Review: Doesn’t the trailer give you a great summary of the book? I sure thought so! Growing up, the Narnia books were some of my favorites. As a college student, I loved Mere Christianity. In fact, my favorite quote of all time comes from that book. The books of C. S. Lewis have been sitting on my bookshelves for years, and I always come away with something different when I read them. The title of Alister McGrath’s newest book If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis caught my eye. Who wouldn’t want to have lunch with C. S. Lewis?! Sadly, the time for an actual in-person lunch with Mr. Lewis is past. Thanks to Dr. McGrath, however, readers can get a pretty clear picture of what it would have been like. In just eight chapters, Alister McGrath takes us all the way from the meaning of life to Heaven. His knowledge of C. S. Lewis is a wonderful asset when it comes to discussing the larger topics about which Lewis wrote.
I couldn’t stop underlining things that I felt were important. On the very last page of the book, Alister McGrath sums everything up in a great few lines. He writes, “. . . the most important thing is that each of us, whether rememembered by others or not, is remembered by God. And that’s what really matters. Human history may forget about us, as it has forgotten so many. But our names are engraved on God’s hands, and written in the Book of Life. . .” (207).
If you’ve ever wondered how C. S. Lewis felt about some of the most important aspects of life, I would strongly suggest you read If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis. It’s very well written and once you get into it it’s rather hard to put down. If I had more than two thumbs, I’d put them all up.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other compensation was received.