Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Soul of C. S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-Six of His Best-Loved Writings by Jerry Root, Wayne Martindale, and Linda Washington

This is a devotional style book that offers biblical insight and reflections on 26 of C.S. Lewis’ writings. Each sections starts by giving insight into that particular book and the authors’ interpretation of what motivated Lewis to write it. This is followed by specific passages taken from the work with a commentary and a Bible passage that parallels the message the authors feel Lewis was trying to convey.

I must say that I am a fan of C.S. Lewis and most of his books. I find them enjoyable and filled with some Biblical truths that Lewis approaches with allegorical creativity. I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to any Lewis enthusiast. I was able to in a sense preview some of Lewis’ other writings that I have not read and I enjoyed seeing some that he wrote prior to accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior. That being said I am cautious of spending too much time finding Biblical truths in what men have written vs. the Bible. I take this book as fun and entertaining, but would otherwise note that the deeper meaning that is being drawn out is the speculation of the authors. So read it, enjoy it, but don’t take it too seriously.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory: A spectacular View of Creation Through the Lens of the NASA Hubble Telescope

This book is a compilation of pictures taken by the Hubble Telescope of our universe. Each picture is accompanied by a brief explanation or description of the picture. Along with this is a passage of scripture and a quote that expound on the brilliance and splendor of God’s creation. The quality of the book and the pictures are exemplary.

As I was reading the passages and looking at the amazing photographs I was reminded of how small I am in the whole of God’s creation. I am truly a speck, on a speck, flying around a speck in the speck of this universe. Especially when we remember that God’s hand alone spans the universe. What is man that God is mindful of him? It is amazing grace God would send His Son to die for me alone and that He has a plan for me, a future and a hope. These were some of my thoughts as I was flipping through the pages. I think this is a good book to help you gain perspective and appreciation for the hugeness of God and His awesome power.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program