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The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,503 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics contains seven essential volumes by C.S. Lewis, including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, A Grief Observed and Lewis’s prophetic examination of universal values, The Abolition of Man. Beautiful and timeless, this is a vital collection by one of the greatest Christian lite ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 506 pages
Published October 22nd 2002 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 2001)
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Feb 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.S. Lewis was brilliant, and in my opinion, the single best Christian thinker of the modern era. You don't have to be a Christian or even consider yourself to be religious to appreciate the depth to which Lewis understood faith, humanity, its failings, and what it means to be Christian in this day and age. This is not to say you will always agree with what he argues, but definately check it out if you want to read a great mind grappling with some very pertinent religious questions.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two quotes that really hit home for me:

Pg. 202, 3rd paragraph

“That is why He warned people to “‘count the cost’” before becoming Christians. “‘Make no mistake,’” He says, “‘if you let me, I will make you perfect. The moment you put yourself in My hands, that is what you are in for. Nothing less, or other, than that. You have free will, and if you choose, you can push Me away. But if you do not push Me away, understand that I am going to see this job through. Whatever suffering it may cost you in
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mere Christianity

There is simply no one else who can explain the Christian faith as clearly and concisely as C. S. Lewis did. This book is truly THE book to read, especially for intellectuals who are still struggling to understand the Bible, which can sometimes be unfathomably obscure.

The Screwtape Letters

A most interesting series of letters, written from the perspective of an experienced "tempter", a senior devil giving advice to a junior devil on how to corrupt a target human. I sincerely appl
Feb 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam gave me the boxed set (ok, I cheated and it was on CD) but I had read all of these years ago. Time and listening instead of reading allowed a new light to shine on CS Lewis's greatest. Problem of Pain is very powerful and is as strong in evidences as Mere Christianity. I love this author and am often heard quoting him.
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians, honest seekers, intellectuals, humanity in general
Words cannot express how much this collection of Lewis' works has meant to my life. Outside the Bible, I don't think any other written work has had the impact on me that these books have. Lewis can destroy your intellectual doubts and arguments on the one hand and then blow you away with finely crafted fiction. A true genius, both as an apologist and as an author. Mere Christianity is brilliant, readable, and insanely convicting. The Screwtape Letters is sardonically hilarious and eye-opening. T ...more
Christopher Selmek
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
I recently read an article stating that C.S. Lewis, possibly the greatest Christian apologist of the 20th Century, was a heretic and a closet Gnostic. Not only did he become a Catholic toward the end of his life, he also suggested that some Pagans might be surprised to find that they belong to Jesus’s flock even without knowing it, and that hell is a state of mind. Having read his signature classics, I am impressed by how masterfully Lewis explains his view of God and Jesus by appealing to logic ...more
Max Maxwell
This is a volume that everyone should own, as the $25-dollars-or-so asking price is a smidgen for the quality of the seven books contained within it. Anyone can appreciate the writing; despite the fact that he was the twentieth century's greatest Protestant apologist, he was also one of that century's intellectual giants, a man that the word "erudite" hardly seems to do justice to.

Here, you get literature (the scathing The Screwtape Letters and also The Great Divorce , his answer to Blake's
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity before and listening to the audio books renewed my enjoyment of this great thinker and writer. When I read Screwtape Letters with a friend a few years ago, he commented that Lewis could be considered prophetic in certain ways. I see what he meant now as I listened to Screwtape Letters again, particularly with regard to the decline of individuality and excellence in the name of equality ("I'm as good as you"=envy, Screwtape Proposes a Toast).

I learne
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, christian
Almost finished listening to the Problem of Pain. I feel so stupid; I can't follow his train of thought. I know he's building a case but I just can't stay with him. Wish I had an outline of the book; key points. Surely someone teaches a class on this and could give me an outline? 3/30/08 I found a lecture series on cd on the works of Lewis. However, as I am listening to the reading of The Great Divorce, I am reduced to tears of conviction. How is it that I can't understand his philosophical writ ...more
Justin Wiggins
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.S.Lewis will go down in history as one of the greatest Christian philosophers of all time. What is so great about him is his understanding of how important the existential questions are which every human being has,and approaching them in honesty and understanding. In other words, what is so great about him is his love for human beings to experience Truth in the person of Jesus Christ. And of course his prose writing style just flows beautifully and his imagination was powerful. Indeed, Lewis w ...more
Lynne Williams
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All great! Mere Christianity is logic at it best. The Screwtape Letters, from a Senior Devil to a Junior One are succinct, sensible with a nicely, vicious threat in every chapter. The Great Divorce shows that no one stays in 'the grey place' unless they want to.
Lewis's notable apologetics in a single set. Each worth reading in its own right.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, art
Only finished the first book, Mere Christianity, but will definitely return to read the others. Perhaps one Lewis book per break.
Robert Vincent
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished "The Abolition of Man" on June 20, 2015 (thereby, finishing "The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics):

This book is a scholarly writing taken from a lecture given by the author. I found it hard to understand. However, Chapter three, titled the same as the book itself made clear the intent or message of the book. The following quote could be taken as a summary statement:

“The process which, if not checked, will abolish Man goes on apace among Communists and Democrats no less than amon
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
Mere Christianity: It is pretty close to the most basic, Christianity 101 class a person could ever take. I wouldn't recommend it for brand new Christians because, in brevity, he said some things that could be taken out of context by the uninformed or even those who are just looking for a reason smear our faith. But it is nearly perfect in every other way. I also have a greater respect for math, now since he lays everything out logically like a math equa
Charles Dull
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read Lewis writes in such a way that captivates your thoughts
June 29, 2013
I just finished Mere Christianity, and I'm really enjoying Lewis' writing. He goes about providing his own perspective on his faith and how he views it in a very humble way. He never purports to know the absolute answer to everything, and avoids topics which, albeit controversial and interesting, are best avoided for the mere reason that he could never understand the struggles of being in the position these topics warrant. For example, Lewis avoids speaking about abortion. It's easy
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
So good, so happy to reread Lewis' stuff. Lewis is one of those authors, along with Robert Barron, Walter Miller and GK Chesterton, whose writings have helped to strengthen my faith.

Like The Screwtape Letters which, admittedly, always manages to scare the crap out of me because I recognize so much of myself in what Screwtape is encouraging. But it also reminds me to laugh at my failings and my foibles and to always remember God's mercy. But really, whenever I read Screwtape my mood follows a si
Adam Graham
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What makes Mere Christianity. The oft-read often recommended classic so beloved and appreciated in Christian circles. For the most part with the exception of one chapter, Lewis breaks no new ground in his arguments and has nothing earth-shattering.

The difference is one of approach. Many apologist approach apologetics like lawyers or like defending a Master's thesis. The arguments are laid out in logical clear order on the age of manuscripts and fossil records, of quotes from Ancient Historians,
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Mere Christianity: an effective way of attempting to make a robust defense for the existence of God and many aspects of the faith that pose challenges to those who do not believe. The influence of this book on modern Evangelicalism is evident by how often it is quoted.

The Screwtape Letters: An interesting reversal of expectations, hearing from the "dark side" and considering Jesus as the "Enemy." To consider the attack from the other side leads to a lot of insights and questions, but one has to
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Currently Finished "THE PROBLEM OF PAIN" it was a tough read. You really have to pay attention. There are alot of "psychology logic operators" such as "if then", "or" and "while" etc. Its easy to get lost if you miss a "Logic Operator" (my own term not sure if it is a real term or not) and reverse the context on accident. So you have to really take it slow or for some people might be easy

Currently reading "The Screw tape Letters" it is in the first person written from the Devil. So it is a bit h
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, I've read Mere Chritianity, The Screwtape Letters and am part way through Miracles. I like the analytical approach to Christianity (as long as it is not the only approach, because I believe we are required to work on faith to some extent in this life). Of course, learning is an act of faith, and I deeply appreciate the profound thinking Mr. Lewis has done and his ability to communicate it to the rest of us. Knowing the Gospel certainly helps put some of his thoughts into perspective (and ...more
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This took a long time to read. It is very dense with thought. I enjoyed "The Great Divorce" and "The Screwtape Letters" since they were a bit easier to read. The rest I found very challenging and am not sure I understand this great thinker, but I do come away with some beneficial thoughts. For example, if I believe that God is good, then how do I reconcile the things that happen that are not good? CSLewis poses the idea that our understanding of "good" must be insufficient. I especially apprecia ...more
Dianne Davidson
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admire people who can enter into another's point of view. Lewis did this more brilliantly than anyone I have ever seen ( with the exception of Hillary Jordon's Mudbound). I often wonder what motivates the undertaking of writen work - particularly this one by Lewis. A little research provided a workable answer for me. It was writen amid surviving the bombngs of WWII which was fought against a clearly evil foe. Trying to maintain decorum of living amid bombs exploding, sirons screaming and seeki ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At under $20, this compilation of C.S. Lewis's work is a great price- 752 pages!

It includes:

Mere Christianity
The Screwtape Letters
The Great Divorce
The Problem of Pain
A Grief Observed
The Abolition of Man

C.S. Lewis writes with clarity about theology in such an understandable way. He is convincing and unrelenting in his beliefs about Christianity without being even slightly obnoxious. Because he's been on the other side of the argument, he writes with compassion and insight.

The one little t
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only listened to The Screwtape Letters so far, which was the main reason I picked this up. The reader did dan excellent job of being superior and creepy. This was a very interesting piece of Christian philosophy, delivered in a truly unique way. The afterword where Screwtape delivers a commencement address to the Tempters College is such a screed against the state of modern education that it should be required reading for all the jerks in Congress and the Legislature who make laws about sch ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of works includes many of Lewis's most famous writing. There are the philosophical treatises as well his stories. Having read this entire work, I simply don't know how to accurately rate it. His intellectual arguments on behalf of Christianity seem pertinent, if not a bit dated. And the prose of his creative writing is interesting. Yet, I don't feel particularly educated or entertained by these works. Perhaps allowing them to distill for a while in my mind will help.
Give it a try
Alan Johnson
Apr 05, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished the Screwtape Letters and all i can say is "wow"! What truely insightful man Lewis must have been. The amazing thing to me is that any person who calls him or herself a Christian no matter what denomination, should be able to read this book and find themselves nodding their heads in agreement. He addresses such poignant topics and principles which it seems are common to Christians in general and not just one group of them. i highly recommend the Screwtape Letters to anyone and ev ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
I think I would have liked to buy an individual copy of each book in this collection and probably will.

The content however is top notch!

The nonfiction: Mere Christianity, Miracles, The Problem of Pain, A Grief Observed, and The Abolition of Man are all wonderful books that display Lewis' keen logical thought and depth of scholarship.

The Fiction: The Screwtape Letters & The Great Divorce are two of the greatest proofs that deep logical thought is not void of a passion for beauty and story. Le
some of the books (the problem of pain, the abolition of man) are just too densely philosophical for me to appreciate. i can't read more than 2 pages without falling asleep. there were a couple of chapters that i appreciated in tPoP, but overall i couldn't relate those two books to my own experience and really struggled to get through them. on the other hand, i absolutely love mere Christianity, screwtape letters and a grief observed. each of these books holds spiritual treasures that pierce my ...more
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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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“The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind. Does this seem to you exaggerated? If so, think it over. I pointed out a moment ago that the more pride one had, the more one disliked pride in others. In fact, if you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, ‘How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?’ The point is that each person’s pride is in competition with every one else’s pride. It is because I wanted to be the big noise at the party that I am so annoyed at someone else being the big noise. Two of a trade never agree. Now what you want to get clear is that Pride is essentially competitive—is competitive by its very nature—while the other vices are competitive only, so to speak, by accident. Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition has gone, pride has gone.” 2 likes
“There is nothing to be ashamed of in enjoying your food: there would be everything to be ashamed of if half the world made food the main interest of their lives and spent their time looking at pictures of food and dribbling and smacking their lips.” 0 likes
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