This biography of the great 20th century British Christian writer is a must for those who want to understand C.S. Lewis more deeply. McGrath explores Lewis’ youth growing up in Ireland, his dissolute younger years as an atheist as well as his life as a Christian. The author, an excellent theologian in his own right, gives a superb overview of all of Lewis’ works and important detail from his life that enlightens the development of his thought. Particularly helpful is McGrath’s analysis of Lewis’ family life and his relationships with women.
While somewhat dated and incomplete, this little book gives an outline of the reasons for accepting Christianity. Whatever defects it has come when topics are passed over in order to make the book acceptable to all Christians.
The Pilgrim’s Regress.
C.S. Lewis’ moving spiritual diary written in the months after losing his wife to cancer. Lewis explores his crisis of faith in the midst of tremendous personal anguish. This book is a good reminder that religious people frequently have difficulties seeing what they profess to believe and that such struggles are opportunities to grow in spiritual maturity.
Our culture is confused about what love is and what it is not. One of the problems that English-speakers face is that we have one word for love in all its variations. Greek, the language of the New Testament, has four. In this short book C.S. Lewis analyzes the four words for love found in the New Testament in order to gain deeper insight into this complex and much-sought after element of the human condition. He looks at the love of friendship (philia), sexual love (eros), love of familiarity (storge) and sacrificial love (agape). This book is particularly helpful for Christians struggling to understand why it is so hard to love others as Christ calls us to love them.
George Sayer, Jack.