Beyond Narnia and Mere Christianity
A Guide to Seven Lesser Known Books by C.S. Lewis
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis.
Now would be a good time to revisit Lewis’s work; re-read the Chronicles of Narnia certainly, share them with your kids or grandkids, but also dig deeper into his work, you might be surprised by what you find. We offer here a guide to seven of our favorite lesser-known books by C.S. Lewis. We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you revisit his work over the coming months and years.
Also of interest for this C.S. Lewis anniversary year:
- Listen to a rare recording of Lewis giving one of the talks that would become MERE CHRISTIANITY
- Read an excerpt from Alister McGrath’s new biography
- Our review of McGrath’s academic treatment of C.S. Lewis’s life and work
What other books would you include here? What are your favorite C.S. Lewis books?
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If you haven’t read this already, I would definitely start here, with this autobiographical narrative of the first half (or so) of Lewis’s life. Surprised by Joy tells of the story of Lewis’s youth and the staunch atheism he developed, as well as his eventual conversion to Christianity. This book tells the story of the experiences that would set the stage for the breadth and depth of his writing, and in that way this memoir is helpful in understanding the rest of Lewis’s work. Borrowing its title from a Wordsworth poem, this book is arranged around the theme of joy and the role that it played in guiding Lewis to faith and guiding his work for the balance of his life.