Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer PDF/EPUB ´

  • Paperback
  • 124 pages
  • Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
  • C.S. Lewis
  • English
  • 06 May 2016
  • 9780156027663

10 thoughts on “Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

  1. Douglas Wilson Douglas Wilson says:

    Outstanding Read another time in July of 1999 Great Listened to audio in 2016 Still great Listened to it again in July of 2017 And again in December of 2017 Really rich

  2. Eleanor Eleanor says:

    This book is a collection of fake letters to a friend focusing on various aspects of and uestions about prayer Many of these are practical considerations and I didn't feel like all were important or relevant to me but I still found pieces of wisdom to keep from it usually expressed in the most beautifully touching phrases Lewis always transforming complex religious uestions into the most simple and beautiful truths He repeats many times that these are only his musings and should not be taken as doctrine or fact I however read Lewis as I would a textbook Here is my book report on church services The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God recited prayers vs one's own words I still think the prayer without words is the best if one can really achieve it Should we kneel? The relevant point is that kneeling does matter but other things matter even Can we pray for petty things? We must lay before Him what is in us not what ought to be in usas those who do not turn to God in petty trials will have no habit or such resort to help them when the great trials come so those who have not learned to ask Him for childish things will have less readiness to ask Him for great ones on vain repetitionsIt would be rash to say that there is any prayer which God never grants But the strongest candidate is the prayer we might express as the single word 'encore'on hard timesSome people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith I don't agree at all They are afflictions not sins Like all afflictions they are if we can so take them our share in the Passion of ChristWe all try to accept with some sort of submission our afflictions when they actually arrive But the prayer in Gethsemane shows that the preceding anxiety is eually God's will and eually part of our human destiny The perfect Man experienced it And the servant is not greater than the master Do our prayers make a difference?if He takes our sins into account why not our petitions?Why are prayers even those made in faith often unanswered?For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model Removing mountains can waitOur struggle is to achieve and retain faith on a lower level To believe that whether He can grant them or not God will listen to our prayers will taken them into account Even to go on believing that there is a Listener at all on praying for othersI am often I believe praying for others when I should be doing things for themon the fantasticalEnlightened people want to get rid of this magical element in favour of what they would call the 'spiritual' element But the spiritual conceived as something thus antithetical to 'magical' seems to become merely the psychological or ethical And neither that by itself nor the magical by itself is a religion I am not going to lay down rules as to the share uantitatively considered which the magical should have in anyone's religious life Individual differences may be permissible What I insist on is that it can never be reduced to zero if it is what remains is only morality or culture or philosophy on predeterminationour creaturely limitation is that our fundamentally timeless reality can be experienced by us only in the mode of succession Why does prayer feel like such a chore?If we were perfected prayer would not be a duty it would be a delight Some day please God it will beI must say my prayers today whether I feel devout or not; but that is only as I must learn my grammar if I am ever to read the poetsIn the perfect and eternal world the Law will vanish But the results of having lived faithfully under it will not on what our glorified bodies might be like my favorite letter the lastI can now communicate to you the fields of my boyhood only imperfectly by words Perhaps the day is coming when I can take you for a walk through themThe dullest of us knows how memory can transfigure; how often some momentary glimpse of beauty in boyhood is a whisper which memory will warehouse as a shoutWhy should what we see at the moment be 'real' than what we see from ten years' distance? It is indeed an illusion to believe that the blue hills on the horizon would still look blue if you went to them But the fact that they are blue five miles away and the fact that they are green when you are on them are eually good facts

  3. Amy Amy says:

    2020 Review 5 starsThis was a good book to read amidst COVID 19 social distancing In my devotions this morning I was thinking about how long it has been since I stepped foot in a church I suppose in the big picture of things two months isn't particularly long but I miss it I watch sermons online and sometimes even tunelessly sing along with the worship songs but I miss the spiritual community A book like this helps fill that ache In his Reflections on the Psalms Lewis describes his writing as akin to two schoolboys trying to work out a problem together that long ceased to puzzle their schoolmaster He uses a similar analogy in this book describing his letters with Malcolm as akin to two solitary walkers in the foothills They do not walk in the mountains they merely try and make sense of where they are To read this book is to in some ways join in their conversation It is not necessarily sermons to edify convict and inform Neither is it a like a popular modern devotional leaving you with your daily warm fuzzies It is instead the observations uestions and delights of a fellow traveler on the road The epistolary format makes this volume even casual than other Lewis works And for a subject such as prayer perhaps that works best It makes things less about answers and about the uestions It creates a little bubble of community where I at least found I could easily say Wait you too? 2013 Read 4 starsLeft me with a lot to chew on I liked the casual atmosphere this is not a book with immediate and solid answers to all the uestions Definitely going to need a re read Highly recommended

  4. Othy Othy says:

    Spectacular and beautiful CS Lewis' earlier books were very well written and in my personal opinion rather well argued This is not an argued book though; the subtitle reflections is a apt description That's not to say Lewis fails to present good arguments for his ideas but the matter of the book is of a 'search' than of a 'telling' Especially towards the end Lewis shows how much he has learned through his life on how to describe the beauty that we see beyond the physicality of the world I'm not sure I learned as much on 'prayer' itself from reading this book but like Surprised by Joy I learned uite a bit about where prayer brought another human and where I too wander when my thoughts turn to God

  5. Kells Next Read Kells Next Read says:

    I am not saying to anyone in the world 'Your explanation is wrong' I am saying ' Your explanation leaves the mystery for me still a mystery'CS Lewis witty and candid ability to convey his thoughts never ceases to amaze me This short but powerful read was no different

  6. Cindy Rollins Cindy Rollins says:

    This was a nice daily read Maybe it was my own restless mood in the middle of the uarantine but I did not like this as much as other Lewis books but it does bring me closer to my goal of reading all of his books

  7. MC MC says:

    Letters to Malcolm Chiefly on Prayer has the distinction of being the final work that CS Lewis produced The manuscript was completed in May of 1963 approximately six months before his deathThe book's structure takes the form of fictional letters written by Lewis to his friend “Malcolm” in which they discusses matters of deep importance to the Christian life Mostly these letters all discuss issues that have to do with prayer and the other issues branch off of that Worship Heaven and other issues are mulled over but they all come back to prayer When this is taken into account the reader will find the title uite fittingThere is some controversy over this title and it has not received the same popularity as Lewis' other works for two main reasons First off Lewis proposes many logic puzzles and theological uestions but doesn't really seem to follow through on them He leaves many uestions unanswered The second issue is how he refused to condemn some liberal ChristiansI can see why some today and even at the time I suppose may have had problems with the gentleness Lewis showed towards critics and his reticence to answer uestions specifically in certain areas I am not of that number however On these two issues both Lewis and those who dislike his style here have a point for both “styles” of approaching these issues are needed in the ChurchWhat I mean by this is that we have a great need for a deep understanding of doctrines and the ability to defend what we believe Thusly we can witness to others and praise God But the flip side is that we need humility in our interpretations of Scriptures and in our answers to uestions the Word is not clear on Also we need to call out the folks who distort the Bible as some were disappointed Lewis did not do here On the other hand we need to disagree while showing them love and compassion Thus we may win them over to Christ Lord willing Both approaches are needed and which one each Christian takes is between him and GodI really benefited both from the musings and studies of Scripture that CS Lewis engaged in here as well as his humility in admitting he doesn't know everything and that we must consider these issues carefully Again some are called by God to be forceful while others like Professor Lewis were called to be humble and understanding as he was in this book

  8. Ron Ron says:

    Not Lewis at his best The excuse could be made that as a posthumous book it may not have been uite ready for publication The Discarded Image An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature was also published after Lewis died but despite being non fiction is just short of amazingThe format is much like The Screwtape Letters one side of an exchange of letters this one supposedly with C S Lewis with an old friend Malcolm Most but not all time references seem to date it to the last years of Lewis's life the early 1060s It doesn't work as well as Screwtape but it does workReally a 35 Too bad Lewis didn't have a few years to work on it and a lot of other things

  9. Garrett Cash Garrett Cash says:

    This is a strange little volume I was not aware that Malcolm is fictitious until I did some research after reading this which throws a surreal light upon the work Apparently Lewis was attempting to find an ideal way in which he could casually consider some topics chiefly prayer without the bother of having to make academically suitable arguments for his theories I enjoyed the work and found some of his ideas to be on the money and some to be perplexingly under thought for instance his belief in Purgatory The parts about prayer are the best but most of the rest feels as if in the description of one reviewer you're a third wheel looking in on a conversation that doesn't necessarily concern you It's certainly worth reading if you're a Lewis fan or if you're curious on some of his thoughts concerning prayer but it wouldn't come highly recommended by me to the uninitiated 35

  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Lewis's letters to a FICTIONAL friend are a delight to read I am amazed at how many reviewers think these are real letters written to a real person In these letters Lewis addresses many different facets of prayer and our inhibitions when it comes to prayer It is a very uotable book as well I noticed uite a few recognizable uotes throughout

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Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer[Reading] ➶ Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer Author C.S. Lewis – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk We want to know not how we should pray if we were perfect but how we should pray being as we now are What are we doing when we pray What is at the heart of this most intimate conversation the dialogue We want to know not how Malcolm: Chiefly MOBI ñ we should pray if we were perfect but how we should pray being as we now are What are we doing when we pray What is at the heart of this Letters to eBook È most intimate conversation the dialogue between a person and God How does prayer—its form its regularity its content its insistence—shape who we are and how we believe In this collection of letters from C S Lewis to a to Malcolm: Chiefly eBook ✓ close friend Malcolm we see an intimate side of Lewis as he considers all aspects of prayer and how this singular ritual impacts the lives and souls of the faithful With depth wit and intelligence as well as his sincere sense of a continued spiritual journey Lewis brings us closer to understanding the role of prayer in our lives and the ways in which we might better imagine our relationship with God A beautifully executed and deeply moving little book — Saturday Review Lewis is writing about a path that he had to find and the reader feels not so much that he is listening to what CS Lewis has to say but that he is making his own search with a humorous sensible friend beside him — Times Literary SupplementC S Clive Staples Lewis one of the great writers of the twentieth century also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers He wrote than thirty books both popular and scholarly including The Chronicles of Narnia series The Screwtape Letters The Four Loves Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy.