June 27, 2017

Book Review: From the Library of C.S. Lewis

Chances are you’ve read something by C.S. Lewis. Chances are you’ve enjoyed at least one of his books.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of his Narnia series {or fantasy in general}, but I thoroughly enjoy his nonfiction works. They motivate me to higher living, greater purity of heart, and more singleness of mind.

So when I was given the opportunity to review From the Library of C. S. Lewis, and discover a few authors who shaped the writings of C.S. Lewis, I jumped at it!

From the Library of C. S. Lewis: Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey

From the Library of C. S. Lewis is a compilation of works by over 100 authors, all of whom influenced Lewis positively in his thinking and writing. Some of the authors are well-known names like John Bunyan, Sir Walter Scott, Andrew Murray, Augustine, John Calvin, G.K. Chesterton, John Donne, Martin Luther, and J.R.R. Tolkein. And there’s also plenty of other authors included whom I’ve never heard of before {who shall remain nameless, lest I show my ignorance}.

The subtitle of this book is “Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey.”  And accordingly, its selections are categorized under headings such God’s love, community and loving others, living a devout life, suffering, faith, and humility {18 categories in all}. However, lest you think it is entirely “religious” in nature – it also includes a section of writings on fantasy and imagination. Overall, the writings vary from theological works, to philosophy, to poetry, even to fictional and biographical selections. Each selection is only 1-2 pages long, making it ideal for daily reading. Also, at the end of each selected reading, there is a brief bio about its author, including the time period in which he wrote, his major accomplishments, and any known influences upon Lewis.

In the introduction to From the Library of C.S. Lewis, James Stuart Bell makes the statement that “Lewis was not a one-dimensional reader.” And neither should we be, as that would make us very boring people! So if you want something to make you think a little each day, or if you’re curious about some of our most influential writers, or if you’re interested in “all things C.S. Lewis” – then you would definitely enjoy this book.

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for posting this review. All opinions expressed herein are my own. This post also contains my affiliate links.


Comments

  1. I personally do like the Chronicles of Narnia. And we enjoyed reading them with our kids not that long ago. As for his nonfiction, I haven’t read much. My BFF swears by it. I did read a book called “The Question of God” which compares the lives and writings of Lewis and Freud. It was one of the best books I have ever read. There is also a compilation of his letters to children that someone recommended to me. It is on my “to look up, and read” list.

  2. I KNOW I will LOVE this book… Lewis has had a great impact on my life (especially his non-fiction) and I’m in the middle of a collection right now of his “best” essays/speeches.

    Will definitely put this in my amazon cart 🙂
    Thanks!