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C. S. Lewis , Paul F. Ford
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5 Aug 2011

A collection of 365 readings containing the best and most compelling writing culled from more than 4,000 pages of C.S.Lewis‘s famous published letters.

Thoughout his life, C.S. Lewis – ‘Jack’ to his friends – spent a good portion of each day writing letters to people for whom he became a spiritual mentor – literally thousands of them. Contained within this vast body of correspondence is wisdom and personal insight as powerful as anything else he ever wrote or had published.

Jack’s famous letters, published in their entirety in a collection consisting of three impressive volumes, reveal much about his private life, reflections, friendships and feelings, as well as all of Lewis’s interests: theology, literature, poetry, fantasy, and unknown details about his world-famous Narnia stories and other books. Amongst Jack’s correspondents were J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, Owen Barfield, Arthur C. Clarke, Sheldon Vanauken and Dom Bede Griffiths.

Now, this distillation of 365 inspirational readings extracted from the letters offers an easy-to-digest look at this great author’s lifetime of correspondence and drives straight to the heart of this insightful and inspirational thinker.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (5 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007272367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007272365
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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About the Author

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and his works of children’s fiction, fantasy and popular theology are enduringly appealing. 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. Interest in his life increased with the biographical film ‘Shadowlands’ and the publication of his vast body of personal letters, although his most distinguished accomplishments remain his books and his Narnia stories, now being turned into films by Walt Disney and Walden Media.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Agony Aunt 30 Mar 2012
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I have read many of CS Lewis's books and thought I knew the kind of man he was. This fasinating and moving collection of personal letters which date from the time before his conversion to Christianity until the year of his death, provide insights into the events and influences that shaped his writing.He seems to have acted as a kind of spiritual agony aunt taking the trouble to answer, as best he could, the many questions both friends and strangers possed. Many of the questions raised are those I would have liked to have asked him myself and the answers given are as typically wise, humourous and thought provoking as his books.Many of the subjects covered are surprisingly relevant.

As almost all the letters in this collection were written in response to letters Lewis had received from a huge variety of correspondents, the editor incudes a brief description of the questions asked together with any additional information necessary to understand the reply. This format makes the book exremely easy to follow and to scan for any particular subject.

My favourite letters included one written to a mother whose son was afraid that he loved Aslan more than Jesus.His charming reply demonstrated his great love, and understanding, of children. His reply to a Jesuit, who had asked him why he was not a Roman Catholic, demonstrated his wit and ability to put people in their place!

I wonder what he would have said about this review?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Collection 21 May 2014
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I'd greatly prefer it if I could assign five stars to the Lewis part of this book, which I have just received as a gift, but something more like three to the presentation. The Lewis content, much of it long familiar from the old Letters of C.S. Lewis compiled by his brother W.H Lewis and from Letters to an American Lady, is the usual vintage stuff. The quality of transcription, the Greek element and the general copy-editing leaves very much to be desired. I noted particularly a wrong Gospel reference, a jarring pair of slips in the text of the last and justly famous paragraph of ch. 14 in Surprised by Joy [p. 9], and an invented title, Ransom to Venus, created by wrong italicization on p. 89; but there are quite a few places where I am quite certain that we are not reading Lewis's own words but something else.

What I am in no position to determine is whether some or all of this originates with the big three-volume set from which this otherwise attractive book is excerpted, or is more like dust picked up along the way. It is sadly true that literacy of the kind required for doing a faultless job on such material is at a premium today.
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