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The Soul of C S Lewis

Hardback|Aug 2010
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Drawing inspiration from Lewis's fiction and nonfiction, The Soul of C. S. Lewis is a devotional-style book that encourages reflection and thought. It includes 240 meditations designed for the reader's personal growth. ^C. S. Lewis opened up more...


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Drawing inspiration from Lewis's fiction and nonfiction, The Soul of C. S. Lewis is a devotional-style book that encourages reflection and thought. It includes 240 meditations designed for the reader's personal growth.


^C. S. Lewis opened up more than just wardrobe doors - he opened the doors to human experience, new worlds of ideas, and imaginative discoveries. His honest observations about life highlight the interconnectedness of Scripture to real life and encourage a worldview that is integrated and harmonized.^


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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 304987
  • Product Code 9781414325668
  • ISBN 1414325665
  • EAN 9781414325668
  • Pages 352
  • Department Academic
  • Category Classic
  • Sub-Category C S Lewis
  • Publisher Focus On The Family
  • Publication Date Aug 2010
  • Dimensions 234 x 157 x 26mm
  • Weight 0.580kg

Wayne Martindale

H. Wayne Martindale (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) is Professor of English at Wheaton College where he regularly teaches classes on C. S. Lewis.


He has edited and contributed to books on Lewis such as Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S. Lewis on Heaven and Hell (Crossway Books, 2005); A Family Guide to Narnia: Biblical Truths in C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia (with Christin Ditchfield); Journey to the Celestial City: Glimpses of Heaven from Great Literary Classics (Moody) and is co-editor of The Quotable Lewis and The Soul of C. S. Lewis with Jerry Root and Linda Washington. Dr Martindale spends much of his time lecturing in China through the Wheaton-in-Asia program where he teaches a quad course on Asian Literature (autobiography).

C S Lewis

C S Lewis (1898 -1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. This Irish-born Oxford and Cambridge academic wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular writings include his seven-part fantasy series for children The Chronicles of Narnia (1956); the science fiction Space Trilogy (1938-1945); the apologetical The Problem of Pain (1940), The Screwtape Letters (1942), Miracles (1947), Mere Christianity (1952), and The Four Loves (1960); and the autobiographical Surprised by Joy (1955) and A Grief Observed (1961). Countless Christian writers, pastors, thinkers and artists have credited C S Lewis as a key influence on their faith journey, and his Narnia books have become classics of children's literature.

Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland on 29 November 1898, the son of Albert James Lewis, a solicitor of Welsh ancestry. Lewis became known as 'Jack' as a young child after he adopted the name of his pet dog who was killed by a car. His mother Flora was the daughter of an Anglican priest, and died when Lewis was just ten. Lewis had one brother, Warren - known affectionately as Warnie - who was three years his senior. The two would remain close friends and creative collaborators throughout Lewis' life. When children, they shared a fascination with humanised animal characters like Beatrix Potter's, and wrote and illustrated stories of an imaginary world they called 'Boxen', run entirely by such fanciful beings.

Lewis' childhood home was full of books, and he became a keen and intrepid reader at an early age. Until his mother's death, Lewis was educated by private tutors, then moved on to a series of boarding schools in both Ireland and England. It was during his time at the last of these, aged 15, that Lewis gave up his childhood Christian faith and became an atheist. It was also at this time that he developed an intense love for ancient Norse legends and the natural world - an aesthetic complex which he called 'Northernness' and associated with the mysterious inner longing of 'joy'. Under the influence of his tutor William Kirkpatrick, Lewis would go on to a deep involvement with ancient Greek literature. Lewis' academic acumen won him a scholarship at Oxford in 1916, but shortly afterward his studies were interrupted by military service in World War I. Lewis was commissioned as a lieutenant in a light infantry regiment and sent to the Western Front in France, where he experienced the horrors of trench warfare, and was wounded by what would now be called 'friendly fire'.

After the war, Lewis resumed his studies at Oxford, and in the years between 1920 and 1923 received firsts in Greek and Latin literature, philosophy, and English. By 1925 he was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford - a position he would hold for nearly three decades. In 1954, Lewis transferred to Cambridge, where he had been awarded professorship in the new chair of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature.

In the late 1920s, Lewis' circle of literary friends at Oxford coalesced into a discussion group known as The Inklings, which would meet regularly over about two decades. Members shared an enthusiasm for narrative tales, myths, legends - particularly Norse, Celtic, folkloric and mediaeval material - and fantasy fiction. They would read aloud their own works-in-progress and receive suggestions and criticism from their fellows. Members included J R R Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, and Warnie Lewis. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Lewis' science fiction novel Out of the Silent Planet were among the material workshopped with The Inklings.

His friend Tolkien's devout Catholic faith decisively influenced Lewis' return to Christianity between 1929 and 1931. The way was prepared also by Lewis' love for the fantastical fiction of Scottish writer and Congregational pastor George MacDonald (1824-1905), as well as G K Chesterton's apologetic work The Everlasting Man (1925). Lewis famously described himself as a stubbornly difficult convert in his spiritual autobiography Surprised By Joy (1955):
"In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England."

As a Christian, Lewis maintained a commitment to the Anglican communion in which he was raised, though he tried to downplay sectarian differences in his apologetic writings, extolling instead the perennial essence of orthodox belief. It was the latter which Lewis presented in his popular work Mere Christianity, adapted from a series of radio talks he made for the BBC from 1942 to 1944, and which has become one of the most influential Christian books of modern times. Lewis' theology was basically Anglican, with an ecumenical breadth shaped by the formative influences of Tolkien's and Chesterton's Catholicism, and the Christian universalism of MacDonald.

Lewis married relatively late in his life at age 57, in unusual circumstances. He had befriended Joy Davidman Gresham - an American intellectual of Jewish background, and a convert, like Lewis, from atheism to Christianity. Joy was trying to remain in the UK with her two sons, having escaped an abusive marriage, and Lewis kindly agreed to a civil union to enable her to stay. Shortly afterward, Joy was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. What had begun as a marriage of convenience between friends became much deeper, and Lewis and Joy obtained a full Christian marriage in 1957. As it turned out, Joy was the love of Lewis' life, and when she died after three years of remission, Lewis experienced a shattering grief from which he never really emerged. Lewis related his profound loss in A Grief Observed, which he published under a pseudonym. The story of Lewis' and Joy's love became the subject of the film and stageplay Shadowlands.

Lewis died of renal failure in 1963, less than an hour before the assassination of John F Kennedy. Lewis is buried at Holy Trinity Church, Headington, the Oxford parish church with which he and his brother Warnie were actively involved from 1930.

Linda Washington

Linda Washington has authored and coauthored more than 20 successful books, including Promise Kids on the Promise Path; Celebrate Jesus: Come Hear the Best News Ever; Find a Friend in Jesus; Gotta Have God; God and Me; 4,000 Bible Questions, Answers, Puzzles, and Facts; and Jamall's City Garden. Her series A Piece of My Mind is for girls ages 8–12 and is designed so that each book can serve as an every-other-day devotional.


Linda received her B.A. in English from Northwestern University and held positions as an editor for the American Bar Association, Cook Communications Ministries, and Ligature Creative Studios. She is currently pursuing an active career as a Christian author and curriculum writer. Linda has also written several magazine articles, puzzles, games, and short stories.

Jerry Root

Jerry Root (Ph.D., British Open University, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) has taught college and graduate courses on Lewis every year since 1980 as well as lecturing on Lewis throughout America and many other countries. He is a co–editor of The Quotable C. S. Lewis and also the author of C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme. He teaches at Wheaton College in Illinois and at Biola University in Southern California.

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