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Made for Heaven: And Why on Earth It Matters

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Why We Still Haven't Found What We're Looking For

We long for heaven, and we will never feel fully at home until we get there. This keen insight into our souls pervades the writings of C. S. Lewis. From his Chronicles of Narnia to Mere Christianity, Lewis's writings continually return to the theme of heaven as our true home, the land we have been searching for our whole liv
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published February 22nd 2005 by HarperOne (first published February 15th 2005)
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Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love reading C.S. Lewis. I think he just may be my favorite writer. There is so much depth and honesty to his writing. I feel like it's a gift to be let into his thoughts. I'm so grateful he wrote and didn't just think during his lifetime! He just takes you on his train of thinking almost like you're in conversation. He makes no attempt to make himself look better than anyone else, rather he's open to saying things like this endearing phrase: "With that, a good deal of what I had been thinking ...more
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-books
Definitely a heavenly book! He should totally have been LDS! Lewis describes eternal progression, righteous desires, and even has some learning theory in there. Read it with a notebook and pen, because he'll get you thinking all kinds of lofty thoughts of your own. Very Quotable. ...more
Lisa Richards
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book contains excerpts from three of C.S. Lewis's books, The Weight of Glory, The Great Divorce and The Problem of Pain, two of which I hadn't yet read. His thoughts on Heaven, and why we are made for it, have opened my eyes and heart in many ways. It is so worth the reading. ...more
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grandma-friendly
Most of what CS Lewis says goes right over my head, but there are always little gems in his writing that make it worth the effort.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a short read, but not very easy to understand at times. After sharing about Heaven, Lewis comes to the conclusion that "tomorrow is (still) Monday," and we still have to take up our crosses and follow Jesus before we get to Heaven. He then reveals one of the benefits of "indulging" in the topic of Heaven. Here is a striking excerpt: "Meanwhile the cross comes before the crown and tomorrow is a Monday morning. A cleft has opened in the pitiless walls of the world, and ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am an atheist and I haven't read my CS Lewis since my Mormon days, but I was gifted this book based on a discussion and was struck by the writing and remembered how much I loved his philosophical approach. Lewis is plainspoken and thoughtful about how Christians should desire heaven rather than just trying not to be selfish, and he sees what he interprets as the innate human desire for heaven as a hint about where we we are destined to go.

"Though I do not believe (I wish I did) that my desir
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual, 2020
A quick read, excerpts from three of Lewis’s works (The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Weight of Glory) focusing on Heaven.

The Great Divorce is one of my all time favorite books, so I loved that section. The excerpt from the Problem of Pain, I think came from the end of the book, and seemed like it might have been better read if one understood the base arguments made and referenced from the beginning of the book. I loved the passage from Weight of Glory. All in all, a good taste of deeper,
Tina Williams
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A small little book with excerpts from The Problem of Pain and The Weight of Glory. These curated readings point us to the glory of what awaits. Lewis is brilliant at word pictures and bringing us along for the journey.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excerpts from some of C.S. Lewis's books on why we feel there is somewhere else we belong. ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great collection of CS Lewis' writings on the topic of heaven. ...more
Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
This short little book is full of profound and important truths from selections from C.S. Lewis's other writings (The Weight of Glory, The Great Divorce, and The Problem of Pain). The main idea is that we each long for heaven--our real home. :)

"You and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid upon us for nearly a hundred years. Almost our whole education has been directed to silencing this shy, persistent, inner
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
C.S. Lewis shines in his prose when he reaches toward nearly poetic descriptions in order to give some glimpse of something that is hard to put into words. A concept of heaven is just such a thing, and this compilation of material from three sources all dealing with heaven or our appointed end is really a treat to read. Though it only took a short time to read it, since it is a tiny book, I didn't hurry through it. I read it slowly and with reflection, and it's one of those sorts of books worthy ...more
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
"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 day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare."

This little book is a collection of short segments from three of Lewis' books, only one of which I have read before, that being The Great Divorce. The other two are Th
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a great litle book. It contains sections from C.S. Lewis' books "The Great Divorce," "The Problem of Pain," and "Weight of Glory and Other Addresses" that discuss matters of heaven. Here's one of my favorite quotes: "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 day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corrupti ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
The "news from a far off country" that C.S. Lewis so skillfully delivers is encapsulated succinctly in this short book. It contains some of his meandering thoughts on heaven selected from three of his classics - The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, and the Weight of Glory. Lewis manages to describe this divine destination and articulate why everyone longs to be there in an extremely logical fashion.

This is a great coffee table addition that should spur the casual reader to delve further into
Chelsea Merkley
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of so many wonderful ideals and Christian Symbols. C.S. Lewis writes eloquently regarding our true state. He speaks of Christ and the Deity as praising us, and thinking of us in the highest respect possible.
He theorizes and expounds on the belief that we are outside our abode here on earth. That we are from heaven, and we long, yearn and pine for the beauty and majesty of heaven. I loved reading this book. It is so full of beautiful truths regarding Christianity and Charityabd
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Short book that summarizes C.S. Lewis' writings about why we mortals are not made for this earth, but for heaven. They saved the best for last in this compilation. It's the quote that states, while it is a serious thing to live among potential gods and goddesses, we have reason to feel joyful in our interactions, having proper respect for one another. "Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses." Understanding that one concept has changed ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is just a short little book of snippets from a few of C. S. Lewis' books. Short, but insightful, powerful, and inspiring. The placement of the different portions of different books really helps to strengthen and clarify Lewis' points and thoughts in a new way. He was such an inspirational man, and so in tune with the Spirit. ...more
Dave Ferrier
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A very short book comprised of several chapters from Lewis' other works that pertain to the topic of heaven, our longing for heaven, and what we may expect of the rewards promised us in God's word. This is a very good book that I would recommend to any believer who has half an hour to spare. ...more
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A short extract from several of C.S. Lewis' books. Very deep Christian philosophy that I love thinking about, but I wish I could hold it in my mind. He is so deep and I aspire to be able to think and act on what he is able to express. ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another compilation of Christian theology by C.S. Lewis. A quick read but not for a sleepy mind. I found myself re-reading several pages trying to grasp his words...definitely worth the try. I'll be reading this more than once. His writing captivates me. ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent discussion on the reality of heaven. C.S. Lewis does not try to fill our senses with lofty descriptions of heaven. He lays out firm reasoning, proof, that heaven exists and that it is where we were made to live.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of his writings on heaven. I love the way he writes intelligently and yet it's understandable by those of us without a University degree. I was moved by Lewis drawing the conclusion that we need to share the gospel because of heaven. ...more
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book ws a little bit confusing for me but still very good.
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was a terrific compilations of C.S. Lewis literature. I felt enlightened and happily content after reading it.
Celeste Batchelor
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I did not realize that this book was just a couple of chapters from some of C. S. Lewis' other books. Personally, I would skip this one and just read the other books. ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love the complied CS Lewis books. Anytime I read him or any of his quotes, its pretty amazing. This deals specifically with Heaven and has some really great quotes throughout.
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy Lewis' perspective on everything. I love how he really makes me focus and reevaluate how I view things. ...more
Rena Phung
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Picked up in the clearance rack at the BYU-Hawaii bookstore. Gave me just the taste of Lewis that I needed to know I WANT MORE. Beginning with Mere Christianity...
Emerson John Tiu Ng
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
....this short book is only snippets of CS Lewis writings... I highly recommend this book, because it gives one, a true meaning of what is Heaven....
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Clive Staples Lewis 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

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