From the Library of C. S. Lewis…. by James Stuart Bell

From the Library of C. S. Lewis

 by James Stuart Bell


“To truly know Lewis, one must become familiar with the body of literature that marked his life. Jim Bell and Tony Dawson give curious students of Lewis a glimpse of the books and authors that informed his life’s work and kindled his imagination.” –Jerry Root, coeditor of The Quotable C. S. Lewis and a C. S. Lewis scholar C. S. Lewis was one of the most influential thinkers and writers of the twentieth century. But who influenced C. S. Lewis? What were the sources of his inspiration? Who were his spiritual mentors?      Drawn from Lewis’s personal library, annotations, and references from his writings, this book includes more than 200 selections from literary giants such as Dante, Augustine, and Chaucer, as well as more contemporary writers such as G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, and J.R.R. Tolkien, providing a vast array of inspiration from those who have shone forth as messengers of light in Lewis’s own thinking, writing, and spiritual growth. In this treasury, you will… ·  Glean wisdom on living a devout life from Andrew Murray and Brother Lawrence ·  Tap into fantasy and imagination with William Wordsworth and Geoffrey Chaucer ·  Ponder creation and poetry alongside Sir Walter Scott and Aristotle ·  And much more!

What I think!
When I hear the name C. S. Lewis, I think of a legendary leader, a solid rock, stable in the Christian community. I think of a good man, a man we have all learned to love and respect. In this book, we get a glimpse of some of the many people who influenced C.S. Lewis in his life. With the help of Anthony Dawson, James Bell complied over 200 selections from literary giants, providing an array of inspiration from those who have shone forth as messengers of light in Lewis’ own thinking, writing and Spiritual growth.
What interested me most reading this book was learning about all of the different authors, most of which I’d never heard of. To have a little bit about each of the great scholars in one book is a masterpiece in itself. The passages are short and deep in the scriptures. I found myself going back and reading sentences over several times to grasp the read meaning. We talk about the great men of God that wrote the passages, but the God they are writing about is the awesomeness about the entire book. Every single passage gives you something from the Bible to think about and ponder on.
There are so many things I read that really gripped my heart, and this is one of them: “So, Oh Lord, I said, Let my light shine before men.” And I felt no fear of vanity in such a prayer, for I knew that the glory to come if it is to God only, “that men may glorify their Father in Heaven.” And I knew that when we seek glory for ourselves, that the light goes out, and the Honor that dwells in darkness breathes cold upon our spirit.” That, my friend, is something to ponder on for a long time. And this is just a small taste of what this book is about.
I can see this book having many purposes. It can be used as a Bible study, or small group study. Or it would be a wonderful daily devotional. Though it would take some time for each of these, I would love going back in time and reading about these great Christians. This is definitely a book to keep on your bedside table; most anyone could get through a passage without going to sleep!
I highly recommend this book, and if you are a C. S. Lewis fan, this is a must for your collection.
This book was provided by Blogging For Books. I was not espected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.


About the Author

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, the former executive editor of Moody Press, and director of religious publishing for Doubleday, Bell has authored several books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible. He is married with four children and lives in West Chicago, Illinois. Anthony Palmer Dawson has served on the Marion E. Wade Center Steering Committee for nearly two decades and provides technical and editorial support for SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review. Dawson is currently the associate director of computing services at Wheaton College. He is married with two children and lives in Oswego, Illinois

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