For C. S. Lewis enthusiasts and students alike, this book offers a unique look at Lewis's personal journey to faith and the profound influence it had on his life as a writer. Written by Professor David C. Downing, author of the critically acclaimed For C. S. Lewis enthusiasts and students alike, this book offers a unique look at Lewis's personal journey to faith and the profound influence it had on his life as a writer. Written by Professor David C. Downing, author of the critically acclaimed Planets in Peril, this thoughtful book is a delight.
Reluctant Convert was a short read, only about 5 hours long, retelling of Lewis' life and an excellent evaluation of the progress he made from childhood imagination through boyhood atheism, materialism, dualism, occultism, pantheism, idealism and finally to adult faith in God and later in Christ as his revelation. What an amazing journey! It was well told and read. Those "-isms" were clearly explained with tons of illustrative material. By the way Downing interprets the Mrs. Moore episode in an honest but sensitive manner. My headline is a Lewis quote that suggests that the revelation of God in Christ captures the essence of the dying rising gods but is profoundly historical in nature. I was thinking that Donald Downing has done us a favour by correcting many of the myths and misreadings of Lewis by giving us the straight goods about Lewis capturing his essential legacy.
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This is a story of a man best known for having the answers. It tells his story of struggles. It makes Mr. Lewis human and his writtings more powerful and less pure intelectual theory. A great book for anyone interested in CS Lewis writtings and how they were shaped.
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Well researched, well written, well read look into the conversion of a most insightful man.
for fans of Lewis, this is a wonderful summary of the great man's formative years. I have no complaints, save one: when speaking Lewis's direct quotes, Patrick Cullen should not switch to an English accent. otherwise, a very enjoyable read.
Fascinating to read of CS's gradual thinking and understanding of the world and God's role in it.
I am not a fan of a Biographies. This is the only one that I have completed. It opened up 'Jack' to me in a way I found interesting, informative and yet, prosaic. I don't know if I would recommend it, because I'm rather negatively biased against it, for no other reason than that I'm not a fan of Biographies! I have yet to read 'Surprised by Joy', which is C S Lewis' personal Autobiography, but I will, in due course. I may then return to review my review!
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