Letters to Malcolm : Chiefly on Prayer by C. S. Lewis
New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1964. First American Edition; First printing. Hardcover. 124 pages ; 22 cm. Price clipped dust jacket. Blue cover with gilt title at spine. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
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C. S. LEWIS
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
Both those who pray and those who cannot will find new light and joy in C. S. Lewis's thoughtful reflections on the troubling questions implicit in the practice of prayer.
In the form of warm, personal letters to Malcolm, a friend, he considers many puzzles about the divine mystery: Do man's prayers change the mind of God? Should man rebel against suffering? If God is omniscient, why inform him of our needs and desires? Since prayer implies faith, the author's letters move beyond the smaller practical matters (should one kneel?) into meditation upon mysticism, the sacraments, the Lord's Prayer, the forgiveness of sins, resurrection of the body, and the nature of ultimate reality itself.
C. S. Lewis combines a disciplined beauty of style with a wry irony ("It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see him"; "Emotional intensity is in itself no proof of spiritual depth").
The letters reveal an intensity of mood of doubt and faith that only friends would confide to each other. The reader therefore feels that he has been accepted as a friend and that the letters are addressed to him. To read this brilliant and moving book is to participate in an adventure of the spirit.
C S. LEWIS, noted author, critic, and educator, played a rich part in the intellectual and scholarly life of England by virtue of his captivatingly original mind and his brilliant style. On both sides of the Atlantic he was regarded as one of the most celebrated writers of our time.
Mr. Lewis was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1898, and died at his home in Headington Quarry, Oxford, in November, 1963. Following his youth and early education, so much of which was poignantly recounted in his Surprised by Joy, he entered Oxford University in 1917. Before a term had passed, however, he enlisted in the British Army. Commissioned a second lieutenant, he served in France, where he was wounded. He returned to Oxford at the war's end, first as a student, and then as a teacher. He held the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge University and won a reputation as a brilliant lecturer, tutor, and scholar. His wide fame rests on his numerous books about religion, which include Thee Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Reflections on the Psalms, The World's Last Night and Other Essays, Surprised by Joy, an autobiography, and Till We Have Faces, a novel.
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