He Did It For You: Why C.S. Lewis Did What He Did

by Karen Rowland

Why, along with the Bible, does the cover of Mere Christianity, a book written in 1952 by C.S. Lewis, faithfully call to me from my bed stand?

Maybe it is the relief I felt when I discovered it for the first time in 2009 and found fresh thoughts for our daughter in college who was looking for resources along with Scripture to help herself and those around her, pondering the reality of faith in God and Christ.

Maybe it is the assortment of themes Lewis tackles in short, easy-to-ponder bites, with wit and clarity—I can enjoy it in short, seven-minute spurts, one essay at a time; or I can devour whole sections on Charity, Hope and Faith.

Maybe it is because he has become a mentor of sorts; he has encouraged me to ask questions and to think more deeply. For example, what are desires? And what helps me decide which desire to fulfill?

Lewis points out that deciding “which desire I choose obey is different from the actual desires themselves” (p. 10). I have many desires, along with the power and responsibility to choose.

Jesus’ brother James agrees in James 1:13-14:

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

Dr. John S. Barnett, of Discover the Book Ministries (dtbm.org) says, “You have the life you chose.” We don’t have infinite choices, but we have choices every day, hour, and minute, and those choices lead to habits, character, and legacy.

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He Did It For You: Why C.S. Lewis Did What He Did