Reflections on the Psalms

Reflections on the Psalms

by C. S. Lewis

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A repackaged edition of the revered author’s moving theological work in which he considers the most poetic portions from Scripture and what they tell us about God, the Bible, and faith.

In this wise and enlightening book, C. S. Lewis—the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics—examines the Psalms. As Lewis divines the meaning behind these timeless poetic verses, he makes clear their significance in our daily lives, and reminds us of their power to illuminate moments of grace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062565464
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 88,864
File size: 954 KB

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

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SiwelFP More than 1 year ago
Lewis, in this enlightening work, shares his ruminations on selected Psalms, and takes on a tone of thoughtful collegiality as he weaves a tapestry of undeniable symbollism and significance. He includes in this work the Psalms he references, and simply but lucidly denotes special characteristics of the selected literature. He expresses the method by which the Psalms speak to us today, and invokes the reader to thoughts as well as feelings produced by the Psalms, and reveals the divine quality in them which lifts our hearts as well as our spirits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While Lewis does not claim to be a scholar in relation to the Psalms, any lover of poetic literature with a keen sense of humanity would think otherwise. Lewis' rational view of the Psalms and the Psalmists give revelational insight into the hearts of God and man. Definately worth reading.
Cymrugirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just when I think I've discovered my favorite Jack Lewis book, I go and find another one. This book took me ages to read because I simply did not want it to end. I haven't savored a text like this since reading Hugo's Les Miserables. Like most pieces of art that make a lasting impact on me, this book raised my blood pressure a bit - made me nervous. I have never learned anything from comfort. While I can say that perhaps Lewis and I don't share identical beliefs, he has forced me (by being so incredibly humble) to his perspective. This is, after all, Jack Lewis. If anyone else had suggested some of what Mr. Lewis suggests in this small Bible study, this book quite possibly would never have seen the light of day. But like all good works, this book mades you read it in its entirety - you must let Jack finish his reasons for not equating himself with a fundamentalist - for even, in his own words, envying them - to find at the end of it all a truly fundamental conclusion. But Jack isn't fundamental because he's fundamental, he's fundamental by reason. That might not make a lot of sense to a Lewis outsider, but I believe anyone familiar with his work will know what I mean. Where Paul (an "outsider")is the Jew appealing to the gentile on Mars Hill, Lewis is the gentile who reasons from even further outside the ring to find the same conclusion - to deny that he found it fundamentally - but at heart to be operating from the same fundamental thinking that drives all good theology. That is, he divides what he reads in the Word based on what has been concluded or revealed about the Person of God Himself. That it is a faith conclusion, and it ultimately drives his reasoning. Without giving too much away, I will say that Lewis breaks down his study of the Psalms into brilliant, tidy divisions that give a wholistic view of their pattern and importance rather than dividing them by chronology. While some of his themes have been covered before, he ventures to places I have never seen anyone else go before. His extensive knowledge and background in ancient myths adds a fascinating depth here as he is able at a glance to remark on the differences in these Hebrew mindsets compared with their pagan contemporaries. This added flavor - which highlighted how Jewish texts were completely unique - was one of my favorite things about this book and offered so many rich surprises. Indeed, a lack of understanding in this particular field is why so many Christian scholars miss much of what the Spirit was doing. Jack showed me once again that the Spirit's Poetry is incomparable.While many would be fearful to read Lewis' suggestion that the Psalmist is actually possibly sinning in some of his warmonger type rantings, this notion of dividing what is strictly human from what is strictly God and driving back towards the ultimate question of the Spirit's purpose in preserving whatever has been written is essential to any really strong theological foundation. Lewis steps away from the Book, turns it around several ways - reads it again and again - and sees beauty that I in my more prosaic form of fundamentalism would have failed to see if not forced by a humbler heart than my own. This would be the heart of Jack Lewis. Thank God he was brave enough to make his deepest quandries (those we have all shared in secretly) public. He has, for a few pages, given me a glance behind his eyes and into a mind different than my own - which is the point.I have a different - much larger - much wider - much more beautiful view of the Psalms. Thanks to Jack, they have increased. I have decreased.Good Books don't get much better than that.
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