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A Feature Review of 

Charles Williams: The Third Inkling
Grevel Lindop

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2016
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Reviewed by Mark Wendland


Listen to C.S. Lewis and Malcolm Guite
make the case for reading Williams.


Alice Mary (Smyth) Hadfield penned the earliest work about Charles Williams’ life. Because she had replaced Phyllis Jones as the librarian at the London branch of the Oxford University Press where Williams worked nearly his entire career, Alice was a beneficial source of information, but she was, arguably, too close to Williams to ever write a true biography. For some time this was all we had. Secondary literature, on the other hand, seemed ignorant of the facts that would begin to trickle out over the next decade. The introduction to Thomas Howard’s The Novels of Charles Williams (1983), for example, can confidently proclaim, “Charles Williams was not interested in the occult at all except during a brief period in his early life. One might be pardoned for forming the impression from his novels that he was quite caught up in the occult, but that would be a mistake.” We now know this to be false. Lindrop seconds previous research into this area. Williams was heavily involved in Jewish Kabbalism filtered through the modified Rosicrucian philosophy of A.E. Waite. There is also a hint that his parallel membership in the Lee-Nicholson group probably was not a casual preoccupation.

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Sunday (May 15) marks the anniversary of the death of novelist Charles Williams.

If you are not familiar with Williams, you should definitely check out the following videos that explain why his work is important…

Get Williams’ novel 
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C.S. Lewis on Charles Williams

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All fiction has to have a certain amount of truth in it to be powerful.”
– George R. R. Martin, novelist and creator of Game of Thrones
who was born on this date, 1948
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Poem of the Day:
The City of Man

Charles Williams, Inkling and friend of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
All Hallows’ Eve: A Novel
by Charles Williams
Only $1.99!!!      [ Tweet this ]

*** Six of Williams’ novels are on sale for $1.99!

*** NOTE: This stated price is for the United States. Unfortunately, this offer may or may not be available in other countries. Sorry!

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The Wake Up Call – September 20, 2014

“I think careful cooking is love, don’t you?.”
-Julia Child,
who died on this date in 2004 
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Poem of the Day:
The City of Man
Charles Williams,
Fellow Inkling with C.S. Lewis
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
All Hallows’ Eve
Charles Williams

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The Wake Up Call – August 13, 2014


[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B002PODHYA” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”103″ alt=”Charles Williams” ]Today is the birthday of the Inkling Charles Williams…

T.S. Eliot called Williams’s novels “supernatural thrillers.”

For some background on Williams, read Caleb Crain’s wonderful essay in The New Yorker earlier this year

Writes Crain:

“The jacket copy [of WAR IN HEAVEN], credited Williams with having written The Descent of the Dove: A Short History of the Holy Spirit in the Church, which—I learned when I got home to the Internet—Auden claimed to have re-read once a year. A resort to our bookshelves turned up more data. In the critical study ‘Later Auden,’ Edward Mendelson relays Auden’s report that he felt sanctified in Williams’s presence: ‘I felt transformed into a person who was incapable of doing or thinking anything base or unloving.’

Fortunately for readers, all of Charles Williams’s novels except one (The Greater Trumps) are available at bargain prices for Kindle!!!



(In the order they were written. Descriptions via Wikipedia)

  • $1.99 – [easyazon-link asin=”B008321GIM” locale=”us”]War in Heaven[/easyazon-link], 1930 —
    The Holy Grail surfaces in an obscure country parish and becomes variously a sacramental object to protect or a vessel of power to exploit.
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The City of Man
Charles Williams


Charles Williams was, along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien,
one of the Inklings. He was born on this day in 1886.


All but one of Williams’s novels
are available on Kindle for $1.99 or less!!!

Charles WilliamsHow shall we build the city of men,
Love and our mays and we,
Who are not sons of the bondwomen
But children of the free ?
It shall be free as our mothers are,
Who seem as Sinai,
Moving their heads in that covenant
So anciently and high.
Though they be broken of men to-day,
Bruised with toil and pain,
Liberty that is the soul of them
Shall surely stand again.
They by whom we were brought to be,
Born to the ways of men.
Walk in our midst, of that free city
Each a free citizen.
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10 Recommended Kindle ebooks for $3.99 or Less!

Prices on these ebooks should not change before Nov. 30, 2012.
But to be on the safe side, please refresh the Amazon page before ordering…

(NOTE: Prices listed may or may be not be valid outside the United States… Sorry!)

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1) The Writing Life by Annie Dillard – $1.99


2) The Forgotten Ways Handbook: A Practical Guide for Developing Missional Churches by Alan Hirsch – $1.99 [ Read Our Review ]


3) Many Dimensions: A Novel by Charles Williams (Inkling and friend of C.S. Lewis) – $0.99


4) War in Heaven: A Novel by Charles Williams (Inkling and friend of C.S. Lewis) – $0.99


5) The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century by James Howard Kunstler  – $1.99 Continue Reading…


Book Forum: “What Would Jesus Buy?”
Two Books on Consumerism and Evangelical Culture

Books claiming to decipher evangelical Christianity for the secular reader are nothing new, but the Bush years ushered in the genre’s golden age. Following the 2000 election, scores of pundits sought to explain the rise of the Christian right, and some of their efforts were worthwhile. For The Great Derangement, Matt Taibbi went undercover at a fundamentalist retreat that culminated with a mass exorcism where he was encouraged to vomit up demons, and he walked away understanding how easy it could be to “bury your ‘sinful’ self far under the skin of your outer Christian.” D. Michael Lindsay conducted interviews with evangelicals in business and politics for Faith in the Halls of Power and (perhaps to a fault) allowed them to speak for themselves.

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Witnessing Suburbia:
Conservatives and Christian Youth Culture.

Eileen Luhr.

Paperback: U of Calif. Press, 2009.
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To Serve God and Wal-Mart:
The Making of Christian Free Enterprise.

Bethany Moreton.

Hardcover: Harvard U.P., 2009.
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Jesus Manifesto Reviews

Why should Christian radicals – ordinary and otherwise – read Brennan Manning’s books?

We need to read Brennan Manning — a former Franciscan priest and self-described ragamuffin — because, while affirming both community and action, he calls us back to that which is the universe’s lone life source: intimacy with God. In Manning’s latest release, The Furious Longing of God, he reminds us that ours is not an egotistical deity who sits back and smugly fields the praise of indebted subjects, but one who chases after creation with a fury unlike the universe has ever seen.

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Brennan Manning.

Hardcover: David C. Cook, 2009
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Movements toward the Beautiful
in the Theology of Charles Williams


In his book The Art of the Icon: A Theology of Beauty, Paul Evdokimov compares the Creator God to a divine poet who brings the world into being from nothingness, each creative act summed up with these words, “[H]e saw that it was beautiful.” Evdokimov contends that in the Greek text, the word used for what God sees is kalon (beautiful) and not agathon (good), and the word used in the Hebrew text can sustain both meanings simultaneously. What God has created, he has made beautiful; creation is fundamentally beautiful. As Evdokimov continues his narrative on the creation text, he demonstrates that in Genesis “the Hebrew word to create is conjugated in the completed mood (Genesis 1). That is to say, the world ‘has been created, is created, and will be created’ until its fulfilment.” Here we feel the pulse in language of the process of becoming: God in his divine wisdom began a drama in which he created in the “completed mood,” and in so doing, he invited the participation of his creation in its own fulfilment. As the twentieth-century Russian theologian Sergii Bulgakov teaches, all creation is longing to be revealed as what it is, as fundamentally beautiful, and “all things press towards beauty.”


But how are we to understand beauty, and what does it mean that God has invoked the synergistic and historically bound participation of his creation into its consummation? In this essay, I consider these questions using the theology of Charles Williams, an early twentieth century lay theologian and poet. As I pursue the idea of beauty within Williams, I will invoke other authors whose thinking might fructify and enhance Williams’s thought. Then I will turn to the question of sanctification. If beauty is our fundamental nature and that to which we are pressed, then we must seek to know how “beauty saves the world,” as Fydor Dostoevsky once said. To explore this question, I will examine Williams’s understanding of the poetic and its relationship to the life of the church.