Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer is a great book by author C. S. Lewis.
C. S. Lewis ponders many puzzling questions concerning the intimate dialogue between man and God. He examines the practical and metaphysical aspects of prayer. When and where we pray. He questions why we seek to inform God in our prayers if He is omniscient. Is there an ideal form of prayer, and how do we express ourselves to God when we pray? The concluding letter contains provocative thoughts about “free Christians,” the soul, and the resurrection.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898 – 1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in the fields of literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature and popular theology have earned him worldwide fame and acclaim. He has written more than 30 books and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers each year. His most prominent and famous achievements include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.
It is one of Lewis’ last works of non-fiction and is arguably his most Anglican. Part of the difficulty was the book’s form, presented as letters to an anonymous reporter. This works well in The Screwtape Letters because the demons mentioned explained their ideas at length, and Lewis, in reply to Malcolm, did not.
Lewis omits the names and alludes to the issues that make the book a good guide to his thinking circa 1963, the year he died, discarding them as soon as they are raised. A few are: Macaulay, (Alex) Vidler, Petrarch, (John) Donne, (William) Blake, Bishop of Woolwich, St. Paul, St. Augustine, (Simone) Weil, Queen Victoria, Lycidas, Burnaby, Juvenal, F.D. Maurice, Bonhoeffer, Newman, Foundation, Herbert, Freudians, determinism, Arnold, MacBeth, Tertullus, Pelagianism, (Alexander) Pope, Plotinus, Lady Julian (of Norwich), Saint John of the Cross , Owen (Barfield), St. .Francois de Sales, Thomas More, Purgatory, Odin, Charles Williams, Thomas More, and Thomas Traherne.
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
- By: C. S. Lewis
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