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Compiled works of C. S. Lewis. The works are Surprised by Joy, Reflections on the Psalms, The Four Loves, and The Business of Heaven. Gold leaf book edge.

30 review for Surprised by Joy, Reflections on the Psalms, The Four Loves, and The Business of Heaven (The Beloved Works of C.S. Lewis)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Noah McMillen

    Surprised by Joy: 4 stars Reflections on the Psalms: 4 stars Reflections on the Psalms suffers somewhat from Lewis’s rejection of Biblical inerrancy, yet I still found it spiritually edifying, especially the last three chapters relating to the second meanings of the Psalms. “Plato in his Republic is arguing that righteousness is often praised for the rewards it brings - honor, popularity, and the like - but that to see it in its true nature we must separate it from all these, strip it naked. He as Surprised by Joy: 4 stars Reflections on the Psalms: 4 stars Reflections on the Psalms suffers somewhat from Lewis’s rejection of Biblical inerrancy, yet I still found it spiritually edifying, especially the last three chapters relating to the second meanings of the Psalms. “Plato in his Republic is arguing that righteousness is often praised for the rewards it brings - honor, popularity, and the like - but that to see it in its true nature we must separate it from all these, strip it naked. He asks us therefore to imagine a perfectly righteous man treated by all around him as a monster of wickedness. We must picture him still perfect, while he is bound, scourged, and finally impaled (the Persian equivalent of crucifixion). At this passage a Christian reader starts and rubs his eyes. What is happening? Yet another of these lucky coincidences? But presently he sees that there is something here which cannot be called luck at all. [...] Plato is talking, and knows he is talking, about the fate of goodness in a wicked and misunderstanding world. But that is not something simply other than the Passion of Christ. It is the very same thing of which that Passion is the supreme illustration. If Plato was in some measure moved to write of it by the recent death - we may almost say the martyrdom - of his master Socrates then that again is not something simply other than the Passion of Christ. The imperfect, yet very venerable, goodness of Socrates led to the easy death of the hemlock, and the perfect goodness of Christ led to the death of the cross, not by chance but for the same reason; because goodness is what it is, and because the fallen world is what it is. If Plato, starting from one example and from his insight into the nature of goodness and the nature of the world, was led on to see the possibility of a perfect example, and thus to depict something extremely like the Passion of Christ, this happened not because he was lucky but because he was wise” (184-85). The Four Loves: 5 stars Business of Heaven Favorite Days January 2 - The First Job Each Morning January 9 - Half-Hearted Creatures January 14 - The Divisions of Christendom February 11 - God’s Love Has no Limits February 16 - Life on Other Planets February 26 - The Forgiveness of Sins March 1 - Charity and Fairness March 7 - A Fully Christian Society March 8 - The Modern Economic System March 9 - Giving to the Poor March 17 - Training the Habit of Faith March 27 - Chastity April 8 - Miracles May 16 - The Death of Lazarus May 29 - Can You be Happy when Some Reject God? May 31 - Two Kinds of People in the End June 6 - Hell June 7 - There are no Ordinary People June 28 - One Spiritual Danger in Eros July 17 - First and Second Things July 21 - Democracy August 28 - St. Augustine of Hippo September 5 - Our Need of Knowledge September 28 - The Necessity of Tribulation October 21 - The Shocking Alternative November 12 - Prayer and ‘Predestination’ November 13 - The Efficacy of Prayer November 22 - St Cecilia, Patroness of Church Music November 25 - The Christian and the Materialist November 30 - St Andrew, Apostle December 15 - Natural Gifts are Not Enough

  2. 5 out of 5

    Raquel Mentor

    Overall, I really enjoyed learning about C.S. Lewis' life but towards the end it is dogmatic in nature, but that was his purpose overall. His journey from atheism into christianity, to me, seems anticlimactic, but maybe that's just what it's like for most people, or maybe should be. Overall, I really enjoyed learning about C.S. Lewis' life but towards the end it is dogmatic in nature, but that was his purpose overall. His journey from atheism into christianity, to me, seems anticlimactic, but maybe that's just what it's like for most people, or maybe should be.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amber Fernie

    My favorite in this collection is “Surprised by Joy”. Although I enjoy devotional, I would have preferred that the devotional section, “The Business of Heaven” had not been a part of this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fawn

    Lewis is, as ever, fantastic. The edition of this I have contains a rather high amount of typos and editing errors.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So engaging. I particularly enjoyed 'Surprised by Joy' for its unique angle on his childhood as a journey to understanding fulfillment and the root of Joy. 'The Four Loves' echoes much of his Christian-focused writing, but the piece on friendship should be quoted much, much more in our modern world. As with nearly every C.S. Lewis work, a fast and often surprisingly funny read! So engaging. I particularly enjoyed 'Surprised by Joy' for its unique angle on his childhood as a journey to understanding fulfillment and the root of Joy. 'The Four Loves' echoes much of his Christian-focused writing, but the piece on friendship should be quoted much, much more in our modern world. As with nearly every C.S. Lewis work, a fast and often surprisingly funny read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Benedict

    I'm enjoying making this a part of daily devotional reading -- there are daily readings collected as "The Business of Heaven," and I've started in on some of his "Reflections on the Psalms" and his autobiography "Surprised by Joy" a bit as well. I'm enjoying making this a part of daily devotional reading -- there are daily readings collected as "The Business of Heaven," and I've started in on some of his "Reflections on the Psalms" and his autobiography "Surprised by Joy" a bit as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    R

    It is a great read he is wonderful author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Norman Howe

    Fantasy

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    This book includes a history in the life of C.S. Lewis telling us what made him write and think as he did. I am not finished with the book, but intend to re-read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Boutros

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    Rich Dailey

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