Weight of Glory (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jun 16, 2009 - Religion - 208 pages
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The Weight of Glory features nine memorable addresses C. S. Lewis delivered during World War II. Considered by many to be his most moving address, the title essay, "The Weight of Glory," extols a compassionate vision of Christianity and includes lucid and compelling discussions on forgiveness and faith. "On Forgiveness," "The Inner Ring," and the other much-quoted pieces display Lewis's breadth of learning and spiritual insight that have made him the most influential Christian of the twentieth century.


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C.S. Lewis' The Weight of Glory contains nine sermons delivered by Lewis during World War II. These discourses were given in order to offer guidance during a time of spiritual uncertainty and unrest. Lewis addresses some of the trying questions that Christians face on a daily basis. He faces issues such as eternity, devotion, the desire for acceptance, and even controversies such as pacifism and forgiveness. In doing so, he eloquently reflects his high intelligence and education. His viewpoints are earnestly argued, causing his opinion to be piercing to the heart and soul. His in-depth justification of his stated opinions, along with his clever speech, causes the book to be difficult to comprehend. At times, it seems as though he has lost sight of who will be studying this work. Although this is true, his philosophical and soul-wrenching points cause the reader to dig deep and seek truth within themselves. It is also important to know that these sermons were originally spoken to college students in England, so his speech justifiable reflects his audience. Lewis' successfully hooks the reader and pulls them in by sharing his enlightened and profound observations on both the spiritual and secular world, giving applicable advice on how to deal with the various struggles confronted throughout his sermons. I would highly recommend this book to any Christian who thirsts for revelation and conviction in the course of their walk with the Lord.  


The Weight of Glory
Learning in WarTime
Why I Am Not a Pacifist
Is Theology Poetry?
The Inner Ring
On Forgiveness
A Slip of the Tongue

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Clive Staples Lewis was born in 1898. Known as "Jack" by his friends, Lewis and his good friend J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, were part of a writer's club, The Inklings, who would meet at the local pub to discuss story ideas. Lewis's fascination with fairytales, myths, and ancient legends coupled with inspiration drawn from his childhood led him to write The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, one of the best-loved books of all time. Six further books in the immensely popular Chronicles of Narnia followed, and the final title, The Last Battle, received the Carnegie Award, one of the highest marks of excellence in children's literature.

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.

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