Title: The A-Z of C. S. Lewis (A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts, and Writings)
Author: Colin Duriez
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Most people know about C. S. Lewis either by reputation, The Chronicles of Narnia or perhaps even through Mere Christianity. What do you know of the man, his life or his writings? Perhaps it is through the stage performance of The Screwtape Letters by Max McLean that continued to sell out or maybe you read it in print. In any event, Clive Staples Lewis who was born in 1898 and died in 1963 left behind a treasure trove of materials used by God to reach or teach each new generation that comes along.
The book known as The A-Z of C. S. Lewis, originally published in 1990 with a different title, is reviewed here as an updated version for an audience of new time. Written with samples of various writings of Lewis it is organized so readers can locate information related to this author, speaker and teacher. In the back of the book is an extensive Bibliography for those in the audience who desire to pursue further knowledge or understanding of topics, people or anything related to Lewis.
The way the book can best be used is like an encyclopedia that helps readers locate different sources to further their understanding. I first read The Chronicles of Narnia when I was in college a couple of decades ago, and now my youngest son is an avid fan of this particular Lewis publication. The Walden Media did an excellent job in the movies they produced as well as Focus on the Family’s CD adaptation of the series.
Yet, there is more here than just a man, author, teacher, widower or a member of The Inklings. Here is a witness to the power of God in a man’s life who at first refused to yield to Christianity. C. S. Lewis’ variety of writings astounds me. Some of it is very intellectual like Mere Christianity. Some find his science fiction series of interest, but no matter what form or genre he used, Lewis pointed to God. To have his various materials being reproduced even 65 years after his death simply is beyond comprehension. The only way to view this isn’t due to the man as much as to his faith in the God he loved, worship and adored.
My rating is 5 stars.
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