In the form of warm, relaxed letters to a close friend, C. S. Lewis meditates on many puzzling questions concerning the intimate dialogue between man and God. He considers practical and metaphysical aspects of prayer, such as when we pray and where. He questions why we seek to inform God in our prayers if he is omniscient, whether there is an ideal form of prayer, and which of our many selves we show to God while praying. The concluding letter contains provocative thoughts about “liberal Christians,” the soul, and resurrection.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898 - 1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than 30 books, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include the Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.
©1963 1964 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Limited; renewed 1992, 1991 by Arthur Owen Barfield (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“If wit, and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites…Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.” (The New Yorker)
“A beautifully executed and deeply moving little book.” (Saturday Review)
Probably not. This is a collection of letters that he wrote to a friend, and while there are some good moments, I didn't find it particularly helpful.
There's really not another book like this one. This collection of letters is just that - a collection of letters from one friend to another.
The saving grace of this book was the narrator's performance.
Not really. My favorite part was when he said that he wished that ministers would remember that the Lord said Feed my flock, not Experiment with my rats. I've had that feeling before, myself.
For fans of C.S. Lewis' non-fiction works, this is not the best choice. I found it somewhat dry compared to his other works, but then again, this is a collection of letters - not a book that he wrote for a larger audience.
There are traces of his sense of humor here and there, but the style is far less entertaining and made less of an impression on me than other works of his that I have read.
This is almost a theological (study of God) book, but it doesn't really make it to that category. Neither is it a mentoring or encouraging book on prayer, it's more about complaints he had about the service at his church and problems he has with his friend's (Malcolm's) opinions on theology.
It's as if the reader is eves-dropping on a personal conversation between Lewis and his correspondent. At times I wondered what Lewis would think of his personal correspondence being published.
It was refreshing & engaging.
Ralph is consistently good. For me, he has become the voice of CS Lewis.
Learn aspects of why CSL had a nearness to God that may well expand into your experience as you see and hear his perspective on prayer's place in the life of the believer.
To my friends and enemies. Especially my enemies...
Judy Murray Jack
Letters to Malcolm is my favorite C.S. Lewis book. I enjoyed hearing it read to me. This was the last book Lewis prepared for publishing. To my mind, it is his most personal. I looked among his friends to find Malcolm only to learn that he is a composite of friends Lewis had.
I thought the reader spoke a bit fast and often without much inflection. Still, I will listen to it again.
The personal touch. I had a real sense of the character of C.S. Lewis. What a remarkable thinker he is. I laughed, smiled, reflected, determined to be more fervent in prayer, and listen to this audible a few more times.
A friendship between two men who respected each other and loved each other though they differed in their understanding of God. It was refreshing to see two men
I would say C.S. Lewis.
The time when C.S. Lewis talked of Malcolm's son and they joked about his future and then the boy was possibly in dire straights. The words of comfort C.S. Lewis gave were moving.
Reading or listening to the writing of C.S. Lewis makes me want to read all that he wrote. I am not totally clear on all that was spoken in the audio but his intellect is far above mine. Still I glean much from what I hear. Thanks for making this an audible.
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This is incredible personal and interesting look at CS Lewis. These are letters that were intended to be read the original reader, not a wider audience. So Lewis is thinking on the fly. Giving ideas, working things out in written form, counseling a friend and learning from him. Great reminder that spiritual friendships are important. I only wish that the other side of the conversation were also present. That does not really detract from the books (you understand what Malcolm has said by Lewis' response) but I think it would be interesting to hear the other side as well.
Though C.S. Lewis speaks in terms that aren't common to the English language of today, he still brings intelligent insight into prayer and all its many facets. His dialogue between himself and Malcolm is very entertaining, a reflection of conversations between friends. I definitely recommend Letters to Malcolm for a different approach to a theological topic from a logical perspective.
"C.S.Lewis. Always one of the very best."
I always find CSL inspired work to be fascinating and worthy of many repeated listening. There's always something to reconsider, ponder and memorise.
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