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The C.S. Lewis Bible [Kindle Edition]

C. S. Lewis
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The C.S. Lewis Bible pairs thought-provoking meditations from C.S. Lewis’s spiritual writings with corresponding passages from the authoritative NRSV Bible. This one-of-a-kind Bible for devotional reading, reflection, and inspiration is perfect for readers of Lewis’s Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, or his other works of seminal Christian writing. Fans of Lewis’s widely-beloved allegorical fantasy series, the Chronicles of Narnia, will love this chance to engage with the author’s more deeply spiritual side after reading favorites like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4196 KB
  • Print Length: 1573 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (23 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HB8CXM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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 English 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 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Pleasant read, apposite notes,
How can you go without it when the price is so reasonable?
I would have preferred the UK English spelling of the NRSV but that's a very small but.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend! 2 Feb 2014
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So good to have the bible on my kindle and especially to have excerpts from C.S. Lewis's great writing interspersed throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gift for fans of C.S. Lewis 14 Nov 2010
By Brandon Vogt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
With hundreds of study bibles available today, why do we need another one? And what good is a study Bible whose commentary is filtered through a single person or theme? I've long been leery about these types of study bibles. Whether it be the Joel Osteen bible or the American Patriot bible, the Reformation study bible or the Grandmother's bible, you can find a study bible centered around many religious celebrities and themes.
(Check out this blog for a whole list of crazy-themed bibles.)

In one sense, these bibles can be beneficial. They recall the ancient Jewish tradition of following a particular Rabbi, diving into his school of thought, and adopting his interpretations as your own. Focusing on a singular teacher or theme can advance you far in the spiritual life if that person or theme offers deep of truth.

But this can also be dangerous. Our diverse selection of study bibles allows anyone to personalize their Scripture study to their own tastes. Instead of grasping the dens texture of Scripture--as Fr. Barron is fond of saying--we are left with a filtered, partial faith. Instead of receiving the Word of God as it is, we become consumers who pick and choose interpretations that satisfy our own tastes.

Lewis, of all people, understood this well. I think Lewis would be somewhat embarrassed to have a study bible with his name on the cover. He had a profound love and honor for the Bible, but never would have considered himself enough of a theologian to provide worthy commentary.

With all of that said though, the "C.S. Lewis Bible" deserves to be reviewed on its own terms. Despite my general concern toward study bibles, this really is one of the better ones I've come across--truly an impressive effort. The book's advisory board is a "who's who" of Lewis experts, and it's clear that they combed each of Lewis' works to unveil each reference to Scripture.

The "C.S. Lewis Bible" includes over 600 readings from Lewis' works, and also a scriptural index in the back. The index makes it easy to find what Lewis had to say about different scriptural passages.

Interestingly, the "C.S. Lewis Bible" doesn't just include selections from Lewis' non-fiction works, but also his Narnian chronicles and personal letters to friends and strangers. Narnia's creation story is highlighted alongside Genesis' and Lewis' personal letters are juxtaposed with Paul's.

In terms of design, this is one of the most beautiful books I've read recently. The typography and page design give the book an antiquated, literary feel, recalling Lewis' post as an English professor at Oxford. You can almost picture Lewis sitting in his study, Bible on one side of his desk, ink and blank paper on the other, jotting down his commentary with exquisite penmanship.

If you're hunting for more serious theological commentary, you should definitely look elsewhere (I strongly recommend the Ignatius Study New Testament as an excellent alternative). But if you are a fan of Lewis' writings and appreciate his unique thoughts on Scripture, you will surely be intrigued by the "C.S. Lewis Bible".
110 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now, we can have C.S. Lewis as a friend in daily Bible reading 10 Nov 2010
By David Crumm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Like millions of other readers, I've loved C.S. Lewis books all my life. As a teen-ager, I devoured "The Screwtape Letters," "The Great Divorce" and the Narnia novels. As a parent, I read the entire Narnia series to my children. Quite simply, I am thrilled to have this new devotional Bible with these 600 passages from Lewis' thoughts about scripture. In this way, Lewis becomes a companion in my own daily Bible readings. Here are a few key distinctions that will help you in deciding whether this Bible is right for you:

DESIGNED FOR PROTESTANTS: This 1,500-page inspirational Bible is designed for its core audience among the hundreds of millions of English-speaking Protestants around the world. There is no expanded Catholic or Orthodox edition of this Lewis Bible. (Catholic and Orthodox Bibles contain more books than the Protestant Bible.) Of course, Lewis crosses many religious boundaries with his work so this may not be an issue for most readers.

THE TRANSLATION: This is the easy-to-read New Revised Standard Version. This translation is quite popular in mainline Protestant churches---and some of the NRSV texts even appear in official Catholic worship resources.

NO NARNIA: The 600 passages included in this devotional Bible come largely from Lewis' great body of personal correspondence with friends and his books like, "A Grief Observed," "Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer," "Mere Christianity," "The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast," "Reflections on the Psalms: Library Edition" and "Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life." There are a few pieces from Lewis' science-fiction books and a single passage from "The Magician's Nephew," which is included in Genesis. So, other than that one Genesis reference, this is a Narnia-free book.

NOT A BIBLE SCHOLAR? Lewis famously joked that he was merely an "amateur" in Bible scholarship. In fact, Lewis was a world-renowned expert in medieval literature and worked as a scholar in various languages, including ancient Greek. He did publish a book interpreting the Psalms, during his lifetime. But he always saw himself---as a writer---in the role of a companion to other Christians. He read the Bible on a daily basis as a guide to his own life and prayers, pulling out various nuggets of wisdom that struck him along the way. That's the overall tone of these Lewis excerpts. His comments throughout this Bible are not historical or scholarly annotations as you'd find in a "study Bible." These are the thoughts of a wise companion enjoying the scriptures with you.
50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars 7 Dec 2010
By _scm_1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'll list the good and the bad, starting with the bad.

The bad:
The only thing I do not like is the color scheme and design on the cover. I bought the hardback version (mainly because I've never owned a hardback Bible) and was hoping that once I removed the dust cover there would be a blank book underneath. No such luck. There was the same horrible colors and design underneath on the book itself. Of course, someone might like it, but I'm very put off by it. I now wish I'd have gone with the leather-bound version.

Now for the good:
Inside the book it gets better--way better. The font style, design, and layout of this Bible are the best I've ever seen. Why they did not keep it that classy on the outside I'll never know. The book titles are stylishly written, not quite Celtic or Medieval, but just very tasteful with an old-world look and appeal; and there is ornamentation in various places on the pages. I'm not sure what to call it but I like it.

The pages have plenty of blank space left on either side, as well as above and below the text. Many Bibles have the pages crammed and crowded, but this one seems to let the text breathe; it just makes it more appealing and readable to my eye. And the pages are so beautiful that for the first time in my life I hesitate to mark it up and make my own notes.

Then there is Lewis sprinkled here and there. Never too much, but just about as many "notes" as I wanted and hoped to see. The publishers kept it to where you could reference Lewis if you wanted, or just choose to leave him out entirely for a given session in the Bible.

There's a preface written by Douglas Gresham, and there is an informative Introduction and detailed notes to the reader by other Lewis scholars--all of which I found interesting and helpful.

I've never owned an NRSV Bible before, but I'm enjoying the flow and feel of the translation.

This is not C.S. Lewis "teaching you the Bible." If you're looking for a "Study Bible" where the scripture will be explained and broken down for you, this is not the route to take. But if you're interested in some of the thoughts of C.S. Lewis to go with your Bible reading, this is perfect. And if you're looking for something of quality, that is aesthetically pleasing, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything better, in my opinion.

I will be spending a lot of time with my copy.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Purchase 11 Jan 2011
By David Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read the Bible everyday and get through it each year

I had been reading the NKJV for the last 4 years - wanted a change. I also wanted a "theme" Bible and was delighted to find this one as I have been a lifelong fan of CS Lewis

Very happy with purchase. The snippets from his works and letter add another dimension to my devotional times

Very very fast delivery to NZ too - less than a week from pressing the button!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts of C.S.Lewis amid the Scriptures 8 Jan 2011
By Gaylord Gartman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a new idea for presentation with Scripture and a good one.
This is not a commentary on verses at the bottom of each page.
It is a block of C.S. Lewis' thought positioned on a page of Scripture.
It is something to read and think about from the mind of a great thinker and writer.
It will sometimes make you read it a second and third time and then ponder it.
I have many editions of the Bible but no others like this.
I am combining this with also reading the volumes A Year with C.S. Lewis and the one harking back to the Narnia Chronicles called A Year with Aslan. Makes a good combination.
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