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Yours, Jack Hardcover – International Edition, April 1, 2008
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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 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 have been transformed into three major motion pictures.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Do you like reading other people's mail?
Then you will LOVE this book.
It contains some of the letters that C. S. Lewis wrote during his life. C. S. Lewis spent a couple hours each and every day for most of his adult writing career responding to the letters that people wrote to him. I think I read somewhere that he personally responded to EVERY person who wrote to him.
Can you imagine? I cannot even do that with email...
This book does not contain every letter C. S. Lewis wrote, but several hundred of them. They show some of the struggles he faced, the questions he sought answers for, and the ups and downs of his professional and personal relationships.
And, as with absolutely everything C. S. Lewis writes, the letters of C. S. Lewis are full of theological insights and poignant observations about life, church, writing, theology, relationships, and a whole variety of other topics.
He even writes several letters about *gasp* masturbation...
I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading a few letters a day as quasi-devotional material. Lewis knew how to write something that just "fit", and so economical.Published 4 months ago by Nelson R. Pardee
Fantastic. It's like hearing from a wise, old friend. I'm sad he's no longer with us. (Selfish, I know.)Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
i am a lifelong CS Lewis fan, but this has to be one of my all-time favorites of his. Reading it for the second time just to ponder this man's wisdom on a smorgasbord of subjects,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mary Dawson
This is a much loved collection of letters by C.S. Lewis.Published 21 months ago by Beverly Enderlein
I'd greatly prefer it if I could assign five stars to the Lewis part of this book, which I have just received as a gift, but something more like three to the presentation. Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by Diana Maryon
Although these are not readings organized by date like a true "day book," these letters of C.S. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Joe M
I recently plowed through Volume Two of C.S. Lewis's collected letters (1931-49). Given that the book is about 1000 pages long the task daunted me at the beginning. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Karl
In this collection of correspondance there is more spiritual insight than in most religious books. This is a treasure trove of profound ideas from perhaps the greatest religious... Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Robert G. Leroe