She is straight forward in writing about the truth. She includes herself in the need to understand and act on truth, which is encouraging to a reader. I most liked the parts she wrote on materialism. Her discussion is so apropos for American Christianity today. So many Christians implore God to save their economic capitalism as if that is what most concerns God.
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She is straight forward in writing about the truth. She includes herself in the need to understand and act on truth, which is encouraging to a reader. I most liked the parts she wrote on materialism. Her discussion is so apropos for American Christianity today.
So many Christians implore God to save their economic capitalism as if that is what most concerns God. Her critique of this position was spot on.
Her examples may not be modern, but her points are still valid. So valid, I would recommend this book to any Christian today. She has a lot to say to us today that rings true and if we would listen to her, we would become more Christlike Christians.
By the way, the information in Goodreads about this book is wrong, C. Two years later they were married nominally, before the Administration, and four years later really, before God. This is a quotable quote from this book that I have selected as a sample. Lewis, que es uno de mis autores favoritos. Adjunto una cita de este libro que he seleccionado como muestra. January 1, Hansen Wendlandt Romans and the Psalms are pretty important. After that, what is the next book a Christian should read?
Quite simply, Joy Davidman has written such a clear description of Biblical guidance for discipleship and a defense of the very relevance of the Bible for modern living, that an Romans and the Psalms are pretty important. Quite simply, Joy Davidman has written such a clear description of Biblical guidance for discipleship and a defense of the very relevance of the Bible for modern living, that anyone interested in faith—-any religion, any commitment, any complaints—-must read this classic.
Few passages of Scripture are more famous, or infamous, than the Ten Commandments. Their content and purpose, however, are so often distorted, misunderstood or ignored, that they can seem little more than a relic of Christendom, some awkward artifact that may have mattered in some society, somewhere, but not today.
This is the sort of book that can compel one reader to devour it in one sitting, and another to pause and to reflect at nearly every page excepting some saccharine moments in the last chapter. Her analysis is packed with truth, the sort of truth that we know so deeply in our hearts that we never can or do put words to it.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Smoke is how modern it is at all. She married CS Lewis in And yet, this is no post-modern or sneaky contemporary manipulation of Scripture. No, they must not. Our ideas are killing us spiritually. Often enough our situation demands a special interpretation, but usually our shared human nature receives the same message.
Like us, they could obey it blindly or reject it blindly; but they could not possibly make sense of it. It is just too good for me to summarize! We obey our desires and beliefs, addictions, influences and values with barely a second thought.
For us, resisting hyper-capitalism might be safer but seems just as foreign. It is a psychological attitude that governs his whole life, and a very murderous attitude… If we are to be saved, it will not be by wood, however well carved or polished; nor by machines, however efficient; nor by social planning, however ingenious.
If we are to be saved, it must be by the one power that is built into a man at his beginning and that he does not have to make with his hands-—the power of the Holy Spirit, which is God.
And let us be honest about it: our modern cities have created a society in which children are in the way. Davidman is almost hopeless, that we can do any more than offer more leisure—-today we call it quality time, and we all know how hard that is to find—and remind us that the best things in life are relationships.
Davidman is careful too careful? Defending one war or protesting one type of health care decision, be it abortion or Obamacare, is not the issue. Whether from naughty pastors, the evil proponents of the current wealth divide, or all of us who slide into the lap of sanctified comfort, no Commandment has been more systematically broken, and defended, than simple 8.
We do not witness merely by not lying, or telling the whole truth, not even by evangelizing well. True witness encompasses our whole being. And when Christ came, his fiercest wrath was for the hypocrite… Let us make note of the hypocrite; we shall meet him again, every last one of us, any time we care to look into the mirror.
We are not happy in the place. Nor, for that matter, can we honestly maintain that we are completely just and peaceful and loving it. To that goal, Christians, we are in a sorry state. Make no mistake: he has already survived everything we can do to him. We men are all thieves who have stolen the self which was meant as a part of God and tried to keep it for ourselves alone. But if we give it up again, we might hear the words he spoke to a penitent thief once: Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Joy Davidman. Westminster Press, Phil. I found this to be an extraordinary book. The chapters towards the end struck me very hard as being contemporary! See p. Much deeper is the notion that truth does not exist, which is the background for habitual lying. And finally, Ch. She is thought-provoking…7 Forward by CS Lewis. This makes her approach extremely interesting to the reclaimed apostates of my own generation; the daring paradoxes of our youth were the stale platitudes of hers.
Love, art, and altruism are only sex. The universe is only matter. Matter is only energy. We shall try to be negatively good, and make a virtue of misery; plume ourselves on the rejection of delights for which we are too weak, measure our piety by the number of pleasures we prohibit. Not a bit of it. To be Christian is to be reborn, and free, and unafraid, and immortally young.
We have inherited two thousand years of Cristian tradition; we have inherited, also, that innate moral sense of all mankind which makes even the most corrupt of us yearn vaguely for something better than himself to serve. And so we disguise the beast in the heart as a worthy cause; we borrow some shining virtue from heaven to robe in in, and make it into a false gd.
We proclaim that man will find salvation in art or science or education, in ending poverty or ending prejudice, in world government or in no government at all — everywhere but in the knowledge of the One. They are hybrid creatures, our beast gods. Their strength comes from the true God, their weakness from disguised self-worship. We call them by such names as human dignity, world peace, and freedom from want.
And we revere them so deeply that we scream with horror when some iconoclast points out that at best they are means, not ends. But if we make them our sole ends, they may easily become strong fiends. The atheist gives himself wholly to his worthy cause, often achieving a burning singleness of purpose that makes him seem more religious than the religious; witness the whole-souled devotion for which the churches often envy the Communists. For the churchman is not capable of this evil simplicity.
His heart is divided; he wants to worship both God and the beast. Our earthly loves and joys are meant to lead us to Christ, and we may certainly ask the Christ in whom we believe to preserve them for us. Yet this is very different from using Christ without believing in him—from making Christian doctrine into a propaganda weapon, a pep talk to hearten us to go out and fight for good old materialism. If we are reviving religion only in order to defend our own works, from the American Constitution down to the famous American blueberry [pie, we are in effect asking Christ to save our idols for us.
And perhaps the two adjectives are really one; perhaps a society must be honest in order to be workable. Said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer. We must pray to face our fear honestly.
The book is dedicated to C. Lewis and she discussed some of the sections she was writing with him via letters. I found it hard to pay attention sometimes to her point because I was reeling from the "point" she had just made with some significant force.
January 1, N. I must admit that I, too, read this book because, I thought, whoever C. Lewis my favourite author chooses for a wife must be a remarkable woman.
Indeed, she was! January 1, Debbie In college, when I studied the works of C. Lewis, I stumbled across this book by his wife. She brings a fresh perspective to something that - I fear - too many of us have become complacent January 1,
And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. THERE is a tale told of a missionary in a dark comer of Africa where the men had a habit of filing their teeth to sharp points. He was hard at work trying to convert a native chief. Now the chief was very old, and the missionary was very Old Testament-his version of Christianity leaned heavily on thou-shalt-nots. The savage listened patiently.
Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments
Helen Joy Davidman Mrs. Lewis A Portrait by Lyle W. Lewis went public with his conversion and commitment to Jesus Christ, controversy hounded him until his death. Fashionable agnostics dubbed him "Heavy Lewis," liberal Christians reviled him for his lack of theological sophistication, and fundamentalists attacked his interpretation of scripture and his ecumenical charity towards most Christian traditions. But neither these issues nor a host of other contentions stirred up anything like the furor that surrounded his marriage to Helen Joy Davidman. In the mind of many of C. But to make matters worse, she was an American divorcee who also happened to be Jewish and the mother of two boys.
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Her parents, Joseph Davidman and Jeanette Spivack married , arrived in America in the late 19th century. Davidman grew up in the Bronx with her younger brother, Howard, and with both parents employed, even during the Great Depression. She was provided with a good education, piano lessons and family vacation trips. I was an atheist and the daughter of an atheist". She read H. She wrote about the influence of these stories: "They developed in me a lifelong taste for fantasy, which led me years later to C. Lewis, who in turn led me to religion.