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The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C. S. Lewis

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“Morals are the ‘ropes’ and ‘axes’ necessary for climbing those great heights from which a greater journey begins. That journey leads to the ‘happy land of the Trinity.’ It is there that joys, almost unimaginable in this world, begin. Begin—not end.” —from the preface

In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis’s famous devil derides the Christian year as “The Same Old Thing.” To
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Published July 5th 1984 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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Vagabond of Letters, DLitt
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read

3rd reading. Excellent.
4th reading. Still excellent.
6th reading. Still my favorite devotional. (Upgraded to 9.5/10.)
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
While I am almost always challenged by Lewis and while I regard him as one of my premier influences in literature, philosophy and theology, I would much rather read the whole of his thought as opposed to having some bite-sized artificial daily clipping. What he says here is profound; how it is organized in random samples is not. Perhaps it serves to introduce the new reader to Lewis. For those already acquainted with him, it is more frustrating than helpful and leaves one wishing for the whole ...more
Jeff Miller
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those 365-day books which I started in Jan 2019. Delightful with generally more than just a short paragraph each day.
Welton Barker
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I try to read this book every day, but sometimes miss a day or two. No matter where I pick it up, though, this book provides thought-provoking and inspirational guidance for the practicing (or lapsed) Christian. But this is not an easy dimestore "Make Miracles Happen Today!" kind of book. It deals with the deeper troubles that any person of faith (or would-be person of faith) confronts. It is a well-thought-out selection from Lewis' writings, and is probably a good launching point for someone ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ll be the first to admit that while some of the writings of C S Lewis make such an extreme impact on me, I feel as if I have invisible lightbulbs over my head like a cartoon character would. At other times, my eyes will glaze over and thoughts start to wander because I can’t understand what he is trying to say. It all goes over my head.

I stuck with this book for the entire year. Through thick and thin. There are sections that I’ve underlined, with giant stars at the top of the page, and then
Nancy Livingstone
Excellent book that summarizes man and his quest for understanding, acceptance and love.

C S Lewis is a deep thinking, introspective, and logical writer. He doesn't preach to the reader, but rather guides the reader through the matter of Christianity in a way that helps the reader to better understand God's work in man and man's need for God. Further, he reasons that there is considerable evidence of not only His existence, but also of His intricate workings in man's life. A perfect book for
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
In the opening of this book, Hooper employs a quote from The Allegory of Love - “Humanity does not pass through phases as a train passes through stations: being alive, it has the privilege of always moving yet never leaving anything behind. Whatever we have been, in some sort we are still.” This introduces a collection of Lewis’s writing meant to be consumed in small doses daily, as a quote of the day from a desktop calendar would be. To be sure, Lewis has plenty of wisdom to share. Some of my ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read, and thoroughly enjoyed
The Screwtape Letters
The Chronicles of Narnia
and Mere Christianity
I began this yearly devotional with extremely high expectations. So when my expectations were dashed, they were dashed to the extreme... thus the two star rating, which I know is way out of whack with most reviewers.

This collection has some real gems. To treasure forever. But they were few and far between. The majority were of mediocre devotional content. Some were downright antiquated, either
David Roberts
This was a gift from my son Rob and one of my 10 daily reading books for 2017. To be fair, I have read everything by CS Lewis and have a deep respect for his intellect and wisdom . So, of course I liked the book and it was one of my favorites for 2017. While he clearly has a Christian perspective, he writes from a point of view based on logic and common sense, rather than the authority of the Church ior the Bible, which appeals to me.

The book is very well edited, seasonal, and has a wonderful
Ginger ~ Pages from Wonderland
Even though I am a diehard CS Lewis fan, this book left something to be desired. I find I much prefer reading his full works rather than an excerpt collection like this. CS Lewis is at times so complex and abstruse, that taken out of context, an excerpt can seem to be saying something that it decidedly was not. Multiple times I felt Lewis was being made to seem as though he was saying something or condoning views that I know he was not, from reading the full essay or work it was taken from. ...more
Kathy England
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I used this as a daily devotional, although I read more than one day's reading at a time. The readings are taken from many of C. S. Lewis' writings. My favorites were always from "Mere Christianity", which I highly recommend to everyone. Although C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite writers, I prefer reading his writings in their entirety to reading bits and pieces of them.
Steve Campbell
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: devotionals
This is an excellent sampler of C. S. Lewis's thoughts. Each daily reading in culled from Lewis's published works and offers a profound nugget to ponder throughout the day. This book is good for those who have read Lewis's works and would like a little refresher, but it is also a good introduction to Lewis for those who have read few or none of his writings.
Jason Pike
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this as an intro to Lewis or a fun daily reminder (as it’s written) of what he’s said. Some sections get a little loose outside their context in the original book. But overall fun read.
Julie Davis
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews-owed
This is a really excellent devotional. Carefully selected excerpts of C.S. Lewis's work are organized around the liturgical year. A little C.S. Lewis every day is a great way to stay focused on the realities of Christian life.
Maxine Cockerill
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am taking this slowly as I have not read many of his books and am taking notes as I go for future reference. I will be enjoying the mind opening experience for some time. Agree or not, he is an education all by himself. And I am fascinate.d
Derek Christman
I should have read the description better. Each passage is an excerpt from his books and letters, many which I have already read and not in context.
Frank Lunn
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful compilation of his grandest thoghts.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book!
Paul Dubuc
Sep 01, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a very good sampling of C.S. Lewis' writings on many different topics, from various previously published sources, broken up into digestible pieces. If you've read most of Lewis' work and want to refresh your memory and meditate variously on their insights, this book might be helpful. It might also be helpful for those who have very little exposure to Lewis and want to start with a shallow sampling before deciding where to dive in deeper. Each selection has its source listed in the back. ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As part of my time with God each day, I have a spiritual diet of Bible reading, memorization, and then books on theology/sermons/biographies of men of God, etc. I also like to do small daily snippets of devotionals, quotes, readings, so on and so forth.

The book that I have used for this section of my devotionals the past year is The Business of Heaven, by C. S. Lewis. Now, to be clear on this, Lewis never wrote this book as such. The book is a collection of the man's writings, one for each day
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. First I should mention that I didn't read this book as it's meant to be read, one daily passage at a time. But I get the sense that would have been an even more impactful reading experience because the thoughts in this book are meant to be pondered.

Many of the daily readings end with a line or two that is widely quoted. So it's fun to be reminded of the arguments that lead up to those well-known lines.

Occasionally a reading would come from Screwtape Letters and it would take a second
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Going to use this as a quick morning devotion or 'day-starter' after my workout for the next year. Hoping it lasts the full year.

Pretty good book, but gets a little old when you've read most of Lewis' other works, since this is just snippets from everything else.
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read through this every other year or so. Jack never fails to challenge, spur and inspire me. The excerpts are taken in bits and pieces, out of context, which only makes me want to reread all the original texts again.
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is simply a collection of excerpts from Lewis' writings, organized as a daily reading for a year. If you're familiar with Lewis, many of the excerpts will be things you've read. But it is still a nice way to pick up a deep or encouraging thought each day in a minute or two reading.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
A great day-by-day philosophical interpretation of life. From learning about C.S Lewis, his history truly peaks out through his work. All the struggles he has experienced are amplified in his literature.
Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes spiritual insight
C.S. Lewis is arguably one of the best Christian writers. It has a reading for everyday of the year. I tend to read 3 days at a time because there are so many insightful things. It helped me deal with friendship issues that I have been dealing with for years.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Daily readings, short section by calendar day.
Dre McDermott
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. You could read it over and over. A collection of all of CSL best quotes on Christianity. Something you could carry anywhere for inspiration.
Diane Lybbert
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a daily devotional book, so I am working through it one day at a time. BUT I LOVE C.S. Lewis; he's one of my absolute favorite authors.
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure it is my fourth or fifth time through since salvation. More enlightening every time. I finish the year soon. More conficting and thought provoking than the last.
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