Review: Mere Christianity

{By Taylor Turner}

When the shots rang out in Dallas, Texas on the morning of November 22,1963, Americans were stunned. The rest of their day was a blur. President John F. Kennedy, a tremendous leader in US and world politics, had been assassinated. The entire media turned their cameras to focus on the happenings in Dallas.

That same morning, across the globe in Oxford, another man quietly passed away. This man’s power came not through politics but through his pen. That man was none other than C. S. Lewis. His death wasn’t broadcast on the nightly news and his face wasn’t printed on the front page of London’s morning news. Yet, the recognition he received in death should not be thought of as a gauge for the impact of his life. In fact his impact continues to this day: as the “apostle to the skeptics,” his apologetic in “Mere Christianity” has gone unrivaled for over five decades in both truth and clarity.

Each of the topics that Lewis covers in “Mere Christianity” is profound and can easily command an entire book.  Even in Lewis’s book, these topics are condensed, but not so much that the content is slighted or the reader doesn’t get the full picture. One of Lewis’s trademarks is his ability to communicate monstrous ideas in a simple and often humorous ways. And “Mere Christianity” is not an exception. He answers questions like what is right and wrong? How do we know? What should a Christian believe? How should a Christian behave? What is the trinity? Why does it even matter? This is not your everyday small talk questions to say the least.

Individuals from all walks of life have asked at least one of these questions sometime in their life. And in our post-modern American culture, these questions are plentiful. I encourage you to get this book not only for yourself but also for others. For yourself, so that you can delve into fundamentals of the Christian faith; and for others, so that you can engage the individuals in our culture by talking about the big questions of life. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity” is a must read. After you read it and apply it to your life,  relationships will be nurtured, lives impacted, and culture transformed.

BONUS: I also want to share my favorite quote from the book with you. Of all the many great nuggets of truth in this book, this one had an lasting impact on me. Enjoy! 

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“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.

If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the on hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage.

I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.” ~ C. S. Lewis