The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C.S. Lewis   -     By: C.S. Lewis
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The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C.S. Lewis

Mariner Books / 1984 / Paperback

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The church year, as described by C.S. Lewis' infamous devil, Screwtape, is always "The Same Old Thing." In answer to this, Father Walter Hooper, editor of this edition, draws from the rich canon of Lewis's work and presents these eloquent, clear readings as meditations appropriate for every day of the Christian year. Each entry, other than those for saints' days and holy days, is given a title to set the theme, such as "Half-Hearted Creatures," "Two Kinds of Good and Bad," and "The Humblest Love."

Hooper illuminates his belief that C.S. Lewis was "one of the most realistic Christians we are ever likely to meet" by choosing readings that explore faith and morality with joy, which, as C.S. Lewis wrote, "is the serious business of Heaven."

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 349
Vendor: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 1984
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0156148633
ISBN-13: 9780156148634
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"Morals are the ’ropes’ and ’axes’ necessary for climbing those great heights from which a greater journey begins. That journey leads to the ’happy land of the Trinity.’ It is there that joys, almost unimaginable in this world, begin. Begin—not end." —from the preface

In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis’s famous devil derides the Christian year as "The Same Old Thing." To combat this, Walter Hooper has drawn from Lewis’s vast bibliography, accumulating short meditations that correspond to each day of the Christian calendar. Hooper has chosen passages that emphasize Lewis’ illuminatingly matter-of-fact approach to religion, with each entry focused on themes such as "Nearness to God," "Heaven and Sexuality," or "Two Kinds of Good and Bad." In addition to providing food for thought, these bite-sized excerpts facilitate a yearlong journey towards achieving the joy that Lewis wrote is "the serious business of heaven."

"The point about reading C. S. Lewis is that he makes you sure, whatever you believe, that religion accepted or rejected means something extremely serious, demanding the entire energy of the mind." —Harper’s

"A potent anthology." —Los Angeles Times

Author Bio

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. A Fellow and tutor at Oxford until 1954, he spent the rest of his career as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, inlcuding The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy.

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  1. Cyclingmartin
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent reader for the year
    March 19, 2012
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    Daily readings taken from Lewis' writings are aptly chosen by the well-known Lewis scholar Walter Hooper. As a primary devotional this could never stand in place of daily readings from scripture. But in some important respects it is an invaluable supplement, and in others is the best thing of its kind I have come across. For the convinced believer these writings are packed with ideas that will provide support, challenge, questions -- anything else you can think of that is wholesome, that points you towards Jesus. But the point that makes me say that in some important respects it is the best thing of its kind is this. I don't know anything that is quite so full of potential for the unconvinced, for the enquirer who wishes to understand what it means to be a Christian, for the needy person who is seeking the consolation seen in those who know the Lord Jesus Christ. As always with Lewis, doctrine is in its proper place, preaching is proclamation rather than preaching at, difficult subjects are addressed with directness and compassion -- and always, things point towards the Lord Jesus Christ. Excellent
  2. R Edwin
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    November 25, 2009
    R Edwin
    The portions well represent the thought being conveyed. The legnth of each days reading is enough to provoke thought without being overly time consuming. I look forward to opening the book to each days portion.
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