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

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  1,053 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Beloved author C. S. Lewis is our trusted guide in this intimate day-by-day companion offering his distinctive and celebrated wisdom. Amidst the bustle of our daily experience, A Year with C. S. Lewis provides the necessary respite and inspiration to meet the many challenges we face in our lives. Ruminating on such themes as the nature of love, the existence of miracles, o ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 21st 2003 by HarperOne (first published 2003)
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Douglas Wilson
Simply wonderful. Magnificent. Nancy and I read through this one together.
Keiki Hendrix
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Sam Schreiner
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!
Sandra Stewart
Love Lewis' writing and it's nice to have someone else pick a little section for daily reading.
Robin Patchen
Great devotional. Now I want to read everything CS Lewis ever wrote.
Nancy Chaddick
I enjoyed this book all year as part of my quiet time and devotionals.
I've spent 2014 with Lewis via this book, and have found these meditations, excerpted from his works, to be alternately inspiring, challenging, and infuriating. This collection of excerpts has given me a better feel for Lewis's writings and a clearer idea of which of his works I'd like to read next. As with any book of selected bits and pieces, some of the selections work better than others. On occasion, one will feel a bit too ripped from its context to be especially useful. Overall, though, I' ...more
C.S. Lewis wrote to the reading level of well-educated World War 2 English speaking people, making no hesitation about wrestling with the most important issues in Christian life. Taking a daily sample of his works is really difficult because there is so much context in each of his works. I like this book for the way it points me to read the works of Lewis that are not familiar to me. On the other hand, I find it a little difficult to read a small sections of larger works.
David Robertson
I have used this for two years. And I will certainly use it again. It is a wonderful selection of daily readings from the writings of the best Christian writer in the English language - C S Lewis. I read this during my morning devotions and so many days it inspired, provoked, encouraged and made me smile with delight. Lewis has tremendous insights and the ability to express them in a clear and stimulating way. This is one book I would not want to be without!
day by day with c s lewis -- pure inspiration! startling in places, familiar in others, and always inspiring if you care deeply about your christian faith. an excellent companion for a year.
CJ Bowen
Wonderful resource, excerpting many meaty bits from Lewis' most influential works. Screwtape readings jumping in and out of the month are a bit jarring because of the genre/tone, but the content is most excellent. Great way for long-time Lewis readers to get a refresh on his most valuable insights.
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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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