He then asked if Lewis might consider doing yet another, even longer, series sometime in the near future.
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Already a very busy man, with a variety of teaching, writing, and administrative responsibilities, Lewis now found himself, in addition to everything else he was doing, nearly overwhelmed by the avalanche of mail he was receiving from many of his listeners. This Oxford don was clearly making a powerful connection with his audience! Jill Freud, one of the children evacuated from London at the start of the war, lived with the Lewises for a while. He did all his typing and dealt with all his correspondence which was considerable — so huge it was becoming a problem. There was so much of it from the books and then the broadcast talks.
And he was so meticulous about it. Jack wrote to everybody and answered every letter. What enabled him to connect so well with his readers and listeners? In the first place, Lewis was simply a very talented writer and thinker. When it came to communicating with a broad, general audience, Lewis brought a lot to the table right from the start.
But according to Phillips, the BBC should also be given some credit for the success of the broadcast talks. Lewis was then living with his brother, who had a drinking problem, a child evacuee from London, and the adoring, but also dominating, mother of a friend who had been killed in World War I. Phillips notes:. It took him out of the seclusion of the Oxford don. Finally, Lewis combined all of this with a rather disarming humility in his presentations. And his listeners responded in droves. The BBC eventually got a total of four series of talks out of Lewis.
Each of the series was so successful that the BBC continued, for quite some time, to entreat Lewis to do more. But according to Phillips, Lewis was becoming increasingly disillusioned with broadcasting. The BBC issued one invitation after another, but nearly eighteen months after his fourth series concluded Lewis had turned down every single one of them.
While he was glad to be of service in this way during the war, Lewis never really seemed to care that much for radio. In spite of this, however, the impact of the broadcasts has been immense. Since first being aired on the BBC, these talks have generated and continue to generate a great deal of interest and discussion. Mere Christianity , a compilation of the talks in book form, continues to show up on bestseller lists even today.
As the origin of Mere Christianity shows, however, we cannot often predict how it may please God to use and perhaps greatly multiply our small, seemingly insignificant, investments in the work of His kingdom. Lewis was simply trying to do his part to be faithful to God and to help his countrymen through the horrors of World War II.
But God took his humble offering and, like the story of the loaves and fish recounted in the Gospels, multiplied it far beyond anything Lewis could ever have reasonably imagined. This should be an encouragement to us. As we faithfully exercise our gifts and abilities in the service of Jesus Christ, small and inconsiderable though they may seem to be, we may one day wake to find that incredibly, and against all odds, God has graciously multiplied our efforts to accomplish truly extraordinary things!
Justin Phillips, C. Lewis in a Time of War , Phillips, C. Walter Hooper, C.
And sometimes his examples are great, but at other times, they are somewhat circular. The journal questions are very well-worded and thought out to draw the kids to an understanding of what we are reading. For example, Lewis begins Mere Christianity by discussing whether or not there is a common law of nature- a base standard of right and wrong.
And he is looking at how we can know for sure that there is this law of nature, superseding all of our opinions or personal actions. One of the questions from the first chapter is: How does Lewis say our reaction to the atrocities committed by the Nazis supports his argument for a common sense among men of what is right and what is wrong? The question led to a discussion of whether or not the Nazis knew that what they did was wrong- an absolute wrong- and that the people around them obviously believed that they were wrong- an absolute wrong.
Amanda H — July 16, I have been taking my time while reading this book and working through the questions that Stacy has put together in her Journal. I have really enjoyed reading more about the Christian faith and learning more about myself in the process. This is a book that I would recommend to families with older children, or even as a family to discuss and bible study groups. I have honestly not found one thing to complain about at all! Stacy has done a wonderful job once again! Kelli Becton — July 16, There is nothing more important than our personal walk with Jesus, and teaching our children to have a deep love for and a daily walk with our Savior.
Whether you are a new Christian, or a mature one — the Critical Analysis Journal for Mere Christianity will take you on a journey to a deeper, closer walk with the Lord. This is the heart and commitment which has gone into the planning and preparation of this study guide, and it shows. Michele Gerrells — July 16, Stacy Farrell has created a wonderful journal to go along with Mere Christianity.
What a useful tool the Critical Analysis Journal is! As I mentioned I am using it as I read through the book. The journal is broken down into the four books that are contained in Mere Christianity along with the preface. Yes the preface! Many times we or at least I sometimes do tend to skip over the preface of a book not always giving it the time it deserves. Stacy has written 10 thought provoking questions for the preface of the book! Cristi — July 18, When I combined my readings from the text with the questions in the Critical Analysis Journal, I was able to dig into the material and find applications for myself.
For instance, in the first chapter of Book One, Lewis points out that listening to people quarrel leads us to infer that everyone believes in some sort of moral standard. The Critical Analysis Journal asks the reader to think more about the concept of a moral standards. It looks at the similar moral teachings of various ancient cultures and asks about moral standards in our own culture.
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More importantly, I started thinking about my own reactions to and feelings about those moral absolutes. By using the Critical Analysis Journal, I was no longer a passive reader. I interacted with the text and allowed C. Unknown, but also attributed to Les Brown, a motivational speaker.
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Commonly attributed to C. Lewis, but never with a primary source listed. The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn. You are a soul.
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