Title: Mere Christianity
Author: C. S. Lewis
Published: HarperCollins 2001
Originally copyright 1952
Mere Christianity is comprised of the following: The Case for Christianity (aka Broadcast Talks) copyright 1942, Christian Behavior copyright 1943, and Beyond Personality copyright 1944.
Mere Christianity is the first non-fiction book of C. S. Lewis' that I've read. I've grown up hearing from various people that he is difficult to read, and so perhaps I've procrastinated reading him longer than I should have. Eventually I realized, Hey, I've read Tolstoy--can it be more involved than that? At least C. S. Lewis doesn't have all those crazy Russian names in his books, right?
Now that I've read it, I feel the need to broadcast that it really isn't difficult reading at all (still trying to convince my mother). It is written in a very clear, simple, logical manner. The most difficult part about it is the fact that the subject matter requires you to stay mentally engaged, following his logic. If you are not used to following a logical progression, or reading slowing enough to make sure that you internalize each sentence, then you may indeed have a difficult time understanding the book.
Of the three different sections of the book, Christian Behavior was my favorite, being practical and applicable to daily life. The first and third were more philosophical, which--while enjoyable--seemed to be geared towards a person of a differing viewpoint, and therefore not quite as engaging for me. C. S. Lewis has an approach to Christianity that takes much of the mystery and emotion (that seem so prevalent in many churches) out of the equation, leaving you with and understanding of what true Christian behavior looks like.