by C. S. Lewis
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By Madelyn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Reading mere Christianity was a very positive and enlightening experience for me. It was very eye opening as I learned about the doctrines of Christianity through a lens outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. C.S. Lewis has a very unique way of applying the doctrines of Christianity to all facets of life. He doesn’t get into deep doctrine; instead he emphasizes the simple principles of the gospel. He appeals to anyone and everyone, Christian or non-Christian. The way he wrote the book would trigger anyone of any faith to question where he or she is in life and what they value and how much they put into it. I know it did so for me. He touches on the emotions of the reader as he provides life scenarios to supplement his teaching. These were radio broadcasts during the 1940s in Britain, taking place in WWII. His words added hope and strength to the people. Reading this book 60 years after it was written, it still provides the same kind of hope.
C.S. Lewis approaches the audience with honesty. He doesn’t beat around the bush; instead he drives straight to the point, which strengthens his point of view. It’s almost as if he develops a relationship with you; you can trust him. I felt that as I read this, I was having a conversation with the man. I appreciated his honesty. He informs his readers that he might offend but he doesn’t care. He doesn’t hold anything back. Reading Mere Christianity helped me develop my testimony but also understand Christianity throughout the world. It made me realize that my beliefs are very much like those of different Christian denominations- that there is a God and He exists in everything around us. We couldn’t do life without Him.
C.S Lewis’s last words of the book were: “Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours…Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him and with Him everything else is thrown in.”
If there is one thing to be learned from this book, it is to think less of oneself. Whatever you believe in, believe in it with passion and sincerity. As you lose yourself for others, you will find Christ. And if you look hard enough, you will end up seeing Christ in everything and then you will become who you are.