Lewis on the Christian Life: Becoming Truly Human in the Presence of God

By Joe Rigney, Series edited by Stephen J. Nichols, Justin Taylor

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Lewis on the Christian Life: Becoming Truly Human in the Presence of God

By Joe Rigney, Series edited by Stephen J. Nichols, Justin Taylor

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The writings of C. S. Lewis have influenced countless Christians over the course of many decades, offering readers intellectually satisfying answers to life's biggest questions and challenging them to walk in faith and obedience. Mining popular titles such as Mere Christianity and the Screwtape Letters, as well as lesser-known works such as Till We Have FacesThe Great Divorce, and the Space Trilogy, professor Joe Rigney reveals the undercurrents of Lewis's insights that have shaped how his readers view spirituality, sin, and sanctification. Exploring key themes that run throughout Lewis's diverse literary corpus, Rigney offers readers a deeper understanding of how Lewis's fascinating insights on the Christian life can lead them to a deeper awareness of God's presence and work in their own lives.

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Joe Rigney

Joe Rigney (PhD, University of Chester) is president of Bethlehem College & Seminary and a teacher for desiringGod.org. He is a husband, father of three, and a pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also the author of a number of books, including The Things of Earth; Strangely Bright; and More Than a Battle: How to Experience Victory, Freedom, and Healing from Lust.

Product Details

Title: Lewis on the Christian Life
Subtitle: Becoming Truly Human in the Presence of God
Published: April 30, 2018
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5055-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5055-3
Category: History & Biography
Christian Living
Retail Price: $21.99
Binding: Paperback
Trim: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Page Count: 320

Table of Contents

Series Preface

  1. The Choice: The Unavoidable Either–Or
  2. The Gospel: God Came Down
  3. Theology: A Map to Ultimate Reality
  4. The Gospel Applied: Good Infection and Good Pretending
  5. The Devil: The Proud and Bent Spirit
  6. The Church: Worshiping with Christ’s Body
  7. Prayer: Practicing the Presence of God
  8. A Grand Mystery: Divine Providence and Human Freedom
  9. Pride and Humility: Enjoying and Contemplating Ourselves
  10. Christian Hedonics: Beams of Glory and the Quest for Joy
  11. Reason and Imagination: Truth, Meaning, and the Life of Faith
  12. Healthy Introspection: The Precarious Path to Self-Knowledge
  13. The Natural Loves: Affection, Friendship, and Eros
  14. Divine Love: Putting the Natural Loves in Their Place
  15. Hell: The Outer Darkness
  16. Heaven: Further Up and Further In
  17. Orual’s Choice: Discovering Her True Face

Lewis Works Cited
General Index
Scripture Index


“Joe Rigney has written an engaging book that artfully pulls together much of what C. S. Lewis had to say about living for the glory of Jesus Christ. Drawing upon Lewis’s books, essays, and letters, Rigney offers an insightful overview of the author’s teaching on Christian discipleship.”
Lyle W. Dorsett, Director Emeritus, Marion E. Wade Center; Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism Emeritus, Beeson Divinity School; author, And God Came In and Seeking the Secret Place

“There may be no more important cultural question today than what it means to be human, and as Joe Rigney says early in this book, C. S. Lewis continues to be refreshing and unique on this question and so many others. Rigney’s ability to reintroduce Lewis to readers is refreshing, unique, and on full display in this book.”
John Stonestreet, President, The Colson Center; coauthor, A Practical Guide to Culture

“C. S. Lewis gets to the heart of the human condition, and Joe Rigney gets to the heart of C. S. Lewis. Here is a much-needed book that offers a clear and concise overview of Lewis’s vision for the Christian life. Rigney’s take on Lewis is appreciative where deserved, critical where necessary, and always insightful in its application.”
Trevin Wax, author, This Is Our Time

“A thoughtful, lucid, and beautiful exposition of a magnificent writer. Whether you are relatively new to C. S. Lewis or have read all his books, Joe Rigney will show you ideas and connections that are easily missed, and increase your appreciation for Lewis’s insights on the Christian life.”
Andrew Wilson, Teaching Pastor, King’s Church London

“C. S. Lewis’s theology is a mix of faithfulness to the creeds, brilliant analogies, rare good sense, and, unfortunately, a few areas of doctrinal weakness. Joe Rigney’s book Lewis on the Christian Life accurately reports Lewis’s theology as it relates to practical Christian living. He does an excellent job of bringing out the good sense and carrying on a respectful but critical conversation with Lewis about those shortcomings. The end result is a book that will help you understand Lewis and practice the Christian life. This is a book I’m glad I read and one that you will want to read. I recommend it with enthusiasm.”
Donald T. Williams, R. A. Forrest Scholar, Toccoa Falls College; author, Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis