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The Quotable Lewis [Hardcover]

By Jerry Root (Editor) & Wayne Martindale (Editor)
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LEWIS (1898-1963) was a respected scholar and teacher at Oxford University for 29 years and then a professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University to the end of his career. An atheist throughout his-early life, he adopted theism in 1929,and, converted to Christianity in 1931.

Lewis's spiritual pilgrimage followed two tracks, both intellectual and emotional-intuitive. Since childhood he had experienced prolonged moments of longing, the "bittersweet stab of desire." He perceived that these longings which he came to identify as joy, actually pointed away from themselves, to another world of permanence and fulfillment to God.

A talented debater and writer C. Lewis, wrote prolifically in many genres: novels, poetry, children's literature, fantasy, science fiction, literary, criticism, and apologetics. In addition, he wrote essays, sermons and hundreds of letters, rich for their insight, and human concern.

Lewis's many published works cover a wide spectrum of topics both contemporary issues and the enduring questions of human meaning in the world as creatures of God. How do we live in the world with nuclear weapons? How should animals be treated in scientific research? How does, a person deal with homosexual tendencies? How do Christians confront suffering and evil in the world? Does prayer really work? Lewis addresses these and hundreds of other topics from the bedrock of biblical truth. Indeed C. S. Lewis is hailed as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the twentieth century.

The Quotable Lewis presents, hundreds of excerpts from Lewis's writings, providing ready access to his thought on each topic. An exhaustive index references key; words and concepts allowing the reader to easily find quotes on any. subject of interest. Also included are many photographs of Lewis and his circle, some of which have never before been published.

For browsing study, illustration and personal enrichment, this encyclopedic selection of C. S. Lewis's most salient quotes is ideal for communicators, students, long-time Lewis fans, and first-time readers of Lewis's work.

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This book presents more than 1,500 quotes from Lewis's writings, providing ready access to his thoughts on a variety of topics. An exhaustive index references key words and concepts, allowing readers to easily find quotes on any subject of interest. Also included are many photographs of Lewis and his close circle of friends.Quick summary:
  • More than 1,500 quotes from Lewis's writings.
  • Sixteen pages of photographs.
  • Extensive index and numbering system.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   691
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   2.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 23, 1990
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  0842351159  
ISBN13  9780842351157  

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More About Jerry Root & Wayne Martindale

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! DR. JERRY ROOT is an Associate Professor at Wheaton College where he teaches graduate courses in the MA in Evangelism Program as well as courses in the undergraduate Christian Formation and Ministry Department. In addition, Jerry is a visiting professor at Biola University and Talbot Graduate School of Theology in La Mirada, California.Jerry has written many books centered around the teachings of C.S. Lewis. He has lectured on C. S. Lewis at 48 College or University Campuses in 11 countries. He has taught college and graduate courses on C. S. Lewis for 30 consecutive years.Jerry and his wife Claudia have four married children, four grandchildren, and a Welsh Corgi; they live in Wheaton, Illinois.
STAN GUTHRIE is an editor at large for "Christianity Today" magazine. His most recent book, "All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us," was released by Baker. He is author of "Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century." Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers.

Jerry Root currently resides in Wheaton. Jerry Root was born in 1956.

Jerry Root has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Princeton Theological Monograph

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Quotable Lewis?

An excellent example of jewels that "percolate into life."  Jan 11, 2007
Whether to look up a quote almost remembered, to find a memorable quote anew, or to just enjoy browsing, this book is an amazing resource. Buy it.
Referencing a Classic Author  Jan 9, 2007
For writers, preachers, and educators, this handy reference is indespensible. Imagine having the ability to probe the greatest works of C.S. Lewis on specific topics. You'll enjoy this and wish you'd bought it sooner!
This book is a gem.  Jan 17, 2006
What a gem. If you like (love) CS Lewis, or aren't very well acquainted with him, this book is for you. It's a quick and delightful way to get Lewis' insights. Then you can go to the source material for a deeper examination if you want. This book is never on the shelf - it is always sitting out so I can grab it for a quick uplifting read.
Lewis Encyclopedia.  Nov 9, 2004
This is the largest and most comprehensive collection of C. S. Lewis quotes. Period. As a Lewisophile, I keep kicking myself not getting it sooner.

It is not a mere quote book, but more of an encyclopedia. It not only surpasses "A Mind Awake," which is the perfect introduction into Lewis's thought, but also "The Joyful Christian," and "The Visionary Christian," and even the daily devotional "The Business of Heaven."

I appreciated when quotes from the pre-conversion Lewis were highlights as being "pre Christian." Conversion is such a radical change of mind that things Lewis said before and after this experience should be kept in context.

Furthermore, the book has the quite cited with book title, chapter and paragraph, which makes allowances for the various editions and binding of books. This nice touch makes the Quote Book useful for whatever state and edition your Lewis Corpus.

The only drawback is that this book is not a representation of what Lewis thought was important, but what Mssrs. Martindale and Root extract from the expansive Lewis corpus. For example, Lewis believed in a for of Theosis or Deification of mortals, as articulated by Athenasius in "On the Incarnation": God became man so that man might be god.

However, the book has a section on "Human Destiny," but only one reference to this idea. The other quote is in "Glory." This is odd, because the whole doctrine of the Trinity, as Lewis explains in "Mere Christianity," is for men to be come sin some sense gods.

As they present Human Destiny, Mssrs. Martindale and Root have quotes that reflect a more traditional view of heaven that is more palatable to Protestantism. This "fudges" some of Lewis's thought. Maybe the compilers disagreed, or did not understand what Lewis was saying on this matter, but it does raise a caution.

Overall, this book is useful for understand every facet of Lewis: Scholar, Convert, Philosopher, Soldier, Brother Husband, Literary Critic, Science Fiction and Fantasy writer, and Human Being.
THE QUOTABLE LEWIS provides a concise, well-ordered collection of quotes by C. S. Lewis. The mistake that most will make is to assume that this is a book that would be interesting or useful to students of religion only. Lewis' thoughts and writings, while predominantly centered in the world of religion, include a diversity of personal musings ranging from English literature to being well-read to world politics.

The book also provides an excellent reference to the numerous works of C. S. Lewis should you be interested in further study and reading.

Don't be tempted to sell this on short on the basis that Lewis had nothing to say to you. Take a look. I am sure that you will find something that fits.


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