YIMC Book Club — It’s the Anglican by a Nose!

Posted by Webster 
The polls closed at 3 a.m.! How did that happen, you may ask, given that Webster and Frank are in the Eastern time zone and set the time limit for midnight? Must have been some chicanery in Chicago! But however it happened C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity is the next YIM Catholic Book Club selection by a final margin of 39–37 over the runner-up. You can all begin reading.

My final post on Chesterton’s Orthodoxy will be published this Thursday, and Frank will lead the discussion of Lewis, beginning next week. He will finalize the schedule and decide how we break down Lewis’s 33 chapters into readable chunks.

Reed of God by Caryll Houselander garnered 17 votes and Barabbas by Par Lagerkvist only 6 votes. Meanwhile, the runner-up that many of you wanted, The Great Heresies by Hillaire Belloc, will be our next selection.

The picture illustrating this post is C. S. Lewis reading, not Warren Jewell gloating.

  • Mary P.

    Oh, thank you! I came down to my computer this morning to a note from my son, saying he wanted to discuss Mere Christianity with me. He's 21, and searching for God's place in his life. So my prayer was answered, even though SOMEONE didn't want to put it in with the prayer requests!(Only kidding, Webster! But I really was praying. See? It works.)

  • Webster Bull

    Mary, I'm embarrassed to say I don't know what you mean about no putting this in with the prayer requests. Getting old and forgetful, I am, maybe? Anyway, so glad that this will be the right read in your life right now. I'm looking forward to it too.

  • Anonymous

    I might know what Mary is referring to…When I post a comment, I have to post it twice – on the 2nd attempt, I get the "code" I have to type in, and then it always goes through. Perhaps this was her first time commenting? I had thought of mentioning this to you – think of all the comments you might be missing! I have a Mac, if this helps.S.

  • Mary P.

    Thank you, S.! I have a Mac, too, and I used to say they help with everything except answer the phone. Except now, with my iPhone, they do! Yet another prayer answered? I don't know about that one. But I'm thrilled that my son wants to discuss Lewis, and now those VERY sharp, finely tuned minds at YIMC will, at EXACTLY the right time, be there to help me! THAT is a prayer answered. Seriously. Thank You, God! And I am still praying for those other, very serious prayer requests.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Howdy anonymous: Mac users, that's me and Webster. Sometimes "blogger" has a mind of it's own and occasionally when posting (or attempting!) a comment you get a "hang-fire". The immediate action (Marine speak again) is:Hit "preview", look it over, and then fire. The comment should leave the chamber and head our way.I hope this helps.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Webster, I could have sworn that was a younger, beardless WJ in the photo smiling at me!

  • Maria

    Warren: victory is sweet, aint it?

  • Webster Bull

    Now, Maria, now, Warren be nice. Frank was backing Belloc, and he's leading the discussion. Who's to say everyone's comments will even be…published! :-)

  • Mary P.

    Who indeed?

  • Warren Jewell

    Please, please – hold any applause – the good Lord and ole Clive Staples himself have had more to do with it since, as it felt to me, we are going to be surprisingly pleased about something(s) in our reading of Lewis' book.Of the picture, I know that that is CSL the storyteller being the storyteller. He looks cozy, doesn't he? Now, when I tell stories, being gesturally Italianate – pass that last duo-descriptive on to Anu Garg – I need both hands free, or I go mute. I may be reading a book, but I'm likely to fumble around with it. There is rarely much cozy about me storytelling – more guffaws, groans at an old silly's corniness and other cheerful charms.One last thing: is there any 'procedure' to follow in our book-club 'discussion'? Like, when to start and when it will end, what anticipated, how to harmonize and cooperate, why we do what we do, whether a yellow flag will be thrown for infractions, or a yellow brick, etc.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Warren: He better be bringing his "Little Deuce Coupe".

  • Maria

    Sorry, Frank. We ARE with you. LOL Warren. As in laughing-out-loud. Can you tell that I grew up with three brothers?

  • James

    Picked up my copy of the Lewis book this morning. It looks to be a very interesting read. I also have to enter twice before being able to 'fire' my comments but I'm not sure that my Mac is what's responsible for that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    James: There are also browser issues (Firefox, Safari, IE) with the window as well. If anyone has a step by step description of the problems, e-mail me to them by clicking on my profile and shooting me a note.

  • Sandy

    I'm psyched to read this book! Maybe Reed of God later…

  • EPG

    I _always_ have to enter twice if I'm entering from my desktop at work. I generally don't if I'm using my laptop. Windows XP in both cases, so I can't say there is any rhyme or reason in it.As for the selection of "Mere Christianity," I did vote for Belloc, as I hadn't read him before, and I've read a lot of Lewis (and this book at least a half dozen times). But I'm looking forward to the discussion.BTW, I have to smile at the book club choices so far. Although Chesterton ended up a Catholic, he was still an Anglican when he wrote "Orthodoxy." And not only did Lewis remain Church of England to the end, he is held up as a paragon my many Evangelicals as well. As a roving Anglican, I can't help but be pleased, and I _do_ look forward to some Catholic perspectives on this fine little book.

  • Webster Bull

    EPG, In RCIA I was puzzled by the apparent reverence of Catholics for Lewis. Our teacher finally explained: "We Catholics view Lewis like Moses: he got to the border of the Promised Land but never crossed over."

  • EPG

    Now _that_ is a big grin. :)In truth, however, I think you are on to something, because Lewis did have a sacramental approach, which appears to have grown stronger in the last few years of his life. That becomes more apparent in some of later works, however. There is another reason why both Catholics and Protestants share an appreciation of Lewis. He was devoted to explaining and promoting "mere" Christianity, and therefore far more concerned with what we have in common as Christians, and what distinguishes us from the non-Christian world, than what divides us within Christianity. But you'll all see that from the book . . . Happy reading.


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