A Mere Christian

Christian - Non-Fiction
90 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2014
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Author Biography

When C. S. Lewis compiled his World War II radio talks into the book Mere Christianity, I don’t think he understood fully at the time, the profound effect it would have. His book is both apologetic to non-believers as well as to Christians themselves.

I started teaching Mere Christianity to our adult Sunday school class almost a year ago. Not only was it a very rewarding experience, it has spurred me on in my own Christian faith.

What I have found is that not only is Lewis’ work on basement level Christianity important, it is even more important today than it was in his era. As a Christian, my heart breaks for Christians everywhere who are swayed like seaweed with the currents of modern thinking. Unknowingly they are abandoning the very foundational elements of a Biblical relationship as the sharpness of black and white gives way to lukewarm grays of modern thought.

I wrote A Mere Christian to remind fellow Christians of our roots and to bring back the contrast of black and white. We are created by God in whom there is a settled holy nature. He does not change with time. Indeed he is outside of time and unaffected with our frailties.

Our youngest daughter Laura Michelle passed on in April of 2012, and it was just after that when Stacy and I became acutely aware of the toll that our spiritual warfare with her severe debilitating condition had taken on us. We had lovingly cared for her all of her twenty-four years, Stacy during the day, and I at night, and we were tired. We were both strong Christians since early childhood, but like all warriors we needed refreshing.

We had also nearly reached the double nickel of senior citizenship which meant we could see equally as well looking forward our last twenty-five years as all those years before. The combination of events was ripe for a better understanding of God than we ever could have imagined. The result of this is A Mere Christian.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

A Mere Christian by Ron Smith MD is a book with a spiritually uplifting theme. The author has tried to reveal the mystery surrounding God and our beliefs in Him. The author shares what he has learned from Lewis, Chamblin, and others and tries to make God more accessible to people. This book reveals the greatness of God and the author also guides readers in knowing more about their spiritual anatomy and how it works for each of us. He reiterates the fact that God knows everything about each one of us. His closeness to the Church and utmost belief in Christianity form the theme of the book.

The book extensively covers details about God, His infinite power and His presence in our daily lives. The importance of Moral Law and how it works, and how God tries to communicate with us make for interesting topics. The interactions between the three major parts of our spiritual anatomy - body, soul and spirit - are covered in a pragmatic way which makes it easy for readers to digest. Learning about the seven deadly sins and the four cardinal virtues will help readers get their lives back on track. The quotes from the section of the Scriptures known as Beatitudes help in sizing up yourself and will help you in bettering yourself. The book will help you connect with God in a better way and will clear up a lot of doubts regarding God and His love towards us. A relevant concept looked at with a new approach that makes it a motivational read.