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Yours, Jack

(pg. 339-374)

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.  Mary Willis Shelburne is contemplating whether to move in with her daughter and son-in-law.  What advice does Lewis offer (see pg. 340-43)? 

6.  On page 346 Lewis lists books he found helpful for spiritual development.  Are you familiar with any of the books on his list?  What would you include on your list?

7.  Pages 353-57 contain a series of letters to a Mr. Green.  What was Mr. Green's fear?  Why did Lewis initially recommend Bunyan's Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners?  Why did he un-recommend it?

8.  Healing the schism between Catholics and Protestants was "a daily subject" of Lewis's prayers.  See page 368.  Throughout his life, he emphasized "mere" Christianity.  How did Lewis view the schism?  What did he see as the solution?  Today, are we any closer to seeing Lewis's prayer for unity answered?

9.  What was Lewis's attitude toward dying?  (See pages 366, 368-70.) 

10.  Looking back over the entire book, which letters were your favorites?  Which ones helped you?  How has your view of Lewis changed after reading his letters?


unpardonable sin:  See Matthew 12:31-32 and Mark 3:28-29.  There is debate among theologians regarding the exact nature of this sin.  Some of the theories include: (1) misattribution of Christ's miracles, done in part to prove his divinity, as the work of Satan-one commentator said that the sin could not be committed today because Jesus is no longer on earth doing deeds which could be misattributed to Satan; (2) a continual denial of Christ's divinity; (3) not a particular act, but a recurring hardening of a person's will against God.

Hugh Kilmer:  the oldest of eight children to whom Lewis dedicated The Magician's Nephew.  The family was friends with Mary Willis Shelburne with whom Lewis exchanged many letters.

© 2009 by Allyson Wieland