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"Geoffrey Howard's performance is superb; he is clear and unhurried, giving just the right emphasis and/or inflection....Whether or not one agrees with Lewis's arguments, it is a pleasure to hear such a skillful reading of an eloquent work." (Library Journal)
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
This is probably my favorite book of all time. Lewis' straightforward logic on basic questions such as "How do we know there is a God?" and "What is God Like?" are still fresh and insightful more than half a century after they were written. Some of this book's great strengths are the lack of religious jargon and simplistic explanations as well as the freedom of sectarian denominational bias.
I have read this book multiple times (in addition to listening to this audiobook) and always glean something new from it. It is no coincidence that in Ken Hughes' survey of great 20th Century Christian Leaders, when he asked "Other than the Bible, what book has influenced you the most" - the #1 choice was "Mere Christianity". Yes, that's correct - it was selected above such classics as Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion", Tozer's "The Pursuit of God" and "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers. It is also the book that convinced Charles Colson of the reality of God and changed his life during the Watergate years.
If you are new to reading philosophy or theology that is deeper than the constant pop-theology of the month books, you may want to take it slow and ponder (even re-listen to) the chapters - the slow rumination will help with the depth of thought that abounds in this book. Many do not know that Lewis is one of the best selling authors of all time - this book is a great example of why this is true!
Whether you are an athiest, a Christian, or of any other religious persuasion, this book is full of great concepts to consider. If you've done much reading, you'll notice numerous passages that often appear as quotes in other books. One of the few Christian books that deserves the title "Classic"!
As with most (or all) Blackstone Audiobooks - the narration is SUPERB!
I began listening expecting a book that provides a defense for Christianity, which is what I had been told. While it does do that, I was shocked to discover the amount of information about what it means to grow as a Christian. The writing style is very logical, and you can hear the influence of ancient Greek philosophers in his analytical style. While thick and a little dry, the treasure is worth the dig. Also, the narrator does a fine job and is a good fit for the book.
This reading of a classic is not to be missed for those who seek a deeper understanding of many issues Christians struggle with on a daily basis.
I've never heard a book that has had such an impact on my life. Easy to understand, yet very powerful message.
I'm very happy to have stumbled upon this audiobook.
This is a profound writing that covers difficult concepts ranging to the moral law, laws of nature, and other belief systems. It analytically approaches the concepts, breaking them down into fragments. As the book progresses it dives into Christianity covering a variety of topics such as faith, begetting, and the great sin (pride). The amazing thing about this C.S. Lewis work is that I begin to see the analytical fragments. As I read, these pieces fit. In the end, I see that all the pieces fell in place perfectly as if they are within me. This is a book that is true to the human spirit. It is refreshing to read a book that approaches God in this way. This is another amazing work by CS Lewis.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
I have read the book and listened to it numerous times this year. Mr. Lewis is a wonderful writer, I like to imagine he's tutoring me personally as I listen.
I first read this book over 30 years ago. I recall telling people at the time it was the most profound book I had ever read and would likely influence me the rest of my life. Since then I have re-read it (in print or audio) about every five years and still rank it as the best single book I have ever read. The narrator for this edition is better than any I have listened to before.
A word of warning to readers unfamiliar with the works of C.S. Lewis: this book may stir you deeply, both in thought and spirit. It may, if absorbed with reflection and meditation, help to enrich your life and understanding in ways you hardly thought possible. I hope it does. If so, you, like me, will owe a great debt of gratitude to C.S. Lewis.
C.S. Lewis in this book explains how he became a Christian and his views on how Christians should live and interact with the rest of the world.
His turn from being an atheist to becoming a Christian is fascinating to me, for he involved all his knowledge and logic to debate with himself that God doesn't even exist, only to come to the conclusion that not only is there a God, but that Jesus Christ is his Son and Saviour of the world.
His simple comparisons to everyday functions and duties each of us perform for our families or our jobs make his explanations of how to live the Christian life very plain.
I recommend this book to both Christians and non-Christians. As Lewis put it, you cannot simply look at Christ as a great teacher or philosopher; He doesn't allow it. Once you understand Jesus Christ you only have two choices: to dismiss Him as a raving insane lunatic, or to bow down and worship Him as the Saviour of the world.
There is no one quite like C.S Lewis for being able to take fairly complex theological ideas and communicate them in such a way that they seem so clear and accessible. Add to that, that he makes it so enjoyable to listen too and you have a real classic here. The narrator is excellent. Even though this is a " christian " classic, the ideas are expressed in such a no nonsense and non judgmental manner that it could ( and should) be read by any one.
Don't miss it.
"Why it is logical to be a Christian"
As a discontented agnostic I was looking for a work that might help me to accept the Christian religion or (conversely and less satisfactorily) reject it, once and for all, and get on with the rest of my life without bothering further with it. I decided to give this book the chance to fulfill this extremely tall order. Has it done so? At the moment I am still unsure but what I can say is that it has raised some very important questions which I had not previously considered. Being of only average intelligence I do not pretend to understand all the points he makes but most of it will be readily accessable and understandable to most people. Lewis's central hypothesis seems to be that there is a rule of human nature ,which we all instictivley acknowlege, that we should be 'good'. He goes on to establish (or at least he believes he has established) that this rule is not man made and therefore logically must come from a god. Thereafter he goes into more detail about the Christian God he believes in and the basic principals of the Christian faith.
I have listened to it once and found it interesting and informative. I am currently listening to it for a second time, and hope that I will understand more this time around. I am sure it will help with my quest and if you have a similar one that it will help you.
One final word of warning. This book is a book of it's time - the 1940's. Some of Lewis's statements about e.g. women, homosexuals and war - are strickingly non PC. Although dis-inclined to accept his views on these subjects I do not think that this negates his entire thesis, but if you would be inclined to do so it may not be the book for you.
this a great book and the narrators voice is well matched to the text. I read this book when I was 17 and it formed a solid foundation for my faith. The simplicity of Lewis' style hides the depth of the thought he outlines. I can't recommend this more highly as a book, and as an audiobook it works. If you have faith or are seeking to understand what faith in Jesus is all about then this is the book for you.It is also a great learning resource for those who would like to explain their faith in a clearer way.
"An Essential Reading for Every Christian"
Highly recommended. This work tackles many fundamental questions involved in Christianity. Moreover, it is purposefully written in a denomination free manner. Lewis managed to convey deep thoughts using plain English.
I agree with all the points that C.S. Lewis is trying to establish. Even though, some supporting arguments / illustrations / analogues are not 100% watertight (when examined at epistemology level). However, it is a minor if not trivial price to pay in exchange of assessability.
Brilliant! A classic, beautifully spoken.
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