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From the Library of C. S. Lewis: Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journeyby James Stuart Bell
Synopses & Reviews
Discover great truths from C. S. Lewis's mentors
C. S. Lewis was perhaps the greatest Christian thinker of the twentieth century. He delighted us in "The Chronicles ofNarnia," 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 beenimmeasurable.
But who influenced C. S. Lewis? What were the sources of his inspiration? Who were his spiritual mentors? Who were his teachers?
Drawn from Lewis's personallibrary, 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 Lewis's own thinking, writing, and spiritual growth.
A rare glimpse into the intellectual, spiritual, and creative life of one of literature's great writers, "From the Library of C. S. Lewis" is atreasury of insight and wisdom.
"From the Hardcover edition."
About the Author
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 authored six books, including The Complete Idiot’s 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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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