- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 52 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: May 10, 2005
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0009NS97E
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- It has NO text justification so that each line is a random length and many lines are a single word (see picture)
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It looks like someone copied all the text from a webpage, put in a document and just hit "print" without any editing or formatting or anything. DO NOT BUY this version.
For the non-believer, it is a great opportunity to get a bare-bones explanation of everything Christians believe. For the believer, it is a great help in understanding why you believe what you believe. Many Christians, without really realizing it, believe things without knowing why. Lewis's explanation of Christian doctrine from the ground up helps the Christian fill in the blank parts of their theological understanding.
There is not one single day in which an idea from this book doesn't pass through my mind, and I use logic from the book on a regular basis to explain what I believe and why. I would highly recommend this book.
I have found some readers have started the book, but gave it up after the first four or five chapters, declaring it was "too hard to understand." The book is divided into four parts and I agree that "Book I. RIGHT AND WRONG AS A CLUE TO THE MEANING OF THE UNIVERSE" is a challenge. If it is for you, may I urge you to not give up, but to jump ahead and start at "Book 2. WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE." My guess is you will finish the book; that you will enjoy it thoroughly; you will gain insights to life that will serve you well; and you will go on to read more C.S. Lewis. Once through the book, you can go back and take on Book 1.
This is a book you can open to almost any section. Every chapter was a 30-minute radio broadcast in its original form, so they are not only reasonably short, but independent of each other in many ways.
If you like this book, may I also recommend his "Problem of Pain?" Both are major works, filled with common sense.
For those seeking God and answers to your questions, I can't recommend highly enough Mere Christianity.
This book has reignited my desire to know God.
He presents things as unbiased and matter of fact while sharing his inner musings and rationale.
With no religious background at all there is material that still resonates on a personal level and touches on ideas or beliefs that may have been previously considered with or without knowing that's what you were contemplating.
With a religious background, much of the content mirrors familiar passages and concepts clearly portrayed in Scripture. The concept of "natural law" or a basic understanding of what drives and convicts humanity to act in ways they feel that they "should" or "ought to" touch on the very foundation of defining goodness, and thereby the lack of goodness as well.
If you're unsure what you believe then you have the world to gain and nothing to lose by reading this. If you know what you believe or are skeptical of certain things at first, then at least you leave with a possibly different perspective not priorly considered.
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and size of the book is just fine!