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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Schleifer 03-13-12
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    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

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    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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