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From the Library of C. S. Lewis: Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey

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Discover great truths from C. S. Lewiss mentors

C. S. Lewis was perhaps the greatest Christian thinker of the twentieth century. He delighted us in The Chronicles of Narnia, intrigued us in The Screwtape Letters, mystified us in The Space Trilogy, and convinced us in Mere Christianity. His influence on generations of Christians has been immeasurable.

But who influenced C. S. Lewis? What were the sources of his inspiration? Who were his spiritual mentors? Who were his teachers?

Drawn from Lewiss personal library, annotations, and references from his writings, the selections in this book bring us into contact with giants such as Dante, Augustine, and Chaucer, as well as introduce us to more contemporary writers such as G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, George MacDonald, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Over 250 selections provide a vast array of inspiration from those who have shone forth as messengers of light in Lewiss own thinking, writing, and spiritual growth.

A rare glimpse into the intellectual, spiritual, and creative life of one of literatures great writers, From the Library of C. S. Lewis is a treasury of insight and wisdom.

Review:

"Celebrated essayist, critic and fantasy novelist C.S. Lewis enjoys a posthumous popularity among evangelicals thanks to his defense, mounted in The Screwtape Letters and elsewhere, of traditional Christianity in a modern, secular world. In this collection of short excerpts from authors that Lewis cited favorably either in his own writings or in his library marginalia, Bell, author of The Complete Idiot?s Guide to the Bible, concentrates on religious influences. The selection, grouped according to such themes as 'God?s Love,' 'Sin and Temptation,' and 'Heaven, Death, and Immortality,' includes pieces by Church Fathers, from Athanasius to Aquinas; medieval mystics like Julian of Norwich and Francis of Assisi; Reformation-era luminaries like Luther, Calvin and Pascal; and modern clergymen and religious academics like George MacDonald and C.H. Dodd, along with some surprises, like Carl Jung on Jesus and prayers from Samuel Johnson. A few sections devoted to secular writings include critical appreciations of Shakespeare and Jane Austen and poetry by Chaucer, Coleridge and Wordsworth. The pieces are not always well chosen; the snippets of Aquinas convey mostly a sense of arid pedantry, and a eulogistic letter by Lewis?s friend J.R.R. Tolkien goes on about obscure academic rivalries. And the emphasis on religious writings lends the book a strongly devotional, pious and sermonizing tone. The collection?s most congenial feature for contemporary readers is the heavy dose it provides of G. K. Chesterton, a modern Catholic writer whose punchy, demotic style was a strong influence on Lewis?s own popular Christian apologetics. (Nov. 16)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Celebrated essayist, critic and fantasy novelist C.S. Lewis enjoys a posthumous popularity among evangelicals thanks to his defense, mounted in The Screwtape Letters and elsewhere, of traditional Christianity in a modern, secular world. In this collection of short excerpts from authors that Lewis cited favorably either in his own writings or in his library marginalia, Bell, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible, concentrates on religious influences. The selection, grouped according to such themes as 'God's Love,' 'Sin and Temptation,' and 'Heaven, Death, and Immortality,' includes pieces by Church Fathers, from Athanasius to Aquinas; medieval mystics like Julian of Norwich and Francis of Assisi; Reformation-era luminaries like Luther, Calvin and Pascal; and modern clergymen and religious academics like George MacDonald and C.H. Dodd, along with some surprises, like Carl Jung on Jesus and prayers from Samuel Johnson. A few sections devoted to secular writings include critical appreciations of Shakespeare and Jane Austen and poetry by Chaucer, Coleridge and Wordsworth. The pieces are not always well chosen; the snippets of Aquinas convey mostly a sense of arid pedantry, and a eulogistic letter by Lewis's friend J.R.R. Tolkien goes on about obscure academic rivalries. And the emphasis on religious writings lends the book a strongly devotional, pious and sermonizing tone. The collection's most congenial feature for contemporary readers is the heavy dose it provides of G. K. Chesterton, a modern Catholic writer whose punchy, demotic style was a strong influence on Lewis's own popular Christian apologetics." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Drawn from Lewis's personal library, annotations, and references in his writings, these selections provide a rare glimpse into the intellectual, spiritual, and creative life of one of literature's great writers.

Synopsis:

James Stuart Bell wrote his master's thesis on C. S. Lewis, receiving his M. A. from University College Dublin, in Ireland. The owner of Whitestone Communications and the former executive editor of Moody Press and director of religious publishing for Doubleday, Bell has

About the Author

James Stuart Bell wrote his masters thesis on C. S. Lewis, receiving his M. A. from University College Dublin, in Ireland. The owner of Whitestone Communications and the former executive editor of Moody Press and director of religious publishing for Doubleday, Bell has authored six books, including The Complete Idiots Guide to the Bible.

Anthony Palmer Dawson assisted Dr. Barbara Reynolds with the four-volume Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers, and is a contributor to SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review published by the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, Illinois. He has served on the Wade Center Steering Committee for eighteen years and provides technical and editorial support for SEVEN. Dawson holds a B.S. degree from Olivet Nazarene University, and the M.A. from Wheaton College, where he is currently employed as the Associate Director of Computing Services.

Table of Contents

"Follow after agape" : God's love — "You have transfixed my heart" : our love of God — "How dearly You have paid for me" : the life and sacrifice of Christ — "I will seek You" : knowing God — "Mutually Christ's" : community and loving others — "Constant dying" : self and the soul — "The lack of the divine" : sin and temptation — "Fatherly and forgiving goodness" : grace and redemption — "You shall find your ground in God" : suffering — "Inexpressible sweetness" : prayer and contemplation — "The eyes of your heart" : faith — "Divine influence" : living a devout life — "The most pleasing sacrifice to God" : obedience and will — "Worthy to receive more" : humility — "A peculiar joy" : truth, apologetics, and Christianity — "'Fine fabling'" : fantasy and imagination — "Borne on the gusts of genius" : creation, poetry, and writers — "The gleaming of divine brightness" : heaven, death, and immortality.

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9780877880448
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Bell, James Stuart
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Shaw Books
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Dawson, Anthony P.
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Bell, James S., Jr.
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Compiled by James S. Bell, Jr. with Anthony P. Dawson
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Bell Jr, James S.
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English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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Lewis, C. S
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Christianity - Theology - General
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Christianity - Literature
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Christianity - Literature & the Arts
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Christian Theology - General
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Lewis, C. S - Religion
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Christian Life
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Religion : Christian Life - General
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Religion : Christianity - Literature & the Arts
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Christianity - General
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Christian Literature
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Christianity-Christian Fiction
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Writers' Palette Book
Publication Date:
20041131
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HARDCOVER
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General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
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8.5 x 5.9 x 1.3 in 1.15 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Celebrated essayist, critic and fantasy novelist C.S. Lewis enjoys a posthumous popularity among evangelicals thanks to his defense, mounted in The Screwtape Letters and elsewhere, of traditional Christianity in a modern, secular world. In this collection of short excerpts from authors that Lewis cited favorably either in his own writings or in his library marginalia, Bell, author of The Complete Idiot?s Guide to the Bible, concentrates on religious influences. The selection, grouped according to such themes as 'God?s Love,' 'Sin and Temptation,' and 'Heaven, Death, and Immortality,' includes pieces by Church Fathers, from Athanasius to Aquinas; medieval mystics like Julian of Norwich and Francis of Assisi; Reformation-era luminaries like Luther, Calvin and Pascal; and modern clergymen and religious academics like George MacDonald and C.H. Dodd, along with some surprises, like Carl Jung on Jesus and prayers from Samuel Johnson. A few sections devoted to secular writings include critical appreciations of Shakespeare and Jane Austen and poetry by Chaucer, Coleridge and Wordsworth. The pieces are not always well chosen; the snippets of Aquinas convey mostly a sense of arid pedantry, and a eulogistic letter by Lewis?s friend J.R.R. Tolkien goes on about obscure academic rivalries. And the emphasis on religious writings lends the book a strongly devotional, pious and sermonizing tone. The collection?s most congenial feature for contemporary readers is the heavy dose it provides of G. K. Chesterton, a modern Catholic writer whose punchy, demotic style was a strong influence on Lewis?s own popular Christian apologetics. (Nov. 16)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Celebrated essayist, critic and fantasy novelist C.S. Lewis enjoys a posthumous popularity among evangelicals thanks to his defense, mounted in The Screwtape Letters and elsewhere, of traditional Christianity in a modern, secular world. In this collection of short excerpts from authors that Lewis cited favorably either in his own writings or in his library marginalia, Bell, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible, concentrates on religious influences. The selection, grouped according to such themes as 'God's Love,' 'Sin and Temptation,' and 'Heaven, Death, and Immortality,' includes pieces by Church Fathers, from Athanasius to Aquinas; medieval mystics like Julian of Norwich and Francis of Assisi; Reformation-era luminaries like Luther, Calvin and Pascal; and modern clergymen and religious academics like George MacDonald and C.H. Dodd, along with some surprises, like Carl Jung on Jesus and prayers from Samuel Johnson. A few sections devoted to secular writings include critical appreciations of Shakespeare and Jane Austen and poetry by Chaucer, Coleridge and Wordsworth. The pieces are not always well chosen; the snippets of Aquinas convey mostly a sense of arid pedantry, and a eulogistic letter by Lewis's friend J.R.R. Tolkien goes on about obscure academic rivalries. And the emphasis on religious writings lends the book a strongly devotional, pious and sermonizing tone. The collection's most congenial feature for contemporary readers is the heavy dose it provides of G. K. Chesterton, a modern Catholic writer whose punchy, demotic style was a strong influence on Lewis's own popular Christian apologetics." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Drawn from Lewis's personal library, annotations, and references in his writings, these selections provide a rare glimpse into the intellectual, spiritual, and creative life of one of literature's great writers.
"Synopsis" by , James Stuart Bell wrote his master's thesis on C. S. Lewis, receiving his M. A. from University College Dublin, in Ireland. The owner of Whitestone Communications and the former executive editor of Moody Press and director of religious publishing for Doubleday, Bell has
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