. Lewis or reminding his old admirers.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Donley on December 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great introduction to the riches of this masterful writer. His most popular works are excerpted, and the daily readings will surely whet the reader's appetite for more.

So many "daily readings" books contain flowery nuggets with very little substance. Here, the editor carefully chooses insights that are intelligent, wise, sometimes funny, and always meaningful. "I never thought of it that way; that makes so much sense," is a refrain one is sure to repeat reading Lewis.

A wonderful primer. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Gill on July 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There is a nugget from Lewis for each day of the year. The excerpts are well-chosen and are short enough to be read with your coffee in the morning and still have time for the news. The entries have some continuity; that is, there are three or so days in a row with connected entries from a single work. The choices are interesting, so much so that it is easy to read several days' worth at one sitting. Perhaps this collection might inspire readers to take on Lewis in his entirety, or at least one of his complete volumes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
While not a typical devotional, this compilation of excerpts from some of Lewis's most popular writings ("Screwtape Letters", "Surprised By Joy", "Mere Christianity" and others) is a rare and wonderful treat. Leave it to Lewis to express the Inexpressible in such a clear, profound and entertaining manner. A little dose of C.S. Lewis is a wonderful way to begin the day.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By it on December 2, 2005
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I own every book (except one) that was ever written by Lewis, frequently in first editions or full leather bindings and have read each one several times. I also own several books written by Walter Hooper who put Lewis as the author.

This collection is very good at representing the razor sharp reasoning skills of Lewis and his way of explaining things clearly to the general public.

Be prepared to have your value standards challenged.
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