Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Letters to Malcolm by C.S. Lewis

Book Jacket

In the form of warm, relaxed letters to a close friend, C.S. Lewis meditates on many puzzling questions concerning the intimate dialogue between man and God.  He considers practical and metaphyiscal aspects of prayer, such as when we pray and where.  He questions why we seek to inform God in our prayers if He is omniscient, whether there is an ideal form of prayer, and which of our many selves we show to God while praying.  The concluding letter contains provocative thoughts about "liberal Christians," the soul, and resurrection.


Lewis is the author I respect the most.  I genuinely love to read everything he wrote (excepting, perhaps, The Problem of Pain, which took me three tries to get through).  He can take the most complicated theological issues and make them completely understandable.  On the other hand, he takes things I assume are simple, and makes them very complicated.  I love him for both of these things.

In this book, which is really his side of a letter correspondence, Lewis talks about prayer.  I am not good at praying, and some of his suggestions were kind of awesome.  He discusses many of the issues with prayer--why even bother?  why is it so hard?  I loved every bit of it.  Lewis writes as if he is sitting in a comfy chair, chatting with you and cracking jokes. 

And maybe that's what I love about him most of all.  Throughout all situations and all theological discussions, he maintains a sense of humor, and a sense of humility.

Five out of five thinky thoughts.

Release Date: March 1973
Reading Level: Grade 9+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  Not currently part of Dunlap's collection.

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