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Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life | [C.S. Lewis]

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

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.
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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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    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
    Anatoliy 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    Patrick Slaven 01-06-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    Craig 03-23-14
    Craig 03-23-14

    Very eclectic when it comes to books & music.

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    "Very Compelling And Enjoyable Listening"
    What did you love best about Surprised by Joy?

    Hearing the details of Lewis' early life and his almost accidental conversion to Christianity.


    What other book might you compare Surprised by Joy to and why?

    Lewis' "A Grief Observed," as both give you insight into Lewis' life: one his early life and conversion, the other his crisis of faith and grief over the death of his wife.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Cosham is a very excellent reader, and his inflections and overall delivery exude his thorough familiarity with the text. For me, this made listening to the audiobook a superior experience to my just plodding through the text on my own.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lewis' comment regarding finding a friend: something like, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one!"


    Any additional comments?

    A must for Lewis lovers.

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    Christin 04-09-13
    Christin 04-09-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Surprised by Joy the most enjoyable?

    I have always enjoyed Lewis' writings. Glad this one is available as an audio book! Listening to the book is like getting to know Lewis better and gives greater appreciation to his other writings.


    What didn’t you like about Ralph Cosham’s performance?

    The style of narration, while not obstructing the message of the book, is very staccato.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't think I could listen to this all in one sitting. It takes some time to process, and I often found that I needed to listen to a section again to really understand what is being said.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first non-fiction audio book. I would recommend it to almost anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Nedreberg Eureka, Utah 03-25-13
    Thomas Nedreberg Eureka, Utah 03-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Detailed but long story getting to Joy"
    Was Surprised by Joy worth the listening time?

    This book had it's good points but it took a long time to get to the point of joy. It was written in a language that was complicated and sometimes hard to follow with the points that author wanted to make separated by long distances from his examples.


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    Paul Schleifer 03-13-12
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    "Lewis' Early Autobiography"
    What made the experience of listening to Surprised by Joy the most enjoyable?

    C. S. Lewis has a way of using the English language that pleases, and he is in fine form in Surprised by Joy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I liked the simplicity of it best--he is a Christian apologist in many of his writings, and it might have been easy to cast this in the mode of Augustine, but he avoids the temptation.


    What about Geoffrey Howard???s performance did you like?

    I liked Howard's transparency--his performance is straightforward, not getting in the way of Lewis' prose.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to a lot of books in the car, driving my son back and forth to training sessions and games, so listening all in one sitting isn't really an option for me. However, it was hard to stop listening whenever I got to my destination.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX USA 09-04-11
    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX USA 09-04-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Surprised by Drab"

    I was excited to read a story about someone who is so respected in theological circles. I was disappointed at how draggy the story seemed, although well-written. Not an easy one for a weekend read. I will have to take it up another time when I am feeling more patient

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    Z. Tribble DeLand, FL 05-28-12
    Z. Tribble DeLand, FL 05-28-12
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    "Delightful insight into C.S. Lewis"
    What disappointed you about Surprised by Joy?

    Nothing


    What do you think your next listen will be?

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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Like getting to know someone better. Good feeling.


    Any additional comments?

    Lewis lets us inside his brain. We see more of what made him who he was.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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