Weight of Glory

Weight of Glory

by C. Lewis
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book, The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis has written nine separate sermons that were then turned into a book. Throughout the text Lewis shares his ideas about pacifism, human nature, forgiveness, the inner ring, and a few more topics. In his writings, Lewis uses logic, the Bible, and other examples to give new viewpoints on each topic. With Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis does more than answer a question, he gives reasoning and method to make his point. For instance, in the beginning of his piece called "Why I'm not a pacifist" he takes the time to educate his readers/listeners on the art of logical thinking. It contains intellectual and rational thinking. The reader will be left, with some thinking to do. Lewis’s ideas and arguments bring fresh insight to difficult issues of Christian apologetics. This book would be recommended to readers who want to be challenged in their Christian faith and their ways of thinking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is yet another powerful read from C.S. Lewis. Lewis discusses topics like glory, human nature, and war with an honesty and precision like none other. His conclusions are somehow both incredibly profound and incredibly inevitable—his words surprise and challenge you, and yet his arguments are so straightforward and clear that you cannot help but agree with him. Lewis’s writing has incredible power and meaning. The Weight of Glory, the sermon after which the book is named, changed my perspective on glory as a Christian in much the same way as his. As Lewis puts it, Christian glory is “not fame conferred by our fellow creatures—[it is] fame with God, approval or (I might say) ‘appreciation’ by God.” My entire conception of glory and humility changed in an instant when I read this single short paragrah. That is the startling power of Lewis’s writing. Lewis’s wonderful talent for analogy is also on full display here. His metaphors are so precise, relatable, and full of meaning that the images stick in your head long after the rest of the sermon fades from memory. In the opening pages of The Weight of Glory Lewis writes that “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.” This is such a powerful and convicting image for our relationship with God and our reluctance to follow Him, and it is only on page two! The Weight of Glory will convict, comfort, and inspire its readers to be better citizens, better people, and better Christians. Pick this book up and read it—you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While reading The Weight of Glory, I found that I needed to be fully invested in CS Lewis' writing in order to really absorb what he was saying (or else I would get lost and confused in his extensive explanations and never ending examples). But at the end of each chapter I left with a sense of enlightenment and encouragement. The main point I left with from this text was to make Christ be the center of EVERYTHING I do. I found myself reflecting on my own life and created goals to further my relationship with Christ. As always, Lewis' use of biblical and logical reason, metaphors and analogies, and his constant humble tone makes his ideas easy to understand and incorporate into your own life. As you read, you know that the Lord is using Lewis has his tool to reach thousands of people and to tell them how to better their relationship with Christ. If you are a Christian who is striving for challenges, this book introduces you to a range of topics and gives you the support to explore them further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a section at a time, give myself some time to digest what I have read. Some themes give me pause to contemplate and ask questions of myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book, The Weight of Glory, several different topics of the Christian faith are discussed, concentrating on faith and living out the Christian life. Clive Staples Lewis, more commonly known as C.S. Lewis wrote The Weight of Glory. His non-fictional, theological in nature book targets a Christian audience. His book is intended to make all of us Christians aware of the specific issues going on in the world, as well as attempting to help us fully understand and deal with them. The title that C.S. Lewis gave his book fits it perfectly, because the book discusses how Christians should live for their King, even with the problems that they are facing. Christ suffered a tremendous burden for us, yet He did it for the beauty that was going to come out of it, and C.S. Lewis wanted all Christians to know that the weight was and is being carried for God’s glory. The main idea that I found in this book was that C.S. Lewis wanted to bring attention to certain problems in life that could weigh a person down, but also encourage his reader with a deeper understanding of the Christian faith-walk. One good quote from this book that really stood out to me was, “To a young person, just entering on adult life, the world seems full of “insides,” full of delightful intimacies and confidentialities, and he desires to enter them. But if he follows that desire he will reach no “inside” that is worth reaching” (Lewis, C.S., 2001, p. 157). We can conclude from this statement, Lewis truly understands what people struggle with, yet wanting to help them. One of the topics discussed in The Weight of Glory is, On Forgiveness. For instance, in the chapter On Forgiveness, C.S. Lewis questions the concept of Christians excusing their own sin while they are asking for forgiveness. The Weight of Glory, written by C.S. Lewis is a book targeting Christians with specific life situations that they struggle with, and attempting to provide better insight into their lives. Each argument is worth the read. The book helped me to grow deeper in my faith, and I believe that everyone, even people who are not Christians, should read this book so that they can better understand Christianity, and the true weight of glory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you looking to find a new book that will open your eyes up to a whole new experienced? The book that I read in my College Writing class is called The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis. The Weight of Glory addresses a lot of difficult issues that we have in our lives today like forgiveness for example. This amazing book is excellent when it comes to greater spiritual understanding. I really liked the compelling discussions on many different sermons like the Inner ring. This book has helped me to become a better Christian in today’s world. I like this book a lot because of the values it teaches, and how it gives good life lessons. A reason on why I liked this book a lot is because of the values it teaches. For example, in the sermon called On Forgiveness, I liked how it talked about forgiveness. Like how you have to forgive people if you want them to forgive you. I agree with that a lot. In today’s society, people don’t forgive a lot. They use violence as revenge. One good life lesson it gives in the book is to be friends with everyone. One of the sermons in the book is called the Inner Ring and it talks about people being in groups or cliques. Jesus would include everyone into his clique. I think people that should this book if you are religious or want to become more religious, or even just want to become a better person. People that aren’t religious probably won’t have a huge interest in this book like other people will. My overall opinion is that this book is above average. I really enjoyed reading this book a lot.
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
Excited for the discussion tomorrow!(The Inklings Series is a monthly series featuring the works of my two favorites, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, or books about them. But I don’t want it to be just me chatting about these books, so that’s where y’all come in! I’ll announce the book at least four weeks in advance of when the discussion post will go live, so you have plenty of time to get the book and read it. Then, the following month, I’ll post a discussion post and let the fun begin!!) You know when you read a book and once you finish you think “huh, not at all what I was expecting.” That’s how I felt after finishing The Weight of Glory. By no means is this a bad thing, not one bit, but there was such a variety of topics, it made for some interesting reading. I also think the fact that I have been reading Mere Christianity (for my bible study) at the same time, played a role in those expectations. But of course I’m glad I read it! One of the takeaways for me was the vast amount of topics Lewis not only preached on, but his knowledge on so many of them. I’m pretty sure I was looking up names, pieces of literature and philosophies every other page. Like Pelagian? Oh yes, my friends and I were chatting about that just the other night….oh wait…. (It’s the belief that sin didn’t taint humanity, so there’s no need for Divine aid, in case you’re in my boat). I love that in each of his books, Lewis is honest about his struggles. His humility is evident through his passion and writings. It always makes for intense, yet awesome reading experiences. One of my favorite chapters was the book’s namesake “The Weight of Glory.” He wasted no time at all. “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.“ Loved this: “For they are not the thing itself [speaking of the beauty we find in books and music]; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not yet heard, news from a country we have never yet visited…And you and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid upon us for nearly a hundred years. Almost our whole education has been directed to silencing this shy, persistent, inner voice; almost all our modern philosophies have been devised to convince us that the good of man is to be found on this earth.” One more from this chapter: “A scientist may reply that since most of the things we call beautiful are inanimate, it is not very surprising that they take no notice of us. That, of course, is true. It is not the physical objects that I am speaking of, but that indescribable something of which they become for a moment the messengers.“ This was not as easy of a read for me as say, Mere Christianity. Was that the case for any of y’all? Some chapters (like Transposition) were very philosophical. I felt like a freshman all over again in my philosophy 101 class. Say what did I just read?? Let’s go ahead and read that again… More at http://booksandbeverages.org/2015/08/19/the-weight-of-glory-by-c-s-lewis-inklings-series-discussion/
MarissaP More than 1 year ago
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis is a book that consists of many unrelated sermons, with each sermon is powerful, and challenging, and has a specific goal, an ultimate purpose, all based on the desire to glorify God. The book is a fairly easy read that’s main focus is towards Christians, and how Christians should live their lives. Lewis explains the true meaning of forgiveness for Christians, Christians are to dedicate every action they make to God’s glory, Christians are not to give in to their desires of being part of the inner circle, and about how Christians are supposed to see themselves as distinct individuals coming together with other Christians inside the church all because of God’s love for us and our desire to glorify Him. Lewis turns an idea that has been taken over by the secular world, back to how it was meant to be in order to glorify God. This book and its many sermons are eye opening, humbling, and convicting, yet, Lewis is able to turn each sermon into an uplifting and encouraging message. He doesn’t condemn Christians who have fallen short from what God has called them to be, he is supportive, and gives simple, clear nudges for Christians to reevaluate how they live their life, and reminds them to return to the mindset of living for God. I agree with Lewis’s stance on how Christians should live their life. Lewis is very effective at portraying his view on how Christians should live by using real life examples and putting his own personal struggles and experiences into his writing. This book has an emotional appeal, challenging Christians to live life differently, challenging us to live according to God’s standards, and to see the world through God’s eyes. The book has specifically challenged some of the ways I live as a Christian. The strongest lesson I learned was from the sermon Forgiveness. Lewis explained forgiveness is not a one way street, in order for God to forgive us, we are called to forgive others. It was a good reminder to me, and challenged me to put an extra emphasis on forgiving others, as God calls us to do. My favorite quote from this sermon is on pages 182-183 “Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night ‘forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us’.” Leads back to the main idea of the whole sermon. All individual Christians need to practice taking the part of forgiveness to heart, each and every time we ask God to forgive us of our sins. Frequently we recite it out of habit, not realizing when we are not forgiving the one who have sinned against us, or when we are asking God to excuse rather than forgive. Overall The Weight of Glory is a very well written, compelling book that reaches out to his audience, who are primarily Christians. I suggest purchasing this book for yourself and giving it a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
C. S. Lewis was a very profound writer. He approaches Christianity in a very philosophical way which brings to light deep questions. In his book Weight of Glory he has a collection of sermons which touches topics of forgiveness, pacifism, membership, and more. His approaches to all of the topics are logical and flow very well. If there is a person looking for more clear insight into the Christian faith C. S. Lewis’ Weight of Glory is the book for you. C.S. Lewis has a lot of clarity in his writings about Christianity. He breaks down questions so that they cannot be passed up without a true understanding of the topic. For example in C. S. Lewis’ sermon “Membership” he breaks down what a family structure looks like and what that means for the church. “The grandfather, the parents, the grownup son … are true members (in the organic sense), precisely because they are not members or units of a homogeneous class. They are not interchangeable.” The depth that C.S. Lewis shows in his writings are sure to give a proper understanding of the topic and give the person longing for a Christian insight clarity and comfort.
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MercyStreet More than 1 year ago
C. S. Lewis' lectures in his day were relevant to the times and human nature. He doesn't get bogged down explaining scripture, but transparently, with deep thoughtfulness, considers human ethics. He seems to be thinking out loud as he reasons through some of man's toughest choices. Like a treasure hunter going into the depths of the sea, he prepares, guides and rescues the reader just before the student thinks he knows more than the teacher. He doesn't just tell about the nature of God, he lives out what he believes to be God's will for himself and friends who know him well.