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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,959 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: October 2010 ISBN: 9781455199075
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Selected from sermons delivered by C. S. Lewis during World War II, these nine addresses show the beloved author and theologian bringing hope and courage in a time of great doubt. Addressing some of the most difficult issues we face in our day-to-day lives, Lewis’ ardent and timeless words provide an unparalleled path to greater spiritual understanding. “The Weight of Glory,” considered by many to be Lewis’ finest sermon of all, is an incomparable explication of virtue, goodness, desire, and glory. Also included are: “Transposition,” “On Forgiveness,” “Why I Am Not a Pacifist,” and “Learning in War-Time,” in which Lewis presents his compassionate vision of Christianity in language that is both lucid and compelling.

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  • “Lewis combines a novelist’s insights into motives with a profound religious understanding.”

    New York Times Book Review

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 1/25/2014

    " Lewis' literary bent toward Romanticism has never been as obvious as in the brilliant title essay, which is both artfully written and magnificently textured. After it, the other essays--although good enough in their own right--felt just a bit flat, containing only flashes of whatever special brilliance illumines "The Weight of Glory." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Maizland | 1/25/2014

    " one of my all time FAVS!!! Read it just about annually. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Boyington | 1/23/2014

    " C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors, and he is at his best when writing Christian apologetics. The title essay is an incredibly moving piece about what it means to be a human being. I also loved "On Learning in War Time." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/22/2014

    " One of the most profound essays I have read. It will change the way you interact with and love people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glorianne | 1/21/2014

    " I read this at the gym:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Hosein | 1/12/2014

    " first experience with c.s. lewis writings outisde the lion, the witch and the wardrobe series. inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey L. Douglas | 1/8/2014

    " "The Weight of Glory" is one of two of my favorite essays by Lewis "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah Irby | 12/26/2013

    " When I read C.S. it's like visiting an old friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verena | 12/25/2013

    " It's Lewis, what else need be said? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 12/23/2013

    " This one, I need to reread every year for the rest of my life. It's going to get marked up. Read it if you're ready to be changed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/21/2013

    " The Weight of Glory was thrilling in a way; the fleeting moments of beauty in life are only hints of what await us if we have faith. The 6 other sermons, meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 11/7/2013

    " C.S.Lewis at his best, in my opinion, if you like his non-fantasy stuff, that is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Santosh Ninan | 9/11/2013

    " Has the typical tight logic of Lewis coupled with his poetic, artistic touch. There really is no other writer like him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 8/9/2013

    " C.S. Lewis is an amazing author. Every sentence is absolutely packed with things you could think about for hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach Weik | 6/1/2012

    " Collection of essays on great topics from our friend Mr. Lewis. Borrowing from Ryan Dear in Baltimore. Please remind me to give this back to him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Towens23 | 5/1/2012

    " Good thoughts, some more relevant to a war-time England. His thinking about how we should treat each other (given the fact that we will all live forever) near the end of the "weight of glory" essay are wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 3/18/2012

    " One of my most favorite books on kindness and the worth of a soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 12/23/2011

    " John Thomas does it again: he hands me a book I cannot put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/19/2011

    " Collection of essays, many containing famous quotes. Variety of subjects but all thought provoking and worth lingering over. Good way to think about things when there isn't time to read a full length book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Clarke | 10/21/2011

    " Read for family book group. I love CS Lewis and this book includes some amazing articles he has written. My favorite is the first one which is The Weight of Glory, but I also really liked The Inner Ring and Why I am not a Pacifist. Definitely a re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad Russian the Traveller | 9/28/2011

    " This book and many of the other CSL books I have been reading lately I have already read in the 1980s & 1990s. CSL writes so well and says so much that I enjoy re-reading his works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 8/18/2011

    " I read this for a leadership course at GWU so I focused on the leadership principles instead of the religious principles. The book is a collection of essays that are classic Lewis, very engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wodu | 7/16/2011

    " I am constantly re-reading this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 7/15/2011

    " This collection of essays gets its title from the first one, a sermon reflecting on a verse from Corinthians. The last paragraph of this first essay makes the whole book worth it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 6/10/2011

    " Some lesser essays, but "The Inner Ring" is a life-changing lesson. All young men should read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/7/2011

    " Goes without saying that it's brilliant. I especially find it fascinating historically because much of it was written during WWII, and a lot of his essays and sermons deal with related subjects.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 4/21/2011

    " I'm only at the introduction and already I'm enjoying it. On the back, John Updike is quoted, "I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration." No truer words.

    I love love love it! I want my own copy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/6/2011

    " I liked the first three essays the best. The rest were okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 2/14/2011

    " The opening sermon is unbelievable. The two aha moments are the descriptions of heaven and then that value of humanity in light of that description. The joys of heaven must out weigh our earthly wants. This is a heaven beyond comparison "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beka | 2/9/2011

    " Some were good and some were a little to intellectual for me. But the title essay was by far the best. It was moving and convicting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 1/31/2011

    " Hit and miss. When it hits, though, it hits hard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 1/18/2011

    " I love the first essay in this book (The Weight of Glory). I read it over and over and it brought tears to my eyes. Some of the other essays I think were more focused on matters of CS Lewis' time. Of course, you can't go wrong with CS Lewis in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/7/2011

    " Anyone who wants to be "a good person" can't go wrong with Lewis. The musings of this "middle-aged moralist" are timeless as well as priceless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/16/2010

    " Second time through this composite of powerful messages by Lewis. He is truly amazing as a philosopher, writer, lecturer, story teller, Christian. Great read, I look for ward to reading it again in the future. "

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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. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.