A Year with C. S. Lewis
Beloved author C. S. Lewis is our trusted guide in this intimate day-by-day companion offering his distinctive and celebrated wisdom. Amidst the bustle of our daily experience, A Year with C. S. Lewis provides the necessary respite and inspiration to meet the many challenges we face in our lives. Ruminating on such themes as the nature of love, the existence of miracles, overcoming a devastating loss, and discovering a profound faith, Lewis offers unflinchingly honest insight for each day of the year.These daily meditations have been culled from Lewis's celebrated Signature Classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, and A Grief Observed, as well as from the distinguished works The Weight of Glory and The Abolition of Man.Throughout this elegant daybook the reader will find poignant biographical com-mentary about C. S. Lewis's life that offers a remarkable portrait of Lewis in the context of his work. As each day unfolds, we embark on a path of discovery with a friend by your side. A Year with C. S. Lewis is the perfect com-panion for everyone who cherishes Lewis's timeless words.

A Year with C. S. Lewis Details

TitleA Year with C. S. Lewis
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 17th, 2009
PublisherHarperCollins
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GenreChristian, Nonfiction, Religion, Christianity, Theology

A Year with C. S. Lewis Review

  • Douglas Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Simply wonderful. Magnificent. Nancy and I read through this one together.
  • Keiki Hendrix
    January 1, 1970
    There are men and women of great minds that write books that you simply must read. For the cause and subject of Christianity, C. S. Lewis ranks as one the best apologetic minds in all of Christendom.A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works, is exceptional because within it you will find choice writings from other must-read books by C. S. Lewis such as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, A Grief Observed, The Weight of There are men and women of great minds that write books that you simply must read. For the cause and subject of Christianity, C. S. Lewis ranks as one the best apologetic minds in all of Christendom.A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works, is exceptional because within it you will find choice writings from other must-read books by C. S. Lewis such as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, A Grief Observed, The Weight of Glory, and The Abolition of Man.Edited and arranged by Patricia Klein, each days reading of a selection of Lewis’ works will cause you to remember the book it was quoted from, if you have read it. Book Review of A Year with C. S. Lewis edited by Patricia KleinIf it is the first time you are reading C. S. Lewis, it may cause you to ponder and consider his delightful style, his no-nonsense approach, and his seasoned grasp on the foundations of Christianity.I have read all the works that this book of meditations draws from, which added great depth to the daily readings. I can mark the time in my life when I read a particular book by C. S. Lewis. It would be hard for me to choose which of his books were my favorite, I would say The Great Divorce and Mere Christianity top my list.Lewis is profound. Having his works broken down in daily meditations makes his messages easier to digest. Of course, it is always best, at least for me, to have a dictionary handy when reading C. S. Lewis. He was a master of wit and wisdom and it flowed beautifully through his writings.I recently purchased a eReader and this book was one of the very first ebooks I bought. I recommend it highly for personal use or as a gift. For daily reading and / or meditation, I would rank this compilation very close to Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest. Reviewed by: Keiki HendrixReviewed for: The Vessel Project
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  • Neil Coulter
    January 1, 1970
    This was an excellent book to read through in 2017. It had been a while since I'd read the books by Lewis that are excerpted throughout the year in this collection, and the reminder of some great passages was often very helpful, encouraging, and challenging. I particularly enjoyed selections from The Weight of Glory, the writings by Lewis that I'm least familiar with. I am glad to know "Learning in War-Time," now, which I shared with my students after reading parts of it here.I recommend these d This was an excellent book to read through in 2017. It had been a while since I'd read the books by Lewis that are excerpted throughout the year in this collection, and the reminder of some great passages was often very helpful, encouraging, and challenging. I particularly enjoyed selections from The Weight of Glory, the writings by Lewis that I'm least familiar with. I am glad to know "Learning in War-Time," now, which I shared with my students after reading parts of it here.I recommend these daily readings to people who are already familiar with at least some of Lewis's non-fiction works (there are no selections here from Narnia). Because these are short excerpts, they sometimes might not make sense to readers who don't know the fuller context.
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  • Laurel Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    A short passage each day from the pen of C.S. Lewis provides a good introduction to or review to the writings of the great scholar, don, and Christian.
  • Julie Davis
    January 1, 1970
    I am really enjoying this book A Year With C. S. Lewis. I got it on a whim in January and am really glad I have it on my Kindle for daily reading. It uses excerpts from well known books such as Mere Christianity combined with snippets of letters and lesser known writing, and flows through different themes such as knowing God, prayer, and so forth.The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because occasionally it is difficult to pick up the thread of the excerpt for the day. This has become appa I am really enjoying this book A Year With C. S. Lewis. I got it on a whim in January and am really glad I have it on my Kindle for daily reading. It uses excerpts from well known books such as Mere Christianity combined with snippets of letters and lesser known writing, and flows through different themes such as knowing God, prayer, and so forth.The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because occasionally it is difficult to pick up the thread of the excerpt for the day. This has become apparent when reading a daily entry aloud with my husband over our weekday lunches in the office. It doesn't happen often though.
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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    What can be better than a best of C. S. Lewis devotional book? Top notch. Great selections, short in length - great for daily devotional reading.
  • Whitney Holley
    January 1, 1970
    A short passage from one of Lewis’ works every day. Enjoyed this as a start to my morning and found myself being led down various rabbit holes after thinking on something he said.
  • Bart Breen
    January 1, 1970
    Pure Solid Lewis, Every Day of the YearC.S. Lewis is valued by many as one of the clearest and most lucid voices of reason in 20th Century Christianity.Clive Staples Lewis, (Jack to his friends) wrestled as an younger adult with his belief in God, having embraced agnosticism as the only truly valid position to be taken by an intellectually honest person. A highly intelligent man, he could not simply accept on blind faith, the tenets of Christianity. However, in large part due to the influence of Pure Solid Lewis, Every Day of the YearC.S. Lewis is valued by many as one of the clearest and most lucid voices of reason in 20th Century Christianity.Clive Staples Lewis, (Jack to his friends) wrestled as an younger adult with his belief in God, having embraced agnosticism as the only truly valid position to be taken by an intellectually honest person. A highly intelligent man, he could not simply accept on blind faith, the tenets of Christianity. However, in large part due to the influence of fellow literary professor J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis came to wrestle with Christianity and came to the conclusion that it was indeed rationale and defensible and thus was born a literary and apologetics career that spanned radio programs, children's books, science fiction and several well loved and highly influential apologetic tomes.This daily reader puts together a wonderful collection of pithy passages and thoughts that will serve as part of a daily devotional regimen (not all of it though ... I suspect Lewis himself would not want reading his works to replace reading Scripture.) Each selection stands well on its own and captures the genius of Lewis in taking an often difficult concept and reducing it to an acecdotal story that bring clarity and understanding.An excellent collection and a worthy daily regimen.
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  • Kathy Sundprescher
    January 1, 1970
    A Year With C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works by C.S.Lewis A thought provoking, uplifting and spirit filled way to start every day. I feel so many of us get up , drink our coffee and go about our day mindless of our true direction.I know for me this book changed all of that? Each entry was short enough that you felt , yes, I have time to do this,but mind you they were so packed full of his unending gifts you the.kn took with you a solid purpose. I lived each day , perhaps not b A Year With C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works by C.S.Lewis A thought provoking, uplifting and spirit filled way to start every day. I feel so many of us get up , drink our coffee and go about our day mindless of our true direction.I know for me this book changed all of that? Each entry was short enough that you felt , yes, I have time to do this,but mind you they were so packed full of his unending gifts you the.kn took with you a solid purpose. I lived each day , perhaps not better, but aware of my actions, thoughts and intent. It's a good thing, as Oprah would say, hah! It is good to be aware of oneself when all to often we are not. I find I'm a much kinder, loving individual if I keep my mind in that state. So I say thank you Mr. Lewis, again.
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  • Happyreader
    January 1, 1970
    Before spending five minutes each morning for the past year with his writing, I had never read any C.S. Lewis.  Becoming acquainted with his work through these excerpts bore mixed results.  Some books, like Mere Christianity and A Grief Observed, excerpted well and provided substantial food for thought.  Others, like The Screwtape Letters and The Problem with Pain, sometimes needed more context or extended passages to bear fruit.  And some titles, like The Weight of Glory, turned me off complete Before spending five minutes each morning for the past year with his writing, I had never read any C.S. Lewis.  Becoming acquainted with his work through these excerpts bore mixed results.  Some books, like Mere Christianity and A Grief Observed, excerpted well and provided substantial food for thought.  Others, like The Screwtape Letters and The Problem with Pain, sometimes needed more context or extended passages to bear fruit.  And some titles, like The Weight of Glory, turned me off completely, seeming out of date or particular to an Englishman of a certain class and political mindset. Despite or because of these ups and downs, it was a good practice to encounter Lewis each morning, interesting enough to engage in more depth at a future date through his full-length books.
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful daily readings for the year. The selections were taken from a variety of Lewis's books. I was motivated to read a couple of his books again after getting occasional excerpts. More are on my 'to read' list for this year. What a gift Lewis has to summarize major points of theology so very succinctly. Makes him so very quotable."A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all --and more amusing."" A woman means by usefulness chiefly taking trouble for others; a man means not Wonderful daily readings for the year. The selections were taken from a variety of Lewis's books. I was motivated to read a couple of his books again after getting occasional excerpts. More are on my 'to read' list for this year. What a gift Lewis has to summarize major points of theology so very succinctly. Makes him so very quotable."A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all --and more amusing."" A woman means by usefulness chiefly taking trouble for others; a man means not giving trouble to others.""Why is God landing in this enemy-occupied world in disguise and starting a sort of secret society to undermine the devil?"
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  • Camille Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    You don't have to spend much time with me to figure out that I LOVE C.S. LEWIS. I think of him as my wise and gentle older brother."A Year with C.S. Lewis..." is a great book for Lewis lovers. It compiles excerpts from many of Lewis's best-loved books into a daily-reading format. Think of it as a daily dose of Lewis!When I have a stack of books by other writers on my desk and don't have time at the moment to re-read "That Hideous Strength" or "Surprised by Joy" or another Lewis title, "A Year wi You don't have to spend much time with me to figure out that I LOVE C.S. LEWIS. I think of him as my wise and gentle older brother."A Year with C.S. Lewis..." is a great book for Lewis lovers. It compiles excerpts from many of Lewis's best-loved books into a daily-reading format. Think of it as a daily dose of Lewis!When I have a stack of books by other writers on my desk and don't have time at the moment to re-read "That Hideous Strength" or "Surprised by Joy" or another Lewis title, "A Year with Lewis" is just the thing to tide me over until I can jump into Lewis again with both feet.
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  • Christina Rodriguez
    January 1, 1970
    "A Year with C.S. Lewis" is a daily devotional of short excerpts from Lewis' magnificent body of classical Christian apologetics. Readings include passages from "Mere Christianity," "The Screwtape Letters," "The Great Divorce," "The Problem of Pain," "Miracles," "A Grief Observed," "The Weight of Glory" and "The Abolition of Man." Throughout the devotional, important dates in the life of C.S. Lewis are also noted. Organized by the calendar year, this is an excellent devotional for pondering some "A Year with C.S. Lewis" is a daily devotional of short excerpts from Lewis' magnificent body of classical Christian apologetics. Readings include passages from "Mere Christianity," "The Screwtape Letters," "The Great Divorce," "The Problem of Pain," "Miracles," "A Grief Observed," "The Weight of Glory" and "The Abolition of Man." Throughout the devotional, important dates in the life of C.S. Lewis are also noted. Organized by the calendar year, this is an excellent devotional for pondering some of the essential mysteries of the faith, as well as a terrific refresher or introduction to some of the greatest works of the twentieth century.
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fantastic collection of excerpts in an equally great format. Each reading is one page or less (similar to the "My Utmost for His Highest" devotional book) so if you miss a few days, you don't have to give up on the whole thing. If you read it in the morning, it's like Lewis tells you some profound thing while you eat your breakfast, and then you can think about it all day. Includes excerpts from: Miracles, Mere Christianity, The Weight of Glory, The Problem of Pain, Abolition of Man, T This is a fantastic collection of excerpts in an equally great format. Each reading is one page or less (similar to the "My Utmost for His Highest" devotional book) so if you miss a few days, you don't have to give up on the whole thing. If you read it in the morning, it's like Lewis tells you some profound thing while you eat your breakfast, and then you can think about it all day. Includes excerpts from: Miracles, Mere Christianity, The Weight of Glory, The Problem of Pain, Abolition of Man, The Great Divorce, A Grief Observed, and The Screwtape Letters.
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  • Jocelyn
    January 1, 1970
    If you don't have time to sit down and read all the classic works of Lewis, this book is a nice "reader's digest" version of some of the greatest thoughts and ideas from those books. I refer to it fairly often, and enjoyed being able to read one quote a day, which made it pretty easy, and still gave me plenty to digest each day! I only gave it 4 stars instead of five though, because the organization of it isn't really great and is far from user-friendly when you're trying to look something up. N If you don't have time to sit down and read all the classic works of Lewis, this book is a nice "reader's digest" version of some of the greatest thoughts and ideas from those books. I refer to it fairly often, and enjoyed being able to read one quote a day, which made it pretty easy, and still gave me plenty to digest each day! I only gave it 4 stars instead of five though, because the organization of it isn't really great and is far from user-friendly when you're trying to look something up. No topic index; poorly assigned titles for each quote. Great quotes, however.
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  • Bill
    January 1, 1970
    This book is part of my daily morning meds ritual. It helps to have read the underling books from which the daily passages are taken, but I find that even those that I am familiar with take time well spent to let soak in. This book has stirred. Some. Controversy when it serves as a topic source for a 12 step meeting group that was agnostic about being spiritual. Lewis puts his message squarely on the table and confronts you in a way that requires you to think, and argue if you like, many find a This book is part of my daily morning meds ritual. It helps to have read the underling books from which the daily passages are taken, but I find that even those that I am familiar with take time well spent to let soak in. This book has stirred. Some. Controversy when it serves as a topic source for a 12 step meeting group that was agnostic about being spiritual. Lewis puts his message squarely on the table and confronts you in a way that requires you to think, and argue if you like, many find a path to belief that otherwise eluded them.
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  • Nicole Pramik
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great sampling of some of Lewis' most prolific and moving insights into life, love, faith, hope, God, and even stories, all taken from his most well-known works. This text is far better than a "happy-quote-of-the-day" in that Lewis actually makes you think about difficult topics. My copy has been marked up over the years because it's just so good! A must for any Lewis fan or anyone new to Lewis' work.
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  • Sherri Moorer
    January 1, 1970
    My all time favorite devotional! If you enjoy Lewis' work then this is a must have. You'll enjoy reading excerpts from all of his works every day.
  • Kevin Lucia
    January 1, 1970
    As always, it's a pleasure to read Lewis. I'll read and re-read his work, over any of today's modern theologians, in a heartbeat.
  • Jeff
    January 1, 1970
    It was good. My problem with this book is that the editors didn't always capture Lewis' meaning. If you have read the books that are quoted you will appreciate this book more.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I got this one to read as a daily break, but it's too heady for a quick read. Maybe it'll work at another time in my life.
  • Elizabeth Van Tassel
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes I wish I could have C.S. Lewis over for dinner and thank him for all of his inspiring work in fiction and nonfiction. Or it's a rainy day and a bit gloomy and I wish I could spend hours pouring over one of his books and thinking big thoughts, but I don't quite have the time to do so. This book is perfect for both of those kinds of moments, since it has bite-sized bits of wisdom and thoughts from one of the greatest thinkers and writers ever. Make a cup of tea and stop the hurrying pace Sometimes I wish I could have C.S. Lewis over for dinner and thank him for all of his inspiring work in fiction and nonfiction. Or it's a rainy day and a bit gloomy and I wish I could spend hours pouring over one of his books and thinking big thoughts, but I don't quite have the time to do so. This book is perfect for both of those kinds of moments, since it has bite-sized bits of wisdom and thoughts from one of the greatest thinkers and writers ever. Make a cup of tea and stop the hurrying pace of life. You'll see things differently and be very restored or challenged to live life with more purpose by sharing in these bits of excellent writing. I was able to study C.S. Lewis' work when I was in England years ago, too, so this brings up images of his home and favorite places where he wrote or hiked for inspiration. And since I can't have him over for dinner, this will do very nicely.
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  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    What a great idea!! This book is made of 366 different excerpts from the writings of C. S. Lewis. Each of them is a gem. Watch out for those from the Screwtape Letters ... if you fail to notice, you will suddenly be taken aback by the words. Then you will realize why it all seemed backwards. I have peppered the pages with tiny post-it's in order to read again my favorite portions. I will save this book and use it for daily devotionals some other year in the future.
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    I went through this book almost daily in 2017. I enjoyed a daily dose of Lewis. He’s one of those people that when you read him you wonder why you aren’t always reading him. This book helped me with that. At times I did wish other portions of his writings were chosen but overall this was a great yearly devotional to go through.
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  • Tk Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    The status for this book should really be "currently reading." Got it for Christmas a few years ago, and still read it...not quite daily, I will admit. But I find something good and true in it every time I pick it up.
  • Sharon L. S. Cook
    January 1, 1970
    Not bad for an overview of many of Lewis' writings. It was helpful that days were grouped together, so in a week you might end up with a longer reading from a single book. Clearly not an in-depth study, but that's not what it was trying to be.
  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    There are some great passages in here, but the problem is that they are often split up over several days, which doesn't really make reading them very enlightening. I was hoping for something with a complete quote or passage for each day.
  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    What a great way to spend the year! Lewis’s insights are always good thought provoking.
  • Phil Schneider
    January 1, 1970
    Great devotionalThis was a great once a day devotional. Really enjoyed it. Will probably use it again in a year or two. Highly recommend.
  • Sharon Jacobs
    January 1, 1970
    Nice introduction to his thinking but I prefer reading the whole books to get the arguments. I have been using extracts with A level RS students, which seems to work.
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