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C. S. Lewis' Little Book of Wisdom: Meditations on Faith, Life, Love, and Literature

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Novelist, poet, critic, lay theologian, and best-selling author of the 'Narnia' series, C. S. Lewis’ works have become timeless classics for adults and children around the world.

Here in one concise volume is the essence of his thought on subjects ranging from love and faith to ethics and morality and myth and literature that will throw open the windows of the soul an

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Hampton Roads Publishing
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Carrie Daws
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A wide variety of quotes from the books and letters of CS Lewis. The man was a deep thinker and this book touches on that, bringing his musings to life in short quips and quotes. Some are delightful and brought a smile to my face while others made me stop to re-read them and mull over them for myself. This book is a great primer for those who don't know much about CS Lewis, as well as a good resource for those who love him and want to keep his thoughts close at hand without seeking out all of hi ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have been reading little gems and nuggets of wisdom from this book each day after my Bible reading. It has made the perfect accompaniment to it. Many times I read the little excerpt over several times, to take it in. C. S. Lewis always gives you food for thought, and, very often, brings heaven, and the eternal, much closer to your daily life. And this is something I need.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

Ron Dellaguardia
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

For those of this persuasion, and who enjoy deep thinking and reflection on life, this book is a delightful treasure chest of wise words. I read the small excerpts, look away and reflect on them, and then return to the book with gratitude and delight. For me, this is a really wonderful book.
Michael Mcfarren
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life quotes

The authors captured a treasure trove of spiritual life guides in this little book. I spent hours just savoring all these C S Lewis insights. All found meaning in my life and helped me grow even more. Thank you.
Wilde Sky
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of extracts from a famous author’s works.

I found a few of the passages quite profound – but much of it didn’t really mean much to me.
Cassie Kelley
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Timeless Advice

This is a little book full of the wisdom that C.S. Lewis collected and gave out to his many readers. And I absolutely love it. Compiled by two women who absolutely love Lewis’ works.

Arranged by topic, these quotes are collected from all of his books, letters, and essays. Fiction and nonfiction, it doesn’t matter. Fiction is a wonderful medium for conveying truth, and Lewis knew this very well. And all of these quotes inspire a deep desire to learn more about the God that this man
Pam Sexton
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite author

I first read the Chronicles of Narnia to my children in our before bed nightly story times. This was our favorite time of day. I fell in love with C.S. Lewis & in the more than 35 years since, I have read most everything he wrote.

There is an echoing ring of deeper truths in my soul as I read, that has kept my heart & mind in a state of childlike wonder. My favorites are still his stories for children & a few others that are just stories that have cemented my relations
Roger Smitter
Oct 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a quick read. A really quick read—maybe 30 minutes. Each page has a quotation from a C.S. Lewis, an English writer who focused on complex issues of faith in a modern world. The editors, Andrea Kirk Assaff and Kelly Anne Leahy, provide so little that the short read is worth the effort. The problem is, there’s no context for understanding Lewis’s work. Lewis was praised for taking on major issues in faith. The one page/one quotation format falls far short of his work.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can a book of quotes from the works of C. S. Lewis be rated as anything but great? Could the author have chosen better quotes? Maybe. However, I doubt it. One would have to read and re-read all the Lewis books again in order to judge. I am impressed by the width and depth of the compiler's choices. Read if you enjoy mulling over what you read. ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is packed with wonderful quotes, some of which I was familiar with already, and I enjoyed it. Lewis is one that I have to read really slowly because my brain just can't digest his writing unless I take the time to focus. So although this looks like a little book that you could just pick up and enjoy at your leisure, it was not a relaxing bit of reading in the slightest. But that's okay! ...more
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Shelves: 2019, british
OK, so I didn't realize what I was purchasing, obviously. I am a huge C.S. Lewis fan. I've read much of his work. This is a VERY SHORT book of quotes, like 1 per page, like 1 to 2 sentences per quote. That's it. Excellent? Yes, of course, it's Lewis, but not the book of "meditations" I thought I was purchasing. ...more
Sally Kilpatrick
One day I will learn that I don't like books of quotations. While I did glean some insight, I think I would've been better served by reading the actual books. I'm not so good at the jumping about by topic yet missing the overall context. ...more
Richard Landon
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Kernals of Christian Wisdom

A great way to get introduced to C.S. Lewis, his thoughts, and many of his books and writings. Also a great resource for wisdom on how to live a good, compassionate and fulfilling Christian life.
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't really a book you read straight through. It's more something to keep around to reference or read little bits at a time. It is composed entirely of individual quotes from Lewis's works. 10/10. All the best lines are in there. Really inspiring. ...more
Paul H. Rogers
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Poor printing

Never saw a good book of excellent wisdom destroyed by its prose kept to three words a line hard to read
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this book of quotes. So many good ones.
Sara (Alicorn Feathers)
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now I want to read all of Lewis’ non-fiction
Mrs Julie Gargett
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book to dip into
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith
A calming collection of Lewis’s observations on Christian life. Each excerpt lends itself to a daily meditation.
Artemisia Hunt
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little book of quotes from author C. S. Lewis offers timeless wisdom on concepts like faith, friendship, joy, and love. There are some real gems here, some rather self-evident like, “Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” And some are here that are more profound as in “Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours”. A delightful sense of humor is even found in some: “It is much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one” and “Adventures are never fun w ...more
Susan Henn
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
4/2019 Although I enjoyed all the quotes in the book and found them to be well organized in various categories, I had trouble reading this book. For me, reading quote after quote was like reading poetry, I lost track of what was being expressed. After a few quotes my eyes would continue reading but my mind would wander off in another direction. Reading a book of quotes straight through definitely didn't work for me! ...more
Lis Sigona
Quotes from C. S. Lewis’ works - not impressive , nothing ver special regarding this book. Wasn’t particularly pleased with format or anything about the book. Kind of felt like it was wasted money.
Tom Nastas
Difficult for me to get into. Many of his wisdoms & their meanings lost to me
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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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