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Surprised by Joy Audiobook

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

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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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    Donna K. Liese 03-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!"

    Lewis is a master wordcrafter! Thoroughly enjoyable! Great read! Insightful! It was a pure delight!

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    RPickles 02-27-17
    RPickles 02-27-17
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    "it was good."

    loved it, what a journey, different perspective in coming to learn about God, Amen t

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    Nikki barrington, NH, United States 01-31-17
    Nikki barrington, NH, United States 01-31-17 Member Since 2013
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    "😊"

    I love how God, revealing himself through someone who is so different from me in intellect, past experiences, and personality is the same as I found Him to be whenever I have met up with Him. I love how God used everything Lewis read to show himself to him even though he tried to avoid Him. This book brings me back to my own very awakening and makes me rejoice in it again.

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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
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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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    Mage610 11-12-16
    Mage610 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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