Item description for Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C. S. Lewis by C. S. Lewis...
Overview Within this volume are 365 excerpts from Lewis's letters to friends, with wise advice from the man known to be a great spiritual mentor.
C. S. Lewis spent a good portion of each day corresponding with people via handwritten letters. Over his lifetime he wrote thousands of letters in which he offered his friends and acquaintances advice on the Christian life, giving away a bit of himself to each of these correspondents as he signed his notes with a heartfelt and familiar, "yours, Jack." Most of these letters are currently only available in their entirety--a collection consisting of three hefty tomes. Yours, Jack features the best inspirational readings and sage counsel culled from C. S. Lewis's letters, offering an accessible look at this great author's personal vision for the spiritual life.
This thematic selection from his letters offers the freshest presentation of Lewis's writings since his death in 1963. Yours, Jack will showcase Lewis's remarkable teachings and vision for a new generation.
Awards and Recognitions Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C. S. Lewis by C. S. Lewis has received the following awards and recognitions -
Book of the Year - 2009 Winner - Top 10 category
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More About C. S. Lewis
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 Mere Christianity, 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 one hundred million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales mas importantes del siglo veinte y podria decirse que fue el escritor cristiano mas 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 desempeno hasta que se jubilo. Sus contribuciones a la critica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantastica y teologia popular le trajeron fama y aclamacion a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribio mas de treinta libros, lo cual le permitio alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aun atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada ano. Sus mas distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Cronicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Yours Jack?
classic spiritual advice Oct 27, 2009
This collection of replies to those in need of advice comes from a source that many will recognize as a well rounded individual. You wish you could be his friend as he deftly and kindly gives his reader a chance to stand back from their problem and view the larger, eternal picture. As many classics do, it speaks to contemporary times.
spiritual direction by example Sep 15, 2009
If you're a fan of C.S. Lewis you already know you want this book! :-) But when you read it, you may be surprised to find yourself learning the most simply from his example. His humility (as mentioned by a previous review), generosity, daily prayers for others, knowledge of Scripture, and growth in his own understanding come out more clearly in this book than in anything else I've read about him. His example will spur you on in your own journey.
Nice introduction to the man and his mind Jun 16, 2009
I feel a little silly writing a review after reading the others already given as they present the heart and value of the book so well, but even so I thought that I could just add my little voice. This is the best new book of collected Lewis anything to come out in a long while. In addition to what others have noted, I have found these letters to be useful notonly because they are headed by short synopses, but because the majority of them are actually less than two pages long. I am not sure if it was meant to function as a devotional per se, but that is how it has worked for myself. Tons of wisdom, wit, humility and logic at the service of our Lord through his instrument Mr. Jack Lewis. It is rather stunning to read him in letter format; he doesn't shake at all. Those who knew him often remarked that he spoke like he wrote- clear, logical, complex but to the point, and always at the service of the Faith once delivered.
If you have any interest in the logic of Christianity, spiritual nourishment or Lewisian studies, this is a' must buy' for sure.
See also Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis for a sympathetic and moving account of his life.
Precious Nuggets May 7, 2009
I first saw Yours, Jack at the library and soon knew I wanted my own copy so I could mark some of the precious nuggets. I especially enjoyed the single entry for 1938, which closed with, "So few of us will really rest all on Him if He leaves us any other support." The context of this quote is amazingly relevant to the worries we have these days--terrorism and other scary stuff! It was also interesting to see Lewis' fear of poverty. And, altho he often ends letters with "You are in my prayers," one time he closed with "You are in my prayers, such as they are." and I loved that touch of humility!
Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis Mar 26, 2009
There are three major volumes of C.S. Lewis' letters now available. Virtually every surviving letter from Lewis is now contained in these three massive books.
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. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes are in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one's temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present to us: it is the very sign of his presence." (1942)
"The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's `own', or `real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life - the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one's `real life' is a phantom of one's own imagination." (1943)
"The doctrine of Christ's divinity seems to me not something stuck on which you can unstick but something that peeps out at every point so that you'd have to unravel the whole web to get rid of it." (1944)
"When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased." (1952)
"You ask `for what' God wants you. Isn't the primary answer that he wants you?" (1954)
"The wrath of God: 'something in God of which the best image in the created world is righteous indignation.' I think it quite a mistake to try to soften the idea of anger by substituting something like disapproval or regret. Even with men real anger is far more likely than cold disapproval to lead to full reconciliation. Hot love, hot wrath...." (1963)
These are just a few of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis' letters. Yours, Jack offers an inside look into Lewis' correspondence. Readers will benefit from the counsel found in these pages.