The Weight of Glory

  • by C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by Ralph Cosham
  • 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Selected from sermons delivered by C. S. Lewis during World War II, these nine addresses show the beloved author and theologian bringing hope and courage in a time of great doubt. "The Weight of Glory", considered by many to be Lewis’s finest sermon of all, is an incomparable explication of virtue, goodness, desire, and glory.
Also included are: “Transposition”, “On Forgiveness”, “Why I Am Not a Pacifist”, and “Learning in War-Time”, in which Lewis presents his compassionate vision of Christianity in language that is both lucid and compelling.
Clive Staples (C. S.) Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than 30 books, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

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What the Critics Say

“Lewis combines a novelist’s insights into motives with a profound religious understanding.” (New York Times Book Review)

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If you could sum up The Weight of Glory in three words, what would they be?

Challenging, edifying and refreshing.


What did you like best about this story?

C.S Lewis is very thorough in his arguments. I particularly like these sermons because I find they show common sense, logic and because in it Lewis recognises qualities that are natural to humans - something we as a society seem to find increasingly difficult to do and express. I am grateful to have found these.


What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ralph Cosham reads beautifully and with understanding. Because he reads with understanding the content is easier to understand.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but only because it contains too many new concepts for me to take in all at once.


Any additional comments?

The only change I would suggest is that some of the more complex ideas involving a comparison or summary of ideas could be read more slowly to allow the listener more time to take them in. Quite often I had to replay Lewis's principles to comprehend them, and to see if I agreed with them - for example, at the end of chapter 9: "No man who values originality will ever be original, but try to tell the truth as you see it, try to do any bit of work as well as it can be done, for the work's sake, and what men call originality will come unsought." But I would probably have had to reread this comparison of related ideas in a book, so it's no probably more a symptom of my coming across a new set of ideas. Still, if they had been read a little more slowly it would have been easier to hit the pause button and find the point from where to listen again - several complex sets of ideas were read very quickly.

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- Catherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.