Conversations, VOLUME 6

C.S. Lewis – A Guide to 7 Lesser Known Books

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:

What other books would you include here? What are your favorite C.S. Lewis books?



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Reflections on the Psalms

In a similar vein to A GRIEF OBSERVED, Lewis abides with the Psalms, listening carefully to them, and wrestling with them, especially the ones that call upon the violence of God. “This is not a work of scholarship,” Lewis begins, “I am no Hebraist, no higher critic, no ancient historian, no archaeologist, I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself.” This sort of vulnerable grappling — similar to that of the Psalmist himself — is what makes this series of reflections shine.


Here’s to the work of C.S. Lewis in all its breadth! May we all continue to be challenged by it!


C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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  1. I have been reading a number of Lewis’ books this year after reading McGrath’s new biography. I have read several you have suggested. But I would also suggest Letters to Malcolm. When I first read it I thought it was actual letters instead of a fictional book. So I was a bit disappointed to learn that it was fictional. But I don’t think the detracts from the fascinating discussion about the nature of prayer and the Christian life.

    I would also definitely recommend McGrath’s new biography for anyone that wants to go a bit deeper on Lewis.

    • Yes, LETTERS TO MALCOLM is another excellent one, though it’s been longer since I’ve read it than most of the ones here…

  2. I would add another allegorical work, “The Pilgrim’s Regress,” to this list. It’s a little snarky, and absolutely beautiful.

  3. I’ve read and own most of those that are suggested, in addition (of course!) to Mere Christianity and the Narnia books. I have recommended A Grief Observed to several different people, over the years, when they had lost loved ones, and I remember being very intrigued with Lewis’s depiction of heaven, and the reactions of the bus riders from hell, in The Great Divorce.

    Frankly, while I am surprised to see nothing of Screwtape Letters, in this discussion, I did not enjoy it. Does any Christian really enjoy it? But I need to read it, again, as I was so much younger, when I read it, before.