C.S. Lewis: A Biography

C S Lewis A Biography A N Wilson s brilliant biography shows how hard Lewis struggled for the wisdom he shared in his books The Screwtape Letters The Chronicles of Narnia The Problem of Pain and Surprised by Joy Photogra

A.N Wilson s brilliant biography shows how hard Lewis struggled for the wisdom he shared in his books The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Problem of Pain and Surprised by Joy Photographs.

Into the Wardrobe a C S Lewis website Home Learn about British writer C S Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Space Trilogy, and many others. C S Lewis The Official Website for C S Lewis and His The official website for C S Lewis Browse a complete collection of his books, sign up for a monthly enewsletter, find additional resources, and . Living the Legacy of C.S Lewis C.S Lewis Foundation The C.S Lewis Foundation is dedicated to living the legacy of C.S Lewis through our programs and events, including Oxbridge and the Kilns Study Centre. C.S Lewis Institute CS Lewis, CS Lewis Quote, Christian CS Lewis Institute provides discipleship programs, training and resources for Christians Assisting churches and pastors in making disciples of Jesus Christ. BBC Religions Christianity C.S Lewis C.S Lewis was the author of the children s classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Learn about the man, the storyteller and the Christian. C S Lewis Quotes The Quotations Page C S Lewis Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth without caring C S Lewis Wikiquote Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read which goes on for ever in which every chapter is better than the one C.S Lewis Society of California We are an independent, non profit, Christian, educational and cultural organization stimulating and advancing public interest in the life, works, and ideas of C S Lewis C S Lewis , la enciclopedia libre Informacin personal Nombre de nacimiento Clive Staples Lewis Nacimiento de noviembre de , Belfast, Irlanda del Norte, Reino Unido Fallecimiento C.S Lewis Beeld van C.S Lewis kijkend in een kleerkast een verwijzing naar zijn Narnia boeken in zijn geboorteplaats Belfast

C S Lewis The Official Website for C S Lewis and His The official website for C S Lewis Browse a complete collection of his books, sign up for a monthly enewsletter, find additional resources, and . Living the Legacy of C.S Lewis C.S Lewis Foundation The C.S Lewis Foundation is dedicated to living the legacy of C.S Lewis through our programs and events, including Oxbridge and the Kilns Study Centre. C.S Lewis Institute CS Lewis, CS Lewis Quote, Christian CS Lewis Institute provides discipleship programs, training and resources for Christians Assisting churches and pastors in making disciples of Jesus Christ. BBC Religions Christianity C.S Lewis C.S Lewis was the author of the children s classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Learn about the man, the storyteller and the Christian. C S Lewis Quotes The Quotations Page C S Lewis Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth without caring C S Lewis Wikiquote Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read which goes on for ever in which every chapter is better than the one C.S Lewis Society of California We are an independent, non profit, Christian, educational and cultural organization stimulating and advancing public interest in the life, works, and ideas of C S Lewis C S Lewis , la enciclopedia libre Informacin personal Nombre de nacimiento Clive Staples Lewis Nacimiento de noviembre de , Belfast, Irlanda del Norte, Reino Unido Fallecimiento C.S Lewis Beeld van C.S Lewis kijkend in een kleerkast een verwijzing naar zijn Narnia boeken in zijn geboorteplaats Belfast The Weight of Glory C S Lewis The Weight of Glory C S Lewis on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The classic Weight of Glory by C.S Lewis, the most important Christian

Living the Legacy of C.S Lewis C.S Lewis Foundation The C.S Lewis Foundation is dedicated to living the legacy of C.S Lewis through our programs and events, including Oxbridge and the Kilns Study Centre. C.S Lewis Institute CS Lewis, CS Lewis Quote, Christian CS Lewis Institute provides discipleship programs, training and resources for Christians Assisting churches and pastors in making disciples of Jesus Christ. BBC Religions Christianity C.S Lewis C.S Lewis was the author of the children s classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Learn about the man, the storyteller and the Christian. C S Lewis Quotes The Quotations Page C S Lewis Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth without caring C S Lewis Wikiquote Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read which goes on for ever in which every chapter is better than the one C.S Lewis Society of California We are an independent, non profit, Christian, educational and cultural organization stimulating and advancing public interest in the life, works, and ideas of C S Lewis C S Lewis , la enciclopedia libre Informacin personal Nombre de nacimiento Clive Staples Lewis Nacimiento de noviembre de , Belfast, Irlanda del Norte, Reino Unido Fallecimiento C.S Lewis Beeld van C.S Lewis kijkend in een kleerkast een verwijzing naar zijn Narnia boeken in zijn geboorteplaats Belfast The Weight of Glory C S Lewis The Weight of Glory C S Lewis on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The classic Weight of Glory by C.S Lewis, the most important Christian C.S Lewis Quotes Christian Quotes by C.S Lewis with a short biography of C.S Lewis Part of a large selection of Christian quotes and sayings in a variety of topics by famous people

C.S Lewis Institute CS Lewis, CS Lewis Quote, Christian CS Lewis Institute provides discipleship programs, training and resources for Christians Assisting churches and pastors in making disciples of Jesus Christ. BBC Religions Christianity C.S Lewis C.S Lewis was the author of the children s classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Learn about the man, the storyteller and the Christian. C S Lewis Quotes The Quotations Page C S Lewis Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth without caring C S Lewis Wikiquote Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read which goes on for ever in which every chapter is better than the one C.S Lewis Society of California We are an independent, non profit, Christian, educational and cultural organization stimulating and advancing public interest in the life, works, and ideas of C S Lewis C S Lewis , la enciclopedia libre Informacin personal Nombre de nacimiento Clive Staples Lewis Nacimiento de noviembre de , Belfast, Irlanda del Norte, Reino Unido Fallecimiento C.S Lewis Beeld van C.S Lewis kijkend in een kleerkast een verwijzing naar zijn Narnia boeken in zijn geboorteplaats Belfast The Weight of Glory C S Lewis The Weight of Glory C S Lewis on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The classic Weight of Glory by C.S Lewis, the most important Christian C.S Lewis Quotes Christian Quotes by C.S Lewis with a short biography of C.S Lewis Part of a large selection of Christian quotes and sayings in a variety of topics by famous people C.S Lewis BiographyBiography Online C.S Lewis was an author, essayist and Christian apologist He is best known for his children s classic series The Chronicles of Narnia Biography.

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  1. Chuck

    I would recommend this biography as to anyone who wants to know more about C.S. Lewis. Because of the nature of much of Lewis' writing (in favor of Christianity), many biographers have recast Lewis into an image favored by the biographer's own religious beliefs, so an American fundamentalist biographer ignores Lewis' smoking and drinking, and a British Anglican glosses over the fact that the two women who were Lewis' "life partners" were neither acceptable partners by the standards of Lewis' own [...]

  2. Ancient Weaver

    Great book for Christians and non-Christians alike. Very accessible and interesting. I didn't know much about C.S. Lewis the man before I read his autobiographical Surprised by Joy. Until then, I just assumed he led the kind of prosaic, upright (i.e. largely boring) existence you might imagine a conservative, Christian apologist/professor might live.After having read Lewis' SBJ I was surprised to find this professor to be such a Romantic at heart, and while I enjoyed SBJ very much, I could tell [...]

  3. RE de Leon

    A well written biography of CS Lewis. It should be noted that Lewis' stepson Douglas Gresham, while agreeing that the book is well written and well researched, has noted his disagreement with some of the book's conclusions and depictions.

  4. Chris Fellows

    Doubtless I have written many dumb things and on the principle of ‘let he who is without sin cast the first stone’ ought to remain silent. But I am weak.Here is an extract from a letter quoted in this book:They keep sheep in Magdalen grove now, and I hear the fleecy care bleating all day long: I am shocked to find that none of my pupils, though they are all acquainted with pastoral poetry, regards them as anything but a nuisance: and one of my colleagues has been heard to ask why sheep have [...]

  5. Sarah Camino

    I'm inclined to believe one owes quite as much to the biographer of one's childhood hero as to that mysterious figure himself. As it is, I found Wilson quite the gentle adoptive guide through the life of C.S. Lewis, no matter that I could not possibly have a higher opinion of the man than when I set out, a thoroughly indoctrinated child hanging on the mane of Aslan. Wilson paints a touching, if not particularly charming, portrait the man, and one is struck by the significance of certain episodes [...]

  6. Alyssa

    I randomly grabbed this off a library shelf because I am a C.S. Lewis fan. I got about 40 pages into it and decided to quit reading it due to the author's boring and convoluted way of presenting ideas and events. However, I have a bad habit of always having to finish any book that I start, even if I don't like it, so I did finish this (it took me awhile) and I guess I'm glad I read it just for the better understanding of Lewis's life history (although I'm almost positive I could have found a Lew [...]

  7. Dave Maddock

    This bio gets a lot of criticism for what is essentially being open about what the author's biases are, not portraying CSL in a pro-Christianity, fawning light, and occasionally engaging in speculation when necessary (eg. the nature of his relationship with Minto). I for one appreciated that the biographer did not appear to be a Christian. There's a million white-washed, mythologized books on CSL written by the fanboy religious. If that's what you want, it is easy to find. If this book leans a l [...]

  8. Daniel

    A.N. Wilson would have profited from seven years of bad luck, had he broken all the mirrors in his home as he was drafting this heavily-criticized work on C.S. Lewis. As it is, the light he sheds is unfortunately angled to provide the glaring reflection of an undulating Narcissus, obscuring the dearly-sought treasure lost beneath the waves in the wake of a great man's death.The best aspects of Wilson's work are as follows: the clarity of his prose; his evident depth of research; his emphasis on [...]

  9. Julie Reed

    After reading about the "true" C.S. Lewis, I only love and admire this man more. I wanted to hear about his sins, not just that he was a saint as he has come to be known in Christian circles since his death. He was a real person who had real struggles, personality flaws, and bad habits. He readily admitted that he was a sinner. I enjoyed this book although it was clear that the author didn't agree with some of Lewis's apologetics. If you are writing a biography on someone, shouldn't you remain n [...]

  10. Carol Peters

    The author too great a fan of CSL & Christianity. Nonetheless, a highly enjoyable & informative read.

  11. Longfellow

    Apparently, a long time ago I read the first forty pages of this book. Recently, I picked it up on a whim, and I’ve been reading it in most spare moments ever since. The read has been a thorough pleasure for a couple reasons. For one, Wilson is an excellent narrative writer, smoothly mixing in paraphrases of interviews, quotes from letters and published work, and analysis and commentary that all reveal something about who C.S. Lewis was, both outwardly and inwardly. Another part of my enjoymen [...]

  12. Anne Homeschooling-Mama

    Didn't like this book at all. Really had to plough through to the end, skipping quite a bit in a few places.The author is extremely unsympathetic towards Christianity. Why a person with such disrespect for the Christian religion would choose to write a biography of a great apologist for the faith is beyond me.It tainted the book and I was glad to be able to put it down.

  13. Jeanne

    Tried too hard to be an intellectual. Spent too much time criticizing C. S. Lewis, and his writing, and not enough time on his life. Made leaping assumptions, and presented them as fact. Only took into account the information that agreed with where he wanted to go.

  14. James P

    Interesting approach when compared to McGrath’s CS Lewis - a life. Contains many interesting tidbits. Both trace his path to agnosticism and atheism without dwelling, but neither answer the question of his faith prior to his mother’s death or leaving for boarding school. May not be any documents to support. Nowhere near as eclectic as his recent bio of Darwin. Well worth reading. Lewis is a fascinating character and Wilson seems to gain Windows into his inner life which are to say the least [...]

  15. Emily Parsons

    An interesting insight into the man CS Lewis. It took me a while to get through the book. At first I was put off by the uncovering of Lewis as a less that perfect model of Christianity, like I had come to believe he was. But the more I read, the more I came to understand the tragedy of a man who simply didn't know how to deal with grief and loss, and how that came to weave its way through his whole life. I have a newfound appreciation for Lewis the man, truly human and imperfect and brilliant. T [...]

  16. Cindy

    This man was considered one of the greatest conversions of the 20th century. The book spent a lot of time reflecting on his works and tied bits of his life into it. Surprised by Joy is explained in a different format than C.S. Lewis presented.

  17. Malvina

    I've read quite a few of CS Lewis' non-fiction books as well as fiction. Meeting the 'real' man was a bit of a surprise. This gives quite a different view from the image I had from his autobiographical books. Interesting.

  18. Ci

    This biography is top-rate, and a deep pleasure to read. Beside it is full of intelligent analysis and solid facts, yet it is devoid of any credulity or easy psychoanalyses, although the life of CSL must be so tempting to be casted in the Freudian light. CSL is portrait neither as a fraud nor a saint, but someone with immense intelligence and emotional depth. By reading such excellent book, one is grateful to be echoed by the sentiment expressed so aptly and touchingly by CSL himself -- (page 28 [...]

  19. Kirk Lowery

    There are two kinds of Lewis biographies: those that seek to depict the "real" person and hagiographies. Wilson falls into the former category. There is no question that Wilson admires Lewis and gives him due credit for his achievements. Lewis was also human -- like the rest of us -- and Wilson does not flinch to confront Lewis' faults. I was a little uncomfortable with the almost Freudian analysis of Lewis' emotional life, for it is difficult to know the inner life of another person. But he is [...]

  20. Joe

    This is the first biography I have read of C.S. Lewis and I found it both interesting and unsettling. There were some details from the early years of his life that I felt I could have done without! Lewis was a more complicated and even troubled individual than I ever realized but this knowledge gave me a new appreciation for him and a greater desire to read some of his works that I have not yet read. I found the connection between the significant events in Lewis' later life and the books he auth [...]

  21. Keith Bell

    A brilliant insight into Lewis the man. A.N. Wilson gives you an unpolished Lewis. Here is an account of more than just Lewis' Apologetics and Narnia writings. It reviews his academic and personal life. And, much like other books from Wilson, it left me with a truer sense of the man behind the persona. Wilson is not a Christian himself but has written other biographies of Jesus and Paul along with a book called "God's Funeral". His biography of Jesus, which recounts his life and teachings, posit [...]

  22. Peter Haslehurst

    I'm a lifelong disciple of C.S. Lewis, he's had a huge influence on my spiritual journey, and I've read (sometimes many times) most of his published books (save perhaps his OHEL volume). I enjoyed this rather iconoclastic biography immensely. Some of the revelations about Lewis's sexual history were slightly unexpected, and Wilson is not afraid to delve into the damaged aspects of his personality. But none of this is done maliciously, but with the aim of humanizing the man. Interestingly, Wilson [...]

  23. Mark Gibbs

    A Good read - but occasionally Wilson reads as someone who is just determined to prove a preconceived theory. As a result , Wilson gets carried away with describing Lewis' possible love life- at the cost of describing his life as an academic Christian apologist - for example , the relationship with the Inklings as a group, one of the most long - lasting relationships of Lewis' life) is largely confined to a discussion in a single chapter - WHY? - however , his strained but small family relations [...]

  24. Charity

    Biographys are, by nature, difficult to write with any objectivity, and they are difficult to read without walking away carrying the same passion-or disliking the author. Having read many of Lewis' works and having read several biographies, I would agree with some who mentioned how helpful this was as a "corrective" to a sanitized Lewis. More than that, I felt the author had some wonderful notes on Lewis Christian growth-more insightful than the sanitized versions. The book has its difficulties [...]

  25. Mike

    As a timeline of events for everything that happened in C.S. Lewis’ life, this biography is successful. It tells everything noteworthy that happened in the Narnia author’s lifetime, from the early days to the last day of his life. However, I feel like A.N. Wilson’s own additions to the story is where it sags the most. When he tries to dissect something that Lewis did or give it perspective, it often comes off as far too critical or far too assumptive. Regardless, I give him credit for craf [...]

  26. Vicki

    I really struggled with this book, it wasn't boring per se but contained a lot of words that required some chewing on. I wouldn't place it as a contemporary read as it felt a bit dated. I had to renew it numerous times, determined to finish it and was glad I did. Although told in a somewhat impersonal light, one does feel they get to know the life of this private man a little better

  27. Matthew

    A really, really good biography. It's not hagiography, so if you can't stomach the fact that Lewis was human like the rest of us, it's not for you. It reinforced for me just what an incredible intelligence Lewis possessed--and made full use of--as a scholar, Christian, and thinker. Lewis' example makes one not want to waste a minute of intellectual daylight.

  28. Paul Dinger

    Wilson's book presents us with Lewis warts and all. The real person we encounter from his wonderful books rather than the one we saw in that movie Shadowlands. He is fully human and yet fully the spiritual leader for millions. I enjoyed every page of this lively biography.

  29. Todd

    I normally think of biographies as terribly dull, but this one surprised me. I think the author had very good insight into the life of C.S. Lewis, which was quite a peculiar sort of life, definitely worth writing (and reading) a biography about.

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