Item description for Shepherd's Notes: C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity (Shepherd's Notes) by C. S. Lewis & Terry L. Miethe...
Overview This is a forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions into Christianity and the most popular among Lewis's books. Mere Christianity is a book that uncovers common ground upon which all those who have Christian faith can stand together.
Publishers Description Shepherd's Notes- Christian Classics Series is designed to give readers a quick, step by step overview of some of the enduring treasures of the Christian faith. They are designed to be used along side the classic itself- either in individual study or in a study group. The faithful of all generations have found spiritual nourishment in the Scriptures and in the works of Christians of earlier generations. Martin Luther and John Calvin would not have become who they were apart from their reading Augustine. God used the writings of Martin Luther to move John Wesley from a religion of dead works to an experience at Aldersgate in which his "heart was strangely warmed." Shepherd's Notes will give pastors, laypersons, and students access to some of the treasures of Christian faith.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher Broadman And Holman
Series Shepherd's Notes
ISBN 0805493476 ISBN13 9780805493474
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More About C. S. Lewis & Terry L. Miethe
C.S. Lewis was a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge universities who wrote more than thirty books in his lifetime, including The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity. He died in 1963.
C. S. Lewis was born in 1898 and died in 1963.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Mere Christianity (Shepherds Notes)?
Why Christianism is the best option Mar 28, 2007
This is the most important book you can read after the Bible. If you are searching for the meaning of your life, if you think there's gotta be more than what we see and perceive in our earthly existence, if your heart tells you to honestly seek for the truth, look no further; no other book will help you discover it. Actually God is reachable to everyone. You only have to be willing to put aside those obstacles in your vision. C. S. Lewis is not out there to "get you", nor preach to you. He'll help you figure it out yourself better than any other philosopher or scientist.
Some people will start looking for God by means of their intellectual curiosity, others will do it out of despair and sheer anguish, and others simply draw near Him out of love for His Son Jesus Christ. Whatever means to start your search is good as long as it is honest. (But remember that faith is a gift that God gives you, not that you give to yourself).
The book deals in its first short chapters with Natural Law, and it explains the difference with the laws of nature, e.g. gravity, etc. The language is simple enough for anybody to understand (if I understand it anybody can). Natural Law is still one of the unrefutable evidences for the existence of God that nobody can deny, or explain. Human Genome Project founder Francis Collins explains this very clearly too in his book 'The Language of God'. By the way, Collins says that the other choice we, humans, have in order to understand our nature is accepting that life is the result of an infinite series of miraculous "coincidences" or chances, whose probability are, each one of them, infinitely small.
I am reading this book for the second time, now in Spanish (this site doesn't let me publish my review to the Spanish edition). I am underlining almost every line. There is so much to think about here. But I'd like to quote the following lines:
"In religion, as in war and in everything else, consolation is the only thing that cannot be obtained by searching for it. If you look for the truth, you may find consolation in the end. If you look for consolation you will not find neither consolation nor the truth... only empty talk and preestablished conceptions to start with, and in the end, despair."
And this reminds me so much of one of Peter Kreeft's funny stories: When you were a child and believed in Santa, it made you feel comfortable and happy. Then why, when you grew up, did you stop believing in him? Why care for the truth if you can be happy?
Approach it honestly; and God bless us all who so seek Him, for we shall surely find Him.
A great book Mar 25, 2007
C.S. Lewis did a wonderful job explaining what and why Christians believe what they believe and also references other religions and explains how they believe on the same topics. Many christians know what they are supposed to believe but never understand why. Once I picked this up, I couldn't put it down.
Laudable Lewis! Mar 25, 2007
The insights, the eloquence, the metaphors, the balance between reality and Scripture, this volume is repleted with the above. It is true, for this volume witness to them all.
We have all quoted CS Lewis or read a quotation from this volume somewhere. I always love to read the primary source if I can. Get this volume, you would not be sorry.
Shepherd's Notes is not the whole book Mar 20, 2007
If you are viewing the page for Mere Christianity (Shepherd's Notes), you are looking at a sort of Cliff Notes book. I'm glad I ordered it by mistake (I just put in my order for the actual book) because it looks like an extremely useful tool for understanding the context of Mere Christianity. Before you click Add to Cart, make sure you are buying the book you actually want.
Probably the Best Book on Christianity I've Read so Far Mar 17, 2007
This book is based on a series of speeches CS Lewis gave on the radio during World War II, to present Christianity to his fellow Brittons. Adapted to book format, those speeches are a precious treasure for any person genuinely interested in Christianity, or plain spirituality and religiousness.
I cannot say enough about this book; it is witty, deeply intelligent, fun to read, never preaching, always convincing, and above all, Lewis always talks to you with honesty and not a bit of condescendence. He presents his arguments in a very clear, concise, and precise manner. The whole book gives you a lot to ponder about and that is true even for people who have already studied Christianity quite a bit, as I did. Never before did I see such a well executed introduction to Christianity and what it really means to be Christian.
I think so much of this relatively little book that I think it deserves a place in the Bible. Think me crazy, but this work is definitely more valuable than a certain amount of text in the Bible as it is today (and I mean no disrespect by saying this).
The best thing about "Mere Christianity", out of all the other things I can't mention here, is that it never gives you the usual dumb perceptions of Christianity, it always makes a lot of sense, and intrigues you. It's a delight of the brain and soul, and heart, to read the words of a most intelligent and faithful man like CS Lewis.
I went for this book because I really wanted to understand Christianity better, and perhaps even find some faith of my own, and even though I didn't think even this highly praised book would help, it did, but not exactly how I expected it to help. It helped me to see how intelligent Christianity could be, and how much sense it could make. Now I may not agree with everything Lewis talks of in that book (the nature of sexual desire, for one) but on the whole this is a book you will never regret reading.
Strongly recommended to anyone with an interest in Christianity, religions, spirituality, and Truth.