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Praise for C.S. Lewis - A Life
Now Featured in the Patheos Book Club
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
"Alister McGrath's new biography of C. S. Lewis is excellent. It's filled with information based on extensive scholarship but is nonetheless extremely readable. It not only devotes great attention to the formation and character of Lewis the man, it offers incisive and balanced analyses of all his main literary works. I was one of those newly converted American evangelicals who hungrily devoured Lewis's works in the late 1960s and early '70s. His impact on me was profound and lasting, and Dr. McGrath clearly explains why so many believers and Christian leaders today can say the same thing."
—Timothy Keller, bestselling author of The Reason for God and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church
"Many of us thought we knew most of what there was to know about C. S. Lewis. Alister McGrath's new biography makes use of archives and other material that clarify, deepen, and further explain the many sides of one of Christianity's most remarkable apologists. This is a penetrating and illuminating study."
—N.T. Wright, bestselling author of Simply Christian
"Alister McGrath has written a meticulously researched, insightful, fair-minded, and honest account of a fascinating man's life. His book is especially distinctive in its placing of Lewis in his vocational and social contexts, but it also provides a compelling account of the development of Lewis's Christian mind. This will be an indispensable resource for fans and scholars of Lewis."
—Alan Jacobs, bestselling author of The Narnian
"For people who might wonder if we need another biography of C. S. Lewis, McGrath's crisp, insightful, and at times quite original portrait of the celebrated Oxford Christian will change their minds."
—Lyle W. Dorsett, Editor of The Essential C. S. Lewis
"A welcome addition to the biographical literature on C. S. Lewis, which includes several valuable new perspectives. McGrath's book will gain a permanent position in Lewis scholarship for his brilliant and, to my mind, undeniable re-dating of Lewis's conversion to Theism. How we all missed this for so long is astonishing!"
—Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia
"An excellent scholarly read encompassing new ideas for Lewis devotees or those interested in religious argument."
"To the question of whether the world really needs another biography of C.S. Lewis, McGrath's lucid and unsentimental portrait of the Christian champion responds with a resounding 'yes.' The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death, and times have changed and evangelical sentiments have matured. McGrath offers a new and at times shocking look into the complicated life of this complex figure, in a deeply researched biography. The author takes us headlong into the heart of a Lewis we've known little about: his unconventional affair with Mrs. Jane Moore; his hostile and deceptive relationship with his father; his curiosity about the sensuality of cruelty. McGrath navigates the reader through these messy themes, ultimately landing us onto the solid ground of Lewis's postconversion legacy. He shows with skill, sympathy, dispassion, and engaging prose that Lewis, like the rest of us, did the best he could with the hand he was dealt. But he got over it, as must all those who would prefer a Lewis without shadows."
—Publishers Weekly starred review
"McGrath does this so limpidly, so intelligently, and so sympathetically that this biography is the one Lewis' admirers—especially those who, like him, believe that books are to be read and enjoyed—should prefer to all others."
—Booklist starred review