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Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer: Spiritual Reality in the Personal Christian Life

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In this collection of Francis Schaeffer's letters, the personal, spiritual, and practical side of Dr. Schaeffer's work comes shining through so clearly. Each of us will find here something of ourselves, our frailty and our human need, but also something of what we might become through the transforming presence of Jesus Christ in our lives.

"This is a fascinating collection.
Paperback, 268 pages
Published July 1st 1986 by Crossway Books (first published August 31st 1985)
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Greg Baughman
Mar 07, 2014 Greg Baughman rated it liked it
These letters contain much valuable insight and are a model of pastoral care and careful, nuanced, fatherly advice. Divided into three sections dealing with the beginnings of faith, growth in faith, and contemporary issues, the structure makes sense and gives the reader insight into Schaeffer's thought and the application there of. The letters were a joy to read, but without an index and having been compiled by a very heavy handed editor, the book is not quite as useful or insightful as it shoul ...more
Mark Nenadov
Aug 19, 2016 Mark Nenadov rated it it was amazing
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Normally I don't enjoy books of letters. For instance, I've read a book with letters from D. Martyn Lloyd Jones. Though I greatly respect that man and his ministry, and the letters certainly didn't diminish my respect for him, the letters made for banal reading. But this book is quite different. The letters are compelling and rich with content, not just run-of-the-mill correspondence. Schaeffer answers people in thoughtful, penetrating, and sometimes quite controversial ways. The overall theme i ...more
Aug 16, 2013 John rated it really liked it
Francis Schaeffer (1912-84) was a pastor, author, philosopher and lecturer best known for his books and film series and for founding, with his wife, Edith, L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland, with outposts today scattered throughout the world.
These letters are divided into three categories. The first section deals with the spiritual crisis and renewal Schaeffer went through in the early 1950s. The second section explores what spiritual reality means in the context of daily life. The third deals wi
Mike Jorgensen
Sep 22, 2016 Mike Jorgensen rated it really liked it
I didn't necessarily choose to read this but would gladly do so again. It was assigned for my theology of ministry course and I enjoyed it end to end. Scaheffer, while being one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century, was able to be pastoral, vulnerable, honest, and caring with anyone who wrote to him. He is certainly a far cry from many celebrity pastors that we are accustomed to seeing nowadays.
Nov 11, 2008 Wade rated it really liked it
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This is just what it sounds like: it’s a collection of personal correspondence from Francis Schaeffer to friends and people who had been with him at L’Abri and other people whom he had never met but wrote him with questions. It’s divided into three parts, the first two of which are more spiritual and theological, the final section is on marriage and family and sex and homosexuality and divorce and so on. The first two sections are a bit slow, but the final section is excellent and he handles som ...more
Barry Walton
Sep 21, 2014 Barry Walton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful look into the way an experienced and thoughtful pastor answered a multitude of difficult and personal questions.
Doug Dale
Jul 31, 2012 Doug Dale rated it it was amazing
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Francis Shaeffer's writing has always been illuminating and encouraging to me. Reading these letters written during his life allowed me to see him practically apply what he wrote about elsewhere in his counsel to the people who were writing to him.
Feb 19, 2011 Seph rated it liked it
Human, direct, loving, kind letters from my dead mentor to people with real questions. I like this book; it made me really love Schaeffer as a person.

Good bathroom literature. :-)
Feb 06, 2008 Charis is currently reading it
this is one that sits by my night stand for occasional reading...i feel that it shows a side of schaeffer that we dont normally see
Mar 26, 2009 Jane rated it liked it
I had never studied the Schaeffers. I feel like I am starting with a new mentor in Francis!
Mar 10, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it
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Francis August Schaeffer was an American Evangelical Christian theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor. He is most famous for his writings and his establishment of the L'Abri community in Switzerland. Opposed to theological modernism, Schaeffer promoted a more historic Protestant faith and a presuppositional approach to Christian apologetics which he believed would answer the questions of ...more
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