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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,325 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455183357
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In one of his most enlightening works, C. S. Lewis shares his ruminations on both the form and the meaning of selected psalms. In the introduction he explains, “I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself.” Consequently, he takes on a tone of thoughtful collegiality as he writes on one of the Bible’s most elusive books.

Characteristically graceful and lucid, Lewis cautions us that the psalms were originally written as songs that should now be read in the spirit of lyric poetry rather than as doctrinal treatises or sermons. Drawing from daily life as well as the literary world, Lewis begins to reveal the mystery that often shrouds the psalms. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A detailed attempt to find the inner meaning and values of one limited part of the Bible.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “For the last thirty years of his life, no other Christian writer in this country had such an influence on the general reading public as C. S. Lewis.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Illuminating and rewarding.”

    Christian Herald

  • “C. S. Lewis [makes] religion provoking, memorable, and delightful.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Cavett | 2/17/2014

    " Amazing... but it made me cringe at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Miles | 2/9/2014

    " Lewis' insights on literature and some ancient history make this a worthwhile and rewarding read. It's the equivalent (like many of his books) to a good conversation with a unique friend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/24/2014

    " This is very through examination of the Psalms, very well done, just a touch too in depth of a casual reader. Still a good book, but it's geared towards readers with a strong grasp on theology, rather that instructing those who do not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Mundy | 1/13/2014

    " Excellent read, and an interesting perspective on things that had bothered me in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shu Lindsey | 1/12/2014

    " "... I want to stress what I think that we (or at least I) need more; the joy and delight in God which meet us in the Psalms, however loosely or closely, in this or that instance, they may be connected with the Temple. This is the living centre of Judaism. These poets knew far less reason than we for loving God. They did not know that He offered them eternal joy; still less that He would die to win it for them. Yet they express a longing for Him, for His mere presence, which comes only to the best Christians or to Christians in their best moments. They long to live all their days in the Temple so that they may constantly see "the fair beauty of the Lord" (27, 4)." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Truett | 1/9/2014

    " Brilliant. As always, Lewis turns my own conclusions on their head and forces me to push further and think harder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/9/2014

    " I don't remember a great deal about this book, as it's been a decade since a read it (just noticed that a friend is reading it and that it wasn't in my catalog. However, I recall it being an excellent read, as Lewis always is! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariel | 12/29/2013

    " I love C.S. Lewis. His style is clear and warm, conversational. I like to imagine we're having a chat in his library, lit by a desk lamp, sitting in big comfy chairs surrounded by books, his dog [which he mentions twice by my count] curled up on the floor. This book covers topics including Judgment, Death, Connivance, and Nature, among other things. Worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elkanah | 12/27/2013

    " Very many sound insights, although I think his answer to the problem of imprecatory Psalms is lacking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 11/27/2013

    " Definitely not one of my favorite reads of C.S. Lewis. This piece seemed random and a bit unorganized with mostly just personal thoughts about his interpretations and themes on the Psalms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/17/2013

    " Great insight on the poems, by a poet. I know even as I am just finished reading it through, that I need to reread it to be able to glean more of his understanding of the Psalms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth Crosby | 11/13/2013

    " Some of it is awfully good, then there's other parts that are a bit out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briana | 10/17/2013

    " Very good thoughts on a very enigmatic subject...C.S. Lewis sounds here more like your everyday Christian than a genius theologian. Perhaps not the most memorable book by Lewis, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ki | 8/7/2013

    " I'm a huge fan of Lewis, but I mist admit this was a very hard book to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tucker | 6/23/2013

    " I don't know that this book had much to do with the Psalms at all, but it had a ton to do with engaging the Old Testament through the lens of the New. And it was hilarious, ala CS Lewis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Flip | 5/15/2013

    " I'm sorry Lewis, this was not your best attempt. Next time, spend more time reflecting on the Psalms instead of concepts that you occasionally support with the Psalms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel | 5/10/2013

    " I have taught classes through this book twice. Can't say enough good things about it. I love the way he tackles the Psalms by theme, rather than just one at a time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 2/22/2013

    " I normally love C. S. Lewis, but I couldn't even finish this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Wilson | 2/3/2013

    " Glorious, but awful in parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate Walker | 12/8/2012

    " 5 stars for basically anything by Lewis, even though his doctrine of Scripture is sketchy in this volume, he is almost always helpful and creative. The essay on 'praising' is especially delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 7/12/2012

    " An interesting though sometimes dry analysis of Psalms and it's contrast with paganism and foreshadowing of Christ's life, mission and sacrifice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 6/17/2012

    " He's not trying to make a story out of psalms. He's just addressing some of the themes. I wish he'd done something like this for the whole old testament (Maybe he did, anyone?). C.S. Lewis seems so honest in his writing. And he makes Christian theology obvious without taking away any depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corina | 1/20/2012

    " Heel, heel mooi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva Cg | 11/7/2011

    " An interesting take on some things that were bothering me... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany Martin | 9/5/2011

    " Honestly I didn't finish this one. I couldn't get past his discussion of imprecatory psalms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 6/10/2011

    " Lewis fails here, but only because he is such a great human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel | 6/5/2011

    " I have taught classes through this book twice. Can't say enough good things about it. I love the way he tackles the Psalms by theme, rather than just one at a time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 6/2/2011

    " Lewis' insight, staunch faith and superb writing make this an edifying re-read for me. His view of many of the Psalms are nonetheless atrocious. It's difficult to see someone who is usually so adept at identifying biases and prejudices of his own age fall into them so deeply. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/30/2011

    " C.S. Lewis has some great insight into the themes and voices of the Psalms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/7/2011

    " Excellent read, and an interesting perspective on things that had bothered me in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 5/11/2010

    " Lewis uses the Psalms more as foundations for his essays rather than sources for specific exegesis. Some readers may be surprised at his treatment of the IMprecatory Psalms as well as his perspective on the innerancy of Scripture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Flip | 2/16/2010

    " I'm sorry Lewis, this was not your best attempt. Next time, spend more time reflecting on the Psalms instead of concepts that you occasionally support with the Psalms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory | 12/23/2009

    " Excellent and helpful, except when he veers off into heresy ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 11/26/2009

    " This is the only thing by C.S. Lewis that I've ever read and not been satisfied with. I think Lewis' understanding of the Jewish heart is misguided. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 11/25/2009

    " 5 stars for basically anything by Lewis, even though his doctrine of Scripture is sketchy in this volume, he is almost always helpful and creative. The essay on 'praising' is especially delightful. "

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About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer 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 English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions to literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. Lewis 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 the Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent PlanetThe Four LovesThe Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.