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C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity – Paul McCusker

C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity is published by Tyndale House Publishers.

C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity is published by Tyndale House Publishers.

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Summary: C. S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis That Created A Classic is a look at the historical events of C. S. Lewis’s life and how they impacted his writing. The book also has tidbits of  information about the important people of the time period and the important people directly connected to C. S. Lewis. If you’ve ever wondered why C. S. Lewis wrote the way he did, or if you love all things C. S. Lewis, this will become an important book for your personal library.

Review: I love history and I love C. S. Lewis. That said, this is the perfect book for a nerdy book-lover like me! Paul McCusker did a great job bringing Lewis’s time period to life. This wasn’t just a book about C. S. Lewis, it was about the events that were happening during his life. After reading the book I have a better understanding of what C. S. Lewis lived through which in turn helps me understand a little better why he wrote Mere Christianity (which is one of my absolute favorite Lewis writings). I love the fact the Paul McCusker included pictures, not only of Lewis but of WWII. The book itself was well-researched and is easy to read. Sometimes history/biography can be a little bland and boring, but the author did a great job keeping this not overly heavy. The chapters are fairly short which helps keep you reading. None of this, “Great, I’m only halfway through this chapter and I’ve already read 50 pages.” (if you know what I mean).

There was really only one place that I felt confused when I was reading, and that may have been because I missed something earlier. In Chapter 5 the author mentions Minto and I can’t seem to figure out who that was. That doesn’t take away from the greatness of the book though. C. S. Lewis & Mere Christianity will definitely find a home on our bookshelves and will make a great homeschool resource!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other  compensation was received.

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If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis – Alister McGrath

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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.

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