The Most Reluctant Convert
C S Lewis was not always a literary giant of Christian faith. How did he travel from staunch atheism to become one of the most respected Christian authors? Discover how his journey to faith influenced his life and work as...
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C S Lewis was not always a literary giant of Christian faith. How did he travel from staunch atheism to become one of the most respected Christian authors? Discover how his journey to faith influenced his life and work as a writer.
His books have sold millions, including classics like Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Yet C S Lewis was not always a literary giant of Christian faith. How did he go from a staunch atheist to one of the most beloved and renowned Christian authors of our time? Many biographies of Lewis explore his childhood or his dramatic conversion to Christianity. But as David Downing reveals in this fascinating book, the rarely discussed period from Lewis's childhood to his early thirties took him on a tumultuous journey of spiritual and intellectual exploration before he became the 'most reluctant convert'. It was not despite this journey but precisely because of it that Lewis understood the search for life's ultimate meaning so well and went on to become one of the most compelling authors of the twentieth century. For C S Lewis enthusiasts and students alike, this book offers a unique look at Lewis's personal journey to faith and the profound influence it had on his life as a writer and eventual follower of Christ.
David C. Downing (Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles) is the R. W. Schlosser Professor of English Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Dr Downing has a special interest as an academic to make C.S.Lewis' literary genius accessible to ordinary people which is reflected in his publications
These include Into the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles (Jossey-Bass, 2005); Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C. S. Lewis (InterVarsity Press, 2005)was listed by Christianity Today as one of the top ten best new books on C.S. Lewis. The Most Reluctant Convert: C. S. Lewis's Journey to Faith(InterVarsity Press, 2002) was named one of Booklist's Best Religion Books for 2002 and was a 2003 ECPA Gold Medallion finalist, and Planets in Peril: A Critical Study of C. S. Lewis's Ransom Trilogy was named one of the five best books yet published on Lewis by the "C. S. Lewis and the Inklings Homepage."
- Life Of C S Lewis Up To His Conversion In 1931 (when He Was 33); Lewis' Background In Northern Ireland, World War One France And Academic Oxford; Progress For Atheism To Theism Then Belief In Christ