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Yours, Jack

(pg. 281-306)

The first set of general questions will apply to each of the readings we do in Yours, Jack

They are followed by questions specific to the letters in our selection for the evening. 

General Questions

1.  What do you observe from these letters about Jack's heart? mind? soul?

2.  What did you learn about Jack's relationship with others? with God?

3.  What insight, if any, can you apply to your life?

4.  What is your favorite expression or passage or piece of advice?

Specific Questions

5.  What observations does Lewis make about writing autobiography (p. 283)?  What might you discover if you were to write a short autobiography?

6.  On page 286, Lewis states: "doing for doing's sake is characteristically feminine, characteristically American, and characteristically modern."  Is he stereotyping?  Do you think there is validity to his statement?

7.  What danger does Lewis see in masturbation (pg. 292-93)?  How does it interfere with a true exercise of imagination?

8.  In several letters, Lewis mentions Joy Gresham, his wife.  What do you learn about Lewis and their marriage through these references?

9.  What is the danger of apologetics according to Lewis (p. 294)?  Consider also his poem below.

The Apologist's Evening Prayer

From all my lame defeats and oh! much more

From all the victories that I seemed to score;

From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf

At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh;

From all my proofs of Thy divinity,

Thou, who wouldst give no sign, deliver me.

Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead

Of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head.

From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of Thee,

O thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free.

Lord of the narrow gate and the needle's eye,

Take from me all my trumpery lest I die.

                        From Poems, ed. Walter Hooper (1964), p. 129


"As the only two good lines in one of our bad hymns ...":  refers to "Through All the Changing Scenes of Life" (1696) by Nahum Tate.

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