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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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    helpfulshopper 01-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story horrible voice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Surprised by Joy to be better than the print version?

    I have both versions but felt the text was too dense for me to read on my own so I decided to purchase the audiobook version so that I can read along.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Surprised by Joy?

    When C.S News described his childhood and what brought him back to have faith.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

    No. He reads very slow almost poetic. Maybe for a poem but not for an actual book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Surprised by joy, Journey to Religion.


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    Barton 12-21-16
    Barton 12-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enlightening!"

    I have read several Lewis books and this one has seemed to connect a lot of his works. I wasn't really sure where he would go with this one, but it came together and was great!

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    Amazon Customer 11-12-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Meat for the soul"

    I have always admired C.S. Lewis and enjoyed his work both fictional and non fictional. He has a way with words that always leaves me satisfied. I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The first being that it felt like I was making a friend. Hearing him tell me about himself in his own words and getting to see how he became the man I admire was fun. His transparency and vulnerability are especially endearing. As always even though you can tell his is a very well honed intellect that is never the point of this book.

    Lewis does a great job of showing how those "brilliant arguments" against the existence of God are merely a distraction, a sort of armor to protect us from the one who can actually make demands of us. We see him come face to face as it were with the one true God and see how he gives up his armor. Lewis shows us that coming to God is really about being found by him and not the other way around.

    This book will be great for anyone who has questions about God but finds their intellect getting in the way.

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    nelson martin 08-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a must-read"

    Any Lewis fan will love this book. And those who aren't Lewis fans may be after this book. The book is engrossing and intellectually stimulating, and the reader also is great in this recording.

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    Verena 06-07-16
    Verena 06-07-16
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    "Great book and even better narrator"

    I loved the story and the writing style and the narrator does a great job. I just wished Lewis actual conversion would be covered in more detail.

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    RI in Canada 04-08-16
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    "The autobiography of the development of a heart"

    Parts of this book I find very troubling. The nonchalance with which Lewis describes the sexual abuse of his boarding school, for instance. Having recently read a lot of Lewis's books, I am seeing ideas that get worked elsewhere also appearing here: Hamlet meeting Shakespeare, the joy as longing, etc. What is most striking is that he does not spend much energy on events. Rather, his focus is on the progress of his heart. At various points, in fact, he contrasts the physical realities with the imaginative and heart developing realities, where the latter always seem more important.

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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
    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
    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
    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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