Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity

Author: C. S. Lewis

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Sometimes I can be clueless. I grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia, but, at seven, had no concept that it was all a metaphor for Christianity.

Still, I’d read The Screwtape Letters one summer when there was nothing else to read, so I was reasonably familiar, I thought, with Lewis’s style.

Then Fr. Bob recommended Mere Christianity as a good introduction to the tenets of the Christian fath, and what I found wasn’t some dry old English guy proselytizing, but a collection of witty radio addresses on the basics of faith.

I’m not sure I’d recommend this to the general public, but if you’re leaning towards the Episcopal church, this should definitely be part of your reading list.

Outside Lies Magic

Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places

Author: John R. Stilgoe

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In the opening paragraph of Outside Lies Magic, author John Stilgoe urges the reader to go outside, take a walk, and pay attention to everything.

And he means everything – everything from the architectural style of barns to the pattern of coffee-shop locations, to the pick-up times on blue mailboxes.

This book challenges us to go outside, explore our neighborhoods, and find the magic in everyday things.