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Mere Christianity Audiobook

Mere Christianity Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion. Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, C.S. Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together, proving that "at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice".

©1942 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jason Chilton, WI, United States 02-04-14
    Jason Chilton, WI, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "MIND BLOWING!!"
    Would you listen to Mere Christianity again? Why?

    Yes, I have already listened to it 3 times and I pick new things up every time I listen to it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing Book! A MUST read!

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    Andrew 01-21-14
    Andrew 01-21-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mere Christianity to be better than the print version?

    Yes because it allowed for inflection where I would otherwise have left out


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mere Christianity?

    Amazingly thought through case for Christ. I loved it.


    What does Geoffrey Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Inflection, as mentioned above


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me laugh in parts. CS Lewis can have a sense of humour even in serious topics


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for all searching for a logical approach to human nature

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    Grover95 11-27-13
    Grover95 11-27-13 Member Since 2011

    Husband, father, minister, entrepreneur. In a word, BLESSED!

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    "Do NOT pass this book by!"
    Would you listen to Mere Christianity again? Why?

    Absolutely, I have already listened to it three times and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.


    Any additional comments?

    What an amazing look into the mind of one of Christianities greatest modern thinkers. Lewis is funny, loving, challenging and insightful. You will learn something new each time you listen to this classic book!

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    Lisa Charlotte, NC, United States 11-15-13
    Lisa Charlotte, NC, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Glad I Listened!"
    What made the experience of listening to Mere Christianity the most enjoyable?

    We have had this book on our shelves for years and I never got around to reading it. It was easy to follow and very insightful. I feel more secure in my beliefs and salvation after having listened to this.


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    Margaret 11-01-13
    Margaret 11-01-13
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    "Solid. Logical. Intriguing."
    What did you love best about Mere Christianity?

    Tried the book. Couldn't stay with it. The audiobook is a pleasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the writers "make of it what you will" attitude as he's laying down profound thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the insight. A brilliant book for anyone of faith, or not. I wish everyone could listen to this brilliant book at least once.

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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-22-13
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Theology Made Simple"

    This is one of the best theological works I have ever read. C.S. Lewis' genius for simplifying complicated theological topics shines in this work.

    This is one I'll listen to again and again.

    I thought the beginning was a little dry because of the emphasis on apologetics (I prefer topics of more personal application), but as it moved into the middle of the work, I couldn't stop listening. Lewis' treatment of the mechanics of the spiritual life of a Christian is profound without the complexity usually encountered in other works of the same topic.

    I would recommend this book for anyone pursuing a closer relationship with God. Enough said.

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    Adam Shields 08-01-13 Member Since 2014

    Book blogger at Bookwi.se

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    "I can see why it is a classic"

    I understand somewhat why it is a classic. In part, because huge sections of the first part (the more general apologetics section) I have heard in one form or another. So Lewis’ arguments are either standard arguments about God or those that are original have been repeated so much over the past 60 years that they sound standard.

    The first section is the standard ‘proofs’ for the existence of God that I in general resist (as a post-modern Christian). The second section is a summary of What Christians believe. This is pretty basic. Lewis is trying for a Christianity that is Universal, not particular. And he mostly succeeds, but oddly it is that section that feels the most dated to me.

    The third section is about Christian Behavior. And while this is dated, especially with regard to an understanding of the role of women in the church, Lewis was not a moralist. Lewis’s discussion of virtue and the older understanding of the word Temperance is a very helpful and even if he uses old word, the way he discussed behavior and sin is not dated.

    The final section is primarily about the Trinity. Which I find fascinating in part because of my long reading project on the trinity, but in part because very few books on basic apologetics or basic theology spend more time on the Trinity than on the death and resurrection of Christ. In Lewis’ discussion of the Trinity he hits on several apologetic points, the purpose of humanity, why God is not in time, why a fall was allowed to occur, and then the last several chapters about what the Trinity has to do with our salvation and sanctification.

    Reading McGrath’s biography of Lewis earlier this year, I was aware that McGrath thought that one of Lewis’ strengths was his ability to speak directly to the culture. And I think that is true. Mere Christianity is not a ‘timeless book’. But I think it is a good book in part because it shows how a thinking Christian and work (and trust his readers to work) through the ways that we are Christians in a particular time and place.

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    David Yakima, WA, United States 05-14-13
    David Yakima, WA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Christian Classic - and awesome logic"
    Where does Mere Christianity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five!


    What other book might you compare Mere Christianity to and why?

    Maybe some of C.S. Lewis' other books, but this one really seems to stand out to me, so not sure.


    What does Geoffrey Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing except a British accent I think. :-)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This would not make a good film! :-)


    Any additional comments?

    C.S. Lewis uses a powerfully clear way of explaining fundamental Christian beliefs in this book. You probably have to have a fairly good knowledge of the English language to appreciate some of the ways he uses words to get precisely at his meaning. He was an English professor, so he is particular about the words he uses - but he uses them SO effectively! This book is something every thoughtful person interested in supporting or debunking Christianity should read! Clear and insightful, but not sound-byte theology - you have to stay with the train if thought for longer than thirty seconds! :-)

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    Kevin SPRING, TX, United States 04-30-13
    Kevin SPRING, TX, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Must Read for All Christians"
    If you could sum up Mere Christianity in three words, what would they be?

    Organized Strong Apologetic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no characters in Mere Christianity that come to mind


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    Something about British accents seem to make things sound more sophistocated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many - Lewis does a great job illustrating topics that have been relevent for over 50 years.


    Any additional comments?

    Pros: Great apologetic and introduction to the Christian faith for believers and non-believers.
    Cons: Due to the time period (1940's) there are a few references that do no translate well.
    Bottom Line: A must read for Christians and highly suggested for those who have questions about the Christian faith.

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    JW Purdy Richmond, Texas 04-13-13
    JW Purdy Richmond, Texas 04-13-13 Member Since 2015

    JW Purdy

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    "Stop and buy this one now"
    Would you listen to Mere Christianity again? Why?

    Yes, there is so much insight in this book I will go over it again and again.


    What other book might you compare Mere Christianity to and why?

    All of the books by C.S. Lewis in this series are wonderful. If you are seeking to have a better relationship with God and people in general give these a listen.


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