Word After Word After Word

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” – C. S. Lewis

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C. S. Lewis

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” – C. S. Lewis

It is my hope that this blog will help both children and adults enjoy reading, and find truth.

C. S. Lewis has said much about the worth of books and words. His words have become important in my life. As a young boy, I was given the gift of words by my mom and dad. I can’t remember the times I was real young, but my mom said that I would sit on her lap for hours. As a public speaker, my dad showed me how words could be used also in large groups to bring truth and life to those present. Words have kept and guided me throughout my life.  There are the words of Jesus, that are spirit and life to our souls, the words of Dostoevsky that show us the truth in a deeper and artistic way, and there are the words of Jeffrey Kinney that make us laugh as kids and adults.

I just finished reading The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller. I highly recommend this book as one that uses words in the proper, life and spirit giving way. Keller has become one of my favorite communicators as his thoughts and words spill into my life. He has a way of making the deep truths palatable and just plain common sense. I checked the book out from the public library, so I wrote my notes by hand. At the end my notes totalled 8 pages.

The Keller’s come at this marriage issue from the right place. Basically, the author says that if I can treat my self-centerdness as the main problem in the marriage, I can have the prospect of a truly great marriage. There is no glossing over of the problem of sin and how God must be an integral part of all marriages.

Keller has paved new ground with his teaching on marriage. There is a plethora of marriage books out there, all with the same stories and the same steps. In The Meaning of Marriage, I found ideas and truths that I’d never read about before. His chapter on the power of marriage speaks about the covenant or promise that is made when we wed, and how that can be so life-giving to the whole of the union.

To anyone anticipating the joy of marriage or searching for greater joy in marriage, get this book.


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