I never exactly made a book. It’s rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say.
C. S. Lewis
If I’d ever have to pick one author, and read his books only for the rest of my life – C. S. Lewis would be my choice.
The creator of Narnia, C. S. Lewis wrote fascinating novels (Till We Have Faces, The Space Thrilogy, etc.), as well as compelling books on spirituality and apologetics (The Four Loves, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, etc.).
If you want to read a C. S. Lewis book, I recommend you start with Mere Christianity. It won’t leave you unchanged.
Here are 15 of my favourite snippets of C.S. Lewis’ wisdom, to inspire you.
1. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
2.We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.
3. All that we call human history — money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery — [is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.
4. Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.
5. We are taller when we bow.
6. No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.
7. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
8. What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
9. Enemy-occupied territory — that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.
10. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.
11. When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.
12. He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.
13. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
14. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is a megaphone to rouse a dead world.
15. (The Christian) does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.
Let me know which ones you liked best or whether you have your own favourites, that I haven’t mentioned.