“I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.”
— C.S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis continues to hold remarkable appeal to people from all walks of life, with books by and about Lewis remaining perennially popular. Mere Christians explores this influence through personal accounts from fifty-five Christians whose spiritual lives have been dramatically altered by reading Lewis’s books. The contributors include ordinary laypeople as well as well-known leaders and writers. This unique collection shines new light on the impact of Lewis’s work and will be of wide interest to his many fans.
In 1943 Great Britain, when hope and the moral fabric of society were threatened by the relentless inhumanity of global war, an Oxford don was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. Over half a century after the original lectures, the topic retains it urgency. Expanded into book form, Mere Christianity never flinches as it sets out a rational basis for Christianity and builds an edifice of compassionate morality atop this foundation. As Mr. Lewis clearly demonstrates, Christianity is not a religion of flitting angels and blind faith, but of free will, an innate sense of justice and the grace of God.
In The Company They Keep, Diana Pavlac Glyer gives an inside look at the many ways that C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other Inklings encouraged, challenged, and inspired one another as they worked together on the books they were writing. Glyer spent more than twenty years studying their manuscripts, letters, diaries, and other primary sources, and the rewards of this extensive research are evident on every page. But the real appeal of The Company They Keep is the way she tells their story, sweeping readers up into this tale of creativity in community. This book provides insight and inspiration for all who love imaginative literature and want to know more about the authors who create it.