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Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments [Paperback]

By Joy Davidman (Author) & C. S. Lewis (Foreword by)
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Each chapter of this brief book is based on one of the Ten Commandments, but with a modern appropriation of the familiar ancient words. Though Davidman writes for laypeople, preachers will find inspiration in her penetrating and passionate insights. With a foreward by C.S. Lewis, Davidman's husband.

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This celebrated book, a dynamic and original interpretation of the Ten Commandments, is enhanced by a thoughtful introduction by C. S. Lewis, the author's husband. Lewis writes, "the flaw in us which Joy Davidman seems to me to expose with most certainty will be to some perhaps an unexpected one: the sin of fear . . . quite simply, cowardice."

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   142
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.76" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 19, 1985
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  066424680X  
ISBN13  9780664246808  

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More About Joy Davidman & C. S. Lewis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joy Davidman (1915-1960) was an American poet and writer who married C. S. Lewis in 1956. Her published books include Letter to a Comrade, an award-winning volume of poetry, and Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments.

Don W. King is professor of English at Montreat College and editor of Christian Scholar's Review. He is the author of over sixty articles on C. S. Lewis, and his other books include C. S. Lewis, Poet and Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter.

Joy Davidman was born in 1915 and died in 1960.

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No Wonder CS Lewis Loved Her - Brilliant Woman!  Dec 27, 2006
There is very little I can add to what other reviewers have said. When I read this gem of a book, I realized the attraction between C.S. Lewis and Ms. Gresham. Her perspective on the 10 Commandments is unique and fresh and as relevant now, 50 years after the book's publication, as it was back then. This is one of those books which will remain in my library and will be reread once a year or so just for the wisdom contained within its pages.
Ten Stars for this one!  Jun 30, 2006
Joy Davidman was an American born poet critic, novelist and Christian writer who later married Christian apologist C. S. Lewis. She was born Jewish, spent some time in the Communist party and later accepted Christianity. This book, written in the 50's, was written about the implications of the Ten Commandments for contemporary society -- and in my opinion, it is as up to date now as when it was written.

Each commandment is explained in the way that only a person of Jewish background can do. She often compares and contrasts our society today with the time in which the commandments were originally given. This helps the reader to understand them in more detail.

The only way I could list everything that has helped me from this book would be to rewrite the book here -- which, of course, would be impractical.

Where would I start?

Each chapter is full of insights that will make you stop -- many times -- and think and reflect. In her chapter "Day of Rejoicing" which deals with keeping the Sabbath, she points out how people through the history of Judaism and Christianity have taken the Sabbath and made it into a chore as opposed to the day of rejoicing and celebration that it was supposed to be. (It made me remember my own religious upbringing where I was surrounded by a big list of things that I was NOT supposed to do on Sunday.) She ends the chapter with a question and answer:

Q. How do you keep a day holy?

A. By seeing that it is holy already and behaving accordingly.

In her chapter about adultery, she is even bold enough to say, ". . . true and Christian remedy . . . is to hold the men to as high a standard as women."

On the subject of guilt she says, "For the only way to get rid of a sin is to admit it . . . the Christian is the only man who does NOT go around all the time feeling guilty. For him, sin is a burden he can lay down,. . . It is the unfortunate creature who denies the existence of sin in general or his own in particular who must go on carrying it forever."

It is rich with biblical and historical information and guaranteed to build your faith.

You'll love it!
What a treasure!  Feb 23, 2006
This book is packed with wonderful stories and illustrations, a great resource for sermons and Bible studies. Though Joy Davidman wrote it over half a century ago, it is absolutely relevant today. When she critiques our society 'today' (in the '50's), she conjures up our culture in the 21st century as well. Particularly strong is her chapter on stealing. Here we see how righteous indignation over our trying to 'get something for nothing' led her to communism and finally to Christ.
After reading this book, you just might glow!  Apr 2, 2003
I had to come down off of the mountain after reading this book! The spiritual high that it produced was nothing shy of immaculate. I was so impressed with this woman's perspective on the Christian life, especially coming from the Atheistic background that she did. One would not expect such enlightened 'Christian' thoughts from a woman who at one time, hated all things religious. This book changed my outlook on a number of issues and really touched me. I recommend it to anyone who wants a fresh new look at the 10 Commandments. Beautiful, bold, and truly as classic as anything her husband, C.S. Lewis wrote.
A Rich Insightful Look at the Ten Commandments  Sep 4, 2002
Joy Davidman, aurthor, thinker, ex-atheists turn Chrsitian, wrote this book as an examination, not only on the Ten Comamndments, but as C.S. Lewis wrote, "The Flaw in us."

Her insight is only matched by her style. This book is easy to read and, quite frankly, a page turner. Her theological, yet literaturily approach, places many deeply thoughful ideas into a richly receptive form. The insights exposes God's wonderful wisdom and our sins, yet, we are challenged to accept this answer and move on in the journey to living holy lives.

She skillfully uses information from Moses' area, as well as the days of Christ, and the 20th century which aids the reader to understand the applicability of these treasured laws.

This book is so skillfully developed, my only question is "Why she did not write mor in the realm of religion?" (Joy was an accomplished auther and poet). The forward is by then friend C.S. Lewis (they married a few years later). A great book!


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