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The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics (Rough cut edition) Paperback – 18 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (18 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061208493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061208492
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A brilliant book, abounding in lucid exposition and illuminating metaphor.’
Observer (about Miracles)

‘He is admirably equipped to write spiritual biography for the plain man, for his outstanding gift is clarity.’
Sunday Times

‘I read C.S. Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration.’
John Updike

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A beautiful compilation of inspirational writings, featuring seven classic works in one volume:

Mere ChristianityThe Screwtape LettersThe Great DivorceThe Problem of PainMiraclesA Grief ObservedThe Abolition of Man

C. S. Lewis's works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year, appealing to those seeking wisdom and calm in a hectic and ever-changing world. Each title is written with the lucidity, warmth, and wit that has made Lewis revered as a writer the world over.

From The Problem of Pain a wise and compassionate exploration of suffering to the darkly satirical The Screwtape Letters, Lewis is unrivalled in his ability to disentangle the questions of life. His writings offer hope, wisdom, and a true understanding of human nature."

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By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 19 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
C.S. Lewis was a rare individual. One of the few non-clerics to be recognised as a theologian by the Anglican church, he put forth the case for Christianity in general in ways that many Christians beyond the Anglican world can accept, and a clear description for non-Christians of what Christian faith and practice should be. Indeed, Lewis says in his introduction that this text (or indeed, hardly any other he produced) will help in deciding between Christian denominations. While he describes himself as a 'very ordinary layman' in the Church of England, he looks to the broader picture of Christianity, particularly for those who have little or no background. The discussion of division points rarely wins a convert, Lewis observed, and so he leaves the issues of ecclesiology and high theology differences to 'experts'. Lewis is of course selling himself short in this regard, but it helps to reinforce his point.
This collection contains several of C.S. Lewis' classic works (although it is not in fact a complete collection of all his writings, not even of all his non-fiction writings). It contains the following works: 'Mere Christianity', 'The Screwtape Letters', 'The Great Divorce', 'The Problem of Pain', 'Miracles', 'A Grief Observed', plus 'The Abolition of Man'. It does provide an excellent survey of Lewis' theology, ethics, and general outlook on life. I will highlight two of the selections that show the different ways Lewis approaches things.
For the first example, the book 'Mere Christianity' looks at beliefs, both from a 'natural' standpoint as well as a scripture/tradition/reason standpoint.
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C.S. Lewis is without doubt one of the greatest - if not the greatest - lay theologian of the 20th century. Immensely personal, his works do not fail to speak to whoever takes time to read and reflect on the great and eternal questions humans have been asking since time immemorial. Reading this book from cover to cover has been a truly spiritual journey - absolutely rewarding but difficult and challenging as well. Nowhere in his works will you find mindless zeal of the self-righteous, instead what shines from every page is a candid and life-long search for truth by a highly intelligent, highly educated and decent man not afraid of asking difficult questions about his faith and reasons. A committed Anglican himself, C.S.Lewis must be a mandatory reading for all Christians regardless of their denomination, as well as everyone who believes or knows that there is more to our existence and this world than meets the eye.
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A fantastic collection but I just want point out that "(Rough cut edition)" is a literal description of the page cut. I have never heard of this or ever bought a book quite like it. The pages are as you can imagine, roughly cut. But the more I think about it the more endearing the book becomes. It will age well and what a collection of books to own.

So buy it, but don't return it thinking it is a publishing fault.
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Other reviews say that this is a single volume instead of a box set. Having just received it I can state that it is definitely a box set - as per the picture. I suspect that these reviewers ordered the hardback instead of the paperback version.

Only criticism is that the spine of one of the books is a little dirty (despite bring wrapped in polythene). Hopefully an eraser will clean it off.
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Bought as a wedding gift for some good friends knowing that it will give them a lifetime of reading pleasure. The box-set itself looks incredibly smart and the mix of colours on the separate books looks great on any bookshelf. The covers themselves are just a simple pattern in the same colour as its binding which looks classy and understated - tells nothing of the beauty and insight within!

I have personally read all of these once upon a time - with my favourite changing all the time as the circumstances in my life change and different issues become more or less present. I recently re-read 'The Problem of Pain' an incredible partial theodicy of Lewis - making a case that the existence of suffering is not enough to reject the existence of God. An age old question and by no means a fully answered one - but Lewis presents eloquent answers that will get the layman thinking and can not be easily swept aside by scholars and intellectuals alike.
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This particular box set of has had a rather curious publication history. It was first issued in the early 1990s, when I first bought it. The box set (not known then as the SIGNATURE SERIES, it was later renamed thus in the second incarnation) was focused explicitly on Lewis's output from the 1940s. There were six books included: THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, THE GREAT DIVORCE, THE PROBLEM OF PAIN, MERE CHRISTIANITY, MIRACLES, and THE ABOLITON OF MAN. The first two are works of fiction, and the remaining four are first rate, but very intellectual and written much more from the head than the heart, apologetics.

As the box set stood on its original publication, it was the ideal presentation of Lewis's critical faculties and contained very detailed, rational defenses, very eloquently written and simple to understand, of the Christian faith. Due the books all being written within a few years of each other, the box set read very much like each book was a logical extension of the next.

Then when the new millennium dawned, the publishers decided to rechristen the box set (formerly nameless) as the C. S. LEWIS SIGNATURE SERIES, and include a new book from a much different era in Lewis's life. They removed THE ABOLITION OF MAN, and instead included A GRIEF OBSERVED, a work published much later in Lewis's life than any of the other books. This rearrangement is a particularly revealing little facet of what has now become a very profitable industry built on Lewis's name. With the public attention brought on by Lewis's marriage, there has been a marked increase and peaking of interested in Lewis's relationship to Joy Davidman, and GRIEF was included for business reasons.
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