Seeking the Secret Place
C. S. Lewis is perhaps the most beloved modern Christian author. From the Chronicles of Narnia to The Screwtape Letters to Mere Chrsitianity , his works have enthralled and influenced readers of all ages. Yet, though numerous books have been...
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C. S. Lewis is perhaps the most beloved modern Christian author. From the Chronicles of Narnia to The Screwtape Letters to Mere Chrsitianity, his works have enthralled and influenced readers of all ages. Yet, though numerous books have been written about Lewis's life and his dramatic conversion to Christianity, none have asked the important question of how he grew spiritually. Lyle Dorsett sets out to answer that question in Seeking the Secret Place.
Drawing on Lewis's books, letters he wrote and received, and more than one hundred interviews with dozens of his contemporaries, Dorsett shows that as the newly converted Lewis filled his mind with scripture and prayer, "his soul gradually became transformed into Christlikeness." The sacraments also contributed to his spiritual formation. To Lewis, being a member of the church was vital to his spiritual development, and he came to have a deep reverence for the Eucharist.
Professors and students in spiritual formation courses, C. S. Lewis readers, and anyone seeking to grow spiritually will value the rich and warm insights found in this book.
C. S. Lewis is perhaps the most beloved modern Christian author. From The Chronicles of Narnia to Mere Christianity, his works have enthralled readers of all ages. Yet, though numerous books have been written about Lewis's life and his dramatic conversion to Christianity, none have asked the important question of how he grew spiritually. Lyle Dorsett sets out to answer that question in Seeking the Secret Place. Drawing on Lewis's books, letters, and interviews with his contemporaries, Dorsett reveals how Lewis's faith grew on a steady diet of Scripture, prayer, and the sacraments--not only to show how his faith developed but to encourage readers on the path to spiritual growth. C. S. Lewis fans and anyone looking to grow spiritually will value this book.
"The writings of C. S. Lewis have been subject to selective distortion both by Christians preoccupied with him as an apologist or theologian and by secularists interested in him purely as a writer of fantasies. Helpful balance from his scholarly work and inner spiritual life is much harder to come by. Lyle Dorsett has made a significant contribution to our appreciation of Lewis's spiritual life in particular, thereby enriching and grounding more authentically our appreciation of Lewis as a day-by-day follower of Jesus Christ."--David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University"I can imagine no one better suited by training and temperament than Lyle Dorsett to write this book about the spiritual disciplines that shaped C. S. Lewis from the time of his conversion to his death. From a variety of angles, and drawing on a wide range of materials (including many of Lewis's letters to his correspondents), Dorsett uncovers the manner in which Lewis learned to seek the secret place in which the believer enters ever more deeply into communion with God. Even those who know Lewis's writings well will learn from this book."--Gilbert Meilaender, Valparaiso University"The subject of C. S. Lewis's spiritual life has been raised in numerous contexts, but Lyle Dorsett is the first to give this important subject sustained attention. In a clear and concise way, Dorsett traces the growth and maturity of Lewis's spirit as well as the development of his spiritual practices and ministry. If one is interested in the particulars of C. S. Lewis's devotional life and ministry, this is the place to begin."--Christopher Mitchell, Marion E. Wade Center"What a wonderful question Dorsett seeks to answer in this work: What were the foundational elements of spiritual growth and formation in the life of C. S. Lewis? The answers, as Dorsett explores them, are extremely well-informed, full of insight, and true inspiration for our own journey into Christ-likeness."--Ruth Haley Barton, author of Invitation to Solitude and Silence
Lyle W. Dorsett (Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia) is Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College and is also Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School. He is the founding pastor of Church of the Great Shepherd in Wheaton, Illinois, where Lyle now volunteers as part of the ministry team. Lyle Dorsett has a keen interest in History,especially in the history of the care of souls, evangelism and revival. He is the author of eighteen books, among them several Christian biographies and three works on C. S. Lewis. His most recent book is A Love Observed: Joy Davidman's Life and Marriage to C.S. Lewis, Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C. S. Lewis and A Passion for Souls: The Life of D.L. Moody.