Words to Live By

Words to Live By : A Guide for the Merely Christian

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C. S. Lewis is a beloved writer and thinker and arguably the most important Christian intellectual of the twentieth century. His groundbreaking children's series The Chronicles of Narnia, lucid nonfiction titles such as Mere Christianity and The Problem of Pain, and thought-provoking fiction, including The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce, have become trusted companions for millions of readers. Here Lewis breathes new life into words and concepts that have dulled through time and familiarity, and his writings inevitably provoke deep thought and surprising revelations.

Words to Live By contains an unprecedented selection of Lewis's writings, drawing from his most popular works, but also from his volumes of letters and his lesser-known essays and poems. His works are presented in accessible selections covering subjects from A to Z, including beauty, character, confession, doubt, family, holiness, and religion. Both a wonderful introduction to Lewis's thinking and a wise and insightful guide to key topics in the Christian life, these are truly words to live by.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 147.3 x 190.5 x 33mm | 362.88g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0061209120
  • 9780061209123
  • 390,360

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Few writers have inspired more readers than author C. S. Lewis. Famous for his Narnia series as well as his captivating adult classics such as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce, Lewis had a gift for writing clear, succinct, and thoughtful observations on how to live a truly good life. This book showcases the amazing lucidity and precision of Lewis's thought. Orgazined from A-Z, it includes entries on such important subjects as: prayer, love, faith, virtue, greed, lust, church, the Trinity, creeds, doctrine, hell, heaven, miracles, suffering, grief, story, and joy. Drawn from many works, it is both a wonderful introduction to Lewis's thought and an insightful and wise book filled with words to live by.
AMBITION: Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. If it means the desire to get ahead of other people - which is what I think it does mean - then it is bad. If it means simply wanting to do a thing well, then it is good. It isn't wrong for an actor to want to act his part as well as it can possibly be acted, but the wish to have his name in bigger type than the other actors is a bad one.
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