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Surprised by Joy Audiobook

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

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In this book, C.S. Lewis tells of his search for joy, a spiritual journey that led him from the Christianity of his early youth into atheism and then back to Christianity.

©1955 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Beatriz Rockford, IL, United States 02-09-16
    Beatriz Rockford, IL, United States 02-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant like the sun"

    I don't know any author who writes as clearly and crisply about his conversion from atheism to Christianity. Lewis is unsentimental and forthright about the many strands that came together to lead him to this momentous decision. He reveals his weaknesses, his prejudices, his stubbornness and at last the sublime reasoning that allowed him to surrender to the I Am of the Christian faith.

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    Sarah 08-19-15
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    "Brilliant"

    As a long time fan of C.S. Lewis, it was fascinating to learn of his childhood and his journey and thought process through atheism and then to faith in God. As one of the great modern thinkers and philosophers, he inspired me in my faith with his unconventional ideas and unique theological peregrinations.

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    Samuel Ronicker Omaha, NE 07-17-15
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    "Great Story Done Very Well"

    The voice of the reader was just as I have sometimes imagined Lewis himself sounding! Therefore listening to this version was akin to having Lewis himself sitting with me telling his story.

    The story is a powerful one of God chasing down and capturing he who became a powerful voice for God. It reminds me if Saul's conversion. He, a skeptic, atheist "meets" God through and indeed as Joy, and though it wasn't in his plans to do so, becomes a powerful spokesman for God in his time and indeed still today.

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    dan 06-21-15
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    "Even though he can put me to sleep I still love it"
    What did you love best about Surprised by Joy?

    C.S. Lewis story, because I can relate with his relationship with his father. He helps shape my critical thinking and I love that the most.


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    Mark 06-01-15
    Mark 06-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    I have read and listened to a ton of books by CS Lewis, and this one is fascinating because you get the story of conversion from his own perspective. The narration is good -- he does several of Lewis' books and, though I found him "mechanical" at first, I now appreciate his tone. My favorite part is his description of being tutored by "The Great Knock."

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    Karl Miller 05-11-15
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    "Amazing Philosophical Journey!"

    C.S.Lewis like no other searches the inner depths of his thought and experience to present his journey from boyhood to the intellectual elite of Oxford. But he is pursued by the greatest Mind of all.

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    Jean Payens New York City 05-10-15
    Jean Payens New York City 05-10-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Very impactful"

    The first few chapters may be difficult for modern readers to grasp simply because it is written of a different generation and a different place. Some of Lewis' schooling was probably commonplace in early and mid 20th century England for the American 21st-century reader is a little harder to relate. Nonetheless is a very timeless piece that relates to all generations highly recommended.

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    Jeffrey Nelsen Springfield, IL 04-11-15
    Jeffrey Nelsen Springfield, IL 04-11-15

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    "Enjoy it more each time I return to it"

    The narrator was excellent. Lewis is masterful in his description and winsome in his candor. Excellent! Will read it again one day. And recommend it to others.

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    Anatoliy 01-14-15
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    "Great Book!"

    This is the book I recommend for everyone!
    This book is about Lewis's spiritual journey mixed with his biography.

    Enjoy!

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    "Partial Autobiography of Cherished Writer "

    CS Lewis is one of my favorite writers. I've read most of his works multiple times and studied some of his life through biographies. So reading his take on his life was a fascinating and rewarding experience. His childhood experiences were dark and troubling, but it was a personal joy to see him speak of them without anger or complaint. His path to redemption and belief was remarkable.

    A must read for fans of CS Lewis.

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