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Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
     

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

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by C. S. Lewis
 

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"We want to know not how we should pray if we were perfect but how we should pray being as we now are."

What are we doing when we pray? What is at the heart of this most intimate conversation, the dialogue between a person and God? How does prayer—its form, its regularity, its content, its insistence—shape who we are and how we believe? In

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"We want to know not how we should pray if we were perfect but how we should pray being as we now are."

What are we doing when we pray? What is at the heart of this most intimate conversation, the dialogue between a person and God? How does prayer—its form, its regularity, its content, its insistence—shape who we are and how we believe? In this collection of letters from C. S. Lewis to a close friend, Malcolm, we see an intimate side of Lewis as he considers all aspects of prayer and how this singular ritual impacts the lives and souls of the faithful. With depth, wit, and intelligence, as well as his sincere sense of a continued spiritual journey, Lewis brings us closer to understanding the role of prayer in our lives and the ways in which we might better imagine our relationship with God.

"A beautifully executed and deeply moving little book." —Saturday Review

"[Lewis] is writing about a path that he had to find, and the reader feels not so much that he is listening to what C.S. Lewis has to say but that he is making his own search with a humorous, sensible friend beside him." —Times Literary Supplement

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, including The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity, and Surprised by Joy.

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"A beautifully executed and deeply moving little book." —Saturday Review

"[Lewis] is writing about a path that he had to find, and the reader feels not so much that he is listening to what C.S. Lewis has to say but that he is making his own search with a humorous, sensible friend beside him. That is writing that requires great literary skill … That this should be the last book that we shall have from C. S. Lewis is a matter of genuine regret."—Times Literary Supplement

"The unbeliever is likely to enjoy the book most for its shrewd asides…Opinions of this kind are expressed with the admirable directness and simplicity which characterized the style of this often indirect and highly complex man."—New Statesman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156027663
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/06/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
100,112
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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From the Publisher
"A beautifully executed and deeply moving little book." —Saturday Review

"[Lewis] is writing about a path that he had to find, and the reader feels not so much that he is listening to what C.S. Lewis has to say but that he is making his own search with a humorous, sensible friend beside him. That is writing that requires great literary skill … That this should be the last book that we shall have from C. S. Lewis is a matter of genuine regret."—Times Literary Supplement

"The unbeliever is likely to enjoy the book most for its shrewd asides…Opinions of this kind are expressed with the admirable directness and simplicity which characterized the style of this often indirect and highly complex man."—New Statesman

Meet the Author

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. A Fellow and tutor at Oxford until 1954, he spent the rest of his career as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, inlcuding The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 29, 1898
Date of Death:
November 22, 1963
Place of Birth:
Belfast, Nothern Ireland
Place of Death:
Headington, England
Education:
Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925
Website:
http://www.cslewisclassics.com

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Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
kittyloverbarb More than 1 year ago
I am a long time C.S. Lewis fan, but somehow I missed reading this book over the years. I enjoyed this book immensely and found it both inspiring and entertaining. Lewis used his characteristic wit and down to earth manner to explain his views on prayer. His conversational tone made it easy to read and understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very refreshing. I found myself reading long passages to friends who seemed as encouraged as I was at what Lewis wrote. Lewis writes from the "blue-collar" view. He expresses his own difficulties and gives fresh perspectives. I found it very encouraging and , yes, it has helped my prayer life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.S. Lewis here reveals great insights into the life of prayer. This window into his soul reveals a man who centered his life on Jesus Christ and on converting his heart more and more to the Heart of the Redeemer. This belief in conversion culminated in his belief that 'our souls demand purgatory.' This is a beautiful testimony to Lewis and shows his confident trust in the one who created him and called him to Himself. So many know Lewis the apologist, this book introduces one to Lewis in the depths of his heart.
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C.S. Lewis, born in Ireland and educated at Oxford, has written over 30 books, including science fiction and children¿s tales. He converted to Christianity in the early 1930s, and many of his writings are strongly flavored by his Christian beliefs. In Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, C.S. Lewis gives us a glimpse into his musings on communication between man and God. Not a traditional book, but instead in the form of a collection of correspondence from Lewis to a fictitious friend Malcolm, Letters allows us to be incredibly intimate with Lewis, and to use his thoughts as a springboard for our own. Lewis remarks, ¿¿ however badly needed a good book on prayer is, I shall never try to write it.¿ He did not try to write a good book on prayer, but none the less, this is exactly what we have. A book full of images, meaning and impressions that allow us to try to expand our own thinking on something that we often do without any recollection. Recommended for adults who are exploring their faith and looking for a challenging read. Give it as a gift to a loved one or as a gift to yourself, to help you examine your own prayer habits.