5 reasons you should write in your books

Marginalia!

I've been thinking recently on an important topic for bibliophiles: Should you write in your books? The answer varies for every person, but as for me and my tomes: Yes. Scribble away, especially with nonfiction. Here are five reasons I believe defacing an author’s work is warranted.1. Back up for your own faulty memoryThe first reason is memory. Theologian and controversialist Rousas Rushdoony reportedly read a new book every day. And not just read -- which, if true, is remarkable e … [Read more...]

Watch Alister McGrath discuss new C.S. Lewis biography

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Marking the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Oxford scholar and popular author Alister McGrath has released a new and illuminative biography of C.S. Lewis. Reviewers have given C.S. Lewis: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet a warm welcome. Here's McGrath presenting on the book at Wheaton College:Wheaton's Wade Center houses a collection of Lewis' papers -- along with a large wardrobe formerly belonging to Lewis into which a handful of children have been reportedly lost.I've … [Read more...]

Too much C.S. Lewis? Not hardly

C.S. Lewis. Arthur Strong, Wikimedia Commons.

A writer for Relevant magazine is peeved that people like C.S. Lewis. Seriously. "I'm annoyed," he said, "with the public perception and exultation that has long outlasted him."While granting that Lewis deserves credit for his academic, literary, and theological work, the writer pointed out that the Oxford don "was born in 1898 . . . a decade after the setting of Back to the Future III. Annie Oakley was still the most popular woman in America. In 1898, the ink was hardly dry on the patent … [Read more...]

Four books by C.S. Lewis you must read

Four Lewis Titles

C.S. Lewis never imagined the lasting influence he would have. "After I've been dead five years," he told his friend Owen Barfield, "no one will read anything I've written." Proving the old prof wrong, last month we marked the forty-ninth year of his passing, and Lewis is read today perhaps more than ever.Still, this is a reasonable thought for an author. Books are not immortal. They rarely live beyond the generation of their author and earliest readers, and usually they die much sooner … [Read more...]

Giving thanks for C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

Besides Thanksgiving, November 22 this year marks the 49th anniversary of C.S. Lewis' death.I read a newspaper obituary about Lewis that my grandmother kept. She preserved the entire paper. The event was buried in the back--barely two column inches if memory serves. The rest of paper, or at least the majority of it, was dedicated to reporting the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Both men died the same day. Coincidentally, both men answered to Jack.Though popular, this British author … [Read more...]

The consolation of the cross

Rembrandt, 'The Raising of the Cross'

Orthodox Christians this week mark the Sunday of the Holy Cross.At the midpoint of Lent, the church makes a special point of placing the cross before us to console and embolden believers en route to Pascha, or Easter. Through its veneration and contemplation we gain strength for the journey, its upthrust beam like a staff of support. And yet, the cross is a tool of death. Why turn our minds and hearts toward such a dread instrument?C. S. Lewis once observed that "crucifixion" and … [Read more...]

To see and know, first obey

To see and know, first obey

In C.S. Lewis's Narnia novel, Prince Caspian, the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, are lost. Walking through the woods, they cannot make their way safely and are uncertain about the right course.Lucy catches a glimpse of the great lion Aslan and knows that they should walk toward where she spotted him. The others disbelieve, however, and think they have a better idea. They don't and after going their own way nearly get killed. Aslan appears again and directs Lucy to … [Read more...]


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