Originally published in 2010, the C.S. Lewis Bible: For Reading, Reflection, and Inspiration (Zondervan, 2021) is now re-typeset in Zondervan’s exclusive NRSV Comfort Print® typeface using the Protestant canon of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible translation.
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The NRSV C.S. Lewis Bible features readings composed of selections from bestselling author C.S. Lewis’ celebrated spiritual classics including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, A Grief Observed, The Weight of Glory, and The Abolition of Man, as well as letters, poetry, fiction, and Lewis’ less-familiar works.
Lewis, one of the most thought-provoking and influential Christian writers of the 20th century, provides insight and inspiration for readers that remains relevant today. Following is an example reflection for James 1:5–8
Faith—A Necessary Virtue
Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods “where they get off,” you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion. Consequently one must train the habit of Faith. The first step is to recognize the fact that your moods change. The next is to make sure that, if you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious readings and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed. And as a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away? —from Mere Christianity
Features of the C.S. Lewis Bible: For Reading, Reflection, and Inspiration include:
- The text of the New Revised Standard Version (Protestant canon), vetted by an ecumenical pool of Christian academics and renowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability
- Over 600 selections from C.S. Lewis’ writings, placed next to Scripture for contemplation and devotional reading
- Essays on C.S. Lewis’ view of Scripture and journey of faith
- Indexes to C.S. Lewis’ writings
- Double-column format
- Exclusive Zondervan NRSV Comfort Print typeface
- 10-point print size.
Clive Staples Lewis was born in 1898. Known as “Jack” by his friends, Lewis and his good friend J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, were part of the writer’s club, The Inklings, who would meet at a local pub to discuss story ideas. Lewis’ fascination with fairytales, myths, and ancient legends coupled with inspiration drawn from his childhood led him to write The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, one of the best-loved books of all time. Six further books in the immensely popular Chronicles of Narnia series followed, and the final title, The Last Battle, received the Carnegie Award, one of the highest marks of excellence in children’s literature.
Set in Comfort Print typeface, this New Revised Standard Version Bible offers a smooth reading experience that complements the foremost Bible translation vetted by Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Jewish scholars. Renowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability, the NRSV faithfully serves the church in personal spiritual formation, in the liturgy, and in the academy.
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