by Alister McGrath
"Alister McGrath sheds new light on the life of the incomparable C.S. Lewis. This is an important book."
—Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Join us for a LIVE CHAT with Alister McGrath on Wednesday, March 20th, 1 pm CDT here at the Book Club!
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Author Event -- Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7 pm
Barrows Auditorium, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College
C.S. Lewis: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet
In this free public lecture, Dr. Alister McGrath will challenge some previously held beliefs about the exact chronology of Lewis's shift from Atheism to Theism, and finally to Christianity.
For more information, contact the Wade Center at 630.752.5908.
Rather than canonizing Lewis, McGrath's meticulously detailed book succeeds in humanizing him.
McGrath both keeps the story of Lewis' life flowing and yet pauses for critical reflection and theological interaction. This is the biography for the thinker even if the fan may found it a bit deep at times.
I recognized myself in C.S. Lewis more than I care to admit, largely in the contradictions between my faults and my aspirations, somewhat in my blind spots, but most of all in my love of the way that story tells us Truth in a way that facts cannot.
God used this man, without question, despite his flaws, his mistakes, and some of the decisions he made that some religious people would approve and others would disapprove.
McGrath's biography is a better first choice as an introduction to Lewis in general, especially for those who (like me) first met Lewis through Narnia, and have only sampled parts of his other writings.
Bruce G. Epperly
Alister McGrath's C.S. Lewis is an invitation to "think big." For those who follow Jesus, we are counseled to "make no small plans," even if our adventures never take us far from home.
The book made me think about the people who impacted C.S. Lewis, and the way they colored who he was to become. It made me consider in some depth how much a parent does for a child.
One main benefit of McGrath not personally knowing Lewis lies in that the Lewis we meet in this biography is a "warts-and-all" portrayal.
This book will make you want to return to Lewis's writings and enjoy once more the delightful reflections of a man who deeply loved God and His creation.
I've read most of Lewis' books and yet I know nothing of the man who wrote the compelling stories I grew up reading. Until now.
McGrath portrays Lewis as a somewhat reluctant apologist for Christianity, whose writings have stood the test of time, lasting into a post-modern culture with surprising force.