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The Weight of Glory

Written by: C. S. Lewis
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Selected from sermons delivered by C. S. Lewis during World War II, these nine addresses show the beloved author and theologian bringing hope and courage in a time of great doubt. "The Weight of Glory", considered by many to be Lewis’s finest sermon of all, is an incomparable explication of virtue, goodness, desire, and glory.

Also included are: “Transposition”, “On Forgiveness”, “Why I Am Not a Pacifist”, and “Learning in War-Time”, in which Lewis presents his compassionate vision of Christianity in language that is both lucid and compelling.

Clive Staples (C. S.) Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than 30 books, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

©1949 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.; renewed 1976, revised 1980 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“Lewis combines a novelist’s insights into motives with a profound religious understanding.” ( New York Times Book Review)

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  • Lyle
  • 17-01-12

Indispensible Lewis

Would you consider the audio edition of The Weight of Glory to be better than the print version?

Both are wonderful
Since Weight of Glory was a sermon - it's great to hear it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Weight of Glory?

Lewis's logic in Why I am not a Pacifist

What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

easy to understand and done with appropriate emotion.

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  • Mark
  • 20-04-15

Love this book

This is a book I will listen to over and over and over again. I've never read an author who could say so much with so few words.

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  • OldWolf
  • 23-05-15

Amazed

I was totally amazed, I must admit , by all the stories that I have listened to here. Being my first time listening to Lewis's writings I loved the way he describes his thoughts on christiananty. Lewis writings make you think.

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  • Knitting Nerd
  • 23-11-13

Thought provoking and deeply encouraging

Wonderful selection of Lewis' writings, full of encouragement and deep thought. The title essay is particularly valuable and made me long to know Jesus better.

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  • Jim
  • 13-04-15

Good and insightful

A lot of good theology in this, I felt some of this was a little over my head though. Xxx

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  • Dan
  • 08-07-12

Amazing

If you could sum up The Weight of Glory in three words, what would they be?

This book can change your life, this is CS Lewis at his finest.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Weight of Glory?

First chapter

What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

The perfect voice of CS Lewis

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Greatness

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  • Seth
  • 28-05-15

CS Lewis...always worth a read (or listen)

CS Lewis...always worth a read (or listen) in my opinion. I'm constantly being challenged and inspired by Lewis' profound statements and analyses of the human heart.

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  • llandeb
  • 23-03-17

more than worth the time

I have listened to this many times. deep challenging thoughts. has impacted my life and walk with God

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  • ZenBowman
  • 24-02-17

Sublime

Lewis' understanding and application of theology to life is unparalleled. Both his faith and his power of reason come across brilliantly.

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  • Audra Dorie
  • 31-05-16

Love

Probably one of my favorite book ever. Incredibly insightful. He makes you see the world, the Lord, and purpose of life in clear focus. Grateful for this work.

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  • Philip D.
  • 27-01-19

Profoundly influential.

It doesn't get much more significant than much of what is examined in this. Lewis floods so much seemingly ordinary stuff with huge quantities of biblical light.

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  • rebecca
  • 11-04-17

thoughtful and comforting insights

loved the insights on Christian faith and how we should become better Christians finding peavey through love, courage and humility

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  • Catherine
  • 04-01-17

A Gem

If you could sum up The Weight of Glory in three words, what would they be?

Challenging, edifying and refreshing.

What did you like best about this story?

C.S Lewis is very thorough in his arguments. I particularly like these sermons because I find they show common sense, logic and because in it Lewis recognises qualities that are natural to humans - something we as a society seem to find increasingly difficult to do and express. I am grateful to have found these.

What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ralph Cosham reads beautifully and with understanding. Because he reads with understanding the content is easier to understand.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but only because it contains too many new concepts for me to take in all at once.

Any additional comments?

The only change I would suggest is that some of the more complex ideas involving a comparison or summary of ideas could be read more slowly to allow the listener more time to take them in. Quite often I had to replay Lewis's principles to comprehend them, and to see if I agreed with them - for example, at the end of chapter 9: "No man who values originality will ever be original, but try to tell the truth as you see it, try to do any bit of work as well as it can be done, for the work's sake, and what men call originality will come unsought." But I would probably have had to reread this comparison of related ideas in a book, so it's no probably more a symptom of my coming across a new set of ideas. Still, if they had been read a little more slowly it would have been easier to hit the pause button and find the point from where to listen again - several complex sets of ideas were read very quickly.

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  • Amos Voltz
  • 29-09-19

Application

Comprehensive and very thought provoking. I will visit this text again,to glean more knowledge and wisdom.