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Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer


C.S. Lewis meditates on many puzzling questions concerning the intimate dialogue between man and God. He goes on to consider the practical and ... Show synopsis

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Autobiography, Not Theology

by ZEDSREVIEW on May 21, 2010

In Lewis?s last book he sums up many of his works, and his popularity, as a layman: ?All this is autobiography, not theology.? In Letters to Malcolm, he writes on prayer, from experience, not any kind of interpretation of text. For instance, he writes on imagery, whether it is a source of concentration, a distraction, or an idol. He writes on his personal choice to combine reciting published prayers, sparingly, with praying in his own words. He writes of how irksome prayer can be, the proof being that prayer is assigned for penance. I enjoyed the book, from the perspective of one who has practiced the duty of prayer for years. It is very personal. This is created, in part, by Lewis?s use of a form he has used before ? that of letters written from a mentor. The book also gives me the impression of how Lewis became more tolerant (though I hate to use such a word charged with political connotations). He is more accepting of other ways to come to the same point, for instance his discussion of a ?true religion? in the commonalities of the experiences of mystics. He admits his weaknesses. This book is less rhetorical than his other works, like Miracles or The Problem of Pain, in that it is not the form of stating a thesis then refuting arguments of opposition.

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