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C.S. Lewis spent a good portion of each day corresponding with, over his lifetime, thousands of people to whom he served as a spiritual director, giving advice on the Christian life. His letters are currently only available in their entirety--a collection consisting of three hefty tomes. This format of inspirational readings culled from C. S. Lewis's famous letters offers an easier to digest look at this great author and spiritual leader's lifetime of correspondence.

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis was born in 1898. Known as "Jack" by his friends, Lewis and his good friend J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, were part of a writer's club, The Inklings, who would meet at the local pub to discuss story ideas. Lewis's fascination with fairytales, myths, and ancient legends coupled with inspiration drawn from his childhood led him to write The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, one of the best-loved books of all time. Six further books in the immensely popular Chronicles of Narnia followed, and the final title, The Last Battle, received the Carnegie Award, one of the highest marks of excellence in children's literature.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061240591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061240591
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By David Crumm on April 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a compulsive C.S. Lewis collector and, if you're even thinking about buying this book - I'll bet it's not the first volume of Lewis that you'll place upon your shelf, either. His life was so complex, his imagination so expansive and his faith so deep that I find myself drawn toward his often strange and ultimately triumphant life over and over again. I've collected virtually all of his books and nearly all of the main titles written about him over the years. I even own the big 3-volume collection of his letters.

So, why buy this new book if your "Lewis shelf" looks even a little bit like the overflowing Lewis section in my library?

I think there are a couple of reasons that this book is a great new offering: First, most of us are hesitant to purchase, let alone slog all the way through, the big 3-volume set. I'll admit that, while my set of the letters has some turned-down corners here and there - I haven't waded through those volumes cover to cover to cover to ... Well, you get the point.

Second, we love reading letters, don't we? Letters are foundational in the world's great religions. Our revelations come to us, quite often, in the form of epistles. The New Testament books are mostly letters. As a journalist and editor myself for more than 30 years, I've written thousands of letters (now Emails and posted epistles) and I've received, edited and published thousands of readers' letters. I can tell you this - there are few books with the impact of a well-written, well-timed letter.

And, third, Paul F. Ford has pulled into these nearly 400 pages a most intriguing, sometimes troubling and always fascinating thematic collection of "Jack" Lewis' letters concerning "spiritual direction.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Trevin Wax on March 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There are three major volumes of C.S. Lewis' letters now available. Virtually every surviving letter from Lewis is now contained in these three massive books.

If you are like me, you wonder how to sort through so many letters in order to find the advice from Lewis that has spiritual value. There's no reason to wonder anymore. Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis
is a collection of the best of Lewis' letters from all three collections. In this volume, one finds the letters containing "spiritual direction" from Lewis.

I thoroughly enjoyed Yours, Jack. The editors did a good job of selecting which letters to include in this collection. And they helpfully include a summary of each and an index that makes the letters more accessible to readers looking up a certain topic.

There are some gems here. Let me give you a few worthwhile quotes:

"The trouble about God is that he is like a person who never acknowledge's one's letters and so, in time, one comes to the conclusion either that he does not exist or that you have got the address wrong." (1921)

"One needs the sweetness to start one on the spiritual life but, once started, one must learn to obey God for his own sake, not for the pleasure." (1931)

"(Sensual love) ceases to be a devil when it ceases to be a god. So many things - nay every real thing - is good if only it will be humble and ordinate." (1940)

"I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptations. It is not serious provided self-offended petulance, annoyance at breaking records, impatience et cetera doesn't get the upper hand. No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Welch on May 7, 2009
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I first saw Yours, Jack at the library and soon knew I wanted my own copy so I could mark some of the precious nuggets. I especially enjoyed the single entry for 1938, which closed with, "So few of us will really rest all on Him if He leaves us any other support." The context of this quote is amazingly relevant to the worries we have these days--terrorism and other scary stuff! It was also interesting to see Lewis' fear of poverty. And, altho he often ends letters with "You are in my prayers," one time he closed with "You are in my prayers, such as they are." and I loved that touch of humility!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By matt on June 16, 2009
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I feel a little silly writing a review after reading the others already given as they present the heart and value of the book so well, but even so I thought that I could just add my little voice. This is the best new book of collected Lewis anything to come out in a long while. In addition to what others have noted, I have found these letters to be useful notonly because they are headed by short synopses, but because the majority of them are actually less than two pages long. I am not sure if it was meant to function as a devotional per se, but that is how it has worked for myself. Tons of wisdom, wit, humility and logic at the service of our Lord through his instrument Mr. Jack Lewis. It is rather stunning to read him in letter format; he doesn't shake at all. Those who knew him often remarked that he spoke like he wrote- clear, logical, complex but to the point, and always at the service of the Faith once delivered.

If you have any interest in the logic of Christianity, spiritual nourishment or Lewisian studies, this is a' must buy' for sure.

See also Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis for a sympathetic and moving account of his life.

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