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