Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer

Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer

by C. S. Lewis


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A repackaged edition of the revered author's fictitious collection of letters in which he ruminates on the nature of prayer—what it is, how it works, and how it should be practiced.

C. S. Lewis—the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics—shares his understanding of the role of prayer in our lives and the ways we might better imagine our relationship with God. Composed as a collection of fictitious dispatches to his friend, Malcolm, Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer considers this basic display of devotion in its form, content, and regularity, and the ways it both reflects our faith and shapes how we believe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062565471
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 139,230
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

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Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 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.
Mialro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting insight into Lewis's mindset and spirituality, as well as relationships.
robinamelia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my second time reading this. The book just gets better! Lewis is still the most articulate and sensible writer on prayer. A must read.
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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.