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The Weight of Glory

4.41  ·  Rating Details ·  10,544 Ratings  ·  581 Reviews
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 p
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 3rd 2001 by HarperSanFrancisco (first published 1949)
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Jul 19, 2016 Maureen rated it really liked it

This was pretty fantastic! I didn't enjoy it as much as other Lewis books, but you gotta admit that he is super eloquent. He has a way of getting to the heart of things that is unlike any other. The last few essays really hit me hard, and I love him for that.
Will always love CS Lewis
Nov 20, 2016 booklady rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: only if you are human
I’m recording The Weight of Glory as ‘read’ now, but actually I first encountered this marvelous essay years ago. It has been part of me for so long I don’t even remember when I first heard about it or haven't had it in my storehouse of “essential documents”. It might even have been my introduction to the immortal Lewis; for better or worse I wasn’t raised on the Narnia chronicles.

The quote, ‘We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offer
Cindy Rollins
Jan 17, 2017 Cindy Rollins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread, 2017
"The negative idea of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point."

I have 44 highlights in the Kindle Book and I reread it regularly. In fact, I try to read at least one CS Lewis book every January to start the year off right. This is one of my favorites. It feels like Lewis and I chatting randomly about life and stuff. Of course, I just sit

"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 24, 2009 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
May 16, 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
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Mar 15, 2017 Sydney O (Сидней О) rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
Another wonderful piece from C.S. Lewis...what else can you say?
Jan 20, 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
Jul 03, 2009 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
Oct 07, 2014 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
Sep 04, 2008 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
Michelle Griep
Jan 11, 2017 Michelle Griep rated it really liked it
I know. A lowly thinker such as myself has no business giving the great C.S. Lewis anything lower than a 5 star, yet here I am, awarding it a 4. Why? Well, honestly, in some parts I felt he belabored a point or two. Great points, obviously, but just a few a little overdone. Other than that, if you're looking for some food for thought, this is the meal for you. A few favorite quotes:

"...we remain conscious of a desire which no natural happiness will satisfy. But is there any reason to suppose tha
Like any collection of essays, there are ones I absolutely loved and ones I didn't enjoy quite as much, but overall this is an excellent collection of thought-provoking essays on a wide variety of topics.

I'm fairly certain all of these are transcripts of speeches or sermons that Lewis gave at various places throughout his years and, in typical Lewis fashion, he takes you along for what is sometimes a wild and winding ride, but in the end just drops these incredibly insightful and thought-provoki
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
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
Jan 04, 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
Jean-Daniel Veer
The little essays/speaches are quite something! Every single piece/chapter is a treasure of wisdom worthy of the ancient times, yet answering (not to these ancient times, but) to the frivolous accusations of the atheist and the ill-informed Christian.

A great read! You should read it.
Aug 11, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, the-inklings
(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
Steve Hemmeke
Dec 17, 2011 Steve Hemmeke rated it it was amazing
Lewis wrote with a glorious mixture of common sense and an ever-present awareness of eternity close at hand. This collection of essays powerfully shapes the Christian mind to give God’s glory the weight it deserves in our estimation. But his treatment of God’s glory is unexpectedly this-worldly. Why should we go on reading books when bombs are dropping? How can we experience the spiritual when the only tools we seem to have are crude senses and emotions? How do we deal with temptations of the wo ...more
Nov 17, 2011 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.

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
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
Jul 28, 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
May 21, 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
Brent Pinkall
Nov 26, 2016 Brent Pinkall rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite collection of Lewis essays. Other collections typically only have one or two truly superb essays, but almost all of the essays in this collection are excellent. The book is aptly titled in that the best essay in the collection is "The Weight of Glory," but nearly as good are "Learning in War-Time," "Transposition," "The Inner Ring," and "Membership."
Apr 17, 2015 April rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 03, 2016 Felipe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Livro para se reler sempre. O primeiro sermão, que dá nome ao livreto, é especialmente excelente!
Brent McCulley
Jul 07, 2015 Brent McCulley rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
Some good essays by Lewis
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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
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