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Letters to an American Lady

Publisher:
, 2014
ISBN: 9780062349293

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Overview

On October 26, 1950, C.S. Lewis wrote the first of more than a hundred letters he would send to a woman he had never met, but with whom he was to maintain a correspondence for the rest of his life.

Ranging broadly in subject matter, the letters discuss topics as profound as the love of God and as frivolous as preferences in cats. Lewis himself clearly had no idea that these letters would ever see publication, but they reveal facets of his character little known even to devoted readers of his fantasy and scholarly writings—a man patiently offering encouragement and guidance to another Christian through the day–to–day joys and sorrows of ordinary life.

Letters to an American Lady stands as a fascinating and moving testimony to the remarkable humanity and even more remarkable Christianity of C.S. Lewis, and is richly deserving of the position it now takes among the balance of his Christian writings.

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Top Highlights

“The main cause was that Lewis believed taking time out to advise or encourage another Christian was both a humbling of one’s talents before the Lord and also as much the work of the Holy Spirit as producing a book.” (Page vii)

“To tell a story which puts the contrast between our feast of the Nativity and, all this ghastly ‘Xmas’ racket at its lowest. My brother heard a woman on a ’bus say, as the ’bus passed a church with a Crib outside it, ‘Oh Lor’! They bring religion into everything. Look—they’re dragging it even into Christmas now!’” (Page 81)

“How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing (and perhaps, like you, I have met it only once) it is irresistible. If even 10% of the world’s population had it, would not the whole world be converted and happy before a year’s end?” (Page 11)

“our prayers sometimes go wrong because we insist on trying to talk to God when He wants to talk to us” (Page 72)

“gave away two-thirds of his income and even then was not satisfied with the extent of his charities.” (Page ix)

Deeply interesting and very moving.

—J.R.R. Tolkien, author, The Lord of the Rings

A literary gem.

—Chicago Tribune

The reader will discover testimony for the patient faith and generous life of the private man who was this century's most famous Christian apologist . . . Lewis readers will treasure these letters for the glimpse they offer into the personal witness of the man.

—Christianity Today

C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent PlanetThe Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classic Mere Christianity. Read more about his life and legacy.

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