The Spirit of George and Jack

This past weekend I led a retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit called "The Spirituality of George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis." Following Lewis's longstanding nickname, I affectionately referred to our topic as "The Spirit of George and Jack."Weekend retreats at the monastery typically include five conferences: one Friday evening, three on Saturday, and on one Sunday. Friday evening I gave a brief introduction to George MacDonald, generally regarded as the father of modern fantasy and … [Read more...]

The Dawn Treader Movie: Give it a Second Chance

I don't want to say too much right now — I've written a piece that I've submitted to another blog; if they turn it down I'll post it here, and if they publish it I'll post a link. But here's the gist of what I have to say: I went to see the film adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for the second time yesterday, and I liked it much, much better than the first time around. Indeed, I think the trick is simply to let go of expectations. Yes, the story in the movie is different than the b … [Read more...]

Byron Borger reviews my Dawn Treader Book

The first review of The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader (or, at least, the first review to come to my attention) is in!It's by Byron Borger and was written for the blog of the Hearts & Minds Bookstore in Dallastown, PA. It's part of a long post he wrote called: C. S. Lewis: educational DVDs, books, devotional, Bible and other recent resources. As the title suggests, the post lists a gracious plenty of new and recent resources about the renowned apologist and Narnia-maker. Follow the … [Read more...]

The “Voyage” Starts Today

Today the movie adaptation of C. S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opens in American theaters. The third of the Chronicles of Narnia, it features a wondrous sea voyage — a quest in which our heroes (King Caspian, Reepicheep the Mouse, and the English schoolchildren Lucy, Edmund and Eustace) seek the seven Lost Lords of Narnia — but also seek the very end of the world, beyond which lies Aslan's country itself.Okay, so they've changed the story somewhat. And granted, the movie so far is g … [Read more...]

The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader

I am honored to announce the forthcoming publication of my twelfth book: The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader: Spiritual Lessons from C. S. Lewis's Narnia.As the title suggests, this book is an exploration of the spiritual themes and "mystical life lessons" as found in C. S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. My book is a meditation on how the lovable and unforgettable characters like Reepicheep the Mouse, Lucy and Edmund Pevensie, King Caspian, the Dufflepuds, the Star's … [Read more...]

Another interesting article…

Mike Morrell pointed this one out to me: an article by N. T. Wright on C. S. Lewis.Simply Lewis: Reflections on a Master Apologist After 60 Years … [Read more...]

Into the Region of Awe

Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C. S. Lewis By David C. Downing Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005 Review by Carl McColmanIn his last book, Letters to Malcolm, C. S. Lewis all but declares that he is not a mystic. Comparing mystics to those who climb mountains, Lewis tells Malcolm, "You and I are people of the foothills." Of course, one of the paradoxes of mysticism is that the true mystic is humble, and a humble person is far less likely to think of himself or herself as a … [Read more...]


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