I enjoyed my reread of Mere Christianity probably more than I enjoyed my first (and second) read of it. C.S. Lewis is just a master at capturing his points with analogies. It was a difficult book for our book club, and we all wished we’d split the book into two meetings, or just read part of it.
I ended up reading it at a fairly speedy pace, since someone borrowed my book and I didn’t get it back until about three days before book club. (I didn’t finish all of it before the meeting.) This is not a good way to read Mere Christianity. While his analogies are well thought out, the concepts were quite challenging: he’s trying to capture the basic doctrines of Christianity as explained to a non-Christian. I do believe he succeeds, though I don’t think he’s going to convince anyone to become Christian who doesn’t want to be convinced.
There is so much depth in Mere Christianity, though, that I want to continue to revisit it, this time much slower. Maybe I’ll read a chapter a day and find a favorite quote from each chapter.
Beyond this book, though, I’ve wanted for a time to capture all those great inspiring quotes that classic literature has given me. So, since I have nothing better to do (*sarcasm*), I’ve started a tumblr where I’m going to post some of the inspiring quotes that I’ve come across in books I’m reading. I like how tumblr allows one to queue a number of posts in advance, so that’s why I am gong to use that for now. I don’t intend for tumblr to be a place for comments and discussions, but if one likes a quote he or she can always reblog it at tumblr or tweet it.
I put about two weeks up right now in the queue, from quotes in the books I’ve mentioned on Rebecca Reads in the past. Not all are specifically Christian or faith-based, but I think the quotes I include come from some of the “best books” and give inspiration to the reader in some way. Books in the queue: To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn, So Long a Letter, and so forth.
I also have all my rebeccareid.com feeds leading into a tumblr. That’s mostly for my use, and I don’t know who might care to follow that as well. It has Rebecca Reads, The Classics Circuit, my seldom used photography site, and my once a month posts from my cooking site. I also may expand my Friday Reads tweets on Friday in a tumblr post to give more detail on what I’m reading and planning for the coming weeks.
I realize I haven’t said much about my reread. I don’t really intend this to be a “review” of sorts. I simply want to say I’ve been inspired once again by Mere Christianity and look forward to rereading it, slowly and in depth, for more inspiration.