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A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works Hardcover – October 21, 2003
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent devotional. It introduces you to many of CS Lewises works without having to read each one individually.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've been a lover of C.S. Lewis (primarily by way of the Chronicles of Narnia) since I was 9 years old (and that was a long time ago; he was still living!). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Murphus
This is an excellent collection of C.S. Lewis's writings. He is very inspiring and the entries for each day are short enough to read and digest easily.Published 4 months ago by L.G.