Sunday, May 03, 2009

Mere Christianity

I've been trying to read C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity (linked to Amazon, but of course it would be better to buy it from your local Christian Bookstore) for 15 years probably, but I always end up putting it down sometime to think about something and never picking it up again.

Last month I finally read it all the way through, a little bit at a time. That there's a good book.

I especially liked:

"How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different the saints."

and

"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."

and

...all of chapter 8. I can't decide what to excerpt.

At the moment, I'm looking for my next book. Any suggestions?

7 comments:

Shauna said...

I've been rereading The Screwtape Letters and have to stop and think before I can continue reading. He's so astute.

Roach Momma said...

In February our church did a series on helping the poor and they handed out copies of "The Same Kind of Different As Me." It is a non-fiction story of an art dealer and a homeless man who's paths cross and an amazing journey begins. The series culminated (sp?) with the authors speaking at a service. The book has some major hardships, but an amazing message.

The Gray Roach said...

A really fun and quick read that I LOVE. Hinds Feet on High Places.

Shauna said...

Same Kind of Different As Me is on my Spring Reading Thing list, and I've heard lots of good things about it.

Susan said...

I've had that second quote on my wall for a couple of years. It's wonderful. I recommend Lorrie Moore's "Self-Help". But of course, that's what I always recommend. Lub lub.

betsyann said...

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm almost done with "The Problem of Pain" so maybe I'll pick up one of these at the Liberry next.

jmlo said...

The Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer.