- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; New Ed edition (October 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060566167
- ISBN-13: 978-0060566166
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 297 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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From the Back Cover
Beloved author C. S. Lewis is our trusted guide in this intimate day-by-day companion offering his distinctive and celebrated wisdom. Amidst the bustle of our daily experience, A Year with C. S. Lewis provides the necessary respite and inspiration to meet the many challenges we face in our lives. Ruminating on such themes as the nature of love, the existence of miracles, overcoming a devastating loss, and discovering a profound faith, Lewis offers unflinchingly honest insight for each day of the year.
These daily meditations have been culled from Lewis's celebrated Signature Classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, and A Grief Observed, as well as from the distinguished works The Weight of Glory and The Abolition of Man.
Throughout this elegant daybook the reader will find poignant biographical com-mentary about C. S. Lewis's life that offers a remarkable portrait of Lewis in the context of his work. As each day unfolds, we embark on a path of discovery with a friend by your side. A Year with C. S. Lewis is the perfect com-panion for everyone who cherishes Lewis's timeless words.
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The Kindle version is easily navigable, both by month and by day. Great little devotional!
I enjoy reading virtually everything Lewis ever wrote. He thought deeply about life, faith, and relationships. He is brilliant, insightful and comes across very real as a person communicating with you honestly and not just trying to impress you.
Lewis taught at Oxford and Cambridge and can write fluently at that Oxford high level of scholarship, but he amazes me how he can also take that vast vocabulary, pare it down and write empathetic children's books like the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, too--I love the range of his works.
I use both the Kindle version and the printed version of this devotional book. I have some other books that sit unopened on the shelf but this isn't one of those. It's a book I actually use, get a lot out of and highly recommend. I hope tasting Lewis's writings in these short daily selections encourages you to read more of his full works: there is Lewis to fit many a taste, scholarly, science fiction, fantasy, and reflections on his own journey.
C.S. Lewis left such a legacy in his books and yet, I must admit, parts of this book are just over my head! Maybe it's deeply theological. Maybe it's that this book quotes previous writings of Lewis's that I haven't read. I'm not sure, but I'll still read on!
I have been using this book for my lunchtime devotional reading and have found, without fail, that each day's reading is thought provoking and insightful. I have found the passages taken from "The Problem of Pain" and "A Grief Observed" to be the most compelling on a personal level.
What the reader will not find here is the sort of light, relentlessly optimistic writing often seen in devotional literature nor will he or she find a short bit of Scripture quoted and then expounded upon by some selection of Lewis' writing. Instead, what I have found are selections chosen for their ability to pierce cliches and platitudes and engage the reader's intellect both authentically and without pretense.
I strongly recommend this compilation for those who would like to go deeper into their own faith during their devotional times.