C. S. Lewis Readings for Meditation and Reflection

ISBN-10: 0060652853
ISBN-13: 9780060652852
Edition: 1996
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/5/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, "Jack" to his intimates, was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. His mother died when he was 10 years old and his lawyer father allowed Lewis and his brother Warren extensive freedom. The pair were extremely close and they took full advantage of this freedom, learning on their own and frequently enjoying games of make-believe. These early activities led to Lewis's lifelong attraction to fantasy and mythology, often reflected in his writing. He enjoyed writing about, and reading, literature of the past, publishing such works as the award-winning The Allegory of Love (1936), about the period of history known as the Middle Ages. Although at one time Lewis considered himself an atheist, he soon became fascinated with religion. He is probably best known for his books for young adults, such as his Chronicles of Narnia series. This fantasy series, as well as such works as The Screwtape Letters (a collection of letters written by the devil), is typical of the author's interest in mixing religion and mythology, evident in both his fictional works and nonfiction articles. Lewis served with the Somerset Light Infantry in World War I; for nearly 30 years he served as Fellow and tutor of Magdalen College at Oxford University. Later, he became Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University. C.S. Lewis married late in life, in 1957, and his wife, writer Joy Davidman, died of cancer in 1960. He remained at Cambridge until his death on November 22, 1963.

Introduction
The Lion and the Stream
The Intolerable Compliment
The Lord of Terrible Aspect
The Cost of Discipleship
Can't You Lead a Good Life Without Believing in Christianity?
The Christian and the Materialist
Can Someone Lead a Good Life Without Christianity?
Will Christianity Help Me?
First and Second Things
The First Job
The Invasion
The Personality of Jesus
What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ?
Christ Has No Parallel in Other Religions
God Has Come Down into the Created Universe
Screwtape Explains Hell's Invention of the "Historical Jesus"
God as Man
Counting the Cost
Half-hearted Creatures
To Be Loved by God
"Ordinary" People
Becoming Clean Mirrors
Screwtape on Hell's Idea of Humility
We Delight to Praise
Why We Need a Map
Natural Law
Morality Cannot Become "Stagnant"
Looking "Along" and Looking "At"
Belief in Miracles
A Caution about Metaphors
Prayer
The Prayer Preceding All Prayers
The Trouble with "X"
Forgiving and Excusing
Confession
Emotional Reaction
God Wants You to Be a Saint
Encore!
The Necessity of Pain
Misfortune
The Divorce of Heaven and Hell
Hope
The Great Sin
Screwtape on Worldliness
Sexual Morality
Screwtape on Hell's View of Pleasure
We Have No "Right to Happiness"
Liking and Loving
On Praying
Ready-made Prayers
Prayer and Time
Screwtape on Time
Screwtape Gives Hell's View of the Present
"Do I Believe?"
The Christian View of Suffering
Anxiety
Guilt
Screwtape Explains to Wormwood Why God Will Not Over-ride Human Free-will
Gift-love and Need-love
Love 1: Affection
Love 2: Friendship
Love 3: Eros
The Distractions of Domesticity
Brother Ass
When Eros Becomes a Demon
Love 4: Charity
Supernatural Need-love of God and of One Another
"Hating" the People We Love
To Love Is to Be Vulnerable
Consciousness of Sin
The Central Self
A Fifth-columnist in the Soul
A Caution
Nice People or New Men
The Perfect Critique
The Second Coming
The Secret We Cannot Hide and Cannot Tell
First and Last Love
Purgatory
New Men in Christ
Heaven
A Final Word from Aslan

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