Christian, women

CS Lewis Called It “A Mistaken Preference”

Being popular doesn’t make something right. (I can think of a lot of popular ideas that aren’t right. Can’t you?) Yet, Women’s Bible Study groups often delve into the latest Christian Best Seller. How do we know if these books are theologically sound? C.S. Lewis wrote a profound passage about this very thing.

This mistaken preference for the modern books and this shyness of the old ones is nowhere more rampant than in theology.

CS Lewis (1898 – 1963)

Lewis explains why this preference for the new books is a mistake. His words are even more applicable today than when they were written.

I found this passage, when reading Pam Larson’s excellent blog, Knowing God Through His Word … Day by Day. I found it so applicable to today’s Christian woman, I was compelled to repost it. It is definitely something we should think about.

This mistaken preference for the modern books and this shyness of the old ones is nowhere more rampant than in theology. Wherever you find a little study circle of Christian laity you can be almost certain that they are studying not St. Luke or St. Paul or St. Augustine or Thomas Aquinas or Hooker or Butler, but M. Berdyaev or M. Maritain or M. Niebuhr or Miss Sayers or even myself.
Now this seems to me topsy-turvy. Naturally, since I myself am a writer, I do not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books. But if he must read only the new or only the old, I would advise him to read the old. And I would give him this advice precisely because he is an amateur and therefore much less protected than the expert against the dangers of an exclusive contemporary diet. A new book is still on its trial and the amateur is not in a position to judge it. It has to be tested against the great body of Christian thought down the ages, and all its hidden implications (often unsuspected by the author himself) have to be brought to light.

Where they are true they will give us truths which we half knew already. Where they are false they will aggravate the error with which we are already dangerously ill. The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books. Not, of course, that there is any magic about the past. People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us. Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction. To be sure, the books of the future would be just as good a corrective as the books of the past, but unfortunately we cannot get at them.

CS Lewis

This is from CS Lewis’ Introduction to the book, Athanasius’ On the Incarnation. You can read the entire introduction here.

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,  so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,” Philippians 1:9-10 ESV

With Love, Cindy

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Christian, women

Friday’s Verse, 5/14/21

“Pray for peace in Jerusalem.
    May all who love this city prosper.
O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls
    and prosperity in your palaces.
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say,
    “May you have peace.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.” Psalm 122:6-9 NLT

With Love, Cindy

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A Verse for Meditation, 5/13/21

“But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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Christian, women

God’s Sabbath

This morning, I read a beautiful piece on entering God’s rest. It presents a truth that is sound, yet not so obvious. I’m so glad I came across it. You will be, too. Read it here: God’s Sabbath

With Love, Cindy

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Tuesday’s Verse, 5/11/21

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8: 1-2 NLT

With Love, Cindy

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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 5/9/21

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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Advice For Writers From Writers

Do you have a strong desire to write about Jesus, what He has done for you, and what you have learned from His Word? I do, too. But good intentions alone don’t make me an inspiring writer. I’ve studied writing since I started blogging in 2017, but that doesn’t mean I’ve reached success – yet.

In fact, I need lots of encouragement and guidance. I collected some quotes and advice that encouraged me to keep working at it, and working at it is the only way to get better. I hope these insights and tips will encourage and help you, too.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well …  If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.” Romans 12: 4-8 NLT

He is at work on your behalf, not to make you a best-seller, but to make you the best tool for His work… It’s about obedience. About writing, because that’s the task He’s given us. It’s about seeking to serve Him and others through the gifts He’s given us. 

~Karen Ball

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

When we set forth the truth plainly and simply through the example of human circumstances and how God works in the lives of everyone, we are leading our readers to a deeper, closer understanding of who Jesus is.

Author unknown

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” Zechariah 4:10 NLT

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper. A friend of mine says that the first draft is the down draft—you just get it down. The second draft is the up draft—you fix it up. You try to say what you have to say more accurately. And the third draft is the dental draft, where you check every tooth, to see if it’s loose or cramped or decayed, or even, God help us, healthy.”

Anne Lamott

Some New (to me) Writing Tips

  1. Get inspired through research.

Before you begin writing, do some reconnaissance reading. Take notes as you read up on your subject material. Ideas will form as you research. Once you’ve jumped into the writing process, don’t stop to do more research. Instead, add a placeholder like [RESEARCH] and keep rolling. You can come back to finalize facts and add references when your first draft is finished.

2. Empathize with the reader.

Empathy can improve all kinds of writing. Take the time to put yourself in your reader’s place. Are you preaching to them, or are you engaging them by showing that you relate to their feelings and experiences?

3. Be fascinated in order to be fascinating.

The more interested you are about the subject you’re writing about, the more intrigued your readers will be with what you’ve written.

4. Don’t use unnecessary words and phrases. (This is a biggie!)

Every word needs to have a purpose in your writing, and there are plenty that don’t contribute anything but clutter. Get rid of them! 31 Words and Phrases You No Longer Need

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I pray that the Lord will help us all to encourage one another through writing about Jesus and His love.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord …. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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