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C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity

(Shepherd's Notes)

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Shepherd's Notes- Christian Classics Series is designed to give readers a quick, step by step overview of some of the enduring treasures of the Christian faith. They are designed to be used along side the classic itself- either in individual study or in a study group. The faithful of all generations have found spiritual nourishment in the Scriptures and in the works of Chr ...more
Paperback, 86 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Broadman & Holman Publishers
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Angela Blount
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, non-fiction

A pretty extensive overview, not only of the book Mere Christianity, but of C.S. Lewis's life. A biographical timeline on pages 4-9 sets up a strong context for the man's life events and their coincidence with his various publications. This reader certainly walked away with a keener understanding of this much beloved author and the world/culture with which he was engaged.

The footnotes were every bit as concise as the individual chapter summaries, and offer a depth and background to Lewis's infl
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple notes on CS Lewis' Mere Christianity. ...more
Sara Allen
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I don’t think Mere Christianity needs commentary - it’s very clear cut and written in an easy to understand way. I also don’t think it needs summarized as it is not terribly long. But I do think this companion is a good way to reiterate Lewis’ points as you’re reading without extra opinions.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Lewis' Mere Christianity in abridged format with some added study notes.

I actually picked this up by accident, thinking it was the unabridged version, but when I discovered my mistake and was easily able to pick up the unabridged book as well, I thought "Why not read through the two together and see how well they did making a concise version?" They actually did pretty well! I would still suggest reading the unabridged version first, but if a group were doing a book study, this would be a great

Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You'll need to put your thinking cap on for this one because Lewis will illuminate some truths that are intuitive and easy to understand, while simultaneously so profound that you'll need to re-read several sections. (Or, if you follow my method, you'll just buy the audiobook to repeat these sections and then re-listen to the entire book again and again.)

Lewis wrote Mere Christianity (formerly a radio series he did) to unearth the central components of Christianity. He had friends / officials f
George Niu
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity
I personally consider this little book an unnecessary purchase. It is a recapitulation of C. S. Lewis' original work, adding little that is valuable to gaining further in-depth knowledge. The editor is not to blame, though. C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity is already a near-perfect work: it is plain in language, invincible in argument and invulnerable in logic, in such a way that the reader can readily comprehend the book without any commentary or notes to go with it. ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The most fantastic book I've read in a long while! The author offers us in his highly readable discussion both his intellectual reflections about faith and then the inner workings of faith itself. A rare and perfect blend. ...more
Brad Kittle
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Simply C.S. Lewis. A wonderful read.
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What a Christian must be (economist and statesman). P 81 (Social Morality)
Reading in conduction with the book. It helps emphasize and solidify Lewis' points, but nothing particularly special in its own right. ...more
Magen Zawko
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Every Christian's guide and the intro to a life of Christianity to any non-Christian. ...more
Sonya Wanvig
Great short summary
J.D. Boesch
May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: apologetics
A must read for anyone wanting to understand not only the philosphical meaning of Christianity but the psychological reasoning that logically invokes Christianity as the only true religion.
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