Guest Post - Book Review: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

23 November 2011

Hello! I'm Miss Rachel from Young Homemakers! :D I'm so excited to share about this excellent book I read a few months ago! C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors, but I'd only read his "Chronicles of Narnia" books and a bunch of his quotes before this. So I decided to read this very well-known book: Mere Christianity! :D


Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis

"Lewis seeks in 'Mere Christianity' to help us see the religion with fresh eyes...The Christianity Lewis espouses is humane, but not easy: it asks us to recognize that the great religious struggle is not fought on a spectacular battleground, but within the ordinary human heart, when every morning we awake and feel the pressures of the day crowding in on us, and we must decide what sort of immortals we wish to be." ~ Forward by Kathleen Norris


My Thoughts: C. S. Lewis has a way of explaining theology so that it makes sense spiritually, practically, socially, etc. :) He uses his analogies and comparisons so that God makes sense. The God of the Bible is real and He does care about you and me! Instead of explaining all of Christianity, Lewis takes a step back, ignoring the denominational differences, and gives us truth. He breaks things down and gives us the formula for following God (from the Bible) without all the baggage of the church in general. Taken from C. S. Lewis's 1943 radio broadcasts in the middle of a raging war, this book has great appeal. Here he addresses "the central issues of Christianity". I greatly enjoyed reading Mere Christianity!


{C. S. Lewis}

Pros: This book was excellent! It really helps to know what the foundation for our faith is and why we believe what we believe. Lewis helps to define what some of things are by taking you through a few different topics: marriage, singleness, moral law, and Christian behavior (to name a few). The biblical wisdom shared in this book was astounding! It's like he takes the bible apart and then puts it in a format where you can only come to one conclusion: God is *the* God and He does take great interest in how we live our daily lives! I like to write out my favorite quotes in a journal and I can say that after reading this excellent book, I had quite a few pages taken up with new quotes! :D


Cons: The only cons I had was that when speaking of morality, he had to be frank and so for me this was a tad bit uncomfortable to read at times. For younger reader's, there are a few "mature" words/topics mentioned here and there that might not be appropriate for you to read at a young age and there is a whole chapter on sexual morality as well that you might consider skipping too (that would be up to your parents and your discretion). :) I was okay for the most part, but then, I am 25, so I already know about these things to some degree. These things unfortunately do exist in our world, so having a biblical view of sin is always good and that is what Mr. Lewis gives us. Thankfully he doesn't go into too great a detail about this form of sin (except, in the one chapter), only making references to it, but as I said, younger girls may wish to skip some of the chapters or wait until they are a bit older to read this one. :)


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!! I want to definitely read this one again and again! :D It was a great theological book with great arguments for Christ and what we believe as Christians and I loved getting a fresh look at my faith!


A Bit O' Reading For the Day: "We may be content to remain what we call 'ordinary people': but [God] is determined to carry out a quite different plan." (p. 204)

"God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. *There is no such thing*." (p. 52)
- one of my favorite C. S. Lewis quotes! :D

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Thank you very much Elizabeth for asking me to be a part of this fun project for your blog! :D I pray you have had a blessed month in working on your writing for the NaNoWriMo!

In Christ,
~Miss Rachel~

*Miss Rachel is a 25-year-old homeschool graduate, delighting in the ways she can serve her family and her Lord from home. Some of the things she enjoys include cooking/baking, sewing and a myriad of other crafts, writing to friends, singing with her family, blogging with her friends and her sister, and spending time learning from God's Word.

1 epistles:

  1. Hmm. I'd love to read that book one day!! Thanks for the review, Rachel :).
    Many blessings,
    ~Joy

    P.S. and Elizabeth, I hope you're going well with your book for NaNoWriMo and that you come back soon!!!

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