Mere Christianity

  • by C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Howard
  • 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion. Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, C.S. Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together, proving that "at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice".


What the Critics Say

"Geoffrey Howard's performance is superb; he is clear and unhurried, giving just the right emphasis and/or inflection....Whether or not one agrees with Lewis's arguments, it is a pleasure to hear such a skillful reading of an eloquent work." (Library Journal)


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A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!

This is probably my favorite book of all time. Lewis' straightforward logic on basic questions such as "How do we know there is a God?" and "What is God Like?" are still fresh and insightful more than half a century after they were written. Some of this book's great strengths are the lack of religious jargon and simplistic explanations as well as the freedom of sectarian denominational bias.

I have read this book multiple times (in addition to listening to this audiobook) and always glean something new from it. It is no coincidence that in Ken Hughes' survey of great 20th Century Christian Leaders, when he asked "Other than the Bible, what book has influenced you the most" - the #1 choice was "Mere Christianity". Yes, that's correct - it was selected above such classics as Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion", Tozer's "The Pursuit of God" and "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers. It is also the book that convinced Charles Colson of the reality of God and changed his life during the Watergate years.

If you are new to reading philosophy or theology that is deeper than the constant pop-theology of the month books, you may want to take it slow and ponder (even re-listen to) the chapters - the slow rumination will help with the depth of thought that abounds in this book. Many do not know that Lewis is one of the best selling authors of all time - this book is a great example of why this is true!

Whether you are an athiest, a Christian, or of any other religious persuasion, this book is full of great concepts to consider. If you've done much reading, you'll notice numerous passages that often appear as quotes in other books. One of the few Christian books that deserves the title "Classic"!

As with most (or all) Blackstone Audiobooks - the narration is SUPERB!
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- Tim

Book for Christian Growth

I began listening expecting a book that provides a defense for Christianity, which is what I had been told. While it does do that, I was shocked to discover the amount of information about what it means to grow as a Christian. The writing style is very logical, and you can hear the influence of ancient Greek philosophers in his analytical style. While thick and a little dry, the treasure is worth the dig. Also, the narrator does a fine job and is a good fit for the book.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.