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The Weight of Glory

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Selected from sermons delivered by C. S. Lewis during World War II, these nine addresses offer guidance and inspiration in a time of great doubt.These are ardent and lucid sermons that provide a compassionate vision of Christianity.

Addressing some of the most difficult issues we face in our day-to-day lives,C.S. Lewis's ardent and timeless words provide an unparalleled pat
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 3rd 2001 by HarperSanFrancisco (first published 1949)
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"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you."

C.S. Lewis' popularity has died in more recent history. Academics accuse him of being too simplistic in his expression (a few that I have read even go so far as to say that he adds nothing to Christian theology), other readers find his style too wordy, preachy or patronising to fully enjoy. I myself, however, love C.S. Lewis' work much like I love G.K. Chesterton and J.R.R Tolkien. He is enthu
Douglas Wilson
Feb 28, 2016 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing
Just great. Also read in November of 1995. Great. Also read in February of 1994. Also read in June of 1981. Listened to the Audible version in February of 2016.
Sally Linford
Mar 27, 2008 Sally Linford rated it it was amazing
One of Lewis's most brilliant, the title essay in this collection will blow you away with its rationale for pre-earth life, our longing to be recognized by God, and the remarkable practicality of the ending: it has the biggest 'so what?' I've ever read, and all the groundwork he lays throughout the essay makes the crescendo and climax, solid and unarguable.

"It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too
Feb 13, 2013 Nick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, own
A great collection of essays and papers delivered to students during the 1940's. Lewis never ceases to inspire me with his prose. He's simply a great writer. But that's not all he is. He is a great thinker and teacher too. For instance, in the beginning of his piece called "Why I'm not a pacifist" he takes the time to educate his readers/listeners on the art of logical thinking. This is one example of how he teaches beyond the bounds of his topic. This book was a joy to read. That being said, I ...more
Julie Davis
Apr 13, 2015 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed thinking that I was hearing these speeches as the first recipients did. Of course, C.S. Lewis wasn't speaking the words but an intermediary is necessary since I wasn't there to hear him.

Some of these talks have names that sound as if they will be antiquated or not particularly relevant to one's own life. I am thinking in particular of Is Theology Poetry and Why I am Not a Pacifist. However, what one soon discovers is that Lewis quickly winds up cov
Mar 29, 2010 Ron rated it it was amazing
"The Weight of Glory" and "Transposition" are worth the price of the book, though the other essays--mostly public addresses from the forties--merit pondering. All bring fresh insight to difficult issues of Christian apologetics, even though most were written while bombs of the Blitz still fell about the English audience.

For the Christian reader, this collection may provide more food for thought than even Lewis's famous Mere Christianity. I re-read this book periodically and am usually rewarded w
Jun 08, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
I've read different C.S. Lewis books over the years. He is the most often quoted author in Christian religion. This book, however, is my favorite so far. I LOVED this book. It makes me want to be better and to do better. It was eloquently written without the fire and brimstone speech.

Sometimes books like this, tend to make the reader point the finger at those around them who aren't living up to their professed standards without looking into their own hearts. With this book, I don't know how one
Jan 25, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: about-faith
Wow. Just wow.

That's the feeling I always get after finishing one of C.S. Lewis's works; Mere Christianity was the same way for me. It's the feeling of, "well, that was that, and it was perfect, and there's nothing more I can even say".

Read this beautiful, thought-provoking book. It'll challenge you, convict you, and help you view the world-- and the Lord-- in light of eternity.

I underlined and marked so many quotes in this book, but these are a few of my favorites:

"The books or the music in whi
Jan 07, 2009 Shaina rated it really liked it
If I could break down the chapters and rate them individually as they have nothing to do with each other or one idea:

Introduction by Walter Hooper: Horrible and waste of time, like most introductions to C.S. Lewis' books.

Preface: Indifferent, slightly important to breakdown of this collection

The Weight of Glory: 5 stars
Learning in War-Time: 2 stars
Why I Am Not a Pacifist: 3 stars
Transposition: 5 stars
Is Theology Poetry?: 4 stars
The Inner Ring: 5 stars
Membership: 5 stars
On Forgiveness: 4 stars
If I were to break down individual essays and average the rating, this would probably be 4 or 4.5 stars but there are so many gems and must-reads in this collection. Goodness.
Dec 27, 2007 Nick rated it it was amazing
Any devotee of Lewis must immediately secure a copy of this collection and read it before the end of the week or death, whichever comes first. Ten bucks at the closest bookstore will secure you much delight. It is Lewis at his finest, writing (originally, speaking) as a believer, to believers, to build them up in faith, hope, and love. He is at pains to make clear what to many is obscure or lofty, and to express its relevance and practical importance. Their homiletical character is quite clear. ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Jamie rated it really liked it
(The Inklings Series is a monthly series featuring the works of my two favorites, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, or books about them. But I don’t want it to be just me chatting about these books, so that’s where y’all come in! I’ll announce the book at least four weeks in advance of when the discussion post will go live, so you have plenty of time to get the book and read it. Then, the following month, I’ll post a discussion post and let the fun begin!!)

You know when you read a book and once yo
I find it difficult to write a review of C.S.Lewis' writings... They are so intense, so deep, and varied. And that is why it takes me extra long to read and absorb anything Lewis has written.

This book is a collection of essays, presentations, addresses, full of insight and wisdom. In The Weight of Glory , my favorite of them, Lewis writes of Heaven. And it is indescribably inspiring and logical.

Here is one of the many passages I underlined:

Now, if we are made for heaven, the desire for our pr
Dec 04, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
This book is a gem, or rather a necklace of nine gems. The book consists of nine messages given by C.S. Lewis during the World War Two period. In addition to the title essay, it includes one of my all-time favorites, "Learning in War-Time", which argues the intrinsic value of academic work for those called to this task, even when other things (like war) seem far more pressing.

The other essays included are:

"Why I'm Not a Pacifist" giving Lewis's arguments for engagement in armed conflict.

Dec 04, 2008 Doug rated it it was amazing
Once again I find myself absolutely drawn in by Lewis' wisdom and wit. Lewis manages to come across as both educated and refined in his wording, and yet still presents himself as a common man. A man I could know and get along with quite well. A man that contains a sense of mischevous humor and given to bouts of extreme thoughtfulness and seriousness. This is a compilation of his smaller essays and speeches, some of which are more pertinent to this time than others, some that are pertinent to ete ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Hosanna rated it it was amazing
I'll wager to say that these essays are some of C.S. Lewis' best and most convincing. It gnaws and (sometimes painfully) digs out the hard prejudice that Christians are liable to have. He writes, not in an attempt to convince that Christianity is true (as he takes this as an understood) but burrows deeper and more extensively as to why the belief is worth it--why it's worth taking the uncertainty as certainty. He attempts to shift our prospective from the temporal to the eternal, our life here o ...more
Jun 13, 2015 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I wrote a letter to my younger self today, I would tell her to read Lewis when she was her age instead of waiting 'til now. Alas, I didn't have such a privilege, and as it is, I've reached the age of twenty five and just finished my first real C.S.Lewis book of essays.

I'm sure I shall read it again before too long. I don't remember everything, so I must read it again. Some of my first reactions: Oh my.. he's so FUNNY! Wow.. He's so smart! Huh, I never thought about that connection... Why have
Apr 17, 2015 April rated it really liked it
I really loved his description of the longing that humans have that proves we were made for something greater than this world. And that the biggest reward we could ever think to receive is recognition from GOD. It does frighten me though, the idea of not cutting it and being ignored by GOD. It was not very long and was worth the read.
Wade Stotts
I bought this one for my Father-in-law for Christmas and this reading reminded me why it's one of my favorite books of Lewis's. Read in January 2016. Also read in 2007 and 2011.
Brent McCulley
Jul 08, 2015 Brent McCulley rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
Some good essays by Lewis
Lizzie Jones
May 26, 2016 Lizzie Jones rated it it was amazing
All of these essays are incredible, but my favorites are "The Weight of Glory" and "The Inner Ring."

I thought Lewis’ essay “The Weight of Glory” was incredibly insightful. The gist of his argument is that we are not meant for only this world, and that much more awaits us after this lifetime, and that we will be endowed with glory after this life.

Lewis divides the possible glories into two categories: the glory of fame and the glory of luminosity. He explains that both glories are so marvelous an
Apr 02, 2015 Stan rated it really liked it
My wife and I listened to the audio book and I followed along in the book; I have to have the words in front of me. This book spurred many great discussions for the two of us. C. S. Lewis was a deep and profound thinker. But I must say that listening to someone else read this was almost a distraction. The reader just keeps going at a fairly constant pace. A book of this nature takes time to digest, a lot of time. It was great to go through together, but, for me, this book requires much deeper co ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
I like reading CS Lewis' books. His words give me a lot to think about. This book includes many thoughts on our destiny and place in God's eyes. It talks about the importance of humility, work, forgiveness, learning and growing.

Here are a few of my favorite thoughts:

"This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously.
Aug 21, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essays, mine
I loved this book, and I loved taking my time reading it. It is a collection of essays on life and faith. I think that even someone who does not consider themselves to be Christian would find something of value here. My favorite essays were "The Weight of Glory", "Is Theology Poetry?", "The Inner Ring", and "Membership".

The Weight of Glory
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one d
This is a series of essays, sermons and lectures on various topics. The first one, from which the book gets its title, begins with the assertion that our desires are far too weak for we fool around with all kinds of unsatisfying things while God offers us so much more. From this Lewis talks about heaven, the presence of God, glory itself, that is the only thing that will ultimately satisfy our deepest desires. I love how Lewis ends this, by turning the focus from who we will become to who our ne ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Victoria rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
I have to be completely honest. I have nothing against C.S. Lewis at all, and this was probably the 4th theology book of his I have read (and the Narnia series, which I've always adored). My problem is that he rarely even used a reference to the Bible. It was all just an opinion without anything to back it up. I think also the language he uses throughout the book goes over my head. I also am a pacifist, and this book is more about trying to say why he isn't one and why he believes his opinion is ...more
Every sermon and lecture in this collection gave me something to think about. The one that really grabbed me is from "Learning in War-Time": ""Happy work is best done by the man [or woman] who takes his [or her] long-term plans somewhat lightly and works for moment to moment 'as to the Lord.'"
Sep 29, 2012 April rated it really liked it
This book is deceiving. It looks "short" and manageable when in fact it is as dense as a college textbook. The book is a compilation of short essays and speeches on a wide range of topics. It's a bit jarring to jump from one to another. All I can say is: take your sweet time with this book. It is impossible to "power through" it. In fact, If you're pressed for time just read one speech. I cannot recommend enough "Learning in War Time." After reading it twice it got me to start considering gradua ...more
Matt Anderson
This great book is actually a collection of some of Lewis' sermons. Each chapter is the written version of a sermon that Lewis originally spoke out loud. Because of this, the chapters don't really flow together, however there is a ton of great stuff inside these pages.

High recommendation!

The titles of the sermons in this book are:

-The Weight of Glory
-Learning in War-Time
-Why I Am Not a Pacifist
-Is Theology Poetry?
-The Inner Ring
-On Forgiveness
-A Slip of the Tongue
Scott Whaley
Mar 27, 2015 Scott Whaley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, own
I really only read the title essay (The Weight of Glory) not the whole book.... but that's why I got the book so I consider it fair.
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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. 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 th ...more
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“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” 1983 likes
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