Letters to Malcom

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Letters to Malcom

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Dec 5, 2016, 8:10pm

This book, copyrighted first in 1963, the year of Lewis' death, seems to me to have been unfinished by Lewis, but published anyway by His estate. There is no preface or introduction, which Lewis almost always provided, and there are numerous comments which seem tentative and almost provocative, as if Lewis was more interested in challenging and encouraging a friend than in public Evangelism. I would be delighted to hear what others think.
Despite a number of sections to which I would take exception, I think the book is very interesting, enjoyable to read, and I recommend it and all Lewis' Evangelization highly.
I tried to enter this book in my list of books, but couldn't find it in the list that came up, neither in the UK library nor the Library of Congress--nor Amazon (I admit I haven't taken the time to enter the LOC cat card #). Is that what I must do next?

Edited: Dec 5, 2016, 10:01pm

I think I read Letters to Malcolm many years ago, but I don't really remember it. I should probably keep an eye out for a copy so I can read it again.

I was able to find several editions when I searched the title using the Library of Congress. You might also want to try searching Overcat, which I understand looks up successful previous searches by LibraryThing members. I do see a typo in your subject line above ("Malcom" rather than "Malcolm"); if your search had the same typo, that might explain the lack of results. Good luck finding the edition of the book you want; sometimes that can be difficult.

Dec 6, 2016, 3:16am

Overcat gives many results.

Edited: Dec 6, 2016, 2:48pm

I read Letters to Malcolm nearly 20 years ago and it was a wonderful experience. I felt uplifted through the entire book. It may have been my introduction to Lewis, and it's been a love-in ever since.

Edited: Dec 6, 2016, 2:00pm

Thanks to all for comments, please forgive my proofreading shortcomings. I'm off to self-correct, and hopefully to future improvement. But I'll leave a good quotation from p11 of Malcolm...
"For me (Lewis) words (of Prayer) are secondary. They are only an anchor. Or, shall I say, they are the movements of a conductor's baton: not the music. They serve to canalise the worship or penitence or petition which might without them--such are our minds--spread into wide and shallow puddles. It does not matter much who first put them (the words of Prayer) together. If they are our own words they will soon, by unavoidable repetition, harden into a formula. If they are someone else's, we shall continually pour into them our own meaning."
Anybody know whether I can correct the title of this thread?

Dec 6, 2016, 2:02pm

Not any more. There is a short window when the topic is first created.

Dec 7, 2016, 12:19pm

thanks, I'll be more careful.