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Mere Christianity

Written by: C.S. Lewis
Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
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One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide.

This audiobook brings together C. S. Lewis' legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to "explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times."

Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, Mere Christianity provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

©1980 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
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An Excellent Introduction

C.S Lewis has a brilliant mind, but if you delve into his more philosophical and complex works- I've tried many times to work my way through Miracles, but haven't managed to reach the end- it can be difficult for the casual reader or listener to make headway. None of that is a problem here however, as C.S Lewis puts his brilliant mind towards the unenviable task of communicating what Christianity is in a logical, relatable, accessible and understandable manner. Not so much for Christians already made, but for those who are curious and want to learn more about it.

Yet despite the challenge he measures up to it well, tackling questions like what is morality, why we can believe a solid one exists, why it points to the existence of a God or gods, and why the God of the Bible specifically makes sense (and this is just the first third of the book!), with apparent ease. More over, the chapters are all rather concise; something easy to take 10 minutes (sometimes less) to read on your own, and reflect on, so it's quite digestible.

Moreover, this audiobook version specifically is excellently done: Julian Rhind-Tutt reads in a steadying, reassuring and intelligent voice that carries that perfect note of introspection when he speaks. If it weren't for there being an actual recording of Lewis available at present, his voice to me would be the perfect one to represent Lewis. Before you know it, you find yourself drawn into the arguments he as Lewis' proxy presents to you the listener, and 10 to 20 minutes will go by before you know it.

So, whether you be a Christian looking for a good audiobook or not a Christian but wanting a clear and digestible way to explore it, this audiobook comes highly recommended. :)

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Second best book I've read yet!

I wish I had read this masterpiece years ago. I am thankful I have finally read this great book. I will be giving it to everyone from this day forward.

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Absolutely logical!

This book has been mind blowing for me. I found the depth of the intellect very insightful. If anyone is willing to accept logic at it's most basic than as the sum in an arithmetic can only come to one correct answer, so there is only one God over all.

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Excellent help in understanding being a Christian

CS Lewis was a brilliant thinker, and his explanation of how to live your life with Christ reflects that. An excellent explanation of Christianity

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very deep and practical

Well read. easy to listen to. very clear in wording. a book every Christian should read.

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amazing book

In an easy way it guid to peactical steps toward understanding the real meaning of Christianity

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Probably one of my favorite books.

Honestly I recommend anyone who has any interest in Christianity reads this book. Whether or not you are a Christian, or just have a vague interest in Christian theology, Lewis makes complex theological ideas simple.

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Top of my suggestion list

If you’re starting out as a Christian or better yet thinking of becoming one this is the book for you. It describes what we believe and our roles that we fill. It described God better then I thought possible and answers many questions I had as an atheist, and deeper questions I had when I accepted Christ’s lead. I have a clearer focus on what I’m being asked to do and become. Because of this it’s worth more then its weight in gold.

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Best book I've read this year!!

Really enjoyed reading this book. Dont rush thru it. Take time to digest its content.

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Great!

Amazing book. What a gift for everyone to read. Highly recommended if you’re verging on faith, don’t know much about Christianity or even if you are already a believer

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  • Andrew
  • 2017-07-17

Clear Christianity

First off, I must give Julian Rhind-Tutt's narration five stars. It was easy to understand his words due to excellent diction. Also, when a passionate, or emphasized, word or phrase was to be told, it was delivered very well, sometimes giving goosebumps.

As far as the author, I give C.S. Lewis high praise for the ease in which he explains every idea. No matter what the subject, he'll give an analogy that even the simplest of minds (like mine) will clearly understand. You'll finish listening to the sentence saying "That makes perfect sense."

I was once an atheist (as Lewis was) and this inspired my purchase of the book a while ago. I did not actually read/listen to it - thinking that our different denominations would come into ply - but my pastor gave it as a side-read earlier this month. So, I dove in and I found, despite our different denominations, Lewis explained the path to salvation clearly, with the highest common sense imaginable.

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  • Matthew
  • 2015-06-09

Interesting to an atheist

I enjoyed this book very much. While Lewis hasn't quite converted me to Christianity, he has given me a much deeper and more nuanced understanding of the religion's basic teachings and ideas than I could have ever scrounged up on my own. Overall an enjoyable listen - Julian Rhind-Tutt is delightfully British.

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  • Linda M.
  • 2015-01-30

Mere Christianity, complex ideas in simple terms

C.S. Lewis was a Britt, so it's only fitting to have a British narrator. The content was originally intended for radio, so listening flows naturally. The chapters are short too-- 10--20 minutes. A great starter!

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  • Todd
  • 2015-01-18

Fabulous. A must read!

Fabulous. A must read! This book is all "meat" and not a quick listen; the kind where you listen to a chapter or two a day and let it digest. I highly recommend it!

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  • Austin
  • 2015-02-24

incredible

Narrator speaks at the perfect pace. Easy to understand and very powerful. A must read for everyone Christian or not

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  • John
  • 2015-04-11

Good theology and logical analysis

Good explanation and I loved the logical analysis and theology. He has a very good way of explaining the complicated in a simplified easy to understand way.

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  • bb
  • 2015-04-03

Excellent Explainations

Where does Mere Christianity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is about the best for this type of genre.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mere Christianity?

The book explained things that puzzle some people about Christianity with simple, clear, well thought out explanations.

Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favorite?

No characters in this book. Did a good job of reading nonfiction book.

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

I wanted to stop and relisten to it so I could digest what was being said.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best books on Christianity that I have every read. It is well worth the time and money. I recommend the kindle companion with this book.

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  • Anna Marie B. Oakes
  • 2015-06-02

wonderful. life-changing. eye-opening.

so easy to listen and let it wash over you. so simple. so true. put into such simple terms that make complete sense. very Orthodox in it's truth

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  • Richard
  • 2015-09-09

Great christian insights from another era

Lewis makes some good points in this but also a few mundane ones. Overall, it makes for a nice and easy listen.

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  • Pastor Ehrich
  • 2015-09-08

timeless book

Would you consider the audio edition of Mere Christianity to be better than the print version?

no i still like the print but i love being able to listen while i drive and to have it on in the back ground while i work

Any additional comments?

every time i read this book i learn something new. i picked up this audio book to add to my devotional time. and i am glad i did

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