Summer is a perfect time for sweet tea, iced coffees, and great books. Being outdoors in the garden, at the lake, or by a pool…it seems I always have a book beside me for entertainment. This week during my vacation, I read Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis.

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If you are reading my Twitter posts, Facebook posts, or newsletter… then you saw me quoting from this C. S. Lewis book. Many of the letters in the book were fascinating. Since I was captivated by the book, I would encourage my friends by sharing highlights and book notes.

What I enjoyed most about Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis was the raw truthfulness of this popular author. Rather than writing words to publish in a book, he wrote personal letters to his friends.

The recipient of these letters was a needy, complaining, and often irritating woman. Yer Mr. Lewis would gently push back and correct her behavior. His response when she provoked him was the role of a professor. Yet he shows endurance in praying for this lady and continued to answer her mail.

Inside these letters, I found pieces of the biography of Mr. Lewis. He writes about war, the monarchy, church division, finding and marrying his wife, and much more. This book is captivating to read.

Quotes From Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis.

“How awful it must have been for poor Lazarus who had actually died, got it all over, and then was brought back—to go through it all, I suppose, a few years later. I think he, not St. Stephen, ought really to be celebrated as the first martyr.” -C. S. Lewis

“The precious alabaster box which one must break over the Holy Feet is one’s heart.” – C. S. Lewis