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A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works

4.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,302 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
The classic A Year with C.S. Lewis is an intimate day-to-day companion by C.S. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century. The daily meditations have been culled from Lewis’ celebrated signature classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, and A Grief Observed, as well as from the distinguished wo ...more
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Published October 21st 2003 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 2003)
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Douglas Wilson
Oct 13, 2012 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing
Simply wonderful. Magnificent. Nancy and I read through this one together.
Keiki Hendrix
Jan 07, 2011 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
There are men and women of great minds that write books that you simply must read. For the cause and subject of Christianity, C. S. Lewis ranks as one the best apologetic minds in all of Christendom.

A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works, is exceptional because within it you will find choice writings from other must-read books by C. S. Lewis such as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, A Grief Observed, The Weight of
Feb 17, 2014 Joy rated it it was amazing
Wonderful daily readings for the year. The selections were taken from a variety of Lewis's books. I was motivated to read a couple of his books again after getting occasional excerpts. More are on my 'to read' list for this year. What a gift Lewis has to summarize major points of theology so very succinctly. Makes him so very quotable.

"A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all --and more amusing."
" A woman means by usefulness chiefly taking trouble for others; a man means not
Laurel Hicks
Dec 27, 2011 Laurel Hicks rated it it was amazing
A short passage each day from the pen of C.S. Lewis provides a good introduction to or review to the writings of the great scholar, don, and Christian.
Aug 10, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
What can be better than a best of C. S. Lewis devotional book? Top notch. Great selections, short in length - great for daily devotional reading.
Julie Davis
May 16, 2014 Julie Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this book A Year With C. S. Lewis. I got it on a whim in January and am really glad I have it on my Kindle for daily reading. It uses excerpts from well known books such as Mere Christianity combined with snippets of letters and lesser known writing, and flows through different themes such as knowing God, prayer, and so forth.

The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because occasionally it is difficult to pick up the thread of the excerpt for the day. This has become appa
Bart Breen
May 24, 2012 Bart Breen rated it it was amazing
Pure Solid Lewis, Every Day of the Year

C.S. Lewis is valued by many as one of the clearest and most lucid voices of reason in 20th Century Christianity.

Clive Staples Lewis, (Jack to his friends) wrestled as an younger adult with his belief in God, having embraced agnosticism as the only truly valid position to be taken by an intellectually honest person. A highly intelligent man, he could not simply accept on blind faith, the tenets of Christianity. However, in large part due to the influence of
Dec 31, 2013 Happyreader rated it really liked it
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Before spending five minutes each morning for the past year with his writing, I had never read any C.S. Lewis. Becoming acquainted with his work through these excerpts bore mixed results. Some books, like Mere Christianity and A Grief Observed, excerpted well and provided substantial food for thought. Others, like The Screwtape Letters and The Problem with Pain, sometimes needed more context or extended passages to bear fruit. And some titles, like The Weight of Glory, turned me off completely, ...more
Kathy Sundprescher
Jun 23, 2012 Kathy Sundprescher rated it it was amazing
A Year With C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works by C.S.Lewis

A thought provoking, uplifting and spirit filled way to start every day. I feel so many of us get up , drink our coffee and go about our day mindless of our true direction.
I know for me this book changed all of that? Each entry was short enough that you felt , yes, I have time to do this,but mind you they were so packed full of his unending gifts you took with you a solid purpose. I lived each day , perhaps not b
Christina Rodriguez
Aug 01, 2014 Christina Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
"A Year with C.S. Lewis" is a daily devotional of short excerpts from Lewis' magnificent body of classical Christian apologetics. Readings include passages from "Mere Christianity," "The Screwtape Letters," "The Great Divorce," "The Problem of Pain," "Miracles," "A Grief Observed," "The Weight of Glory" and "The Abolition of Man." Throughout the devotional, important dates in the life of C.S. Lewis are also noted. Organized by the calendar year, this is an excellent devotional for pondering some ...more
Camille Kendall
Sep 02, 2015 Camille Kendall rated it it was amazing
You don't have to spend much time with me to figure out that I LOVE C.S. LEWIS. I think of him as my wise and gentle older brother.

"A Year with C.S. Lewis..." is a great book for Lewis lovers. It compiles excerpts from many of Lewis's best-loved books into a daily-reading format. Think of it as a daily dose of Lewis!

When I have a stack of books by other writers on my desk and don't have time at the moment to re-read "That Hideous Strength" or "Surprised by Joy" or another Lewis title, "A Year wi
Jun 12, 2008 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
If you don't have time to sit down and read all the classic works of Lewis, this book is a nice "reader's digest" version of some of the greatest thoughts and ideas from those books. I refer to it fairly often, and enjoyed being able to read one quote a day, which made it pretty easy, and still gave me plenty to digest each day! I only gave it 4 stars instead of five though, because the organization of it isn't really great and is far from user-friendly when you're trying to look something up. N ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Matt rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic collection of excerpts in an equally great format. Each reading is one page or less (similar to the "My Utmost for His Highest" devotional book) so if you miss a few days, you don't have to give up on the whole thing. If you read it in the morning, it's like Lewis tells you some profound thing while you eat your breakfast, and then you can think about it all day.

Includes excerpts from: Miracles, Mere Christianity, The Weight of Glory, The Problem of Pain, Abolition of Man, T
May 27, 2012 Bill rated it it was amazing
This book is part of my daily morning meds ritual. It helps to have read the underling books from which the daily passages are taken, but I find that even those that I am familiar with take time well spent to let soak in. This book has stirred. Some. Controversy when it serves as a topic source for a 12 step meeting group that was agnostic about being spiritual. Lewis puts his message squarely on the table and confronts you in a way that requires you to think, and argue if you like, many find a ...more
Nicole Pramik
Apr 19, 2016 Nicole Pramik rated it it was amazing
This is a great sampling of some of Lewis' most prolific and moving insights into life, love, faith, hope, God, and even stories, all taken from his most well-known works. This text is far better than a "happy-quote-of-the-day" in that Lewis actually makes you think about difficult topics. My copy has been marked up over the years because it's just so good! A must for any Lewis fan or anyone new to Lewis' work.
Jan 30, 2015 David rated it really liked it
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This devotional is a concise collection of Lewis' writings that can serve as a great introduction for those readers who were enchanted by his Narnian chronicles, but never got a chance to explore his more rigorous theological musings. Whether you're new to Lewis' work or a seasoned reader who'd like to revisit his material, this devotional functions as a fine "greatest hits" collection for the critical-thinking Christian. The format helps make dense ideas more accessible while keeping things fre ...more
Dec 31, 2015 M. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
I'll use the relative anonymity of the internet to admit that this is my first exposure to the work of C.S. Lewis. I've not read the Narnia books or any of his other works...and I'm no spring chicken!

I have to start by stating flat out that the man was a spiritual genius. This collection, which provides small daily sections from some of his best known and lesser touted works about Christianity, reveals to me a man who saw things through a prism that few enjoy without guidance. I soon lost count
Dec 18, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it
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It was good. My problem with this book is that the editors didn't always capture Lewis' meaning. If you have read the books that are quoted you will appreciate this book more.
Kevin Lucia
Dec 17, 2015 Kevin Lucia rated it it was amazing
As always, it's a pleasure to read Lewis. I'll read and re-read his work, over any of today's modern theologians, in a heartbeat.
Cathy Cramer
This was a very interesting and thought-provoking book. I'll have to go back and think over some of Lewis's sayings again. Particularly, the section for the month of June from Lewis's book, "Miracles," on death, heaven, spirits, and resurrection were very comforting to read as some family members have faced life-threatening situations. Also, the sections about Lewis grieving his wife Joy's death in "A Grief Observed," and other sections from "The Problem of Pain," were very well thought out and ...more
Dec 08, 2014 Jay rated it it was amazing
This book is phenomenal.

Should you read it? (assuming you looked it up) Yes. You will be better for it. Whether you've read nothing by him before, everything by him or somewhere in between, you will enjoy this collection excerpts from Lewis' work.

Its title gives you a pretty clear indicator of what you get.

snippets from a lot of his books that keep you daily contemplating life, yourself and God. Lewis offers consolation and explanation to a lot of our hard questions, skepticism and pondering.
Jun 16, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it
The strength of C.S. Lewis, even in this meditational text; is that with his faith is a strong philosophical interpretation. One can find much from the humanity of Mr. Lewis in analysis, as a person living in the world of faith and understanding.

I checked this out of the library, so I went through his daily offerings, several at a time each evening. What is the singular impact of such is that the reader must be ready, not only to be encouraged in faith, but to think. I presume one can read this
Warren B
May 16, 2014 Warren B rated it it was ok
Some very good quotes and thoughts are to be found in this volume for sure, but Lewis' depth of thought is lost when his words are read in this way. I think Lewis is best read in the way that he preferred to present his work. Your missing out if this is how you get to know c.s. Lewis.
Geoffrey Hazelton
Jan 23, 2016 Geoffrey Hazelton rated it it was amazing
This is the most insightful Christian writer of our time. The book lifts short pieces from his many books so that you have one to read each day. I have finished the book but am in the process of going back through it for a second time.
Jun 08, 2015 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Was given this book for my baptism a year ago, and really enjoyed reading a page from one of C.S. Lewis's books each day. Looking forward to reading one of his books in its entirety now, just have to choose which one...
Sam Schreiner
Feb 03, 2014 Sam Schreiner rated it it was amazing
Love the clear thinking and pithy essays one can dip into each day. Lewis is the master of the clear and clever analogy. Forget brain teasers, try this!
Aug 19, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
This is mere samplings of Lewis, but a little is better than nothing and can lead to further reading. Win, win!
Sandra Stewart
May 07, 2014 Sandra Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Lewis' writing and it's nice to have someone else pick a little section for daily reading.
Marilyn Mcdonald
May 03, 2016 Marilyn Mcdonald rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors....loved this, daily bits of wisdom from an amazing man.
Anna Pajunen
Sep 12, 2015 Anna Pajunen rated it really liked it
Good thoughts from a great writer, but some passages are awkward taken out of context.
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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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